Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Trending for Spring Part VI - Citrus Explosion

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We've finally come to the number two spot on my color trend countdown for Spring and Summer 2012, and if you love bright, vibrant color, this post will put a smile on your face.  Citrus colors, orange, lemon, lime, and tangerine -- espescially tangerine will be everywhere for Spring and Summer 2012. 

But before we take a closer look at the sunny citrus colors awaiting, let's review trends 3 - 10.

              10.  Lady Sings the Blues
                9.  Purely Pastel
                8.  Garden Party Florals
                7.  Neutral Territory
                6.  White Hot
                5.  Back in Black
                4.  Shades of Gray
                3.  Black & White Mix

As you've probably noticed, many trends tend to overlap, and as such are difficult to categorize specifically.  For instance, the dress on the left would certainly qualify as a Garden Party Floral, but I decided to include it here because of the glorious yellow color.  You'll also see overlaps with style trends such as colorblocking and "lady chic."

      
Oscar de la Renta Collection Spring 2012; photo: Elle magazine
2.Citrus Explosion


In every concievable manner citrus colors have literally exploded onto the fashion scene for spring and summer.  As solids, in prints, combined with each other, combined with black, combined with white, paired with turquoise and other bright hues, citrus is one color group that we'll be seeing a great deal of.  Countless designers based their collections around the citrus colors, and few designers failed to include at least one or two designs in these summery brights.

Tangerine appears to be the hottest color of the season.  Just a little darker and bolder than orange, it has probably been featured in more designer collections than any other color save black or white.

Since there's so much to see, and as the saying goes, "a picture is worth a thousand words," I'll keep my comments brief and minimal for this group, and move forward with our photo gallery of the "Citrus Explosion."
Dolce and Gabbana
Dolce & Gabbana Collection Spring/Summer 2012; photo: Marcio Madeira/First View
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Alberta Ferretti Collection Spring/Summer 2012; photos:  Elle magazine

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AKRIS Collection Spring/Summer 2012; photos:  Vladimir Potop


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Slides 9 & 10 Helmut Lang, Slides 11 & 12 Jaeger London Collections Spring/Summer 2012; photos Elle magazine


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Slide 13 - Alberta Ferretti, Slide 14 - Agnes B., Slide 15 - Oscar de la Renta, Slide 16 - Michael Kors Collections Spring/Summer 2012;
photos:  Elle magazine


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Slide 17 - Donna Karan, Slide 18 - Betsey Johnson, Slide 19 - Bill Blass, Slide 20 - Agnes B. Collections Spring/Summer 2012; photos:  Elle magazine


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Alice + Olivia Collection Spring Summer 2012; photos Elle magazine


Slide 7
Bluemarine Collection Spring/Summer 2012; photos:  Elle magazine


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Slide 27 - Aquascutum, Slide 28 - Amanda Wakely, Slides 29 & 30 - Badgley Mischka; photos:  Elle magazine


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Slides 31 & 32 - Christian Dior, Slides 33 & 34 - Emanuel Ungaro Collections Spring/Summer 2012; photos:  Elle magazine


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Slide 35 - Lela Rose, Slides 36 & 37 - Oscar de la Renta Collections Spring/Summer 2012; photos:  Elle magazine


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Slide 38 - Badgley Mischka, Slides 39 & 40 - Carlos Miele, Slide 41 - Lela Rose Collections Spring/Summer 2012; photos Elle magazine


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Slide 42 - BCBG Max Aria, Slide 43 - Celine, Slide 44 - Rag & Bone Collections Spring/Summer 2012; photos:  Elle magazine, Vladimir Potop


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Slide 45 - Alberta Ferretti, Slide 46 - Elie Tahari, Slide 47 - Jaeger London, Slide 48 - Hermes Collections Spring/Summer 2012
photos:  Elle magazine, APF


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Slide 49 - Agnes B., Slides 50 & 51 - Jason Wu Collections Spring/Summer 2012; photos:  Elle magazine


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Slide 52 - Amanda Wakely, Slide 53 - Bluemarine, Slides 54 & 55 - MARC by Marc Jacobs; photos:  Elle magazine


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Slide 56 - Agnes B., Slides 57 & 58 - Alice + Olivia, Slide 59 - BCBG Max Aria Collections Spring/Summer 2012; photos:  Elle magazine


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Slide 60 - Carlos Miele, Slide 61 - Elie Tahari Collections Spring/Summer 2012; photos:  Elle magazine

Wow!  What a delicious assortment of vibrant, delectable citrus! 

