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{live from the runway} BCBG Max Azria RTW Spring 2013

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Max and Lubov Azria channeled the femme fatale mystique of Helmut Newton’s photography for their spring lineup. This translated into a soft, fluid and elongated silhouette juxtaposed with bold harness pieces at the bodice for a graphic effect. Leather met lace in a range of looks including dusty pink top paired with a matching leather skirt. The palette remained neutral, featuring contrasts of soft pink, lavender and ivory with black.



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{trends} Step Into Spring with the Hottest Fashion Items

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Giambattista Valli sleeveless top, £579 Preen zipper pants, £699 Stiletto high heels, £166 Nina Ricci tote bag, £1,129 Chanel jewelry, £790 Chanel beaded necklace, £1,495 Noemi Klein butterfly stud earrings, £102

Spring has sprung, and the sun will (hopefully) soon be peeking through the windows. Time to get out, it’s a good excuse to rejuvenate the wardrobe.  A natural optimism can be found in the latest fashion trends for Spring/Summer 2012.  A kaleidoscope of tropical colours, psychedelic patterns and downright sexy midriff tops, went straight from the catwalk and into the High Street and online boutiques. There has never been a better time to invest in beautiful designer clothes.


Hot trends include a very feminine silhouette with cinched waistlines on dresses and tops, and ruffle detailing that accentuates the hips; a subtle nod to 80s-style tailoring.  For pool-side glamour, think of a 1950s ruched bandeau that shows off a tanned and trimmed midriff.  Team this with a bold flower-print skirt or even tailored cropped pants to create the ‘wow-factor’.

Sugar-sweet pastels are all the rage for Spring/Summer 2012.  With egg-shell delicate fabrics and 60s inspired A-line dresses in a range of sorbet colours that look delicious and refreshing. 

Following along with this trend is a fondness for yellow in every Pantone shade imaginable from lemon to custard.  Yellow shades have penetrated classic suits, maxi dresses and cigarette pants and accessories.

The magpies amongst us will be glad to see that shiny, sparkling dresses and pants are hot this season.  Iridescent and shiny plastic and polymer dresses teamed with floaty and delicate flesh-toned overlays. The resulting contrast in textures is exhilarating and edgy.  

Girly lace and broderie anglais dresses in demure high cuts are very right now.  These come in pastel colours designed for modern dolls like candy pink, lilac and canary yellow.

The new Baz Luhrmann film The Great Gatsby is coming out soon. Catwalk fashion has taken inspiration from the 1920s with shiny, flapper dresses with black and white art deco detailing. Overall Spring/Summer fashion looks to be fun, frivolous and full of bold statement items.  
Outfits

{trends} Update Your Wardrobe for Spring/Summer 2012 in Five Steps

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Getting ready for Spring/Summer 2012 needn’t involve a complete wardrobe overhaul, so here are five simple steps on what to buy, what to ditch and what to keep for the coming months.
Era to embody: 1920s
Already one of the most talked about films of 2012 despite not being scheduled for release until December, fashionistas will be getting in the mood for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby during the spring and summer months. Gucci led the way at its Spring/Summer 2012 show with geometric print flapper dresses, while the Jazz Age was a key influence at the Etro show. Ralph Lauren was also enamored with the flapper style, with fringed skirts, elaborate beading on dresses, and cloche hats dominating its Spring/Summer 2012 presentation.

 Motif to embrace: floral
There are certain motifs we know will re-emerge season after season (nautical, lace, floral), and for Spring/Summer 2012 flowers are particularly prevalent. Colorful bloom prints were all over the catwalk, ranging from the iridescent creations adorned with multicolored blooms at Christopher Kane to the broderie anglaise Louis Vuitton frock sported by Lana Del Rey on the cover of UK Vogue’s March issue. Floral pieces from the Vuitton collection have also been seen on covers including British Elle (by Alexa Chung) to Vogue Japan (by Kate Moss). For the coming months, Paul Smith is offering cropped floral blazers, Diane von Furstenberg leaf-print pants, while 7 For All Mankind is offering floral print denim and Uniqlo has teamed up with English fashion and lifestyle brand Laura Ashley for a Spring 2012 collection comprising floral prints, T-shirts, stoles, and tunics.

