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Spring/summer 2012 fashion trends for women

BY STYLE EDITOR, ON 9 JAN 2012 17:04 TRENDSCOMMENTS

Spring/summer trends

Our spring/summer press show feels like a lifetime ago, yet the new season styles are only now starting to trickle in. We are super excited at the prospect of updating our wardrobe with summery styles. If, like us, you can’t wait for the new season, then take a look at some of the key trends below… we’re predicting you’ll be putting these on your shopping list very soon.

pastel candy colours

1. Candy colours

Sherbet, bon bons and sugared almonds are the shade inspiration for the upcoming season’s favourite colour palette. Mixing different pastels together was also a winning look on the catwalks, with Prada, Jonathan Saunders and Phillip Lim flying the flag for sugary sweet colour combos. We love soft pinks, minty greens, lemon yellows and powdery blues. Ben de Lisi’s Principles collection will have some fab pastel pieces this season.

Floral prints

2. In full bloom

Florals always scream ‘summer’ but this season, blooms are in abundance! Go for printed fabrics or choose decorative appliqué florals, anything goes. Labels like Erdem, who are renowned for fabulous flowers, mixed their prints on the catwalk while Rodarte and Christopher Kane opted to throw in some sheer fabrics as a backing to their florals. Star by Julien Macdonald will have some great statement florals at Debenhams.

Power dress and pencil skirts

3. I’ve got the power (dress)

The shift dress and the pencil skirt are two must-own styles for this season. Try them in bright hues or pastels to tick of more than one trend or find yourself the style that perfectly flatters your figure. On the catwalks it was Erdem, Jil Sander and Jonathan Saunders who stood out. For Debenhams this season, the J by Jasper Conran collection is one to watch.

Tribal trend

4. Tribalista

When Burberry sent a tribal influenced collection down the runway last September we just knew the look was big news. But there were hints of it elsewhere too with Donna Karen, Michael Kors and David Koma including tribal prints in their collections. Rocha.John Rocha is the brand to watch for this look at Debenhams.

Conversational prints

5. Deep in conversationals

Conversational prints including food, animals or other objects are a playful way to bring print into your wardrobe this summer. The look has quite a ’50s, kitsch feel to it so team with vintage accessories and cat’s eye sunglasses for a statement ensemble that is totally on-trend. Shop our fun conversational prints at Red Herring and H! by henry Holland.

1920s glamour

6. 1920s glamour

Over the Christmas holidays I read The Great Gatsby and the reason I picked it up now is because the movie is being released in 2012 starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan. Fashion is ready to reflect the era with glam ’20s dresses and dropped hems, fringing and Art Deco style prints and patterns. The red carpet has seen plenty of celebs already partaking in the trend. Find the look in our occasion and eveningwear department.

Pyjama party trend

7. Pyjama party

First it was underwear as outerwear and now it’s nightwear as eveningwear. The soft, silky and loose silhouettes of pyjamas have influenced loads of designer collections for spring/summer. We’re really interested to see how this will be worn on the streets of Britain – are people brave enough to work the look top to toe? More likely, we think people will got for the pyjama pant or the blousy tops as separates. Butterfly by Matthew Williamson has some great styles in this trend, coming soon to debenhams.com.

Scarf prints

8.Scarf prints

D&G were the big champion of scarf prints on the catwalks for SS12, and you might also have spotted them at Versace. Decadent dresses looked like they had been crafted from several printed silk scarves and a mixing patterns was a key look. Red Herring at Debenhams is a hot tip for this look come spring, also look out for scarf hemlines.


Under the sea

9.Under-sea style

Shimmery, shiny fabrics, scalloped trims and mermaid sequins teamed with lagoony hues are giving us that underwater love. Marc Jacobs and Christopher Kane had some fab shimmering pieces while Chanel took the underwater seascape theme even further.

Sporty style

10. Get sporty

It’s going to be a big sporting summer for Brits and fashion is following the same theme. There’s the usual softer, plain colours but pops of neon are also likely to crop up. Victoria Beckham’s label mixed sporty details with striking dresses while Philip Lim took a more relaxed, modern approach with very loose tailoring. Betty Jackson.Black has some lovely fashion coming through with a modern-sports look.

There’ll be plenty more mini trends to come too, watch this space and we’ll be sure to share our favourite looks and trends as we hit the warmer weather. Check out our women’s new arrivals for all the latest pieces or our Designers at Debenhams area for the hottest designer collections.

Which of these 10 trends are you most looking forward to wearing?

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