Pastels was one of the top trends at London Fashion Week for the Spring/ Summer 2012 runways. They were found in practically every show and lighter colors are a sure thing to hit the stores come warmer weather. Colors ranged from sea foam green to metallic pink and every one was structured into full on pallets to tiny hints in each collection. Yellow seemed to be the color of choice as its sunny appearance reminded us of the warm spring days to come.
Prints were also making a huge presence and they were found everywhere from floral shift dresses to paisley trousers at Erdem. The more color and the wilder the statement the better. Printed trousers were paired with equally as printed oxford shirts or neon tee shirts and muted heels. There were also many embellished pieces to be found with sparkles, feathers, flowers and appliques galore. This could have been pushed to far, but with some care this trend can be very beautiful.
Skirts are continuing to see lengths being lowered and volume added. Paper bag, full skirts and vintage jewellery were the trend in London this season. Short skirts made a few appearances, however, most were bigger and bolder then previous season’s micro minis.
Athletic touches is another big trend expected for spring. The difference between this weeks take on this trend is that it is more modern and unexpected. There are surprising details of jersey or mesh in lace dresses or canvas bags with sequins. Its the minimalistic approach to this trend that makes it so fresh.
If you are wanting to experience some fun this spring, do not worry there is a trend for you! Many designers were incorporating unexpected fabrics such as plastic into their collections designed into shirts or skirts. These are quite dangerously new and daring, but with the right attitude very sexy. Knits, however, continue to be dominant in the London fashion scene. Practical and easy, knits are ideal for the weather of the UK.
Ethnic and tribal printed pieces have continued into this season as it has been present for a few years now. This trend may not be around for much longer, yet some designers continue to push the Aztec and wild printed prints on dresses and beaded fringe bags.
In addition to sportswear, many designers featured evening dreses in their collections. The best were the show stopping numbers from Temperley, Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood.
Stay on top of fashion’s latest trends and get involved in the new designs for Autumn/Winter 2011
It’s getting colder and colder now thanks to stupid nature, throwing a hissy fit every year about the same time…so predictable.
Don’t worry about it though, because now you’ve got an excuse to buy some new stuff that will keep you toasty warm and still looking sweet.
Here are some ideas to get you thinking about all the possibilities in these different situations.
Sadly work does not stop for anything, even a ton of snow and low temperatures. The best thing to do for wintery work days is to make sure your footwear is sorted. This is partly to protect your smart kicks from the salt and wet, but also because most work shoes aren’t the best for walking on ice and you don’t want to end up on your face when you’re trying to look professional. You have two options – Brogue boots for style or Hiking boots for practicality.
If you tend to be out and about for work and you want to look smart, but not ‘work smart’ than there are two items you want to think about adding to your wardrobe. First is the strangely fashionable cable knit jumper. These are as practical as they are retro cool and will make you stand out in a crowd of regular v-necks. Also essential is the double breasted blazer. These have been popping up on loads of catwalks with a slimmed down and shortened design to avoid the normal fattening effect of regular shaped double breasted jackets.
The big day, whether you like it or not, is not far off. You know you’re going to eat, drink and be merry, but do you know what you’re going to wear. Christmas day is all about comfort as you will have a lot of sitting around and indulging to do. This means cool t-shirts and comedy jumpers. Think Flight of the Conchords and you are in the right area. Just don’t go too far with it because a badly judged rude t-shirt could have your gran choking on the sprouts.
When New Year comes for some reason we all want to be outside trudging round from party to party despite predictably shocking weather. That’s why you need to invest in a big comfy duffle coat. They have been popular for quite a while but never really cut it in the style stakes until now. Try a fawn or other pale colour with a patterned jumper or cardigan underneath.
Do you have any other suggestions?
Four of our models walked in the event part of the “ White Night” revolving around fashion on bicycles.
2011 was dominated by the UV Manicure. Leading the group was the Shellac Manicure, then the Axxium Manicure, Gelish Manicure, Gelac and quickly catching up is the DIY Red Carpet Manicure. The question has been asked if this new nail trend will spread into 2012. Most say it certainly will but with some color twists.
