Fashion Trends for Spring/Summer 2012

Trends & Events

The leaves may just be turning colors, but the latest spring and summer looks for next year have already turned heads on the Fashion Week runway. Don’t worry though, we’ll outline the fall and winter trends that will carry over to spring and summer 2012, but point out others that take on a new vibe for the warmer seasons. Without further ado…

Trends taken through Fall/Winter 2011/2012 Into S/S 2012

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Bold Hues

Bright oranges are hot for spring/summer 2012, Jil Stuart and Blugirl hit the nail on the head with their interpretations for S/S 2012. The shade is more vibrant than last season so incorporate this into accessories or pair with neutrals.

  • Forties

The forties made another comeback with its hourglass silhouette. Elie Tahari was one designer that mixed this trend with an Egyptian influence. White fitted feminine pieces are designed with gold shiny trimmings to create a lady like glamorous appeal.

  • Sixties

A popular era in fashion to make a comeback is the sixties and Zac Posen presented a collection of dresses made to wiggle down the runway. Necklines were structured, hourglass waists enhanced, and details included capped sleeves.



CC BY 2.0, CHRISTOPHER MACSURAKOther Trends for Spring/Summer 2012

Soft Pastels

Baby and soft sorbet shades of pastels were seen on the runways at Diane von Furstenberg, L’Wren Scott and House of Holland.

Diane von Furstenberg muted her pastel shades down further pairing them with neutrals and keeping silhouettes simple for spring/summer.

L’Wren Scott grew pastels up for spring/summer in the form of fitted sheath dresses and in floral prints.

House of Holland paired all the pastels together with stripes, prints and checked patterns to create a fun fantasy collection.

 Sheer Clothing

As seen on the runway at Tracy Reese with slip like underwear, sheers in black and whites will be a risqué trend this coming spring/summer.

Some designers went subtle with slips under their sheer pieces while others decided to let it all show with bare chests and bikini like under pants.


Derek Lam was one designer highlighting the mesh trend this season with knits in black open weaves. Mesh goes more grown up this year as designers layer it with blouses and tees.


Sportswear has gone into the street for the spring/summer season as seen at Alexander Wang. Inspired by sports such as motocross, cycling, and racecar driving Wang designed bomber jackets, fitted zipped up tops, and flowery cargo pants.

Spring/Summer fashion is set to be full of a fabulous mix of styles and color so take your pick to be dressed in the trend of your choice.

Parmeeta Ghoman is a writer for FashionTrendExperts.com.

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