I love to look through all the latest runway shows and see what the trends are. Often times, looks come and go pretty quickly. Sometimes they are so obscure that we look at them and say “What were they thinking?!”
Many of the looks get simplified and replicated by less expensive designers and show up in the department and discount chain stores. Some designers can get annoyed with this downstream marketing, however, others feel imitation is the best form of flattery.
Often times it can be difficult to know what will stick and what will be forgotten. Movies and celebrities help in this sense as well. If the designer is lucky enough to have a celebrity love their clothes, wear them and promote them, it instant success. Many looks have been seen for the first time in a movie and have taken off. Political wives also play a big part in setting trends from Jackie O to Michelle Obama.
When looking for possible trends, I try to see look out for repetition and practicality. For example, if there is an idea or color theme that is present throughout many different collections and it is an idea the average shopper could pull off for the office or a night out, that is a good place to start.
I have begun to look through the latest 2012 Spring RTW collections and picked out a couple consistencies which I have put together below. Only the future will show whether or not these trends will play out, but it’s always fun to predict. In fact, it’s one of my favorite past times.
I noticed quite a bit of pastel, however, nothing was more evident than pastel pink in all it’s wonderous shades…
While sheers were popular, I also saw many with the large knitted lace look…
…and to go along with the lace were 3D flowers in all shapes and sizes.