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Even though pre-­‐season shows have taken on a life (and a series of trends) all their own, they are still a fairly good indicator of what we can expect to see on the runways come fall and spring. For this week’s Trend Report we’re playing a little game in the office called “Predict the Trends”, and decided to pull together some of the most prominent looks and trends from the 2012 Resort shows as an idea of what we could see designers sending down the runways in the coming weeks.

As we kick of Fashion Week (or rather, Fashion Month) this week in NYC, we’ll be keeping a close eye on all the collections and how you can interpret, recreate and rework the looks for yourself and your closet!

Here we go…

Neon Brights

Color, color and more color! Don’t be afraid to go head-to-toe in a shocking shade, after the drab colors of fall and winter, these intense hues will be a welcome respite for your weary eyes.

From left: Resort looks from Carven, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Pucci.

Funky Florals

Mirrored Hawaiian prints, oversized Hibiscus flowers and fern leaves – for tops, bottoms, dresses – make a simple pattern in an in-your-face floral print for extra impact.

Resort looks from Givenchy, Stella McCartney and No.21.

Lovely in Lace

Lace may be the ultimate in feminine style, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be too stiff or constrained. Loosen up your lace by using it in a fresh way, either as an accent or in a bright, eye-catching color. Don’t be afraid to play around with lace and make it more modern and fun.

Resort looks from Erdem, No.21 and Valentino.

A Little Bit of Leather

At first glance, leather for the summer seems like a totally misguided idea. Hot leather, sweaty body? No thanks. But a touch of leather is just what you need to add a little bit of edge to your spring ensembles. Still too hot for you? Rather than creating a piece entirely out of leather, add it as an accent instead – all of the look, less of the heat. It’s a win-win situation.

Resort looks from Diane von Furstenberg, Derek Lam and Celine.

Pajama Jam or Head-to-Toe Prints

Some people refer to this as “pajama chic”, reminiscent of when your mom used to buy you matching pj sets. However, there is nary a plaid, flannel or tacky floral print in sight with this look, only cool, slightly abstract patterns that beg to be worn on both top and bottom. Are you brave enough to wallpaper yourself in print?

PhotobucketResort looks from ALC, Suno and Marc by Marc Jacobs.

Scuba Chic

Neon colors, exposed zippers and a healthy dose of body sculpting, surf-inspired looks are ultimate sporty summer look. An easy way to translate the look is to use bright thread to embroider the seams of your garment (like the McQ dress at left) or add a hefty exposed zipper to a simple dress or top.

Resort looks from left: McQ, Alexander Wang, Michael Kors.

Ready to get a jump start on some of these trends? If you’re looking to sew with leather, or stretchy nylon sport fabrics you need a heavy duty thread like Amann Group Mettler’s Extra Strong. Or if you’re sewing with lace or delicate silks, try their Amanda Thread.

What are you looking forward to seeing on the runways this season? Are there any designer collections you are looking forward to?


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    Sep 17, 2011, 03.31 PMby craftwerk

    I think the scuba thing is cute: in a light fabric, with the right body. Head to toe prints is a look made for little girls… and very tiny big girls, think Sarah Jane from Dr. Who, who also did lace very well. Come to think of it, Lela of the Leather Teddy fame would have rocked that scuba look. It’s all in the accessories with all over lace or print.

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    Sep 14, 2011, 06.03 PMby januacoeli

    I am in agreement. I am looking forward to a more modest,feminine,balanced look. I long for the looks that really flattered woman and brought out best in them. . It didn’t matter what shape you were. I too long for a classic look to return. It seems that all clothes today reflect six-month trends. They have made six month trends the norm. ugh!

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    Sep 14, 2011, 04.16 PMby bootycrewqueen

    these look much better than the ones I have seen at Fashion Week. I was disappointed in many of the lines. I did really love Packham’s collection. Beautiful airy feminine dresses.

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    Sep 12, 2011, 11.11 PMby xrosyposyx

    i love posts like this, good work!

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    Sep 12, 2011, 06.32 PMby LimeSoda

    I love the sculpted scuba styles but in reality on the street in the middle of the summer? They look to heavy to wear. Love the Givenchy florals. Love the lady-like lace dresses. Can do without mini-print PJs though…

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    Sep 12, 2011, 10.31 AMby fashionfreek

    I love the wide leg,florals and lace.The exposed zip is a great piece. Thanks for the info:-)

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    Sep 11, 2011, 09.28 AMby helenp

    Love the Givenchy floral dress (if only could buy some fabric like that!!!) & the lace. But not keen on the wallpaper PJs

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    Sep 10, 2011, 11.47 PMby alexus1325

    If I were to wear head-to-toe prints, it better well be as a jumpsuit! The girl on the left looks good with the wide legs and tailored top, but the way it’s sitting on her, it wouldn’t surprise me to find out it’s a jumpsuit. The other two are terrible as-is.

    The “scuba” looks aren’t properly attributed, but I think the one on the right is from Michael Kors. GASP Shock and horror! Michael KORS doing neon neoprene?!?! Yeah, I guess that guy on Project Runway who did a neoprene dress two seasons ago really inspired him :P If you go look at the 2012 resort collection, they all follow Kor’s classic, clean aesthetic, despite the insane colours.

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    Sep 10, 2011, 03.10 PMby bhghatesyou

    nooo scuba. are they kidding. sometimes i think the fashion industry tries to see what they can get away with. i like everything else. i actually wanted to make a pair of black lace pants about 2 weeks ago but i wasnt sure about the overall look but i like those ones. maybe i will try them in that cut.

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    Sep 10, 2011, 01.44 AMby tinapickles

    The head-to-toe prints look like pajamas. And the scuba gear looks like some ill-advised attempt at new watersports gear… I like the lace and I like the leather and that’s pretty much it.

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    Sep 10, 2011, 12.06 AMby max

    Hmmmm….. I actually like them all, I guess head to toe print is my least favorite though. I love color and I love fitted garments. Glad to see some carry over from fall.

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    Sep 9, 2011, 08.46 PMby nouvellegamine

    oh dear. looks like i won’t be following any of the trends even remotely this fall, with the exception of lace. although i think, “neon brights” will be lovely for our friends in the southern hemisphere.

    my fall trends have been watching hitchcock films, and reading shirley jackson & agatha christie. then going through my issues of burda for evocative patterns ;)

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      Sep 10, 2011, 01.03 AMby notdeadredhead

      I am right along with you! I can’t say I’m a fan of any of them… minus the lace. Lace be done in such a way that really pulls a piece together.

      However, I don’t think scuba suits will ever mesh into mainstream fashion. At least I hope not… 8^o

      The florals and pajamas just kind of seem (like the article said) like wall paper. If I’m blending into a Hawaii/beach themed poster or my wall paper, I’d better be on some awesome spy mission.

      As with all things… modesty goes a long way! X^D

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