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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.}

Inspiration: Menswear Spring 2012

Guys, you have no idea how many skirts and see-through tank tops I had to dig through to find these gems. Men’s fashion is not too far from women’s these days, borrowing many trends that women have been wearing for years.  This season, most importantly, men should realize that they need to GO FOR IT. Wear those red pants. Rock that crazy print, maybe even under another crazy print. That yellow is not too bright. Yes, those purple pants are for men. Many of the guys I know are afraid to take the plunge. I assure you, it doesn’t make you gay {rolls eyes} to be into fashion, in fact, it’s SEXY for a guy to take a risk with what he’s wearing. Hopefully the boys can get a little inspiration from the following Spring 2012 collections:

J. Crew

Marni

Marni

Marni

Alexander McQueen

Balmain Homme

Balmain Homme

Burberry Prorsum

Burberry Prorsum

Costume National

Dolce & Gabbana

Dsquared2

Dsquared2

Dsquared2

Frankie Morello

General Idea

Gucci

Hermès

Iceberg

Iceberg

Iceberg

John Galliano

John Varvatos

John Varvatos

Louis Vuitton

Michael Bastian

Michael Bastian

Topman

Vivienne Westwood

Big Trends to note:

~ bold prints, don’t be afraid to layer and combine different prints. Try polka dots layered over thin stripes.

~ cuffed pants {still}

~ skinny, squarish ties. Wear with everything.

~ bold-colored pants. Yellow, red, blue, orange. DON’T BE AFRAID. Cool it down with a subtle, neutral tone on top. Grey + olive green are major colors for spring as well.

~ shorts are getting shorter

~ mandals. It’s spring time, bust out the mandals. And if you’re feeling super bold pair them with neutral socks.

~ boat shoes, driving shoes and loafer-types are still cute. Same goes for shoes: think bold, printed, and unique {studs, stripes, polka dots, etc.}

~ same with sneakers, but try them with tall neutral socks

~ for the love of god, don’t be afraid of a cardigan. It should be your best friend, your go-to layering piece.

~ fitted blazers of all colors

~ anything from Iceberg

~ Kurt Cobain-esque hair is all over the runways. Straight and just passed the shoulders.

~ sporty track jackets of all colors

~ pop of neon {belt, shoes, etc}

Good luck!