Trending now for Spring 2012 — white suits.
Choose from masculine or feminine cuts, depending on whether you lean towards sporty or ladylike trends. The sporty trend is one that’s made to look athletic by the cut and fabric choices; see Max Mara’s take on a sport white suit.
Also, sheer detail is everywhere this year and fashion houses Elie Saab and Calvin Klein had no difficulty incorporating that into several of their looks.
Designer Nina Ricci did something new by taking nontraditional pieces, bustier and a belted knit coat, and turned it into a suited look. The folded back collar simulates a wide lapel and the double-breasted buttons reminds me of a suit jacket.
The “short suit” is something we’ll be seeing a lot of come the warmer months. Designers across the board ditched the pant/skirt option and paired the blazer with shorts. I especially like Jenny Kanye’s version with the hint of floral print on the shorts.
This look by Yves Saint Laurent is nothing ground breaking, but the boxy cropped blazer is a staple for this season.
Well the Academy Awards Red Carpet was an interesting one thanks to Sacha Baron Cohen “cremating” Ryan Seacrest. But besides his cheap attempt to increase box office numbers, there were great moments that I oooh’d and ahhh’d at in the fashion of today’s stars.
Michelle Williams: She is without a doubt my Best Dressed winner. After a series of ho-hum pieces displayed at the previous awards shows, the Best Actress nominee epitomizes the kind of Marilyn Monroe glamour she’s nominated for portraying, while adding in a touch of Michelle Williams softness. This Louis Vuitton gown foreshadows big trends for 2012, like it’s bright hue, peplum and small hip bow. The dress took over 300 hours to create, and is made of silk mousseline and organza ribbons.
Kristen Wiig: Wins the Underdog Award in this nude J. Mendel gown. Her dresses have been heavily criticized throughout the awards season, but this is an obvious winner. The tiered dress looks couture, yet feminine. The green and crystal jewels compliment, without overwhelming.
Maria Menounos: She stole the show in this Maria Lucia Hohan dress. She is my choice for Best Use of Color in this beautiful seafoam green shade. Ashley Tisdale actually wore a one shoulder red version of the gown, luckily she wasn’t seen on the arrivals red carpet.
Rooney Mara: Wins for Best in Haute Couture in this Givenchy gown. There was plenty of white on the red carpet, so it was nice to see Rooney try something different with the sailor inspired bodice.
Kate Mara: She hit the carpet in Jack Guisso Couture, and is awarded with Best Embellished Gown. The detailing is so delicate and whimsical, this dress is everything I love about fashion.
Dizzying patterns, exaggerated embellishments and strange assortments of fabric make this Spring a very unique one for fashion.
Armani and Givenchy place twists of fabric on peplums and collars to accent their pieces. The twist on Armani’s dress blends perfectly with the spinning pattern and reminds me of a plane’s propeller starting to turn. Even with soft hues on a delicate fabric, Prada’s symmetrical pattern makes the dress appear to be jumping off the model. This is a great example of the “ladylike” trend updated to include something special.
McQueen’s and D&G’s frocks are covered in embellishments that seem to float around the model’s body instead of resting on them. These pieces are both covered in detail, yet airy and light.
Jason Wu’s Ready to Wear Spring Collection has me praying for warm weather. The Manhattan-based designer knows how to perfectly incorporate risks into a ready to wear collection. While there was plenty of white/black pieces, candy pinks, neon yellows and a palette of blues in florals dotted the runway.
Let’s start with my favorite trend, the peplum. In some pieces, Wu used feather and beading embellishments and also successfully incorporated a short under a peplum top – no easy feat. I adore the the white dress with exaggerated feather detailing, it makes me think old hollywood. The strappy shoe and long earrings were a great way to update this look to 2012.
Wu collaborated with KAWS, the graffiti artist who came to fame in the nineties for inking up bus-shelter ads of Kate Moss, on the flower-petal print that repeatedly walked down the runway. Florals are no new idea for a Spring collection, so Wu’s use of a graffiti artist is a nice way to ad diversity in the inspiration process. I loved the high waisted, thigh-baring shorts in florals. My favorite is the pairing of the opaque floral top with the solid short. We saw lot’s of floral pant suits in couture Spring and Summer shows, and I like this twist on the trend.
