Spring Fashion Trends

The sun’s slowly but surely coming out once again, and with it is a host of new trends. As we pack away the heavy overcoats and scarves for another year, it’s a good time to take a look at some of the items hitting the catwalks this spring – or check out the latest trends at La Redoute.

Floral prints are always a favourite around this time of year, and 2012 is no exception. From soft muted pastels to bolder, brighter shades, flowers are once again covering dresses, skirts and jackets – Sarah Easley, co-owner of Kirna Zabete, told Harper’s Bazaar: “We saw a lot of flower power prints and tropical abstract patterns for Resort 2012. For spring 2012 runway we hope to see this theme really explode – more, brighter, bolder! It’s fresh to see the prints in new silhouettes like on pants and jumpsuits, rather than tops and dresses.”

Stripes continue to be fashionable as the nautical look holds strong, and this spring you can expect to see navy and white stripes on knit tops, as demonstrated by one outfit presented by designer Michael Kors. A simple nautical top was livened up with a long button cardigan and flared A-line skirt for the perfect combination of casual and chic.

For those who want to make a bold statement, the colour blocking trend is taking on shades of neon this spring, whether it’s in 60s-inspired minidresses or flowing gowns. In keeping with the retro theme, there are plenty of art deco prints and polka dots on the catwalks, and crop tops are once again making themselves known. Meanwhile, lace is making a comeback in some surprising places – not just evening wear and lingerie, lace in now being seen on ready-to-wear items, as well as shoes and handbags.

One thing everyone seems to agree on is that orange is the ‘in’ colour for spring, with nearly every collection from Michael Kors to Vena Cava sporting russet hues. Sunglasses, shoes, bags and dresses have been seen making use of this warm, attention-seeking colour, so keep an eye out for orange items on the clothes racks.

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