THE BEST OF READY-TO-WEAR SPRING/SUMMER 2012


It’s been 2 seasons since I’ve written a relevant article for The Fashion Blog. The past 3 months have consisted of nothing but drilling research, design development, running around for my fall 2012 collection and of course, the occasional night-out to get rid of all the stress and absorb fresh inspiration. My previous post for the current season – fall 2011 – was primarily a trend update to increase awareness about the season, thereby informing innovative styling choices. However, since I personally don’t follow trends and encourage directional styling that reflects a distinct personal identity, I’ve decided to focus this post on 5 ready-to-wear designers from each of the 4 fashion capitals – Paris, Milan, London and New York – who’re making a difference with their individual points of view, pushing the boundaries of fashion innovation and needless to say, are the biggest trend setters of spring 2012 that’ve taken my breath away and left me feeling enlightened, inspired and motivated.

As far as trends are concerned, space age minimalism, fetishism (something that’s been going on for a while now), power dressing, couture finishes, Hollywood glamour and a strong Spanish influence sum up the majority of spring 2012. Exaggerated volumes further away from the body, structured shapes; art deco and a strong architectural influence define the silhouettes.  There seems to be a lot more texture-play than silhouette experimentation this season, as well as an increased appreciation for wearability, functionality and practicality. Gold seems to be back with a big splash – be it embroidered, printed, embellished, sequined or appliqué. Unconventional fabrics like latex and PVC, silver cut work, tassels, stripes and grids are other strong textural elements in various collections. The colour palette is much more subdued, with white, nudes, pastels, greens, corals, lacquers, metallics and black dominating the season, while vibrant, fierce, contrasting prints add in color popping accents.

PARIS

1. GARETH PUGH

2. Nicolas Ghesquière for BALENCIAGA

3. Olivier Rousteing for BALMAIN

4. Sarah Burton for ALEXANDER McQUEEN

5. Alber Elbaz for LANVIN

MILAN

1. Frida Giannini for GUCCI

2. ROBERTO CAVALLI

3. Donatella Versace for VERSACE

4. Stefano Citron & Federico Piaggi for GIANFRANCO FERRÉ

5. Rossella Jardini for Moschino

LONDON

1. ANTONIO BERARDI

2. Christopher Bailey for BURBERRY PRORSUM

3. Giles Deacon for GILES

4. MARIOS SCHWAB

5. MATTHEW WILLIAMSON

NEW YORK

1. Mark Badgley & James Mischka for BADGLEY MISCHKA

2. FALGUNI & SHANE PEACOCK

3. Max Azria for HÉRVE LÉGER

4. PRABAL GURUNG

5. ZAC POSEN

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So that’s that for spring 2012. Of course there’re other designers I would have liked to write about but unfortunately, I could pick just 5 a capital. However, Givenchy, Emmanuel Ungaro, Giambattista Valli, Valentino and Paco Rabanne from Paris; David Koma from London, and Victoria Beckham, Carolina Herrera, Donna Karan New York, Michael Kors, Naeem Khan, Alexander Wang, Altuzarra and Monique Lhuillier from New York are just shows you don’t wanna’ miss!

Hope this article was helpful, informative and enjoyable!

Wishing you a merry christmas, happy new year and lovely spring 2012 😉 X

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

All images (2011) [online images]. Available from <http://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/spring-summer-2012&gt; [Accessed: 10.12.2011]

Falguni & Shane Peacock (2011) [online images]. Available from <http://thefashionistastories.blogspot.com/2011/09/falguni-shane-peacock-spring-summer.html&gt; [Accessed: 10.12.2011]

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6 Comments on “THE BEST OF READY-TO-WEAR SPRING/SUMMER 2012”

  1. shaunna says:

    wow! You must have done a lot of research for this post! I think sliver and sheen are gonna be big now!Keep up the amazing work!

  2. Tania says:

    u made my research much easier…i cud connect alotta my tastes with ‘urs, gud job buddy and happy bloggin’:)

  3. What a great article! Great stuff, Vir! Really informative 🙂


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