There's bound to be a style and shade that appeals to nearly everyone here.  Naughty or  playful, sweet or sexy, innocent or daring, trendy or classic, sleek or frilly, I think all the wonderful feelings these colors invoke  are represented in abundance.

When I was ranking and rating the color trends for the coming season, it was really a toss up as to which one deserved the number one spot.  Though probably the most widespread and highly visible color trend of the season to come, the "Citrus Explosion," was just barely edged out by another emerging trend.  Something we haven't seen a lot of before.  Therefore, I placed citrus in the # 2 spot and reserved the #1 position for something that will probably come as quite a surprise unless you've been closely following the runway stories.

I hope you'll join me next time when I reveal what I believe will be the most surprising trend of 2012.  Until then...
Jason Wu
Jason Wu Collection Spring/Summer 2012; photo: Elle magazine



Stylishly yours,




 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Trending for Spring Part V - Black & White Mix

Christian Dior
We're approaching the final stretch of our color color show, as I present my picks for the hottest color trends of Spring & Summer 2012.

To recap the trends of previous posts, we've looked at:

          10.  Lady Sings the Blues
            9.  Purely Pastel
            8.  Garden Party Florals
            7.  Neutral Territory
            6.  White Hot
            5.  Back in Black
            4.  Shades of Gray

So today we reach the number three spot in our countdown, a trend that I'll refer to as "Black and White Mix."

Since we've already covered the colors black and white, you may be wondering why I'm returning to them again.  Quite simply, both colors are a trend on their own, but combined, they create a multitude of new looks and are at the forefront of one of spring's most important fashion trends, the Spectator Look.
Christian Dior Collection Spring/Summer 2012;
photo: Elle magazine
3.Black and White Mix



The pairing of white and black is one of the most important color trends for the coming spring and summer seasons.  So important, that the latest Christian Dior collection, among others, has been based largely on this classic combination. 

A major reason for this is the re-emergence of the 'Spectator Look.'  While never completely out of style, as part of the continuing 'Lady Chic' trend, spectator pairings are more important than ever!  The photo above shows one of my favorite ensembles to grace the Fashion Week runways.

The spectator look is certainly not black and white's only application, though.  It's a major part of the colorblocking trend as well as a foil for many of the prettiest party looks to come our way in quite sometime, as evidenced in the image on the right.

