Proving that the 2012 Olympics is making itself known in all quarters, the catwalks were brimming with sporty references for Spring/Summer 2012. Cue 1990s utility references with particular attention to parkas, toggles and neoprene. Victoria Beckham is a big advocate, and so are we.
(Photos L-R: Stella McCartney S/S 2012, Victoria Beckham S/S 2012)
We were thrilled to see that one of our favourite fashion decades has come back into the fore. This means plenty of dropped waists, marcel waves and glitz - perfectly timed for Baz Lurhmann's Gatsby, which is set for release in December 2012.
(Photos L-R: Gucci S/S 2012, still from The Great Gatsby, Marc Jacobs S/S 2012)
If there's one thing that sticks in our minds about the Spring/Summer 2012 shows, (aside from Lana Del Ray's Video Games playing on loop) it was the fact that the designers had finally taken their happy pills. Gone was the dark brooding of recent seasons, and its place came a riot of colour and print. But this isn't print for the casual dabbler. This is a full on, head-to-toe explosion.
(Photos L-R: Erdem S/S 2012, Mary Katrantzou S/S 2012, Alexander Wang S/S 2012)
Get waisted with classic 1950s circle skirts in quirky prints (take the lead from Dolce & Gabbana, who used the foods of their native Sicily as the source of their inspiration). Some catseye sunglasses and a headscarf complete the look.
Close your eyes and imagine a box of Laduree macaroons. Now imagine wearing that box of macaroons. This pretty much sums up the vibe seen on the runway at everyone from Louis Vuitton to Valentino to 3.1 Phillip Lim and Jonathan Saunders. And to top things off, Laduree is launching a makeup range to match in 2012.
Ladies, it's time to borrow it from the boys. The ill-fitting polyester trouser suit that dominated days of yore is out, and in its place comes something that we actually want to wear to work. Alber Elbaz sent out an ode to the office girl for spring, as did drape genius Haider Ackermann. The result? We're actually getting excited about wearing our work uniform (and are fully expecting a promotion along the way).
Ps You get bonus points for rocking your suit with red heels a la Chloe Sevigny.
Phoebe Philo can do no wrong. Fact. So we always pay very close attention to what she turns out on the runway. This season she lead the charge for new, clean cut mood that puts the crisp white cotton shirts, knife pleats and effortless cool front and centre. We will spend the next few weeks brushing up on our ironing skills in anticipation.
Bless him. Mark Ronson saw the Versace for H&M collection and got just a little bit carried away. But don't judge him too harshly; this photo is symbolic of something bigger - and that is 2011's obsessions with all things neon. Few of us emerged unscathed, but we have all learnt a very valuable lesson in the process.
When platforms first came back into favour, we were thrilled. After all, they provide the leg lengthening height of a heel, but with a sole that enables you to be able to stay upright for more than half an hour. But then things got silly, and the platforms began to resemble stilts (particularly dangerous when clutching a newborn baby). If you need a lift for Spring, the only way is the flatform, as seen at Stella and Christopher Kane.
Yes you spend 90% of your time in the gym and your abs make a slab of marble look squidgy - but that does not a crop top wearer make. Gwynnie attempted crop top glamour, Dellal went for crop top grunge and Jessie J opted for a crop top plus crutches. NONE OF THESE LOOKS WORKED. The only person who has made this look remotely passable in the last 12 months is Kate Bosworth, but even she hasn't swayed us.
It feels like the 1960s are never out of favour on Planet Fashion. For spring it was the early 1960s that captured designers' minds (before all those untidy hippies came along). As seen at Holly Fulton, Christopher Kane and Marni, think minimal mod, with plenty A-line shifts and a hefty nod to mid-century couturiers like Balenciaga.