Marc by Marc Jacobs, Carolina Herrera and Preen upped the colour ante, whilst Donna Karan went tribal.
Marc by Marc Jacobs continued the New York trend for colour, with bright bursts of orange, coral and red that complemented the navy base. Stripes were prevalent on tight fitting tops worn with peplum skirts, whilst utility details were adopted on belts and jackets took on drawstring waists.
Carolina Herrera was awash with prints that ranged from retro bird prints, to a modern take on art deco. Herrera showed a very feminine collection, with lots of silk chiffon and skirts, either A-line or dramatic maxi length. Red, green and yellow underpinned the colour palette and looked fresh on a crisp white base.
Sugared almond shades were worked into wide checkerboard squares at Preen. Prim 1940s silhouettes were best shown off on neat blouses and shirts, worn with knee length skirts or front pressed trousers. At times dresses had 1930s drop waists, with the colour gradually moving into a more sober black and white.
The tribal and Aztec trend for spring 12 was cemented with Donna Karan’s collection yesterday. A warm palette of black, white and tan, with highlights of burnt orange and purple, kept the collection very tonal. Prints looked as if they had been lifted straight of African tribal etchings and looked striking on full skirts that fell just below the knee.