Fall 2012 Fashion Trends
Paris fashion week wrapped up yesterday with the last heavy hitters of the fashion world walking the catwalk for their presentation of the Fall 2012, Winter 2013 collections. Leather in every shape and size, fur that would warm the coldest heart, and the french answer to the prominent safety orange color trend.
Recapping the trends:
Color: If we were talking about New York or Milan, even London, I wouldn’t even take a breadth before I spoke… Safety Orange! The runway was teeming with it. Not in Paris though. As if to sweep aside the prominent color trend this fall-winter season and introduce the next choice color, the french give us green. Yes we still see a lot of orange, metallics, and neon, but it was the green that really stood out as the thing to be seen in come September 2012. We’re talking every shade from evergreen/moss to in your face zesty lime (as seen at Chanel). Designers capitalizing on this new flavor are Hermes, Lanvin, Gaultier, Louis Vuitton, and Adrian Runhof.
Feathers! If you’re ticklish, too bad! Suck it up princess because for fall 2012, Big Bird is so hot right now! Feathers erupted on the runway like a pillow fight in a teen flick, leading the trend: McQueen and Peachoo + Krejberg with ornate feather creations that ranged from slight feather tufts to full on frothing feather gowns. Playing feathers a little cooler this season we see Louis Vuitton’s Edwardian influenced looks jazzed up with feathers, Andrew Gn using lace and feather appliqué and Zuhair Murad’s take on a cocktail dress collides with a giant bedazzled bird. Let’s see if Jlo wears this to her next awards ceremony?
Inspiration: For many designers, this season began with a meditation on the intersection between East and West (ha ha, sorry for the Devil Wears Prada reference, couldn’t help myself). Seriously though, designers seemed to be influenced by Eastern and more specifically, the Japanese aesthetic.
Deconstructed Kimonos were showcased by Maison Martin Margiela and Damir Doma, cherry blossom motifs were showcased at Leonard and renditions of classic Japanese prints were featured by Dries Van Noten. All of these designers looked far to the East for their edge on the Paris runways. Another designer who took the Eastern trend and spun it on it’s head was Nicola Formichetti at Muglar who had some fun with the trend and styled models after ninja like anime characters. How Fun!
Leather, this was the material of choice, whether it was capes, chaps, trench coats, you name it, leather was there. From Valentino, with is high gloss leather cape and knee high pants to YSL, Givenchy and… well just about everyone else. Gautier spray-painted it and punk’t it out, Hakaan turned out full leather looks in a deep wine and terracotta shades and the ever edgy Arzu Kaprol used it as a bondage twist to harness up his models. Heck even Kanye West made it into a belt whip on one look.
Fur: Lastly, it is the mega trend of the season and has been in every major runway presentation in literally every fashion week around the world. Fur. Dyed, wrapped, carried, jeweled, and feathered. I can’t remember a time when I saw so many innovative fur pieces on the runway. The list of designers using it includes just about everyone and it is used in just about every way imaginable, with the exception of undergarments, that would be awkward.