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16.01.2012- Spring/Summer 2012 Trend Report

London Fashion Week AW 12/13 is now just around the corner, and in the fast-forward world of fashion that means only one thing – spring/summer has officially arrived.  So what should we be investing in for the new season? Guest blogger Jo-ann Fortune, who writes at wordsonthetopic and runs finds out...

Citrus colour pops
Fluoro and neon brights have been big fashion news for a good few seasons now, but if you can’t work out a way to introduce highlighter pink or garish green into your wardrobe, spring/summer’s citrus palette could help make this trend more accessible. Canary yellow, marigold and tangerine pieces were championed on the catwalks of Jaeger, Aquascutum, Mark Fast and sass & bide at LFW, being used to breathe life into everything from maxi dresses and mini-skirts to tailored trousers and shirts.

Invest in: Look for orange slouchy knits, cocoon jackets or kimonos for easy-to-wear additions to your wardrobe. Adding accessories to a neutral base is a great way to try out a bold trend and there are plenty of citrus bright bags, shoes and jewellery on the high street at the moment. Box bags, wedges and chunky cuffs work well with this statement look.

High shine metallics
High shine metallics and iridescent fabrics have been used to toughen up feminine shapes this season. Felder Felder and Giles injected a futuristic feel to their S/S collections with a memorable gleaming blue baby doll dress and laser-cut silver top evocative of protective shells, while Christopher Kane updated the classic shift with shimmering silver and a cocoon cut. The best thing about this look is that it works all year round - buy now and you can rework for your Christmas party. 

Invest in: A timeless silver dress that you can wear year after year. If you don’t want to go all out Quality Street, choose pieces with feature panelling, such as figure-defining side stripes. There’s plenty going on with this trend when it comes to women’s shoes too – look out for steel toes, metallic brogues and heels and stud detailing. 

Tropical style tribe
Ethnic-inspired geometrics, oversized animal prints and statement beading offer an edgy look for fashion fans of the ‘more is more’ persuasion this spring/summer. Burberry Prorsum made the humble T-shirt a fashion hero with some simple wooden block beading and married the tribal and sports luxe trends to create a zipped African-inspired jacket. Holly Fulton mixed ethnic influences with her trademark art deco styling to create statement dresses from zebra print, triangle repetitions and beading. And Matthew Williamson went for natural hue graphic motifs with tropical highlights.   

Invest in: Statement jewellery is a must for this look – pick up jewelled and metal collars, feathered earrings and hair accessories and layer up bangles. Woven bags are another key accessory this season,  and will look great with tribal print bikinis and beach cover-ups.

What trends will you be following this season?

*This post is the first in a series of three sponsored by John Lewis.  

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  1. Love the idea of little blasts of citron! Totally brighten up any look!

    Great forcast :)


  2. I can't wait to start peeling off the layers and start wearing spring summer things!


  3. absolutely adore the felder felder dress!! thanks for your lovely comment :) xxx

  4. Love it !!!


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