Trend Forecast: Spring/Summer 2012

Trend Forecast: Spring/Summer 2012

New York, NY — January 11, 2011: Fashion professionals weary of winter weather packed the Premiére Vision Preview earlier this month to bask in the warmth of the Spring/Summer 2012 trend forecasts.

Carol Meek, owner and president of Color Portfolio, Inc., showed image after image of colorful spring florals and nautical summer stripes. Vintage-inspired florals and ditsy prints abound, layered for the ultimate bohemian effect. The retro feel of the 1960s and 1970s is also achieved through handmade textiles and retro Hawaiian prints.

The nautical theme is nothing new to summer clothing, nor is the country club aspect of many of the clothes. A brighter color palette sweetens the look, infusing the stripes, color blocks and plaids with bright pops of coral, watermelon and Caribbean blue.

Menswear isn’t shying away from this bold take, either. The men will have their share of bright colors and patterns with vibrantly-hued pants and shorts regaining popularity.

Ben Gomes, vice president of Creative Services at OPR, thinks that by spring and summer 2012, “We’ll be in a vacation frame of mind.” As a result, the fashion won’t be groundbreaking, but rather playing around with the familiar. One of the upcoming styles is derived from the courts and lawns of country clubs. Preppy styles reign, with color-blocked golf shirts and knit tennis dresses.

The preppy activewear may be crucial to another upcoming trend: bare midriffs. The midriff and shoulders are taking the spotlight, and they will be shown off not just in bikini tops under cropped jackets, but also in African prints and safari wear. Wild prints will bring adventure to both women’s read-to-wear and menswear, ranging from traditional animal prints to blown-up photo imagery of wild animals.  A particularly creative take on this theme is the large-scale butterfly wing prints on womenswear.

Lest the patterns and colors begin to overwhelm, basic white will also be a major trend. A more urban style is achieved through layering white colors and silken fabrics. When paired with basic black, optical patterns will come into play. According to Gomes, spring and summer 2012 is “all about the interesting mix of this print and pattern.”

Photo courtesy of Premiere Vision.