Inspiration: Womenswear Spring 2012

During these cold + dreary months {for those who aren’t in LA} I’ve gathered up a bit of inspiration to keep you motivated/hyped up for the upcoming Spring season. Be sure to check the bottom of this post for a summary of my favorite trends + collections. Enjoy.

3.1 Phillip Lim

3.1 Phillip Lim

Acne

Akris

Alexander Wang

Alice + Olivia

Alice + Olivia

Balenciaga

Balmain

Blugirl

Blumarine

Burberry Prorsum

CNC Costume National

CNC Costume National

Chanel

Chloé

Chloé

Christian Dior

Christian Dior

Diane Von Furstenberg

Diane Von Furstenberg

Fendi

Giles Deacon

Gucci

Iceberg

Iceberg

J. Mendel

Jason Wu

Mui Mui

Mulberry

Nanette Lepore

Oscar de la Renta

Paul & Joe

Prada

Preen

Rodarte

Sonia Rykiel

Stella McCartney

Theory

Theory

Tracy Reese

Tracy Reese

Zac Posen

Trends to Note:

*Colors are becoming more subtle. Pale shades, neutrals + pastels. See: McQueen + Blugirl

*Bold colors are still prevalent, in shades of yellow, green and red.

*Try mixing a pastel with a bold color. See: Prada

*Bold prints can still be found; mix with neutrals.

*Large floral prints are everywhere {still}.

*Neons are also huge. Pair them with black, white or nude. See: CNC Costume National, Iceberg + Gucci

*Pleating: huge, still. Can be seen on skirts + tops.

*Prints-on-prints are slowly dying out for women {yet not for men}. Instead both pieces arematching or with slightly different shades/patterns. See: Louis Vuitton

*Anything from Chloé.

*Short shorts with a high waist. See: Jason Wu

*Crop tops should be worn with anything that has a high waist.

*Sporty jackets of either neon or white/black.  See: Mulberry + Alexander Wang

*Surprisingly, sheer fabrics are still extremely prevalent. See: John Galliano {as well as literally every other collection}

*Skirts can be worn at any length.

*Anything from Tracy Reese.

xo, Amanda

{if you made it this far, fellas, take a look at my Spring Inspiration for men.}

Trending: Patchwork Denim

As I’m sure most of you have noticed, denim seems to be taking OVER this season. With a huge array of trends to choose from {red denim, ripped denim, flares, denim-on-denim, acid wash, etc.} it’s hard for me to focus on just one! That being said I’ll stick with one that’s not getting too much attention. Ladies + gentlemen, meet: the patchwork denim.

Just Cavalli Spring/Summer 2011 Ad Campaign

Desigual Spring/Summer 2011 Ad Campaign

via denimsurgeon.com

TEXTILE Elizabeth & James Fall 2011 via Denim Therapy

Street Fashion during Australian Fashion Week May 2011 via Northern Light

And lastly for the fellas, 

http://us.bape.com/

Levi’s x Opening Ceremony Sherpa-lined patchwork denim trucker jacket, $300 via svpply.com

Cheap Monday, $38 via 80spurple.com