For those who are keen followers of fashion, and who like to ensure that they are following the latest trends both in terms of their clothing and in terms of their accessories such as their jewellery, fashion experts have released an important snippet of information for the coming year. When it comes to jewellery accessories, the experts are advising fashion fans to steer clear of garish jewellery and learn to identify the fine line between looking elegant and looking crass.
Over recent years we have all become used to seeing celebrities and followers of celebrity fashion wearing chunky, in your face jewellery that is anything by subtle. However, this is a trend that has already started to change and is set to completely alter over the course of this year according to experts. In the place of the chunky bling that celebrities have helped to make so popular will be elegant, subtle, ‘barely there’ jewellery, with the focus for fashion icons being more on the clothes than on the bling.
Whilst coloured gems are likely to prove popular, particularly with the colourful fabrics that are set to be the in thing over the summer period, small and elegant is the order of the day rather than the larger gems and chunky styles that many people have been wearing over the past few years. Vintage styles will also make a comeback, so those with vintage jewellery will be able to dig it out and accessorise their outfits without the risk being hunted down by the fashion police!
One designer said: “We’re moving towards a very minimal period of accessorisation. If people are going to wear something, it’s going to be one strong piece or almost nothing at all.”
As has been proven by the various fashion shows and reports that have come out during the first part of this year, the colours that we are set to see gracing the racks and shelves at the stores this summer are bright, refreshing colours, with frosted colours, pastels and prints all set to make the grade. The fashion predictions mean that we are in for a very colourful summer when it comes to clothing, so even if we don’t end up having an Indian summer in terms of the whether we will still be able to bring some tropical colour in our lives with what we are wearing.
When it comes to autumn and winter fashions for this year, however, it is quite a different story. The brightness and colour of summer fashion is set to be swiftly followed by darkness and gloom when it comes to fashion, as the autumn and winter seasons are likely to be filled with dark blues, deep purples, and of course classic black. This has been suggested as a result of the fashion shows that have been taking place recently, where the brightness and sparkle of the summer clothes that have been modelled have been swiftly switched for dark, Gothic colours as the designer have modelled their collections for later in the year.
Anne-Marie Curtis, fashion director of Elle, said: “This has been a season defined by a mood rather than a trend – a darker mood, which has shaped the majority of the shows. When Valentino, usually the prettiest and lightest of labels, opens with sharp black leather, that tells you something.”
The winter season will also be embracing high necklines according to the fashion industry, with an official from Vogue stating: “It is austere, almost puritanical, with high necklines. We have seen more coats worn over trousers, than dresses.”
With summer fast approaching, many people will now be thinking about getting their holidays sorted out for the summer. Of course, this means starting the search for cheap flights, suitable destinations, working out whether to go all inclusive and trying to calculate how much spending money you will need for the holiday. However, it also means getting your wardrobe sorted out for the holidays so that you are fully prepared and have the perfect apparel for your holiday.
Shopping for your holidays is an essential part of your holiday arrangements, as you need to ensure that you will have clothes and accessories that are both suitable and comfortable for your holiday. When you go away for some time out, you want to be able to relax in comfort and without any stress, so the last thing you need is clothing that is not going to be suited to the area of weather and which may prove to be uncomfortable.
Of course, one of the things that you need to look at when you are choosing your holiday clothing is what sort of temperatures and weather conditions you are going to find yourself in when you head off on your holidays. If you are looking at heading somewhere that is likely to be very hot, you need to shop accordingly, remembering to account for items such as swimwear and beachwear if you plan to spend time on the sands or by the pool.
Don’t forget to buy something for the evenings as well, as depending on where you are going you might want something that is more glitzy yet still cool and comfortable. Accessories are also an important part of the holiday shopping experience, as you may need to look at buying accessories such as a more suitable handbag for taking out and about as well as hats, beach bags, sarongs and other holiday accessories.
We live in a very fashion and appearance oriented world these days, and many people are keen to not only buy clothing that is high fashion but also wear clothes that will make them look great in terms of their bodies and feel great in terms of their confidence levels. For many women, finding clothes to make them looks slimmer, curvier and more voluptuous can be the perfect solution to oozing confidence and style when out in public, which is why do many women focus on the cut and pattern of a dress before they buy – to ensure that it is designed to make their bodies look at great as possible.
