If you are anything like the typical fashionista in the recently-coined ‘99%’, you want the most bang for your buck, and have been eagerly following recent fashion week festivities in Milan, London, and New York City.
Whether one lives in the warm South or the more mild Northeast, the frills, thrills, and giddy rush excitement from finally donning that chic dress or killer pump should be accessible to everyone, right? Merely drooling over the appealing and expensive designs gliding down a New York runway is just downright frustrating for the majority of us.
Banish those whimsical ideas of saving up for apparel that rivals the cost of a mortgage, and invest in something less pricey but equally endearing. It can be tricky to incorporate one’s love of certain fabrics and styles when you live in a climate like that of Houston- which alternates between searing heat, humidity, dry spells, sunny skies, rainstorms and the occasional brief cold front.
With textures like organza, lace, chiffon and metals, the latest Spring 2012 runway trends might seem unusable in our fickle weather, but that merely forces creativity.
Giorgio Armani Prive
Varying shades of green could be seen widely throughout Giorgio Armani Privé’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection. Stunning metals in unusual degrees of green were intriguing, as were the headpieces on models. Strong shoulders, shag details, slim pants and multidimensional blazers composed the bulk of this intriguing show. Runway remix:
Jean Paul Gaultier
Gone, but not forgotten, troubled singer Amy Winehouse was memorialized in Jean Paul Gaultier’s S/S 2012 collection. Structured pieces in cardinal red, smooth black, magenta and cream contrasted Winehouse’s signature hair and winged eyeliner on the models. Gaultier’s presentation relied on colorful retro style and strong geometry to impact viewers.
For this season, Reem Acra showcased classically demure looks that flatter the figure. Accents included metallics, sheers, beading, and the occasional colorful print. This made neutral separates, sleek dresses, and gowns, all the more ladylike.
Pastels are definitely in this season, but Nanette Lepore elevated the trend with a neon blast at her show. Lime, coral, and electric turquoise hues were paired with their pastel contrasts in solids and high volume prints. Prints used were successful combos of ethnic, tropical floral, and Southwestern-style patterns.
True to form, Valentino presented a demure, vintage collection. To herald the coming of spring, the garments reflected the desire for lightweight fabrics in rose, pewter, and buttery florals on backgrounds of vanilla, lace, and chiffon. Hair and makeup stayed soft with a Victorian feel to feature voluminous and airy pieces.
Printed metallics, fringes, and multiple fabrics choices lent an urban feel to the form-fitting apparel in Hervé Léger’s show. Chunky gladiator sandals, knots, buckles, and touches of leather were incorporated uniquely, with a rather urbane and modernist vibe. The message epitomized texture and looking forward rather than to the past for inspiration.
Great quality aesthetic and climate-appropriate comfort can be found in the more modest counterparts of some of these Spring/Summer 2012 runway looks. Whether you are having an adventure in downtown Houston, dodging the rain, or seeking classic separates for the upcoming heat, you’ll have every reason to feel your best in these inspired runway remixes. See slideshow for style inspirations and their retail information.