S/S ’12 Trends: Shopping Guide

Margiela s/s '12Spring has finally begun. With the clocks rolled forward and temperatures signalling warmer days, spring/summer ’12 collections are making their debut online and in stores. We’ve highlighted this season’s macro-trends—paisley, roaring ‘20s, metals—and have laid our favorite must-haves for the spring season.

With origins rooted in Persian and Indian cultures, paisley exudes both classic and cultural appeal. And from JW Anderson to Stella McCartney, it’s one of s/s ‘12’s most desired prints. Accessories like Haider Ackermann’s Clash Belt in gold and magenta silk paisley and Jil Sander’s white poplin pouch, featuring neon-pink, green and navy droplet swirls, are easy to wear nods to the trend. For something bolder, opt for A.P.C.’s belted cotton dress in red and earthy undertones or Etro’s corked platform wedge, which aced this season’s trend with its blue suede paisley pattern appliqué.

Etro paisley wedge s/s '12Inspired by Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming Great Gatsby re-make, some designers were also moved by designs from the roaring ‘20s. The Art Deco movement featured prominently in s/s ’12, as seen in Lulu Frost’s gold drop earrings with inverted triangular silver-plated brass crusted with diamante as well as Etro’s pleated crepe skirt in a modern eye-popping Art Deco print. Swept up in period glamour, labels also produced creative and opulent accessories like Christian Louboutin’s ‘Artemis’ shoulder bag with extravagant gold textured-leather strap and blood velvet lining as well as Charlotte Olympia’s handmade black satin and clear plastic ‘Origami’ pumps with dainty ankle straps.

Christian Louboutin s/s '12And while fringe and sequins are popular, this season’s metallic trend offers a more tempered approach to glamour with silver and gold accents. Illesteva’s unisex Beca sunglasses in gold are a great starting point, while Nicholas Kirkwood’s Lace Derby shoes made of blue suede overlaid with gold lace are the perfect balance of metal and lace. To fully capture the trend, go for Margiela’s lace-up high tops in metal gold leather or Christopher Kane’s pleated silk jacquard mini skirt from his acclaimed runway collection.