The 2011 New York Fashion week was almost like a time machine that took the participants into next years fashion. This fashion time machine revealed three groups of nail color twists that will affect nail polishes, including the UV Manicures.
This year’s fashion week showed three main color trends that will dominate the nail polish color market in 2012.
The first trend is for all the ladies who are absolutely in love with the electric rock look. The fashion week showed multiple colors that included new pop, rock, and electric excitement. The polishes are gearing up to shout out from your nails with fashion and energy.
The second trend is for ladies who are in love with nature and fashion. There is no reason that an organic woman can’t be beautiful as well. It really was no surprise that the fashion industry would brand its own natural polish colors with this “Organatech” color group. The colors come from things seen in nature like granite, sand, stone, or other earthly tones. With these colors as the foundation they are brought out with flashes of high tech colors and undertones.
The third trend has taken a page from the books of the royal families throughout the ages. They all seem to have that special rich antique look that would only be found on the richest of ancient civilizations. This “Treasured Antiquities” group is full of gold, metallic, bronze, and other antique treasure looks.
These three main nail color groups are sure to be an exciting 2012 season for nail polish colors. A good description of what to expect for the 2012 nail polish year would have to be “The Year Of No Woman Left Behind In Nail Polish Fashion.” We hope you enjoy your nail polish now and get ready for colors that will amaze you!
5 MUST ATTEND FASHION EVENTS
For some, fashion is a way of life. Recognising trends, looking fabulous and getting familiar with the latest, cutting edge designs is as important and eating and breathing. But if you are a would-be fashionista in training, where are the best places to observe the finest that the fashion world has to offer? Take our whistle stop tour around the globe’s couture hotspots.
If one place is synonymous with fashion it’s the ‘City of Light’: Paris. Every year the hottest designers and most eager fashion fans descend on the city to regale in the latest trends. In particular, the autumn show, held in October each year, attracts the crowds as it displays the designs the world will be wearing in the following spring and summer. Currently held at the Carousel du Louvre, right by the famous museum, top fashion houses such as Chanel, Vuitton, Gucci and Gaultier strut their stuff. The final show in the fashion year’s calendar, it is also one of the most exclusive with tickets being almost impossible to obtain unless you’re somebody in the fashion world. But the street fashions are just as fantastic and watching the beautiful people come and go on the Rue de Rivoli makes the trip worthwhile.
Initiated back in 1958, the Milan apparel spectacle is considered the most glamorous of the global fashion events and provides the blueprint for other shows. The city was recently voted ‘fashion capital of the world’ out-ranking New York and Paris. With men and women’s clothing represented by separate events, there are now four Milan fashion weeks, with the highpoint considered the Spring/Summer event. With companies such as Gucci, Prada, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace and many others based in Milan, the houses jostle for superiority and pull out all the stops to outshine each other. But if you are a lover of fashion, a trip to Milan at anytime is worth it.
While it is considered mainly a showcase for American designers, the New York fashion week extravaganza attracts top names from across the globe. Started during World War II when the clothes conscious were unable to travel to Paris for the latest trends, it is felt the success of the show finally gave US-based designers some leverage over the famous French houses. Now in it’s new home in Lincoln Centre, the Manhattan event kicks off the annual fashion calendar with the autumn line show held in February each year. The focus has shifted slightly in recent years away from the marquee events at prominent sites, with smaller designers showcasing their work at satellite events around the city.
Rather a latecomer to the party, the first London fashion week launched in 1984. Both traditional British apparel is represented at the shows, as well as the edgier designs favoured by diverse houses such as Vivienne Westwood and Tatty Devine. A clash of the classical and cutting edge, the event is held at the sumptuous Somerset House each year, but recently became the first fashion event to stream everything live on the internet. For those not available to squeeze into the select events, the London Fashion Weekend, a more retail minded event, follows the main event and is open to all.
