Tag Archives: summer 2012 trends

Power Prints

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Givenchy SS Resort 2012

Dolce & Gabbana FW 2012

Inspired by 16th century artistry and sculpture, Baroque style refers to clear and exaggerated prints, like chains mixed with animal prints, dramatic florals,  ropes and swirls, and elaborate embellishment. While prints have been popular for several years now, these particular prints are more grande and sophisticated, evoking an almost regal feel. Baroque has long been a fav for Versace, but more recently designers like Prada, Emilio Pucci, and Givenchy have incorporated the ornate prints and patterns into their Spring/Summer 2012 and upcoming Fall/Winter 2012 collections. Not only have they adorned their dresses and apparel with baroque, but they’ve also included swimwear and accessories.

Versace swimsuit, D&G shoes, Prada sunglasses, Miu Miu handbag


Celebs are already enamored with this hot trend, with stars like Beyonce, Fergie, and Chloe Mortez all spotted wearing it. Retailers have also worked baroque into their Summer collections, and I expect that with the previews for Fall/Winter 2012 collections having tons of these power prints, that this trend may actually stick around for a while.

Since designer collections aren’t as accessible to us ordinary folk, I shopped around and found a selection of what you can expect from retailers;

Zip Bralet  $18  Top Shop

Belted Dress  $39.90  Dynamite

Body-Con Tank Dress  $19.99  Charlotte Russe

Printed Clutch  $40  Aldo

Flower Print Tee  $29.90  Zara

Chain Print Skirt  $5  Urban Planet

Animal & Flower Print Wedge  $50  Spring

This is definitely a trend MADE for me! I’ll be hunting for my first baroque purchase this weekend…so stay tuned!

xo Cree

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Put It On Repeat!

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One of my most beloved fashion trends will make another appearance this upcoming spring/summer season – The Maxi!  This fashion rerun was warmly welcomed back for Spring/Summer 2012, so if you didn’t get a chance to try this trend last year, here’s your chance! This trend was arguably made most famous last year by the Queen of Boho herself – Nicole Richie. She was photographed almost daily rocking this trend. You can find many maxi styles in her clothing line Winter Kate, launched in February 2010.

Nicole wearing dress and accessories from her own lines, Winter Kate & House of Harlow

check out more styles like this Winter Kate piece for $299 at shopthetrendboutique.com. They have world wide shipping!

I’m also loving Duro Olowu’s interpretation of the maxi this year. He gave the notoriously casual,  foot-loose-and-fancy-free style a modern, lady like sophistication – but still in keeping with the feminine & flirty nature of the trend.  A job very well done!

Duro Olowu Spring/Summer 2012

As I mentioned before, the maxi is know for, but not limited to, it’s casual boho feel. Wear it day, evening, and most effectively as maternity wear.  It can work for any occasion or body type depending on the fit and quality. Here’s a little Maxi Tutorial to cover the basics.

Athletic build? Try Gewn Stefani’s look. The straps and v neck accentuate the bust (A ruffled bust will provide the same effect). Drawing in the waist and choosing a dress with volume in the skirt creates a feminine shape for her slender physique.

A little curvy? Do like Kim K. and try color blocking to compliment your curves. By adding a belt, it draws focus to her narrow waist, the white modest tank downplays the bust, and the slit in the skirt adds length and shows just enough skin to keep it sexy.  The fabric flows away from her hip, so avoid fabrics like knit jerseys or rayon that will cling to your hips. Try cotton blended fabrics instead.

Pear shaped? Copy Kristen and pick a dress that has a deep v, drawing the eye up and elongating the torso. You could also add a bold necklace here to enhance the effect. Wearing a maxi with a sleeve will help balance out the hip and create symmetry in your shape. Belting the waist here won’t do you any favors, so if you want a little structure, add a tailored blazer with strong shoulders instead.

Fancy occasion or evening? A goddess style in a rich, bold color, like this one worn by Selena, gives the maxi dress sophistication and glamor.  Up the ante with some sparkly earrings and killer heels for some added elegance. Perfect for a wedding or gala. Wear it in black or deep purple and add tons of costume jewelry for a date or a night out with the ladies.

Day time casual? The maxi was MADE for this! Anything from brights, florals, and stripes will do. Even add a denim jacket (or a puppy) like Jessica did. Gladiator sandals and wavy beach hair are perfect for this look. If you’re hitting the beach, throw on a big floppy hat and your Havianas!

I’m waiting to snatch up this romantic style (coming soon for $39.90) as soon as it hits Dynamite stores, but I was out shopping with my sister the other day, and Winners has a HUGE selection of Maxis in right now as low as $20.  If you’re dying to try this trend, hit them up…SOON.  And if you do, send pics of your fav!

Happy Shopping Ladies!

xo Cree