The Spring 2012 fashion shows are all wrapped up, and I have narrowed down what my spring wardrobe will look like (i wish) in three easy shows. I think these shows best represent the diversity and fun designs out there, as well as the my chameleon-like fashion tendencies.
Up first? Chanel. While Karl Lagerfeld was not the only one to use the ocean and deep sea as a reference for his spring collection, he by far was the most successful. His beautiful assortment of pastels was tipped and dotted with tulle, jewels and scads of pearls- adorned on collars, draped around the waist, and even used to show the vertebrae on the back of a dress. I love the whimsical nature of this clothing while still maintaining some structure and form. I think my favorite piece is the jeweled long dress in the bottom right- the print is very atypical Chanel, but with Karl’s touch, to die for.
Now let’s change directions. Balmain is always a purveyor of the armour-as-clothing aesthetic, and while I always love it, it never stands out to me. This year it all changed. The metallic gold paired with soft white and baby blue and chambray is a perfect way to take this tough-chic look to the streets. Of course that black detailed dress in the upper right is one of the hottest things I have ever seen, but I am more surprised-and delighted- by how Olivier Rousteing utilized the brand’s typically fierce patterns on that flowy gold cardigan on the bottom left. That piece will be my go-to cover up for next year’s wedding season!
Last but certainly not least, Derek Lam’s new small capsule collection of 10 Crosby is exactly what I want to wear to work come spring time. Lively color-blocking, flattering silhouettes and an all around fun attitude are what make this show, and these clothes every woman’s spring dream. That fabulous striped dress and the sleeves on the white coat and definite must-haves, while I LOVE the leg -lengthening lines on both the pencil skirt and the pants- tres chic!
All photos from Style.com