The hemline went up and down in this colllection. Extremely high on sport shorts, which I loved paired with a cropped bustier or beaded-collar top.
Extremely low on the maxi dresses with cascading hemline. These dresses combated a winter feel with lightweight fabrics, bright colors and strapless necklines. For the ladylike pieces, Wu showed a fit-n-flare knee length dresses along side A Line shifts with excessive high-low hems.
Fergie wins the Straight Off the Runway Award for her stunning Jean Paul Gaultier gown. Yes, it is totally sheer lace and the color is extremely bold, and most will take one look and say no. But this is how couture is done!
This dress hit the runway in Paris only two weeks ago and seeing it walk down the red carpet gave me the same chills as seeing it on a runway. Do yourself a favor and check out Gaultier’s line. It’s full of antics like lit cigarettes as accessories and giant gem-toned wigs, but this line is a great example of the updated ’50s inspired trend (see entire collection here: http://www.style.com/fashionshows/review/S2012CTR-JPGAULTI)
Rihanna, without contest, wins the Sexiest Look Award. The creation of this stunning low cut, backless piece was actually a collaboration between her and Giorgio Armani.
Katy Perry wins the Elegance Award for this delicate Elie Saab gown. The soft hue, beautiful train and simple silhouette is a change for her past edgier choices — perhaps a pending divorce makes Katy conservative? Whether Russel Brand is to thank for this look or not, I adore the softer side of Miss Perry.
Kelly Price wins the Dressing for Body Type Award. This frock is perfectly cut for her figure, I especially love the placement of the waistline and cap sleeve details. And the color could not have been more flattering!
Jessie J wins the Rockstar Award for this gown by Julien Macdonald. The metallics remind me of a night at Studio 69 and the shape is ultra flattering.
Erdem Moralioğlu is on his way to becoming a household name.
Born in in Montreal, Erdem earned a B.A. in fashion from Ryerson University in Toronto and later received a Masters at London’s Royal College of Art. He moved to New York where he worked alongside Diane von Furstenberg before relocating back to London to launch his own label in 2005.
This label is synonymous with color and femininity, and known for mastering floral prints. His fan base includes celebrities from all walks of life, and can be seen on everyone from Sarah Jessica Parker to Kate Middleton. His label “Erdem” is sold globally in more than 50 premiere department and specialty stores.
Erdem won the 2010 inaugural British Fashion Council/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund.The Award which is comprised of £200,000 and access to director level mentors across the industry. The BFC invites eight design houses to present their collections and future plans to the judging panel of Fund sponsor representatives and industry experts chaired by Alexandra Shulman, Editor of British Vogue. Along with Erdem in 2010 the shortlist included: Angel Jackson, Christopher Kane, Clements Ribeiro, E. Tuatz, Marios Schwab, Nicholas Kirkwood, and Richard Nicoll.
When asked to name his design hero, he chose Yves Saint Laurent.
The stars know the SAG Awards Show is a good time to risk an outfit.
Traditionally, not as watched (so not as important) as the Academy Awards or Golden Globes, this is a good time to
try out a look. The Glee ladies are young and talented, and should be taking a chance. The only problem, their choices came out a little flat.
When we see a dress going down the runway, it looks stunning and dramatic. So perhaps when Jenna Ushkowitz saw this going down the Rebecca Minkoff Spring runway, she assumed it was formal enough for a red carpet. She was wrong. The sad thing is, I love this dress and Jenna looks fantastic, but a total red carpet swing and miss.
Lot’s of starlets showed off legs in a mini under sheer fabric. However, Heather Morris’ leather cut off dress was too dominatrix-inspired for an awards ceremony. Not too mention, the neckline is unflattering, jewelry gaudy and the shoes tacky. Heather — What happened here?
