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Our 2012 Fashion Moments

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2012 was a year of many things – of Olympians in designer lycra, Fifty Shades of housewives liberation and a rather damp squib of an apocalypse. In the world of fashion there was plenty to talk about, from lavish fruit and vegetable prints through to perky peplums, OTT gems and decorative heels, none of which paid any heed whatsoever to talk of a double dip recession. It’s definitely been a pretty exciting year, style wise and as we’re teetering on the last days of the past twelve months, we’re taking a look back at some of our favourite fashion moments of 2012.

Statement trousers


Not one for the fainted hearted or the self conscious of leg but statement trousers were definitely one of our favourite trends of 2012. From Diane Von Furstenberg’s Jacques trousers to Alexander McQueen’s hummingbird leggings and Michael Kors’ check pants it was the year for letting your pins do the talking. There was breezy and billowing at Salvatore Ferragamo and Fendi, paisley at Jil Sander and stripes at Fendi, as well as endless florals everywhere from the catwalks of Mary Katrantzou, to the racks of Whistles on the high street, where the wisteria print suit was a sold out sensation.



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Aquilano.Rimondi‘s Fall 2012 catwalk was one of the leaders of the baroque revolution, inspired by baroque painter Tiepolo and awash with rich sapphire, emerald and ruby, elaborate boning and structuring and scrolls, jewels and curlicues. Dolce & Gabbana also rode the baroque wave with their Barocco Collection for Women, which was a baroque/rococo riot of gilts, ornate designs, decorative motifs and gilded prints. Accessories too began to display signs of baroque immersion, from Oscar de la Renta’s gold motif boots to Marchesa’s mouthwateringly encrusted clutch bags. Recession, what recession?



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2012 was the year that leather really came into its own, branching out from jackets, belts and bags to head to toe dresses, skirts and tops and reclaiming leather trousers for the chic. Laser cut leather brought gloriously stiffly tailored, butter soft leather dresses, tops and shorts to the catwalk and the high street and the trend showed no sign of waning in the warmer months as the likes of Giles, David Koma, Maison Martin Margiela, Chanel, Celine, Rick Owens and Balmain advocated it for summer. Coloured leather and super shine was ushered in for autumn with Dsquared sending smoking models out in bright grass and mustard coloured jackets and oxblood leather pieces were everywhere from Diane von Furstenberg to DKNY.

Digital Prints


2012 was the year that prints got crazy in the face of austerity and a new tribe of optimistic neon Indians was sent marching down catwalks in gossip-making outfits in eye popping colours and designs. Peter Pilotto’s stunning digital visions were without a doubt the inspiration for many, with the autumn/winter 12 womenswear collection a dazzling selection of vibrant graphics in bold, dynamic colours and shapes. Jonathan Saunders, Mary Katrantzou and Meadham-Kirchhoff also carried this trend off with aplomb.

Stella McCartney


Not a trend as such, but McCartney has been an undeniable and pretty inspiring fashion force this year. Winner of the top two British Fashion Award gongs, designer of the GB Olympics kit, recipient of the Officer of the Order of the British Empire award in the 2013 New Years Honours list and pioneer of numerous 2012 trends, from the optical illusion dress to the dominance of cobalt blue, Stella has provided some of our best fashion moments in 2012.


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