Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Trending for Spring Part VI - Citrus Explosion

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
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,


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