ELLE: Spring Trends From The Runway To Real Life

It’s always interesting as a fashion editor to see which trends from the runway carry over to the mainstream scene four months later. From shows in New York, London, Milan, and Paris, here are the top six trends that are actually wearable and accessible:

Florals & Pastels: It’s not surprising to see floral prints in spring collections, but this season saw a burst of vibrant, pop art-style prints worn head-to-toe on the runways. The palette of this spring is also saturated pastels seen in collections from Prada to Versace to Louis Vuitton.

Flapper Style: The drop-waist style of the Roaring Twenties was alive and kicking on the runways. Glitzy dresses were seen at Gucci and Marchesa, while deco accents like fringe bags and graphic earrings were shown at Givenchy and Dries Van Noten.

Athletic Elements: Designers like Alexander Wang and Rag & Bone utilized sportwear fabrics and trim like mesh, nylon, spandex, and elastic cord for their runway collections. Even Marc Jacobs showed an extreme version of a crewneck gym sweatshirt amongst plastic-covered dresses.

‘50s-Inspired: It was all about peplums and the suburban housewife at shows from Jason Wu to Prada and Rochas. The look is chic femininity with pinched waists, retro-print spring coats, and, of course, the pump.

Geometric Prints: Models donned swaths of solid color and geometric shapes for the season. From Proenza Schouler’s clean, modern lines to the angular couture of Hermès, the art world’s twentieth-century geometric abstraction movement made its way to the runways.

Global Influences: It’s also no surprise to find styles inspired by faraway places – from Polynesian prints to African raffia. Designers like Burberry and Missoni showed vibrant prints that hit all the right notes for spring and summer dressing.

Our ELLE Editor Selections: Spring Trends Boutique opens Friday, February 17, 2012 at 11AM ET.


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