One of the big fashion hits in Hollywood at the moment is the optical illusion dress and this is something that is becoming more and more popular amongst the stars. Not that you would think that they needed any optical illusions to make them look great, but the likes of Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham, Angelina Jolie and many other big name stars are now donning these dresses to give them the perfect finish.
The way in which these optical illusion dresses are designed can help women to create a certain look, whether it is to look slimmer, make the waist look more pinches, look for voluptuous, etc. The dresses have patterns or designs that create an instant optical illusion when they are put on and these dresses are turning up on red carpets around the world.
From movie premieres in London to events such as the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards, these optical illusion dresses have been worn by many stars over recent months. Many women will be eager to see them hitting the shelves on the High Street, which they will undoubtedly do quite soon given their popularity amongst the stars.
We have already heard a lot about what to expect on the shelves of fashion retailers this coming summer, with early fashion shows taking place at the start of this year having given us a glimpse of what to expect.
Fashion reports have told us to expect bold prints, elegant cuts, classic styles, and vintage looks. However, another fashion prediction that has emerged is that summer fashion 2012 will have a distinctly tropical edge to it.
Industry experts have said that based on what has been seen on the catwalks so far, we are in for a sizzling summer when it comes to fashion. Bold, hot reds and oranges, cool blues, summery yellows and pretty pastels are set to dominate wardrobes, with tropical prints and colours giving everyone the chance to wear a little sunshine.
According to reports striking patterns will be the in thing, so you really will be able to dress to get noticed whilst also enjoying the practicality of cool, summer materials and styles. There is a reason behind the increased expected popularity of bold prints, however – the improved ease of computer printing in fabric design! This technology has become increasingly affordable for designers and manufacturers, which means we will see more and more of these prints hitting our shelves as spring turns into summer.
One international fabric designer and painter said: “It has become easier to manipulate these images, particularly to do the sort of layering of images that is popular. So some of the new photographic look is down to the ease of new digital printing, or to its influence at least. You have always been able to create bright colours, but the photographic look and this kind of layering of images has become much easier.”
Whilst last year is said to have been a year when garish and bold designs were the name of the fashion game, 2012 is set to be far more subtle according to the experts. For women who want to look ultra stylish the word on the fashion grapevine is to go for sweet and elegant styles, fresh and inspired prints, and pastels.
The coming summer season is expected to be filled with prints inspired by the sea, floral prints, elegant designs and sorbet pastels for that really fresh, summery look. For those who want to look really cool, sorbet colours coupled with metallic accessories are being touted as the perfect combination for a frosted look for those hot summer days.
Versatility will also be a fashion must this year and ladies will be able to mix and match their pastels and prints for a fresh new look without worrying about clashing colours and designs. Whilst the designs and prints may not be daring and bold, those wearing them can be simply by getting creative and mixing and matching their outfits for a new and exciting look.
Whilst floral prints have been around for a while, this year is set to see them get bigger and better, with indications that we could be looking at big designs including tropical floral designs and sunflower prints. Catwalks have also been seeing a 3D effect with floral outfits, which have been embellished with some great detail, which adds depth and texture to the outfit for an ever more fabulous yet elegant finish.
Mermaid inspired metallic colours are also set to make a splash on the fashion scene, giving the fashion conscious the chance to sparkle and dazzle whilst still enjoying a firm place at the forefront of fashion.
With Paris Fashion Week in full swing, the stars are out in full force, strutting their stuff for the cameras and looking stunning in a variety of gorgeous designer outfits that are to die for. Of course, whilst the likes of Kate Moss, Uma Thurman and Salma Hayek can afford to glide along the red carpet draped in the finest designer labels, the majority of us are on the lookout for something that is equally as stylish but comes at just a fraction of the cost.
Keen followers of fashion have been taking in the various styles and colours that the stars have been wearing at the fashion shows in Paris, not because they plan to purchase the exact same clothing that the celebrities are wearing, which would be out of the price range of most of us, but because this is a great way to see what sort of clothes will be gracing the High Street shops over the coming year, as High Street retailers emulate the big fashion hits from designer labels.
