The Top 3 Fashion Trends for Spring
BY REBECCA MALINSKY
FROM LEFT: A look from Prada’s Spring/ Summer 2012 collection; A look from Stella McCartney’s Summer 2012 collection; and a look from Gucci’s Spring 2012 collection.
This season’s runways seemed designed to pique the interest of both historians and fashion lovers alike. The Spring 2012 collections featured nods to classic details from past decades. Flapper dresses and gold-chain embroidery adorned catwalkers at Gucci, embracing the glamour of the 1920s, while Louis Vuitton showed tweed and lace dresses in beautiful pastel pinks, yellows, and blues, recalling Grace Kelly in 1955’s To Catch a Thief. Fast-forwarding a few decades, the runways of Altuzarra and Stella McCartney saw clean, simple shapes reminiscent of sporty ’90s power dressing. Sleeveless crewneck cocktail dresses and separates illustrate that strong shoulders and toned legs are timeless and sexy accessories.
“I’m so excited ‘pretty’ is back in style,” says Marina Monroe, owner of Stylehaüs, a members-only Melrose Place boutique that pairs clients with stylists who help them develop their dream wardrobes. Adds Monroe, “The ‘New Look’ pioneered by Christian Dior more than 60 years ago is back—in shades of soda-shop pastels.” In addition to the pretty pale hues at shows including Louis Vuitton and Marni, the ’50s look hit a high point at Prada, where models clad in cinched-waist eyelet skirts and chiffon dresses with Cadillac prints ruled the runway. And pumps accompanied it all: The platform heel is a thing of the past, replaced by outrageous shapes and daring stilettos.
Varsity athletes won’t be the only people donning tennis whites this spring. Athletic-inspired fashion—from pleats to neoprene—filled the catwalks en masse, keeping with the trend’s fundamentals of clean lines and bold, sharp colors. Formfitting silhouettes—seen in Stella McCartney’s structured minidresses—highlight toned shoulders and long legs, while Altuzarra’s all-white body-conscious dresses take a more subtle approach. “Hussein Chalayan is using neoprene in so many of his designs, from evening gowns to miniskirts,” says Desiree Kohan, owner of Des Kohan boutique. “It’s nice to have a fabulous cocktail dress or a gown that is made partially of neoprene,” says Kohan. “You can dress it up or down.” To further modernize the look, add accessories in primary colors, such as Marni’s white leather and metal shoulder bag, which turns running afternoon
errands into a sport all its own.
LAC celebrates the women of its May/June 2013 issue at Palihouse in West Hollywood.