Fashion Trends 2012 – while the year has only just begun, it’s never too early to look at what trends are going to dominate the fashion industry this year. A smart way to forecast fashion trends 2012 is to take a look at the 2012 designer ready-to-wear collections that debuted earlier in 2011. This is a great way for getting in early on fashion trends and staying ahead of the pack. Take a look at some predicted fashion trends 2012 below.
1 Metallic Basics
Metallic really took off towards the end of 2011 and this look is set to continue into 2012. The emphasis this year, however, will be on metallic basics- think t-shirts, shorts, and trousers. To play down the ‘bling’ factor, stick to matte metallics and pair them with neutral palettes or khaki.
2 Peplum Silhouettes
Peplum silhouettes were a popular choice with designers for their Spring 2012 collections. From Jason Wu throught to Nina Ricci, designers each had their own take on the peplum design.
3 Drop Waists
The drop waist is one of the fashion trends 2012 inspired by bygone eras. The 1920s look is going to enjoy a comeback and drop waists are a silhouette that was common during that time. However, this year’s drop waist will be kept in line with contemporary designs and modern detailing.
4 Digital Prints
Digital printed garments started gaining popularity with designers in 2011, and in 2012 I’m predicting that this look will become more prominent in high street stores. Digital prints tend to be louder with more creative and imaginative designs. A statement-making digital print garment will be a must have.
5 Matte Satin
Matte satin fabrics are a subtle way to add some shine to an outfit. Unlike common high-shine satin, which can look a bit over-dressed, matte satin is contemporary and feminine. The fabric was prominently featured in collections by Miu Miu, Victoria Beckham, and Lanvin.
6 Shorts Suits
The matching blazer and shorts combination was a popular player on the Spring 2012 runways. The colour palette was decidedly summery with pastel shades dominating the rounds. This look played out at DKNY, Nanette Lepore, and Jenni Kane.
7 Oranges and Tangerines
Oranges and tangerines are favourites when it comes to colour trends of 2012. While tangerine shades featured heavily in the spring 2012 collections, other shades of orange will be a hit as well.
8 Contemporary Camouflage
I doubt many of us would have thought camouflage would be making a comeback, but as far as fashion trends 2012 go, it’s a contender. The look was more modern and less military, with a focus on colour and contemporary styling. Look to the Lela Rose and Derek Lam collections for inspiration on how to wear the trend.
9 Pastel Shades
Pastel shades will remain strong in 2012 and be the preferred shades for the spring/summer season. At Valentino and Louis Vuitton, cutout fabrics in pastel colours were key looks.
10 Bird Prints
Birds of a feather flock together? It seems to be the case concerning fashion trends 2012. Many designers from Giles, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Kenzo featured bird prints in their designs.
There’s enough diversity between fashion trends 2012 to cater for a range of tastes. You can work these trends into your look either by simply wearing certain colours or choosing certain silhouettes. What do you think about these fashion trends 2012?
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