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IMAGE GALLERY: London Fashion Week key trends for spring 12

Drapers’ Marie Davies looks at the key trends and pieces for Spring 12 from London Fashion Week.

Flower power

Floral, floral and more floral! If you haven’t already bought this trend, London confirmed it for spring 12. Look to delicate prints at Erdem, or playful sequined examples at Ashish, and brights at Mary Katrantzou.

Yellow brick road

From the palest lemon to highlighter neon, yellow is the colour for spring. Regarded as one of the more difficult colours to wear, mix it with florals to ease it into store,
or for the bolder customer, choose block colour dresses.

Get sporty

The sports trend was all in the detail. Drawstrings at the waist of jackets, or toggles on hooded jumpers were key. For subtlety, look for piping on hemlines as seen at Mulberry, or scuba-influenced zips at Peter Pilotto.

Sparkle and shine

Metallic will be huge come spring. In its most literal form, it was seen all over dresses and blazers at Giles. High- shine fabrics made a bold statement at Richard Nicoll. To dip into sparkle, look to Lurex knitwear.


This trend was widespread through London either as a hi-lo hem – see Peter Pilotto – or with the layering of fabric over dresses and skirts creating trains at Sass & Bide and Nicole Farhi. A sure hit for occasionwear.

Tribal gathering

Burberry Prorsum led the way with ethnic-inspired prints, which will spark a wider trend on the high street. Topshop Unique’s tribal prints and scarab beetle motifs are bolder examples for the young fashion market.

Sheer delight

Mesh detail and sheer layers were huge in London. Marios Schwab had great examples of caged mesh dresses, and Jaeger London teamed sheer blouses with overlay skirts. Sheer sleeves are a great way to buy into this  trend.

Key pieces

The blazer

The blazer is back for spring 12, following an absence
for a few seasons after the saturation of the Balmain power blazer trend. It returns in a more relaxed form, often with contrast lining. Paul Smith and Temperley London had great examples.

The dress

The tailored sheath dress was everywhere in London, from Matthew Williamson to
Jasper Conran. The 1960s form-fitting style proved
most popular, with colour updates and print to keep it fresh. The one-shoulder also made a resurgence, sure to be a hit for eveningwear.

The skirt

Skirts are more relevant than the trouser for spring 12, with length uniting the trend more than shape. It was all about below-the-knee, highlighted at Burberry in the form of a pencil skirt, full-skirt versions at Daks, and A-line at Acne.

The shirt

Printed shirts and sheer blouses offer an easy way to buy into the colour and print trends. Shirts were buttoned
to the neck, and tick the box for the ladylike silhouette coming through when
teamed with a skirt.

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