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Moda Woman

Victoria Gallagher

The Duchess of Cambridge’s influence was clear to see as an English Rose look blossomed at Birmingham NEC.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s influence was clear to see as an English Rose look blossomed at Birmingham NEC.

Ladylike sophistication dominated mainstream show Moda Woman this week, as the Duchess of Cambridge’s elegant style continued to influence womenswear for spring 12. Feminine dresses were key across the entire show at Birmingham NEC, cut in longer lengths that fell on or just below the knee for an easy summer look.

Pushing an English Rose direction, there were shapes and styles for every market. Dresses came in simple A-line silhouettes with slightly flared skirts in sleeveless, cap-sleeved and longer-sleeved versions reminiscent of Kate’s Issa engagement dress. These all featured her trademark cinched-in waist and were often teamed with casual blazers or simple cardigans.

Print and pattern has already emerged as a key trend for spring 12, catching the eye at Pure London and Copenhagen Fashion Week. For dresses, floral patterns bloomed on the majority of stands at Moda, with larger botanical bouquets refreshing the trend. Colour blocking was also spotted in bright tones, while more daring geometric patterns pushed the boundaries.

Patterns were also worked on tops, with a host of blouses featuring bird motifs, polka dots and ethnic patterns. These blouses continued the show’s feminine direction, coming in light and breezy sheer fabrications.

Knitwear also stood out at Moda, with lightweight options in loose yarns for transitional cardigans and airy summer cover-ups. Many brands were also pushing trousers, with cropped styles coming through as a summery update. Ankle-bearing capri pants came in slim, tapered fits, alongside wider-leg versions.

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