Thursday, 26 January 2012

Sneak peek into SS12

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In the past couple of weeks, pre-season collections and tantalising sneak peeks of spring/summer fashion have been spreading like wildfire. We are still gripped in winter's icy fingers, but there is definitely light at the end of the tunnel and judging by what we've seen so far, it is a very bright and colourful light. Read on for a round up of the latest women's fashion trends for spring/summer 2012.

Club Tropicana

There is one trend that seems to blend Finding Nemo with 80s Wham! Tropical prints in shades of aqua marine, turquoise and banana yellow are used for dresses, pyjama shaped trousers, chinos, leggings and shirts. It's slightly late 80s/early 90s thanks to clashing prints and a bold colour palette, but somehow it just works and it most definitely epitomises summer. Add some shimmering sequins and metallics and you can see how this trend has been inspired but life above and below water. Check out House of Fraser's selection of tropical and mermaid-inspired dresses available online.

Get set to get tropical: PHASE EIGHT Papillon dress from House of Fraser.

After all that bold colour, this next trend offers some relief for your eyes. Simple, block colours in soft 'baby' shades of cotton blue, mint, lilac and dusty pink are mixed with feminine materials such as lace, cotton, voile and chiffon. The catwalks of Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton took this trend to the next level with head to toe pastel shades, but this is one of the best trends that can be incorporated into simple daytime looks. For example, add a knitted, cropped jumper in mint to a pair of acid wash skinny jeans or add a lilac leather handbag to a black dress.

Game on

Sporty fashion is going to be big this summer. Relaxed tees and tennis skirts are matched with super high strappy sandals, wedges and open shoe boots. The key to this trend will come down to styling and materials. Sporty fabrics that are lightweight and breathable as well as heavier materials akin to wetsuits and bathing suits are matched with luxe fabrics such as silk and rich jersey. The round-neck sweatshirt is a key piece and this trend calls for bare legs and short, sporty skirts. Tone your look down with mussed-up hair, minimal makeup and less-is-more jewellery.