When women want to accentuate a part of the body, a good idea is too add fabric to that area with details like ruffles and bows. Amber Riley’s dress puts a big bow on an area she does not need highlighted. The bow looks almost cartoonish, also her bust and stomach are covered in access fabric. To me, this dress would have been perfect for her without the bow and cascading peplum.
Traditionally, Francisco Costa (womenswear creative director for CK) has chosen masculine styles with rigid architecture. For Spring 2012, Costa said goodbye to androgyny and hello to sweet feminine pieces.
Calvin Klein is known for chic minimalism, and that credo may be doing them a big favor this season. So many designers used electric neon colors and distracting patterns for Spring. CK kept to a clean color story, using only nudes, black and silver. The simplicity and color choices make this line a great ready-to-wear collection.
Most of the pieces were silk and included sheer detailing. Many pieces are lingerie inspired, as this was a breakout trend this past fall/winter. Which again, is good news for CK as a large part of their empire is lingerie. Uma Thurman, Naomi Watts, Ashley Greene, and Chloë Moretz were all sitting front row for the Spring CK show.
I love the red carpet march of celebs, a collection of beautiful women wearing gowns that often seem to come out of a dream. So suffice it to say, it’s disappointing when celebs show up in a boring frock that’s been seen a million times before. The simple solution to avoid boring fans would be to wear something that’s never been on the red carpet. Yet, no one wants to be on the “worst dressed list” which, once on, can be difficult to shake.
For 2012 Golden Globes, there were definitely some swings and misses — cough Amanda Peet — cough cough Jessica Biel. With that being said, I’ve gathered a few ladies who took a chance, and nailed it.
Nicole Kidman arrived in a curve-hugging Versace gown. The Aztec-inspired beading pattern was pulled together perfectly with her gold jewelry and clutch.
Newcomer Shailene Woodley’s shimmering gown combined a uniquely structured top, with a flowy chic skirt. This rough and smooth match up is complimented perfectly by the soft color.
Charlize Theron in a low-cut Dior gown showed us how to execute a side peplum. The tall slit and sparkly headband add even more elegance to this stunning look.
Rooney Mara manages to make this black cut-out Nina Ricci gown look sweet and not at all intimidating. Rooney made the right choice to not add jewelry and keep her hair and makeup simple, as the cut-out detail needs no help to make a statement. Also, don’t miss the detail at the bottom of the skirt.
Madeleine Stowe combines a structured bodice, peplum, and lace/tulle detailing in a drop dead gorgeous gown. The color is bright and perfect for making an entrance.
I am in love. And at the same time, heavily motivated to hit the gym, because I know Spring 2012 is filled with belly baring fashion.
Now stop right there! Do not immediately judge and say you won’t wear this trend! Why is it so taboo to show a little navel?
We bare legs, shoulders and cleavage — at what point did we decide that our middle needs to stay covered? After all, is two inches of bare midriff that offensive? Now with that being said, let’s talk about how fabulous this is.
We had fun in Fall and Winter of 2011 with the cropped sweater, which we layered with a cami or tunic. The Summer 2011 take on the crop had more coverage than what we’re seeing for this Spring, so this is going to be the more skin than recent history has shown. Another notable difference is how structured the tops are now. Spring is showing us bra-like fitted tops, which believe me is more flattering than the exaggerated over sized crop top.
Asymmetrical banding detail was popular with designers when revealing their take on this trend. Donna Karan decided to pair their banded top with a full midi tribal pattern skirt. Rouland Mouret wanted the top to stay the focus and paired with a soft blue pencil skirt. My favorite look of this trend is the matching pattern top and full skirt, like the one seen from Dolce and Gabbana in the above image. D&G captured the essence of a lady like Spring dress with their yellow and green floral pattern. The small section of exposed waist puts a chic twist on what would have been a ho hum dress.
Gweneth Paltrow got her lucky hands on one of Emilio Pucci’s Spring designs for her Emmy appearance this past September, and this dress sent shock waves through all of Hollywood. The amazing fabric and pattern make the dress stand out, but Pucci took it to a different dimension by separating the pieces.
Ladies it’s finally time to grin and bare it!