By the looks of it, the spring 2012 Collections presented during New York Fashion Week reflected an upbeat walk from the catwalk to civilian life featuring pieces that easily translate. Even with the spectre of a shaky economy looming, the overall mood was exuberantly happy, with an overdose of colors and lively prints visible at every runway turn. Our spidey senses are tingling as this past week’s shows introduce a new rediscovery of color as an intricate fashion staple for Spring/Summer 2012.
Like a fresh burst of citrus, orange appears to be the overwhelming color of choice when it comes to the catwalks. May it be ‘Tang’, tangerine, mandarin, or marmalade, there is a hue and shade that will make your wardrobe a little brighter and give you that extra boost of vitamin C whenever needed. A little zest of orange goes a long way and certainly enhances any look from polished and polite to that “Wow” effect. If you have an aversion to orange, think of it as Sunset!
Of course, not everyone wants to be such a standout, so there are always the more discreet and muted sorbet inspired shades of lovely pastels that never seem to go out of style. With a slight nod to an 80’s reference, many younger designers, born in that decade, are transfixed with the idiosyncratic styles that framed the decade.
Prints are by far the ‘hand’s down’ trend this fashion cycle with every type of print motif available for play – both fauna and flora are strongly represented as are large abstract designs referencing anything from Opt Art to Marimekko style designs.
This Gutenberg effect might very likely influence the next set of collections; we’ll have to wait for February 2012 to find out if these prints translate into fur garments and lining equally.