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Womenswear Spring 12

Laura Weir

The spring 12 Drapers Womenswear Special begins with a glossy shoot inspired by Alice in Wonderland, but rather than whimsical tea parties and Mad Hatters, think a modern day Alice with an edge (and one bunny rabbit).

The spring 12 Drapers Womenswear Special begins with a glossy shoot inspired by Alice in Wonderland, but rather than whimsical tea parties and Mad Hatters, think a modern day Alice with an edge (and one bunny rabbit). The Alice inspiration proved to be the perfect match as the spring 12 womenswear trends exploded onto the page in a carnival of bright colours and prints ranging from the psychedelic to the geometric.

We feature a selection of new and exciting brands this season, including Jaeger Boutique, which started wholesaling for autumn 11, and MW Matthew Williamson, the London Fashion Week designer’s diffusion line that is geared towards premium womenswear boutiques and which also made its debut last season.

For the eveningwear shoot we commandeered an old music hall in the East End of London, a perfect fit for this end of the trend spectrum, which oozes vintage French showgirl glamour. The iconic fringed flapper dress and an overall 1920s inspiration that was seen on Marc Jacobs’ autumn 12 catwalks has been realised by contemporary brands for spring 12 via flapper-inspired dresses, polka-dot pant suits and elegant folds of sheer fabric. High-octane glamour comes through   on clean and chic floor-sweeping gowns as the market moves away from glitzy sequin embellishment towards vintage-inspired fabrics.

Colour is still big news for spring, with primary brights making an impact along with ditsy florals on the key length for the season – the midi.

Click here to view the trend collections for Spring 12

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