My top 5 trends for Spring-Summer 2012-3

I viewed A LOT of fashion last week. A LOT.

I was definitely in my kind of heaven.

Sure, many of the actual pieces I saw were never going to be things that I’d actually add to my wardrobe … mostly due to the smallish nature of the pieces hanging off the smallish natured models.

But what I do whenever I see fashion in this kind of environment is pick out the trends which I could translate to my wardrobe. The trends that would enhance MY personal style and work with existing pieces in my spring-summer wardrobe.

I don’t believe that any of us should wholeheartedly embrace every fashion trend that comes our way. It’s a process of selection. It’s a process of making a personal edit, if you like.

What works for me may not work for you and vice versa. This is a good thing. It would be a boring old world if we all dressed in cookie cutter versions of each other, wouldn’t it?

So, from the 12 shows I attended at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia last week, these are the 5 key trends that caught my eye. And I think you’ll be seeing lots of them in your favourite stores come September.

Prints

Plenty of sweet young things will be wearing head-to-toe prints this summer. My style personality is not feminine enough for floral prints but I do like me a modern graphic print. I’m also a fan of gorgeous prints styled into a shift dress for a modern work option (with a tailored jacket) or a great base for a Spring Carnival Racing outfit.

Michael Lo Sordo spring-summer 2012-13

Michael Lo Sordo spring-summer 2012-13

Oroton spring-summer 2012-13

Oroton spring-summer 2012-13

Ode to No One spring-summer 2012-13

Ode to No One spring-summer 2012-13

Colour

Hold on to your 1980s’ Wham hats. Neon is back. With a vengeance. No, I don’t plan to be wearing it in a Choose Life t-shirt this time around but I will be adding little injections here and there in accessories for fun and interest. Pastels are also huge (1980s again … hello lemon yellow jeans bought as a 16-year-old from Just Jeans). And there are brights but they’re more of toned-down Mediterranean shade … think gorgeous Greek Island blues and the orange/tangerine of buildings on the Amalfi Coast of Italy.

Carly Paiker spring-summer 2012-13

Carly Paiker spring-summer 2012-13

Tovah spring-summer 2012-13

Tovah spring-summer 2012-13

Oroton spring-summer 2012-13

Oroton spring-summer 2012-13

Alice McCall spring-summer 2012-13

Alice McCall spring-summer 2012-13

Cut-outs

I love this trend but advise to be careful where the cut-outs in the fabric actually fall ;) My favourites featured the use of sheer fabric where the main fabric had been cut out, making for a sexy kind of stylish.

Suboo spring-summer 2012-13

Suboo spring-summer 2012-13

Alice McCall spring-summer 2012-13

Alice McCall spring-summer 2012-13

Alice McCall spring-summer 2012-13

Alice McCall spring-summer 2012-13

Structure

Structure on the catwalk took one of either two forms – soft or architectural. The soft styles featured tailoring in silk while the architectural was all about angular jackets or peplum shapes in skirts. BTW – architectural was a bit of a buzz word at fashion week this year. Which was kind of funny as we’re talking about clothes, not buildings but, hey, who am I to re-write the fashion glossary?

Michael Lo Sordo spring-summer 2012-13

Michael Lo Sordo spring-summer 2012-13

Alice McCall spring-summer 2012-13

Alice McCall spring-summer 2012-13

Michael Lo Sordo spring-summer 2012-13

Michael Lo Sordo spring-summer 2012-13

Ode to No One spring-summer 2012-13

Ode to No One spring-summer 2012-13

Ode to No One spring-summer 2012-13

Ode to No One spring-summer 2012-13

Kaftans

Kaftan shapes popped up in a number of the shows that I attended. And I, for one, was very happy about that. I could actually see me wearing a piece that was being warn on the catwalk. The key to choosing a kaftan shape is choose a fabric that is sheer and allows you to show your shape underneath. And then order a cocktail. Pronto.

Suboo spring-summer 2012-13

Suboo spring-summer 2012-13

Camilla spring-summer 2012-13

Camilla spring-summer 2012-13

Even men are doing them. They’re called Man-Tans. Don’t you know?

Camilla spring-summer 2012-13

Camilla spring-summer 2012-13

And they were even featured off the catwalk …

Maybelline New York's Nigel Stanislaus works the Man-Tan at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia

Maybelline New York's Nigel Stanislaus works the Man-Tan at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia

What do you think? Which trend or trends can you see yourself adding to YOUR wardrobe? Which trends fit your style personality?

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Thanks so much Maybelline NY Australia for having me blog all week about your fabulous makeup collaborations at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2012. I’ve loved every minute! 

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  • http://twitter.com/ShesSonic She’s Sonic

    Thank you so much for writing this post!! All of the Fashion Week coverage can become quite overwhelming so when it’s simplified like this, we can all actually see what we can take with us (and our wardrobes) through Spring Summer 2012-13. My favourites of these 5 are Prints, Colour and Structure. And could I please have that entire tray of Carly Paiker jewellery?! AMAZING!! xx

  • http://www.jeweldivas.com.au/ Jewel Divas Style

    I love jewellery in all colours and shades and I would love a Camilla caftan but they’re out of my price range.

  • LISA Mckenzie

    Love the kaftans ,always have always will,don’t really like the mans one though could not see my hubby embracing a kaftan,but if in Fiji …..Maybe …..
    Like the brights as accessories but don’t think I will be wearing them on my body much ,but we will see.
    The one thing I know I will not be wearing is peplums,I did that in the 80s or was it the 90s and I have some horrid photos to remind me not to go there again,but if your young and you haven’t done it why not?

  • Jodie aka mummaducka

    The man -tan is definately NOT going to translate well around here!
    There are some very nice things to choose. Though it still looks like you have to be reed thin to pull them off.
     I’m like you -beyond florals, but graphic prints have my name all over them.
    Cut outs are a no no for me- I can just see them getting snagged on a dog’s claw or barbed wire fence!

  • Janet Camilleri

    Pastels all the way! Although Spring does seem so very far away, haven’t even pulled out my winter woollies yet :-)

  • http://www.sandragale.blogspot.com/ Sandra Gale

    Oops sorry about the “th”!
    Anyway what I meant to say was thanks for your fashion week wrap up. I’m pleased to see that colour is still big and I think I could even do fluro (previously a no go zone) with those cute cuffs

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      I know … I’m very keen to add a little neon to my look … a little pep me up, I think.

  • http://www.sandragale.blogspot.com/ Sandra Gale

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  • http://www.somewherearoundhere.com.au/ Tam

    I think all of those trends are going to translate nicely into ‘normal people’ clothes.  I’ve been so happy going to the shops lately – loving everything, and it looks like it’s going to keep going into summer.  Better hide my credit card from myself…

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      Makes me smile when there is actually choice out there. 

  • Jo

    I love feminine peplum skirts. I’d also love to see my blokey beer-swilling boyfriend in a leopard print mantan.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      Same with mine, Jo … don’t fancy my chances!

  • Farmers Wifey

    ohhh I am loving the colour…greens, oranges…just divine!  My favourite colour is green..so I’m impressed!!!!!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      I’ve just stared wearing green and wondering where it’s been all my life. Love it.