 Item to keep from Fall/Winter 11/12: anything leather
One of the biggest revelations to emerge from the Spring/Summer 2012 shows was that leather is no longer the reserve of the winter months — with labels including Hermès, Céline, Balmain and Margiela all championing the material in its various forms. Winter’s leather shorts minus tights and teamed with a sheer blouse makes for an on-trend Spring/Summer 2012 look à la 3.1 Phillip Lim. However, if you do want to invest in something new in the material, lighter tones and minimalist cuts provide a far less wintery aesthetic — Topshop has a variety of neon colored leather jackets for Spring/Summer 2012.

 Item to revive from Spring/Summer 2011: the pleated skirt
The influence of ballet thriller Black Swan on the fashion world for Spring/Summer 2011 saw an array of balletic silhouettes dominating the catwalk, and fashionistas who invested in the ubiquitous pleated skirt will be glad to know it’s back for another season. This style ruled the runways at Spring/Summer 2012 shows including Chloé, Etro and Erdem, and can be easily updated for the coming months. For example, combining with a crop top (big news at Spring/Summer 2012 presentations including Versace/D&G and Alexander Wang) will offer an edgier take on the style. Meanwhile, high street retailers including H&M have their own take on the trend, with pleated pencil skirts among the highlights for the coming months.

 Items to swap: forget skinny slacks, go wide leg
Since their re-emergence in the early 2000s, slimline slacks have become a wardrobe staple and despite the palazzo pant’s brief moment in the spotlight for Spring/Summer 2011, wide leg trousers have been left in the sidelines. But this is all about to change for Spring/Summer 2012, after labels ranging from Nina Ricci to L.A.M.B. and Roksanda Illincic went for slouchy, ultra wide trousers — many with a high waist. The look has taken to the high street too, from retailers such as Maje to more mass-market brands including H&M picking up on the trend for Spring/Summer 2012. This look works best pared down with a simple T-shirt and ballerina shoes. Petite ladies should add wedges to avoid being swamped by all the excess material.

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{accessorizing} John Hardy Jewelry Celebrates The Year of the Dragon

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According to the Chinese calendar, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon, indicating a bright future full of energy and success. Symbolic in Chinese tradition as a token of good luck, beauty, spirituality and prosperity, the Dragon is considered to be a blessed symbol. In anticipation for the yearlong event that begins end of January, John Hardy Head Designer and Creative Director, Guy Bedarida, has expanded the brand’s signature Naga collection for spring 2012.
The Naga collection includes meticulously handcrafted sterling silver and gold cuffs, earrings, bracelets, pendants and rings that are rich with precious and semi-precious gemstones all depicting the figurative dragon head or its scale motif. In addition, John Hardy has also created special edition Naga Dragon Head bracelets to correspond with each of the signs of the Zodiac – uniting Eastern and Western astrology. Customers can experience the legend, inspiration and craftsmanship of the Naga collection and find out which dragon is representative of their Zodiac sign.
An old Balinese legend tells of a mythical dragon called the Naga, who boldly dives from the Tiga Gunung volcanoes and into the sea at twilight to visit his most loved possession, the Pearl. As dawn breaks, the Naga returns with water cascading from his scales, bringing rain to the rice fields for a good harvest.

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{trends} Reiss S/S 12 L.A.: The Sunshine Season

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Reiss new collection is inspired by 90s minimalism, Reiss SS12 references the clean lines from past Calvin Klein campaigns, and the sex appeal and cut of vintage Jean Paul Gaultier. Playing with proportions, fabrications and layering ensure that the clean lines of the 90s silhouettes feel fresh and modern.



A study of prints is evident this season. The journey begins organically with intricately hand drawn florals, which are repeated and distorted to give a more graphic illusion. Hand drawn birds are digitally printed onto smoky backgrounds and insect wings are blown up to become unrecognisable.
 
Watery abstracts and stripes feature later for a poolside vibe. Unusual coloured, almost snake-effect textures in print and burnout feel effortless, versatile and easy to wear. Clashing palm prints and botanicals are styled together for a playful juxtaposition.

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