Must haves: SS12 by Cafe La Moda

A new fashion season is coming up and anyone who wants to stay ahead of the fashion crowd will want to know whatís hot for spring. The autumn catwalks introduced new shapes and colours to play around with, with many designers choosing pure, clean cut designs. There was also plenty of colour, playful prints and a blast from the past with 20s inspired outfits. Whatever your style, there will be something for everyone in spring 2012.


20s inspired fashion

As if in celebration of Baz Luhrmannís film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, due to be released later this year, designers seem to be taking inspiration from 1920s fashion. With dropped waists and flapper dresses brought into the 21st century, this will be a great trend to play around with.

Muberry. £495.

Neon brights

Ditch the dark looks from the past seasons and get ready for summer! Along with the pastel shades and clean whites, there was lots of colour on the catwalks. Different colours look good on different skin tones so work out your own colouring and use this knowledge to find the best colours for yourself.

Michael Kors. £1035.

Peplum

Itís not the easiest design to wear, and it takes a certain body shape to pull it off, but peplum dresses, skirts and jackets were popular amongst designers at the Fashion Weeks including Alexander McQueen and Givenchy. Tip: if you already have quite large hips in proportion to the rest of your body youíll probably want to avoid this look!

Stella McCartney. £500.

Pretty pastels

While last years looks were more about challenging the grungy teenager in you, this spring offers a much prettier and clean cut collection. Whole outfits were put together using feminine pastel shades of blue, yellow and lavender. While a complete pastel outfit may be a bit too much, itís definitely a very wearable look.

Current/Elliot. £190.

Prints, prints and more prints!

Prints were everywhere on the catwalks for spring/summer 2012 and to be on trend in the upcoming months it doesnít seem to matter what itís a print of. Designs ranged from aquatic themes from Mary Katrantzou to cars from Prada. Floral patterns were also popular and you could try a floral blazer this spring, a look that can be adapted for either casual or more dressy occasions.


Christopher Kane. £305.



Saisha Potts writes for www.cafelamoda.co.uk, the social fashion site. Visit Cafe La Moda to compare 2012's top fashion trends. All clothes featured are avaliable on Net-a-Porter.

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