Many cities are battling with the ‘Big Four’ fashion locales in an attempt to prove their global couture worth. Tokyo, São Paulo, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires, Singapore and Toronto have annual design spectaculars, trying to gain some ground in the clothing market. Moscow has recently emerged as a forerunner, thanks in part to the sudden explosion of the Russian nouveau riche and an emergence of new designers since the fall of the Soviet Union. Now the biggest fashion week in Eastern Europe collections of local designers are showcased alongside international houses such as Louise Gray, Iceberg and James Long. Pret-a-porter clothing is displayed in March and October each year.
About the Author: Dale Shaw is a freelance writer, currently working for Wish.co.uk. If you’re looking for a relaxing spa day, or a luxurious special treat then check the site out to see what’s on offer.
When it comes to our individual body types, new fashion trends can be intimidating. Whether you’ve got a few extra pounds or a straight rectangular shape, not all styles are going to work for every body type. So before you go out and by those expensive skinny jeans, or fitted lace top, take an honest look in the mirror. No really. Take a long look in the mirror. For once you understand how to accentuate the positive and most flattering parts of your body, it will be much easier to be confident and feel comfortable in your own skin.
- The little black dress This is a must have in every woman’s closet. Black is not only a slimming color but it works on any body type. If you have an hourglass figure (waist smaller in proportion to your hips) try finding a dress that hugs and shows off your curves. If you have more of a rectangle shape (hips, and waist same proportion-otherwise known as a “boyish figure”) then pick a dress that also hugs your shape, but try adding a belt to give an illusion of some curves. And if you have an apple shape (larger around the mid section) then an A-line dress is your friend. It will flare out and hide any extra pounds. Avoid tight fitted dresses that will draw attention to your middle.
- Tops If you have a fuller bust, then choose tops with a V-neck. If your neck is longer, then find a piece that falls off your shoulders. If your shoulders are broader wear deep V-necks and sleeveless or long-form fitting tops. Toned arms should be shown off in sexy spaghetti camisoles.
- Footwear Your shoes will tie your whole oufit together, and its important not to slack when it come to this stylish staple. If you have larger calves make sure to stay away from boots that will fall on the biggest part of your leg. Instead, stick to an elegant heel, or find a boot that goes up to, or past, your knee. Also, neutral heels will give the look of a longer leg and add style to almost any dress.
Beauty is about symmetry. Giving the appearance of symmetry means looking proportionate. Whether or not you have an hourglass figure, it should be your goal to give the appearance of one (after all, men are biologically programmed to prefer this shape). This can be accomplished with most any body type if you know how accentuate what you’ve got. For example, wearing lighter shades combined with a dark, thick belt around your waist will help accomplish this. If you have a smaller bust don’t be afraid to try a padded bra.
Your shape and size do not matter as much as you think. The important thing is to work with what you have, and don’t be afraid to flaunt it! Confidences carries, and the more you have in yourself, the sexier you will look to others.
This article was written by Ripley Daniels. Ripley works for Without The Stress, a Same Day Passport Service based in Los Angeles. In addition to LA Same Day Passports, the company assists busy US travelers with travel visas to any country that requires one.
New York Fashion week is well known for its economic impact as a result of the 232,000 attendees that visit New York Fashion week each year. Fashion designers, media/press, senior executives, buyers and others come from over 30 countries, making New York Fashion week a big international and popular event. Every model dreams of walking in one of the many different fashion shows and although this seems very glamorous and exciting, there are some things that are not as glamorous as you might have thought and I believe that not everyone is aware of the sometimes exhausting, painful, long and tiring shows models need to walk with quite often small-sized high heels. Above you see a picture of a model that was walking the Louis Vuitton summer/spring 2012 show. The reason why models often have bruised and blistered feet is because the shoes, like the clothes, usually only come in a sample size. This significantly increases the chances that a model might need to walk for several hours in too small shoes, resulting in a very painful experience. Brian Reyes, a fashion designer who is known for his socialite and funky way of designing, noticed during his fall show of 2009 that his models were having a difficult time to walk in his shoes. The models occasionally took off their shoes, either in the middle or towards the end of the runway. This made Brian decide to have his models walk bare foot in the final line up, which I’m sure the models appreciated. So if you thought that being a model is all about the spotlights, the clothes and the fame, you better think again…