Sunday, May 13, 2012

Spring Fashion Trends for the Upcoming Year and Beyond

As the New Year is well underway, and Spring fashion shows are happening worldwide, a couple of noticeable style trends have caught on and have already shown real signs of staying power.

Art Deco - One common theme throughout runways in early spring has been an emphasis on Art Deco-inspired designs. Fashion designers often look to art for inspiration, and in this case, they've taken bold colors and shapes, and have incorporated them into their looks. The most popular designer to do this recently has been Gucci, recently seen on Diane Krueger and Florence Welch.

Designer Fashion Collections at Affordable Prices - Everyone wants a designer look for less, which is why when Target announced a partnership with guest designers like Missoni, Jean Paul Gaultier, Lily Band, and more, stores were filled! The same goes for Versace for H & M and some Macy's designers.

Brazil - Whether we're talking about shoes or clothing, men's and women's fashions are venturing further from Europe and south of the equator. Perhaps it has to do with the increasing popularity of superstar Victoria's Secret runway models like Alessandra Ambrosio and Gisele Bundchen, who now enjoy the same popularity that Hollywood stars do.

Metallics - When you think of spring, you think of florals and bright, bouncy colors. Metallics though? Typically reserved for night, metallic are all the rage this spring and are even being paired with floral prints, as seen on the runaways of Brazilian Fashion Week from designers like Carlos Miele. The key is one piece - either a metallic belt paired with a white shirt and floral top, or a metallic, flowy blouse with white pants.

Geometric - With bold, fun colors comes the need for geometric prints, which goes along with Art Deco. Pair a geometric print tunic with a vibrant shade of wedge heels which make a return to runways this spring. You'll find a ton of modern and whimsical prints available, including sun dresses, which are always popular this time of year.

Blue - All across runways, including Brazil, Paris, and New York, were vibrant shades of blue, including blue satin dresses, blue floral print tunics, floral blouses with sexy short shorts, and more. Pair with a classic open-toed white pair of heels, which go with just about everything.

Platform heels - Stilettos may be taking a back seat. Throughout New York fashion week, the look was all about a chunky heel. You can have boat-loads of fun with bold splashes of colors and animal prints here, but be sure if you're going this route, you pair down your ensemble as not to clash.