Spring/ summer 2012 trend preview

With the cold winds blowing in, it may seem a little early to be thinking about updating your spring/summer wardrobe, but those in the know have already previewed the biggest trends for the new season at international fashion weeks. So, what’s hot for spring/summer 2012 (s/s12)? Here we offer a rundown of five key fashions to invest in now.

Citrus shades

Marigold and canary yellow were among the zingy citrus hues championed for the new year at New York and London fashion weeks. During the UK’s biggest fashion event, designers such as Osman, Mark Fast, Jaeger and Aquascutum used the tactile textures of silk, crochet and drape details to create pieces that looked good enough to eat. The fun orange and lemon prints of 2011 appear to have given way to grown-up fruity fabrics on dresses, skirts and even peg-legged trousers.

Trend-lead tribal

An eclectic mix of textures, embellishments and bold prints bring tribal trends to summer fashion. Holly Fulton, Burberry Prorsum, Matthew Williamson and Sass & Bide were among the designers to use geometric patterns, zig zag prints and oversized animal prints to create an exotic look perfect for summer holidays. Get the look for less with obi belts, statement big beaded accessories and leather and tribal print tapestry handbags and rucksacks.

1920s glamour

Screen hits Boardwalk Empire and The Great Gatsby look set to inspire formal fashion for summer events. Drop-waist designs, geometric shapes and delicate beaded embellishments brought retro glamour to the Milan catwalks, with designers such as Gucci, Roberto Cavalli and Etro all showcasing sophisticated flapper-style dresses just perfect for adding a touch of elegance to your chic city break wardrobe.

Pastel palette

Those with a love of pretty, feminine fashion will be picking from pieces in ice cream colours and candy shades next season. Mint green, canary yellow, sky blue, peachy pink and soft orange tones prettied up the catwalk collections at Paris Fashion Week, with Valentino, John Galliano and Cacharel among the fashion houses to use the palette on delicate floaty, sheer and silky dresses, skirts and skirts. Pastels are also big in make-up trends in s/s12.

Cropped boxy jackets

When bulky women’s coats are packed away for next winter, there’s one key piece that should replace them for the warmer season – the Chanel-inspired box jacket. These chic cropped tops, with contrast trim, are ideal for smartening up an office outfit, or for throwing over a vest and capri pants on a Riviera break. Look for the classic navy and white combination, or be brave in colour pop trim – Tory Burch injected vibrancy with flame orange and lilac shades.

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