I was beyond thrilled when the folks at Neiman Marcus contacted me to attend the Fall 2012 trend preview at their store in The Domain in Austin. This was my first “official” fashion event in my new city, which I was excited to be apart of. The event was held in the morning and was rather intimate…only a select few press members were there. They presented ten looks to us, while introducing the latest Fall 2012 trends: “Mixed Greens,” “The Jacket,” “The Smoking Slipper,” “The Leather Leg,” “Navy: The New Neutral,” “The Statement Handbag,” “Borrowed from the Boys,” “Digital Prints,” “Brooches,” and lastly “The Fall Face” (make up). The stylists specially handpicked numerous designers such as: Rachel Zoe, Jill Stuart, Prada, Cavalli, Helmut Lang, Theory, etc. and did a wonderful job putting together each look. I think Carrie Bradshaw would’ve had a field day with the digitally printed dresses and pants, feather collar, Prada tote, Rachel Zoe’s new vintage-inspired jewelry collection (LOVE Rach!) and lastly- the stunning green Jill Sander gown with a dainty bow decorating the empire waist and then crossed straps in back. Now, I’m not one that really follows the trends, but I I feel that I could pull off “The Jacket,” “The Statement Bag,” “Brooches,” and possibly the “Smoking Slipper.” What about you, dear readers? What are your favorite trends this season?
The October 2011 Directives West showing of Spring 2012 trends and fashions was held on the patio at the California Market Center in LA’s fashion district. The show was hosted by guest ‘GLAM-bassadors': Kelly Lee of the fashion and style blog- BussBuss, Kristen Turner of the popular DIY blog, Glitter n’ Glue and celebrity stylist and blogger- Lauren Shane of Elshane.
Trends that were highlighted during the show include (all info on trends is courtesy of Directives West):
~Cultivate a return to crisp basics and delicate heirloom wovens as thoughts of simpler times fill the air for spring. American vintage is a romanticized expression of a roll-up-your-sleeves attitude, leisure and effortless dressing.
~Celebrate diversity through multicultural escapes and limitless boundaries. A free spirit floats through a world of curiousity as Eastern influences along with Sahara sands are crafted with strength and grace.
~Striking imagery, clashing graphics and mismatched combinations empower her. Embrace the theatrics as well as the digital cosmos. Fluidity seeps through this hyperactivity in new zenith dimensions.
~Futuristic minimalism continues as we embrace a deconstructed and transparent world. Flat and simply structured fabrics communicate harmony and composure while luminescence shines through.
The runway presentation boasted several looks from each trend from brands such as: Whitney Eve, Cameo, Skies are Blue, Ketz-Ke, Again, Miilla, Willow & Clay, J.A.K, Plastic Island, Language, Kersh, Gracia, Blondes Make Better T-Shirts, go.make.noise., Lolly, Denimocracy, etc. I personally loved pieces from Again, Skies are Blue, Whitney Eve and Cameo. I’m happy to see that the tribal print and mixing ‘n matching prints/patterns/graphics will still be around, as well as the chiffon maxi skirt and pant(which I’m currently obsessing over!). I wasn’t a huge fan of the fishtail hemline at first, but after seeing the ways it was styled on the runway, it got me to change my mind and I think I’ll be including it in my wardrobe. I love that color-blocking is still a favorite trend for Spring as well, and that you can play around with the colors, like putting together an outfit with bright colors one day or neutral shades the next. After seeing the show, I am eager to start putting together my Spring 2012 wardrobe! How about YOU?? What are your favorite Spring 2012 must-haves/trends??
Special Thanks: Lauren Stillman, the Directives West team, models, brands, The California Market Center, Kristen, Kelly and Elshane.
**I posted the clothing brands & my fave picks with the pictures!**