Fashion Looks - The strongest fashion trend stories for Spring & Summer 2012
include Pretty Pastels, 60s A-line Silhouettes and 1920's
Jazz Age Great Gatsby Retro - Plus made in softest pastels - peach and soft
oyster pearl tones abound.
Orange Peach To Tangerine Tango Tones
Hip Focus Dropped Waistlines
Left & Right - SS12 Philosophy Catwalk -
Pastel Peach Retro Twenties Dropped Waist Beaded Dresses.
Centre - P.A.R.O.S.H 1920s Decolletè Sequined Dress £419 - Farfetch.com.
These two beaded dresses pick up on the retro
twenties styles and the retro sixties silhouette. It is hard to
say one is much different from the other because many sixties
styles referenced the loose easy flowing boyish lines of the
Left - Pastel Lemon Beaded Retro Twenties
Flapper Dress From New Look.
Right - White Beaded Collar and Scallop Feature Dress.
Below twenties retro fashion silhouettes with
a modern touch.
Left - Dress By A|Wear SS12.
Right - Burnt Orange Dress - John Lewis SS12.
At Max Mara lace, sequins and fabulous prints were the fabric
mainstays of the showcase.
The use of rich pattern and textural passementerie can be
found in garments, fabrics or add it yourself. Select brooches,
pins and decorate necklines, hats, bags and scarves; try using
clips on the corners of necklines for a real
vintage retro touch.
Think of tasselled trims, feathers, rich lavish beading and
dropped waist dresses that swish and swing. Elastication was
also a feature at No. 21 where Alessandro Dell'Acqua used it the
give a new look to hemlines. Peach, toffee, caramel, icy blue
and silver were tints to tempt.
Left - SS12 Art Deco Twenties Black/Gold/White
Centre - High street Interpretation By River Island 2012.
Geometric Aztec Beaded Fringe Ivie Dress £100 -
Right - Pastel Contrast. Biba Pastel Nude Beaded Retro Flapper
Dress £225/€257. Biba Ivory 'Faith' Clutch £145/€174. All
at House of Fraser - Stockist Number: 020 7003 4000. Also shown
Gucci's Frida Giannini also took inspiration from the early
twentieth century with Art Deco inspired glamorous party wear.
Art Deco was evident in the geometric prints and the bold use of
striking statement making coloured lining flashes such as
emerald or tangerine. Strong colours continued into high waisted
silk trousers. Beaded, fringed and chevron patterned drop-waist
styles added a Charleston vibe for the modern world.
Variations and spins on Art Deco pattern formations work so well
in beaded dresses. The art deco styling of the black and gold
dress above adds a retro touch to this beaded shift. This piano
keys pattern beaded dress below and shown in nude/black has a
twenties feel with its dropped waist and swishy fringe beaded
Left & Centre - Ben De Lisi Bead Embellished Dress
Debenhams Clothing - Stockist Number: 08445616161.
Copyright of images courtesy of Prshots.com, Swarovski,
Marks & Spencer,
Warehouse, Farfetch.com, John
Lewis, House Of Fraser, Debenhams, Monsoon, Ted Baker, Evans, River Island, Miss Selfridge, A|Wear,
Fever, Kaliko, New Look, River Island.
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