So now, without further adieu, I present you with my Spring & Summer picks in a black and white mix.
Christian Dior
Christian Dior Collection Spring/Summer 2012;
 photo Elle magazine
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Left to right:  AgnesB., Alexis Mabille, Antonio Berardi, and Jaeger London Collections Spring/Summer 2012; photos Elle magazine
In slides 1 & 3 we see how the 'Black & White' mix plays into the colorblocking trend.  In slide 2, Alexis Mabille give a fresh look to the timeless combo of the white blouse worn with a black skirt.  A classic spectator look, puntuated with cut-outs on the skirt and jacket and topped with a turquoise hat comes to us by way of Jaeger London in slide 4.
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Slides 6 & 7 - Christian Dior, Slides 8 & 9 - Carolina Herrera Collections Spring/Summer 2012; photos: Elle magazine
Spectator looks from Dior in slides 6 & 7 and colorblocking from Carolina Herrera in slides 8 & 9.
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Slides 10 - 12 - Bill Blass, Slide 13 - Gucci Collections Spring/Summer 2012; photos Elle magazine
Another take on the spectator look from Bill Blass, this time with a nautical twist in slides 10 - 12, and a similar, but slightly more graphic look from Gucci in slide 13.
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Slide 14 - Amanda Wakely, slides 15 & 16 - Chris Benz, slide 17 - Fendi Collections Spring/Summer 2012; photos: Elle magazine
In slide 14 we glimpse a dramatic contemporary style from Amanda Wakely. Graphic modern prints in slides 15 & 16 come to us by way of Chris Benz. Fendi brings yet another spectator look in slide 17 with the combo of black and white plus gray stripes
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Slides 18 & 19 - Christian Dior, Slide 20 - Celine, Slide 21 - Donna Karan Collections Spring/Summer 2012; photos: Elle magazine, Vladimir Potop
Two more great spectator looks from Christian Dior in Slides 18 & 19, one with a leather skirt!   Black leather peplum top and wide white pants from Celine in slide 20.  In slide 21, a hot, graphic look from Donna Karan.
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Slides 22 & 23 Alice + Olivia, Slide 24 Betsey Johnson Collections Spring/Summer 2012; photos: Elle magazine
The slide above shows some fun and funky black and white combos.  In slides 22 & 23 we see some lively party looks from one of my favorite labels, Alice + Olivia.  Betsey Johnson goes for the exaggerated corset look in slide 24.
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Slide 25 - Jason Wu, Slides 26 & 27 - Carlos Miele, Slide 28 - Christian Dior Collections Spring/Summer 2012; photos: Elle magazine
Jason Wu gives us his interpretation of shorts styled after 1940's and 50's swimwear in Slide 25. Shimmery watercolor effect separates from Carlos Miele in slides 26 & 27. In slide 28, a black & white graphic print on a floaty, feminine party dress from Christian Dior.
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Slides 28 & 30 - Carmen Marc Valvo, Slide 29 - Hermes Collections Spring/Summer 2012; photos: Elle magazine, AFP
We see the demure side of black and white in the halter dress by Carmen Marc Valvo in slide 28. Slide 29 presents an ethnic-inspired look from Hermes. Carmen Marc Valvo creates yet another polished spectator look in slide 30.
The final image for this post is a breathtaking extravaganza in lace and silk by master couturier John Galliano.  In my book, this gown is pure magic!

 
And that wraps my take on the "Black & White Mix."  We've made it through #3 on the countdown.  Only two more spots to go. 

While the last few posts have been black, white, combinations, or dirivatives thereof, I promise color in abundance for the #2 slot.  I hope you'll join me.  Until next time...


Stylishly yours,

John Galliano
John Galliano Couture Collection Spring/Summer 2012; photo: AP


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Trending for Spring Part IV - Shades of Gray

Jaeger
After a short hiatus, we'll now continue our countdown of the most important color trends for Spring and Summer 2012, as we arrive at number four, "Shades of Gray."  Once considered by many a 'boring' color, gray has truly risen in popularity over the last few seasons and it appears that it will continue very strongly in the Spring and Summer seasons ahead.

Before we move ahead with the season's best grays, however, lets quickly recap the color trends previously covered:

          10.  Lady Sings the Blues
            9.  Purely Pastel
            8.  Garden Party Florals
            7.  Neutral Territory
            6.  White Hot
            5.  Back in Black

The "shades of gray" for spring vary greatly from collection to collection, but one thing is for sure, a large number of designers chose to include one or more shades in their Spring and Summer designs.  We'll see smokey grays, pale pearl grays, and deepest charcoal, just to name a few of the numerous hues we'll encounter in next season's designs. 
Jaeger London Collection Spring/Summer 2012; photo Elle magazine
4.Shades of Gray



Gray has really come into its own in the design world over the last few years.  Once considered 'strictly business,' think gray pin-stripe suits, shades of gray can now be found in everything from lingerie to sportswear to dresses to the most glamourous of evening gowns.

And why not, gray is every bit as versatile as its parents, black and white.  Interior designers first began to spark the gray trend using off-beat combinations with pinks and purples, and now thankfully, apparel designers have kept the momentum going with shapely silhouettes such as the one above by Jaeger London and striking color accents as the orange used by Ports 1961 in the photo on the right.

