Paris Fashion Week: Spring/Summer 2012 round-up trend review


Over the past week Paris has flaunted it’s fabulous array of talent resulting in a string of apparent themes and trends for spring/summer 2012. 

First and foremost a continuation trend which initially started in London and swept through Milan onto Paris; this was the ‘under the sea’ theme. Seen at Holly Fulton, Mary Katrantzou, Versace, Armani, Chanel and Alexander McQueen, models were transported thousands of feet under the ocean showing off shimmering scales, aquatic prints and mermaid-like apparel on dresses, tops, jackets, trousers and cardigans which comprised of jelly fish, sea horses, oversized diamante star fishes, coral and more, creating the perfect tranquil ambience; apart from the occassional delighted fashion gasp in the front row. 

Other trends that emerged throughout the week came from such designers as Valentino and Jean Paul Gaultier showing sheer and lace (Gaultier added leather, PVC and corsetry throughout). This trend was then escalated into laser cut pieces and 3-D sculpturing at Gareth Pugh. 

Midnight blue hues were also big on the catwalk seen everywhere from Lanvin to Jean Paul Gaultier and Viktor & Rolf to Miu Miu. 

Embellishment was also key at Balmain, Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel amongst others. Alongside this was classic florals and a barrage of usual summer white pieces all seen at Louis Vuitton, Chloe, Nina Ricci and Celine. 

Stella McCartney thought outside the box with her oversized tie prints showing on pyjama style tops and matching bottoms, but aside from this there was also the models that included Orlando Bloom’s beau Miranda Kerr whom also took to the catwalk at a variety of shows. 


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