The New York spring 12 shows delivered a sporty aesthetic that coincided with an abundance of colour and print, signalling no return to neutrals anytime soon.
Alexander Wang, Altuzarra, Derek Lam, Victoria Beckham and Diane von Furstenberg headlined the weekend shows, and all nodded in some way to the sports trend.
Victoria Beckham was praised for the departure from her formulaic structured dress into a relaxed silhouette that had fluidity. Exposed zips fell on the back of dresses and there was an injection of colour with shades of mandarin.
Derek Lam bought his Californian heritage to New York with colourful ribbed knitted dresses and tops in orange, yellow and turquoise in which he referenced 1970s Palm Springs.
Motor cross inspired Alexander Wang mixed up mesh fabrics and rivet details with floral patterns, to refrain from looking too masculine. Mesh pockets on trousers were left to expose the hand, and the relaxed motor cross influence contrasted well against crisp-pressed shirts and shorts.
Following the sports theme, Altuzarra referenced hockey in his collection with a utility influence as harnesses were strapped across the body. Tropical prints echoed the florals seen at Wang which look set to be a clear trend for spring 12.
Queen of the print Diane von Furstenberg didn’t disappoint with retro wallpaper-esque florals in turquoise blue, canary yellow and coral. DVF featured 1960s Bermuda shorts and Capri pants, and the signature wrap dress, at times, was given an update with utility pockets.