Spring 2012 Trend Report

Spring 2012 Trend Report
ESSENCE.COM Sep, 18, 2011

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Spring is all about flowers – an inspiration designers turn to time and time again. This season, our favorites like Tracy Reese and Diane von Furstenburg found fresh ways to interpret them with vibrant and colorful floral prints.

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This season, florals came in diffused patterns like this gorgeous one at the Tracy Reese show.

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Duro Olowu showed off fresh prints that look both vibrant and slightly weathered.

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Florals looks fresh with ruffled dresses like this Tracy Reese number.

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Africa continues to be a perpetual inspiration for to designers. This season Donna Karan and Michael Kors led the pack of major designers who turned to the continent for inspiration on Ethnic chic looks that hinted at Africa from accessories to prints.

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This stripped number shows off ethnic chic at its finest.

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We love the ethnic accessories on and hair on this ethnic ensemble.

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This ethnic chic look from Stephen Burrows is both edgy and elegant.

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This Mara Hoffman gown has bold, prints that are the hallmark of ethnic chic looks.

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As if to reset your eyes from all the colors and prints, several designers – including Sophie Theallet and Narciso Rodriguez – presented all white pieces that were ethereal and elegant.

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We loved this luxe, layered look from Vera Wang.

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From the white brows to the white layers, this look is the epitome of the white trend.

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Love this white column skirt, and sheer oxford shirt combination.

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Bold, beautiful prints were a key theme on the runway this season. We spotted them on the catwalks of Nicole Miller, Stephen Burrows and BCBG.

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Tie dyed prints were another example of the graphic trend we saw on the runway this season.

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The sultry white pants are the perfect pairing for these graphic print white blouse.

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Graphic prints looks great on long, elegant wafting dresses.

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This season was all about lady-like lengths! Designers, like Duro Olowu, opted for knee skimming and ankle grazing pieces like this en mass.

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These knee skimming lengths allow you to look luxe and ladylike!

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belt and funky shoes make great accents for long, gorgeous dresses.

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This gorgeous glam sheath has an added elegance when crafted in this ankle grazing length.

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It was all about a hint of what lies beneath on the runways of New York Fashion Week. Designers across the board championed this look which was sometimes shown with just skin beneath or layered over slips and tanks.

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Hints of sheer ruled the runway at the Tracy Reese runway.

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To ramp up the risque factor, try a black sheer piece with nothing beneath.

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Our lush skin ones look beautiful in these haute orange tones.

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Glam gowns in bright neon colors add edge to the elegance.

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Can you handle it? The neon’s designers sent down the runway this season were as bright as strobe lights. From powerful pinks to punched up purples, these Neo-neons are not for the faint of heart. Our favorite – and most wearable versions – were found on the catwalks of Nicole Miller and Nanette Lepore.

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Designers combined trends like sheer’s and haute mini’s and super bright colors for gorgeous effect like this one.

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Bright neon shades like this look great when worn monochromatically.

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Not just elegant, neon’s can be funky as shown in this glam gown.