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Just as we’re gearing up for fall’s colder weather, designers are rolling out their looks for spring 2012 and it already has me excited for warm weather to come back around. So far in New York we’ve seen in-your-face florals, sleek and sporty ensembles and everything in between but fashion week is just getting started and I can’t wait to see what the London, Paris and Milan designers have up their sleeves. Want to get started on a few of the spring trends? Check out some of my favorite looks from the runways, plus download great patterns for you to get the look now (but shhhh, don’t tell the designers!).

Mesh/Open Knit

A little bit sporty, a little bit punk – mesh and thin, open knit fabrics added a futuristic and edgy feel to collections from Alexander Wang and Theyskens Theory. Whether used as an accent or a layering piece, make sure your mesh is more “Blade Runner” than “Hoop Dreams” by pairing it with sleek pieces like leather pants, draped dresses or chic suits.


Try it with these patterns:

Clockwise from top left: Suit Jacket, Ruffled Top, Long Sleeve Shirt and Net Top.

Orange You Glad….

Ladies (and gentlemen, I suppose), get over your fear of intense color now because come spring orange is going to be the color on everyone’s minds (and bodies). Pants, dresses, jackets, you name it – orange was all over the runways and I would say nearly 60% of the collections so far have had at least a touch of orange in the mix. Personally, I am totally digging on the color as I have two dresses and a killer pair of wide leg pants in nearly identical shades of blood orange. Are you bold enough to sport tangerine hues from head to toe, or do you think they’re better left as an accent color?


Try it with these patterns:

Clockwise from top left: Oversized Top, Peplum Jacket, Cropped Trousers, Pencil Skirt, Wrap Dress.

Party Pants

Sure we’ve been seeing printed pants for awhile now, but designers are still showing our lower extremities some love with trousers in every pattern from geometric shapes to seriously bold florals. In a range of silhouettes and styles – from bohemian wide leg to uber-preppy crops, now is the time to pull out your favorite patterned fabric and try a pair of pants!


Try is with these patterns:

Clockwise from top left: Cropped Trousers, Wide Leg Trousers, Skinny Ankle Trousers, High Waisted Trousers.

Other NYFW trends to get a jumpstart on for 2012:

Thigh-high slits – courtesy of Prabal Gurung, Yigal Azrouel and Christian Cota
Peplums – from the likes of Jason Wu, Cushnie et Ochs and Vera Wang
and Candy Colored Locks – grab your Manic Panic and take a cue from models at Narcisco Rodriguez, Marchesa or Thakoon.

Ready to get sewing? Grab a spool of Mettler’s Poly Sheen® thread – with it’s brilliant array of colors and renowned durability (it’s resistant to harsh treatments, such as chlorine bleach, wet/dry abrasion, washing and ironing), Poly Sheen® is the perfect thread for both decorative and heavy duty sewing.

What looks have caught your eye from the New York shows? Are you inspired by any of the collections so far?


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    Sep 21, 2011, 01.43 AMby Jill Gimbel

    LOVE Michael Kors…. Lots of dyed fabrics (which I love doing!) and animal prints….

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    Sep 20, 2011, 07.37 PMby muslinmay

    Happy as have some great cluny mesh and orange wool crepe :-D leave the pants out

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    Sep 19, 2011, 04.08 PMby nouvellegamine

    congrats! hopefully you’ll have a little time to sew a couple things for yourself & your little one :)

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    Sep 18, 2011, 03.55 PMby freaky-philomeen

    At least where I live, printed pants have not (yet?) entered the scene. They should, though because they offer so much more individuality than jeans, jeans, jeans everyday.

    Would be interesting: Which prints to use, that don’t add-the- usual-visual-kilos to one’s shape?

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    Sep 17, 2011, 11.27 AMby loody

    Ahhh… High waisted pants, finally!

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    Sep 16, 2011, 10.05 PMby WagDoll

    Love the mesh, a more futuristic version of all the lace we’ve had. And I love organge when I’ve got a tan, so I’m pleased that its a trend for next spring summer, it doesn’t suit my pale winter skin :-)

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    Sep 16, 2011, 09.58 PMby ndimi

    I’m thrilled to see orange and peplums coming up. Orange is such a vibrant, happy color, it suggests that you are so full of life it just overflows around you. Very energetic and yet not violent or angry, like red. I think it’s fantastic as an accent color, but also works head to toe if you tame it with some dark/neutral accessories and shoes. Yummy.

    And peplums. Oh peplums! The friend of no-waist, no-bum, or over-sized thighs, they are so flattering and feminine. And they seem to work on all sizes, I’ve seen pole-skinny and super voluptuous look absolutely gorgeous in them. Just gotta love ’em!

    Hmm… an orange peplum? ;)

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    Sep 16, 2011, 06.05 PMby loyl8

    thanks look like ill have fun this s/s :)….ill have a baby so well see what kind of time i have…none probably

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      Sep 18, 2011, 09.00 AMby loyl8

      oh thank you lots to make for a new belly wardrobe

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