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Utility trend and Dries Van Noten’s prints shine out

Marie Davies

While controversy raged over the scheduling of the four major fashion weeks in 2012, the Paris spring 12 shows drew to a close this week with some standout collections.

While controversy raged over the scheduling of the four major fashion weeks in 2012, the Paris spring 12 shows drew to a close this week with some standout collections. Céline, Balenciaga and Dries Van Noten in particular shone in their own distinctive ways.

Céline, while sticking to its usual minimalist approach, used wide belts and volume to create a cleaner way to buy into the utility trend for spring 12.

Although the all-over white will be more difficult to push, mixed with aubergine and olive green it becomes much more wearable.

Balenciaga embraced broad-shouldered jackets with a high shine, and athletic high-cut shorts. It put a more modern twist on the sports utility trend with a younger woman in mind.

King of print Dries Van Noten combined countryside prints and leafy jungle images on neat shirts, tunics and sheath dresses. Look to this for a perfect way to offer the print trend for a more mature customer come spring 12.

  • Marie Davies, Junior fashion editor

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