Resort Collections 2012 Trends

Posted: July 15, 2012 by jerkmag in TRIM -- style, VAULT -- archives
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68 collections spanning out over a course of what seemed like endless days and the Resort Collection shows of 2012 are over.  It looks like this is the season of pushing high expectations even higher.  This season’s silhouettes, color combinations, accessories, and prints are pushed to the next level.  Vogue has deemed fall to be the peak of hyperfashion.  Exaggerated, electric, and magnified even simple silhouettes are pushed to the limit.  Designers are sending the message to take bold risks, go big or go home.

In numerous collections playing up dramatic silhouettes was key.  Marc Jacobs while using bright neon patterns and florals his designs look like an Andy Warhol painting.  He also accented a wide hip in many of his silhouettes, a huge trend among other designers as well.

Florals were also a huge hit with designers Givenchy, Emilio Pucci, and Yves Saint Laurent.  From structured high-rise crochet detailed shorts to long billowed watercolor dresses—the playful floral print is taking center stage.

Many collections also got the pink punch—from pale rose to Schiap shocking it was everywhere.  Designers Celine, Reem Acra, and Bottega Veneta featured the color in their bright bold collections.

Alexander Wang, Michael Kors and Alexander McQueen went off in an opposite direction.  Usually when thinking resort many designers fall into the breezy trap of tropical florals but Wang, Kors, and McQueen came out with bold fabrics and sleek lines.  Both collections looked as if they were inspired by scuba gear with sports mesh tank dresses, athletic cut jackets, croc patterns, neon wet-suit seamed dresses and leather hip bags.

Among the dramatic silhouettes, floral patterns, neons, pinks and tropic themes the Olsen twin’s The Row took a classic sailor Brenton strip as their inspiration.  Out of all the wild trends going on right now, the Olsen twins over-sized Brenton stripe t-shirt dress sailed away with some the best ready to wear designs.

-Sara Freund

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