By REYHAN ENVER
Yves Saint Laurent, a French fashion designer, said it best: “Fashion fades, style is eternal.”
Trends change each year, including colours, skirt lengths and accessories.
This year men’s fashion will see a lot of change and women will see a return of vintage styles.
It is all about being bold.
If you walk into a clothing store you will see bright, bold colours for both men and women. Oranges, greens and mustards are no longer just accents; they are becoming the focal point of an outfit, according to Esquire magazine.
Along with these eccentric colours, women’s clothing will have many bold prints and patterns, such as geometric shapes and enlarged floral print.
Fashion designer Betsey Johnson and her intern, Jen, who did not want her last name used, agree about what the biggest trends of 2012 will be.
“Geometric patterns, beautiful florals, bold red, black and white prints, vintage coloured blue; so many different things will be in,” said Jen.
Mismatched patterns is also a style that’s no longer frowned upon, instead becoming a must-have.
Formal mixed with informal is the latest trend for men, such as mixing a pair of ripped jeans with a dress shirt.
Vogue magazine has also raved about large animal prints that are in this season.
“Animal prints – particularly big cat spots – are a perennial favourite,” said Lucy Hutchings, fashion editor, in the January edition of Vogue. “This season’s Africana also mixes ethnic prints, raffia-work, tribal sketches and intricate beading.”
According to the February edition of Cosmopolitan, the newest must-have style is fringe. A shirt with shredding at the bottom can dress up a simple outfit.
Another big trend is the shiny, glossy outfit. Anything from a bracelet to a pair of pants that shines or sparkles is in this year, says Cosmopolitan.
Vogue has captured what will become the year’s popular designs. This spring will start the “underwater” collection; outfits rippling with sea shells, waves and other scenic underwater images.
Accessories are huge for women this year, with earrings being the biggest comeback.
Although embracing your femininity is big this year for women, there are many new feminine trends for men that many people may question. Nail polish companies such as AlphaNail have made nail polish colours marketed toward men and have named them accordingly. You will find colours such as Gasoline and Concrete. To check out more of the nail polishes, go to www.alphanail.com.
UGG boots for men have also been introduced recently. To take a look, go to www.uggaustralia.ca.