SS12 Trend Report: Peplums and Pastels

pastel colours

The dawning of springtime exudes in its wake an optimistic energy and renewed enthusiasm at what the new season holds, and here at MSL we’re allowing ourselves to start to think about our spring wardrobe. Dressing for spring always brings about an air of simmering excitement as we begin to think about the new fashion possibilities that the new season presents to us. There are four trends in particular which are fresh, new and going to be big, big, big this spring: pastels, peplum, the ‘50s and vintage prints.

There have been murmurings for a while about pastels being around in a big way this spring, and now is definitely the time to embrace this versatile trend. Ralph Lauren showed a lot of very soft, silky and muted pastel tones in their SS12 collection, which speaks of quiet class and elegance, whilst also being fresh, fun and bright for spring rejuvenation.

If you don’t want to brave a full pastel-on-pastel explosion, charcoal grey is a great neutral backdrop on which to add a few key pastel pieces, and is also a good solid colour base which avoids fairer skin tones looking washed-out. This dress from Prada is a perfect mix of pastel brights and muted tones, which gives it a summery brightness without being too sickly-sweet.

The ‘50s are also big news this season, so ‘50s shapes in pastel tones are a key look of the season. Think vintage American diners and candy-pink ice cream; waistlines are high and tops are cropped, which is a look that can be tailored to make the most of any body shape and make anyone feel like they’ve just stepped out of Grease. Of all the seasons, spring is definitely the time that you can get away with experimenting with candy colours and fresh brights.

Pastel colours

One trend that has had a great presence on the runways is the peplum. This trend has been seen on jackets, skirts, dresses and tops; the look can be dressed down with ankle boots or used as a show-stopping statement when dressing to impress.

peplum skirt

One more thing that is brand new and exciting for this season that Prada have been championing for spring is vintage Americana print. It may sound odd, but old American muscle cars printed on skirts and blouses are the fresh innovation that the fashion world has been unknowingly lacking. It’s a fresh and edgy look, which is a great way to update wardrobe staples; dress down with a printed blouse tucked into denim, or steal the show by teaming with pencil skirts or fine tailoring. This is a trend that you have to see to believe.

Americana prints

Images from Louis Vuitton, Jason Wu, Prada, Nina Ricci

Jessica Allen-Summers

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