Fashion Trends for Spring/Summer 2011

With the Spring and Summer just round the corner, the time is now to get your new wardrobe sorted, but what should you be looking for? Well with all the Spring/Summer 2011 catwalks finished and all the reports in there are a lot of trends to take note of. However, with my help you are sure to create the perfect Spring/Summer wardrobe this year.

Here are a few that I think will be the biggest trends to follow this Spring/Summer 2011:

Back less trend

One trend that I seen repeatedly featured in fashion magazines is showing off your bare back. I personally love this look; it is stylish, sexy, feminine and sophisticated.

From Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander Wang and Julien MacDonald to Tommy Hilfiger, Balenciaga by Nicholas Ghesquiere and Dior, creating a new erogenous zone has become an incredibly popular design.

As the backless design is so simple, styling up the trend is easy and fun. Take feathers, chains, neck bows, frills, lacing and and add extra straps to ensure all the best decorations are behind you.

My favourite back less piece featured on the Spring/Summer 2011 catwalk is a mustard yellow, tailored jumpsuit by Etro. Teamed with a dark brown skinny belt and summer hat the 70s inspiration is still strong in current design. The tailoring is simple with the cuts beautifully mastered to compliment the female figure. With all of this in mind the Etro jumpsuit is a beautiful item I would love to cherish in my wardrobe.

However, for those who love detailing, when styling a back less piece, take inspiration from Julien MacDonald for frills, Gucci for chain detailing and John Galliano and Donna Karen for a romantic twist.

Colour Trend - Blue

When you think of the summer you begin to imagine your perfect holiday retreat, whether it be a boat break across the Mediterranean or a relaxing beach holiday where the water is so clear and blue you instantly feel relaxed, calm and at peace. So how convenient is it and perfectly time, when I tell you that blue is the biggest colour trend of Spring/Summer 2011.

This season the catwalks ran riot with dazzling bright colours with sumptuous jewel tones and either worn as a one piece hue or in a boldly clashing combination. The catwalks were filled with explosive re, pink, purple, orange and yellow hues, yet the biggest colour story that has made the brightest impact is blue.

From Cynthia Steffe, Issey Miyake and Peter Pilotto to Blumarine, Etro and Alexandre Herchcoritch's shows you will find a deep sea of luscious blue tones that will help you sail to a tranquil wardrobe.

If denim has always played a staple part in your wardrobe, there is good news; the double denim trend has been translated into many Spring/Summer 2011 collections. When wearing this true-blue denim trend bear in mind sharp cuts. These cuts will make your outfit look sleek and sharp; boyfriend shirts won't be suitable this season.

Other designers to note for bringing colour intensity to their runway are Viktor & Rolf, AKRIS, Isabel Marant, Roland Mouret, Jason Wu Matthew Williamson and Mulberry.


Gather up, gather up, the biggest technique used on the catwalk this Spring/Summer 2011 is gathering. The sophisticated and fashionable fold of materials creates an essence of movement and textures without garments looking over worked, so it comes to no surprise why this technique has been so heavily used throughout many collections.

This trend works with any length hemline whether the dress drapes down to the floor or the skirt grazes across the knee and every pleat, gather and fold generates femininity effortlessly.

Tommy Hilfiger, Chloe, Nichole Fahri and Alberta Ferretti are but a few of the designers that have mastered the feminine beauty of draping, pleats and gathers, which has made their Spring/Summer 2011 collections not only wonderfully soft, but also very interesting and appealing to look at.

Whereas, Burberry Prorsum, Gucci, Miu Miu and Jean Paul Gaultier has created a rock and roll, hard look by using the very same technique that has created divine and romantic silhouettes. Gucci, pleating black leather has created a top that is reminiscent of Ancient Roman armour. Whereas Jean Paul Gaultier seems to have stemmed inspiration for Madonna back in her Like a Virgin days.

Burberry Prorsum has only created a rock edge to the design through their styling. The dress itself is a beautiful piece, with gathers creating texture and the cut highlighting the sensuality a dress can achieve. With a black leather waist belt and a black leather, studded jacket the dress now oozes sex appeal, with a don't mess with me feel.

With so many looks to create by wearing this simple technique it is no wonder that this trend will become one of the biggest to hit online boutiques and high street stores. Walking through the town, I already clocked Jasper Conran for Debenhams has a piece that looks very simpler to the Burberry dress.


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