The big fashion ideas you need to know for the season, from the latest print to the new silhouette.
1. The Animal: Birds
Designers used hummingbirds, swans, and pheasants in their bold creations this season—from abstract, graceful lines to three-dimensional birds perched on the chest and shoulders.
2. The Palette: Pastels
Versace to Vuitton, knee-length to floor-length, designers gave the season a sense of airiness with a range of pastel tones.
3. The Item: Peplum
From Jason Wu to YSL, the peplum reigned supreme. Whether worked into a blouse or jacket, the flared design is this season’s must-have accoutrement.
4. The Detail: Baroque Flourishes
Ornamental designs were all over the collections this season. Whether found in the fabric or fine embroidery, they added a touch of the regal.
5. The Silhouette: Drop Waist
Shapeless flapper-style dresses are trending this season, with some designers modernizing the 1920s style by drawing the line just around the hips.
6. The Theme: Deep Sea
This season’s designers took a dive into the deep blue and came up with pearlized shell clutches at Chanel, coral embellishments at Alexander McQueen, and shark-tooth necklaces at Givenchy.
7. The Print: Digital Imaging
From Akris to Mary Katrantzou, designers brought our tech-filled lives to the runway this season by using digital photographs—including a tropical jungle landscape, a spirited bow, and wrapping paper.
8. The Body Part: Midsection
Whether fully visible or through a window of fabric, flashes of skin revealed tight abs this season.
9. The Fabric: Matte Satin
Elegant and edgy, Balenciaga, Miu Miu, and Victoria Beckham went beyond 2012 with their sleek, modern designs.
10. The Inspiration: Abstract Art
Models donned swaths of solid color and geometric shapes this season. From Barbara Bui’s clean, modern lines to Hermès’ angular couture, the art world’s twentieth-century geometric abstraction movement made its way to the runways.