Viral Fashion’s Spring Summer 2012 Trend Report

viral fashion 2012 spring summer womens trend shopping animal print zebra snake bird altuzarra giambattista valli lanvin style.comANIMAL INSTINCTS:  It’s officially time to place your leopard-print pieces on a sabbatical; the spring collections provided a decisive answer to “where the wild things are, price ” as several heretofore underrepresented members of the animal kingdom made their forceful foray into the fashion fold. Graphic head-to-toe zebra stripes, slinky serpents and brilliant technicolor birds of paradise were among the standout prints that ran wild on the runways.


viral fashion 2012 peplum trend spring summer runway alexander mcqueen givenchy celineGETTING WAISTED:  For those still on a quest for the perfect hourglass figure, the search ends here, for the peplum has staged a comeback. Far removed from the Alexis Carrington mould, these aren’t your typically frilly flounces. Softer than fall’s rigid corsetry, this season’s curves aren’t quite as dangerous as they could be, but while they may lack in outright ferocity, they’re still to be handled with care.


viral fashion 2012 trend summer women shopping runway spring haute couture colume color neon roksanda ilincic jason wu miu miu style.comHAUTE STUFF:  Bring on the drama! The presence of haute couture’s patron saint Cristobal Balenciaga could be felt on runways in each of the fashion capitals this season. More than a few designers channeled his sculptural spirit with stunning results. Structured barrel sleeves, bell-shaped cuffs, bubble skirts and a sweeping gown or two were given new life thanks to lurid colors, buoyant lightness and an easy, modern attitude.


viral fashion 2012 trend spring summer runway lace dolce & gabbana valentino louis vuitton marc jacobsLACES IN:  In keeping with the overtly feminine aesthetic that pervaded the entire season, lace is most definitely a prominent trend. From classic Chantilly and crochet to quirky takes on broderie anglaise, lace wove its way into dresses, patchwork coats, bathing suit bottom-esque briefs, and even face-obscuring caps. In some cases, different laces were layered over one another for added texture, while on other occasions it was cut in leather for an edgier feel. Furthermore, in addition to classic pastoral white, the fabric appeared in a veritable rainbow of hues, from pale blue, pink and yellow to vivid red.


viral fashion 2012 spring summer ladylike retro trend shopping women runway jil sander raf simons prada nina ricciLADIES FIRST: While last fall’s woman was a mysterious, id-driven femme fatale, this spring she has evolved into a demure lady who’s acutely in touch with her feminine side. There’s an innate sweetness and refinement to many of the ladylike looks shown on runways in each of the major fashion capitals. The results included pretty pleated skirts, tailored coats, and delicate sheaths, in cavity-causing candy colors and pure white. While there is an undeniably saccharine element to this particular trend, make no mistake that this lady is every bit as strong and smart as she is sweet.


viral fashion 2012 spring summer trend women runway gucci ralph lauren etro great gatsby art deco 20sLE JAZZ HOT:  The Twenties came back with a roar this season. Jazz age glitz and depression-era glamour lit up more than a few runways, and the results were fabulously fun and flirty. Spring’s neo-flappers, complete with dropped waists, shimmying fringe and dazzling sequins, make for the perfect antidote to all things pretty and proper. Better practice your Charleston, ladies; it’s time to party like it’s 1929.


viral fashion 2012 mint pastel color trend spring summer shopping runway women ysl marc jacobs costume nationalMINT CONDITION:  Nothing is more synonymous with springtime than pastels, but of all the sugary shades that designers have in their arsenal — candy pink, peach, pale yellow, lavender — mint isn’t the most obvious choice for pastel supremacy. It’s kind of the odd duck of the pastel bunch, caught as it is between blue and green, but that didn’t stop it from ruling the runways. For spring, it just doesn’t get much cooler than mint.


viral fashion 2012 shorts briefs hot pants trend shopping runway spring summer proenza schouler prada balenciaga style.comSHORT ORDER:  Who wears short shorts? Well, if a handful of intrepid designers have any say in the matter, you will come spring. And this time around, they’re really short. With a decidedly retro feel (and practically nonexistent inseams to boot), this season’s micro-shorts are certainly not for the faint of heart. While some are somewhat forgivingly cut with more volume than others, all are characterized by the fact that they barely graze the tops of the thighs. Wear them with breezy halter tops, buttoned-up blouses and cropped jackets..but we’d advise against wearing them on any form of public transportation.


viral fashion 2012 slash cut spring summer trend runway shopping prabal gurung hakaan mugler lady gagaSLASH FICTION:  Get ready to bare it all, because this season designers went to town with their scissors, slashing and slicing their garments with an aggressive, almost brutal, new energy. Jagged cutouts and the naked flesh they showed off were the strongest argument against delicate femininity the runways could possibly have offered. Not for the timid — or the less-than-fit — what these clothes lack in versatility (and fabric, in some cases) they more than make up for in impact.


viral fashion 2012 shine sheen metallic sequin trend spring summer runway shopping givenchy riccardo tisci chanel theyskens theory style.comTHE SHINING: It would appear that several prominent designers have taken a shine to all things gleaming, glittering and shimmering. They have also expanded beyond the expected metallic golds and silvers, experimenting with shiny shades across the color spectrum. Whether it’s a pair of cropped trousers coated with an iridescent holographic film, a dress covered entirely in silver sequins, or an oceanic-inspired mother-of-pearl finish on an otherwise classic shift, if it reflects or refracts light, it belongs in your closet.

by The Viral Fashion Editorial Staff