If you’re looking for evening wear that’s guaranteed to turn heads, the catwalks for 2012 were brimming with statement looks that are perfect for parties. We’ve rounded up our favourite key trends for the year ahead to help you glam up your wardrobe for the 2012 spring/summer season.
If the 2011 Oscars ceremony is anything to go by (and it is), berry hues are essential when it comes to choosing evening wear for 2012. As spotted on everyone from Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis, to Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett, look for deep purples and berry reds to add some red carpet glamour to your wardrobe. You might not be able to stretch your budget to the Hollywood A-list level, but if you’re looking for affordable berry-toned evening occasion wear specialists Coast have just unveiled a fantastic collection in every berry shade under the sun.
Bold prints caused a stir this summer and they continue into 2012 with a totally tropical twist. Polynesian prints were spotted all over the London and NY
spring/summer catwalks. Whether you go floor-length or mini, take inspiration from the bold banana leaf and palm prints at DKNY and Diane von Furstenberg, or take the subtler Dior approach to the trend and choose big prints in muted shades of beige and grey.
21st Century Mod
The 60’s trend just won’t die and next year sees a new twist on the mod cut for evening wear. Perfect for those who like their hemlines short, channel Twiggy’s
iconic look with straight up and down cuts, simple monochrome shades and look out for statement gun metal and silver hues a la Calvin Klein for a more glam take on the trend. (Still) 70’s-inspired The decade that’s been driving the fashion aesthetic throughout 2011 is set to remain big for 2012 too. The key is to keep a long, flowing silhouette whether you opt for the must-have maxi or the wide-leg trouser or jumpsuit. Keep things current with leopard print, new textures and fabrics like crochet and suede, and don’t forget your wedges and wide brim hat.
Beginning as a strictly models-only trend in 2011, the sheer maxi hits the high street in 2012 providing an instant way to attract all the attention at parties next year. If you’re not brave enough to go top-to-toe sheer then opt for semi-sheer fabrics or heavier lace and crochet which will give you more coverage.
Another option that we love is layering, teaming your maxi dress or skirt with a long tunic top and cropped jacket. This look is so easy to glam up too, just add some faux fur or lashings of solid metal jewellery.
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