Let's take a look at some of the more innovative applications of the once overlooked color that is now coming of age.
Ports 1961
Ports 1961 Collection Spring/Summer 2012; photo Elle magazine
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Slides 1 & 2 - Albino, Slides 3 & 4 - Aquascutum Collections Spring/Summer 2012; photos Elle magazine
In the designs from Albino, we see very modern semi-structured silhouettes that are suitable as business attire, but anything other than 'business as usual.  The selections from Aquascutum feature the softer side of gray, but with strong, contemporary lines.
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Lela Rose Collection Spring/Summer 2012; photos Elle magazine
The Lela Rose Spring/Summer collection is based largely on 'shades of gray.'  Note the designer's unexpected combination with yellow in slides 5 and 6.  Slide 7 offers a very contemporary day dress colorblocked with black, while the dress in slide 8 moves easily into evening with a touch of shimmer and multiple shades of our colour d'jour.
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Charlotte Ronson Collection Spring/Summer 2012; photos: Elle magazine
Charlotte Ronson, whose Spring line also was based around the color gray, put a couple of unique spins on it. Her show opened with utterly feminine mini -print floral dresses, the floral of course on a pale gray background.  As the show progressed, she presented some very clean-lined apparel in charcoal gray with a small light gray diamond print to leave no doubt in regard to her design versatility.
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Slides 13 & 14 - Alexandre Herchcovitch, Slides 15 & 16 Calvin Klein Collections Spring/Summer 2012; photos: Elle magazine
'Shimmer and Shine' is definitely alive and well in the collections of Alexandre Herchcovitch and Calvin Klein (among many others.)  Herchcovitch paired metallic grays in feminine shapes with hard hats for a unique contrast.  Calvin Klein's Spring and Summer offerings are based on two unlikely color families.  You guessed the first one - gray.  The other will be revealed as we continue wiht the color countdown.  Mr. Klein's creations are all very fluid, featuring graceful, lady-like lines.  The metallic finish in slide 16 brings extra drama to a beautiful dress in a striking shade of charcoal.
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Slides 17 & 18 - Chado Ralph Rucci, slide 19 - Helmut Lang, slide 20 - Christian Dior Collectons Spring/Summer 2012; photos Elle magazine
At Chado Ralph Rucci, modern shapes based on traditional styles and crafted in soft gray took center stage.  Helmut Lang also favored the softer, paler gray hues, and fluid but modern lines.  The dress by Christian Dior in slide 20 is a retro-styled party dress in a mult-toned gray silk.
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Slide 21 - Charlotte Ronson, slide 22 - Fendi, slide 23 - Jaeger London, slide 24 - Lela Rose Collections Spring/Summer 2012; photos Elle magazine
In slide 21, we view another flirty dress from Charlotte Ronson, this one in a tiny gray check, trimmed and flounced in white.  Crisp gray stripes were anything but ordinary at Fendi, as evidenced in slide 22.  At Jaeger, lightweight tweed, skirted in stripes of ombred grays comes together in a flattering silhouette.  Dotted gray netting unfolds into a darling peplumed party dress at Lela Rose.
The final image I'll leave with you, this post, is of a striped silk evening gown from Carolina Herrera, a masterpiece in geometry and gracefulness.

Only three more entries to go in our Spring color countdown.  I hope you've enjoyed out little foray into 'gray matter,' and will rejoin me for my next post as I present another fashion-forward color trend.  Until then... 


Stylishly yours,




 
Carolina Herrera
Carolina Herrera Collection Spring/Summer 2012; photo: Elle magazine
 

Saturday, November 5, 2011

My First Challenge Win!

I'll keep this one short and sweet but wanted to share.  I just won my first Shopstyle challenge, and I'm so excited.  This was the look I submitted.




I've been sidetracked a little, but will be getting back to spring color trends very soon. Until then....

Stylishly yours,