The fashion event will enable those that want to be at the forefront of fashion and style to revamp their wardrobes and work out what’s hot and what’s not for the 2012 spring and summer period. It also provides fashion followers with a great chance to check out what’s going to be the in thing when it comes to accessories such as shoes, handbags and even jewellery.
In the meantime, Princess Beatrice has been spotted at the fashion event in Paris looking quite elegant and demure in a slink red dress. This is a far cry from the fashion faux pas that she revealed to the whole world after she wore ‘that hat’ at the wedding of her cousin Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Over recent years, women around the world have become used to accessorising their outfits with a variety of jewellery items, the more ostentatious of which have become known as bling. The more sparkly and dazzling the jewellery and accessories the better – that seems to have become the general rule of thumb for many lovers of bling. However, it seems that the days of bling may now be drawing to an end.
One fashion expert has signalled the end for bling, both for men and women. Men have become just as well known for their love of bling – loud, brash, in your face jewellery items – as women but recent fashion shows and expert opinions seem to indicate that bling has had its day. Over recent years, these in your face jewellery items and accessories have become increasingly popular, with many stars and members of the public wanting to show off as much dazzle and sparkle as they can get their hands on – which to some people ends up looking cheap rather than making them look wealthy and successful.
According to Antoine Arnault, the 34-year-old heir to Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy empire, quality is set to replace ostentatious. He said: “We are going to enter an era in which logo and ostentation is going to be less successful. It will be about real quality.” He said that there was a global appetite for more luxurious goods and that this would result in low quality, high dazzle bling being pushed out into the cold in favour of more subtle, more classy accessories.
Arnault went on to say: “People are going to want more quality, and less ostentation. Especially in a world in economic crisis: you don’t want to be seen with evidently expensive products. Just something that is beautiful.”
For many women, the smart chic look that came with wearing knee length pencil skirts and tailored jackets went out in the late 1980s and early 1990s after enjoying a bout of huge popularity. However, it looks as though the classic pencil skirt and blazer could be making a big comeback with many stars now sporting the more classic, chic look even when they are simply having a casual afternoon out such as shopping.
The Middleton sisters, Pippa and Kate, have both shown that they have a passion for tailored blazers, which they enjoy pairing up with a variety of different clothes for a range of looks, such as with jeans or with casual dresses. Stars such as Jennifer Aniston are often seen wearing classic pencil skirts, which looks great on those with a slim figure coupled with a pair of simple stilettos.
Whilst the shoulder pads of the 1980s are unlikely to make a big comeback for the foreseeable future, the return of chic clothes such as pencil skirts and blazers will come as good news for women who don’t want to have to buy a huge range of different clothes for daytime and evening wear, as these items of clothing are so versatile.
One industry official said: “The great thing about pencil skirts and blazers is that they can be worn to the office, on an evening out and as casual wear, making them really versatile. A blazer, such as the ones that Kate Middleton is often seen in, is great for pairing with your skirt for a formal look, but can also look great paired with jeans for a day of shopping or with a little dress for an evening out.”
There was a time when anything that was denim was largely blue – okay, it may have been various shades of blue but to most people denim meant blue, end of story. Some people who were slightly more adventurous went as far as to branch out and buy white or black denim clothes but this was pretty much as varied as denim had become.
However, these days bright colouring is the name of the game and many women like nothing more than to have a range of denim clothing in a rainbow of colours. Many women, including celebrities, enjoy the casual yet vibrant look that they get from wearing denim jeans, skirts, jackets and waistcoats in a myriad of colours, from classic blues and black to red, green, grey, chocolate and more.
Coloured denim can look extremely stylish and even though denim is classed as a fabric from which casual clothing tends to be made, it is possible to dress up or dress down coloured denim to create a variety of different looks. You can enjoy using a wide range of accessories to set of your coloured denim clothing or outfit, from trendy boots and shoes to the latest must have handbag.
One boutique owner said that colour was back in fashion in a big way, and wearing vibrant jeans gave women the chance to enjoy the best of both worlds – a great, trendy and hip look coupled with comfort and the ease of wearing casual clothing rather than feeling dressed up to the nines.
She said: “Certain trends come and go, but denim has earned its place in every woman’s closet. This season is all about coloured skinny jeans. Colour is back in a big way and isn’t going anywhere.”