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Trend Report: Spring 2012

Spring has officially sprung and we could not be more excited! Why, you ask? We now have a slew of new runway trends to make our own, which brings us to today’s Trend Report.

Trend Report: Spring 2012

Spring has officially sprung and we could not be more excited! Why, you ask? Not only is every store jam-packed with fresh new clothes, and every makeup counter teeming with fun new products, but we now have a slew of new runway trends to make our own, which brings us to today’s Trend Report. We have poured over every single spring collection with just one aim in mind: picking out the ten top trends you should pay attention to this spring. On that note, click through for your sneak peek at the standout trends and must-have pieces you need now!

Pretty Pastels
Pastel hues are having a major moment this spring thanks to turns on the catwalk at Louis Vuitton (pictured), Diane von Furstenberg, and Jonathan Saunders. While it is worth noting that this trend can be worn in a number of ways—from clothes through to shoes and accessories—we are particularly smitten with the head-to-toe pastels shown at 3.1 Phillip Lim. To get a head start on this pretty spring trends, check out Missoni’s Knit Dress ($1,130) and Zara’s Guipure Lace Dress ($90).

Flower Power
While floral prints always make an appearance in spring, this spring we are looking at flowers with major power. Who did it best? At DKNY (pictured), Donna Karan impressed the crowd with a series of lively red-and-blue pieces. At Rodarte, the audience was treated to gorgeous sunflower prints, while at Christopher Kane, there was a veritable field of flowers. To get a head start on this bold spring trend, try Elizabeth and James’ Floral Luxe Blouse ($295) or Zara’s Cropped Printed Trousers ($60).

Deco Dressing
This season, we said goodbye to the 1970s and moved on to the deco dressing of the 1920s, thanks in part to brands like Gucci (pictured) and Ralph Lauren. Happily, you don’t have to take a trip back in time to try this trend—a glam flapper-style dress can be worn with a pair of patent pumps and a pulled-back hairdo. To get a head start on this glitzy spring trend, check out French Connection’s Flapper Dress ($286) and Sue Wong’s Beaded Dress ($470).

Get Sporty
Thanks to brands such as Isabel Marant (pictured), Rag & Bone, and Kenzo, sportswear is having a big moment this spring and you don’t have to be a sports fanatic to get involved. You can dress up a bandage dress with a varsity jacket, try scuba-inspired body con dresses, or you can balance a sequined top with a pair of track pants. To get a head start on this cool spring trend, pick up BDG’s Varsity Jacket ($69) or Derek Lam’s Scuba Dress ($990).

Cropped Tops
This season, cropped tops are set to take the industry by storm thanks to brands like Aquilano.Rimondi (pictured), Proenza Schouler, and Miu Miu. Naturally, there are a few rules you should keep in mind when working this skin-baring trend. Most notably, it is wise to temper your cropped top with a high-waist bottom. Ready? To get a head start on this subtly sexy spring trend, try Miu Miu’s Cropped Cotton Top ($550) and Topshpo’s Aztec Lace Crop Top ($32).

Global Glam
This spring, we are smitten with the global glamour that was seen at shows like Bottega Veneta (pictured), Burberry Prorsum, and Etro. This is yet another trend that can be tweaked to suit your personal style. You can wear it head-to-toe, or you can look for smaller accents such as a piece of jewelry or an embellished heel. To get a head start on this modern-boho spring trend, pick up Collective Concepts’ Tribal-Print Dress ($79) or Zara’s Ethnic Clutch Bag ($90).

Under The Sea
There is always a trend on the runways that is slightly unexpected. This season, it is the abundance of ocean-inspired pieces. For example, at Elie Saab (pictured), the audience was treated to mermaid-like gowns in glittering ocean green, while at Versace, the theme was a little more literal—dresses were embellished with starfish and seahorses. To get a head start on this surprising spring trend, check out pieces like Backstage’s Lucinda Sequin Dress ($168) and Lilly Pulitzer’s Elsa Top ($158).

Metallic Mix
Thanks to brands like Theyskens’ Theory (pictured), Diesel Black Gold, and Prabal Gurung, it is time for you to have a metallic moment. You will need confidence to work this look, yes, but if you work it right, you will be sure to stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons. To get a head start on this glam spring trend, pick up Topshop’s Metallic Jacquard Cigarette Trousers ($90) and pair it with Guess’s Simona Sleeveless Top ($79) in white.

Peplum Party
Peplum silhouettes were everywhere during the spring shows—at Giorgio Armani (pictured), Acne, and Jason Wu, just to name a few. This look is decidedly feminine, which is perfect for spring. We recommend playing up the flirty feel by looking for peplum pieces in soft colors like violet or neutral colors like cream and off-white. To get a head start on this girly spring trend, pick up Alice + Olivia’s Victoria Peplum Dress ($264) or Parker’s Strapless Bustier Top ($187).

If you have embraced the sportswear look, our final trend—mesh pieces—is sure to thrill. Yes, mesh pieces were spotted at Rag & Bone (pictured), Derek Lam, and Alexander Wang, just to name a few, and this trend is sure to give any spring outfit a sporty twist. Plus, the layering possibilities are practically endless! You can get a head start on this fun spring trend by checking out See by Chloe’s Mesh Top ($240) and Sparkle & Fade’s Mesh Tank ($44).


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