The 2012 spring fashion forecast

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring 2012 is here, and so are the new fashions. Every year, men and women want to know if they should update or buy new.

We asked Philadelphia fashion expert Ashley Schaffer, and she told us this is definitely the year to go shopping.

The Pantone Institute, the official keeper of color for the art and fashion world, has declared tangerine the color of spring for women. Anything in the orange range will be "in".

As for men, especially with casual clothing, bright greens and blues will dominate.

Women will enjoy mixing patterns, textures and fabrics. There's total freedom on hemlines...anything from mini to maxi.

Some skirts are shorter in front and longer in the back. It all works, if it works for you.

Given the predominance of bright colors and attention-grabbing patterns, women's shoes are quiet and subtle, with nude being the color of choice in any style.

As usual, trends for men are less dramatic, but mixing is still welcome if you're comfortable. Women's jewelry and accessories will feature a spectrum of metals...maybe three or four in a single piece.

You'll see these trends in all price ranges, from mass-market discount stores to exclusive boutiques.

To get the idea, just go shopping or browse a fasion magazine or website. Here's a complete list of what we showed on the air, along with where to buy the pieces:

Women's Spring Fashions:
Spring 2012 Trend: Super Bold Prints and Geometrics
Vibrant, swirling, styled-head-to-toe patterns and prints sashayed down the spring 2012 runways. While there's plenty to choose from-geometric shapes, even parrot prints-we're loving designer Derek Lam's pink multi-geometric jacket paired with Derek Lam striped pants. Pattern mixing was huge this fall and transitions into a great spring trend this year.

* Derek Lam Multi Geometric Jacket, Joan Shepp , $495.00
* Derek Lam Black/White Striped Pant, Joan Shepp, $375.00
* Wolford Havanna Top, Joan Shepp, $145.00
* Yves Saint Laurent Black Wedges, Joan Shepp, $580.00

Jewelry: Jewelry and accessories are a great way to test a trend without committing to a full outfit. Look for accessories with bold prints and geometric patterns, such as this M.C.L. bracelet, earrings and ring suite with mod black and white sprinkled with multi-colored sapphires. *M.C.L. silver bangle with white enamel and multi colored pave sapphires, Bernie Robbins Jewelers, $2,200.00 *M.C.L. silver hoop earrings with white enamel and black pave sapphires, Bernie Robbins Jewelers, $670.00 * M.C.L. silver and white enamel ring with multi colored pave sapphires, Bernie Robbins Jewelers, $625.00

Spring 2012 Trend: Oranges and Tangerines
Just before New York Fashion Week kicked off, Pantone Institute shared its prediction for the most popular colors of spring 2012 , and it was spot-on: The pick for spring's numero uno shade, Tangerine Tango, was all over the runways. Colored jeans are trending big time, so naturally, we choose Tangerine colored J Brands from Denim Habit. Pair with a flirty ruffle print tank and layer with a free people knit cardigan for the perfect springtime look.

*J Brand Skinny Leg Twill Pant, Denim Habit , $176.00
* Patterson J. Kincaid Ruffle Print Tank, Denim Habit , $108.00
* Free People Cabo Cardigan, Denim Habit , $125.00
* Luxe Junkie Cami, Denim Habit , $26.00
Jewelry: Yellow and rose gold looks great with warm citrus hues but mixing metals is a great way to keep the look fresh and interesting, as seen with these Roberto Coin bangles that combine yellow, white and a touch of rose gold.
*Roberto Coin Primavera white gold bangle with yellow gold ring stations, Bernie Robbins Jewelers , $1,900.00
*Roberto Coin Primavera yellow gold bangle with white gold ring stations, Bernie Robbins Jewelers , $1,900.00
*Roberto Coin Primavera white gold bangle with rose gold ring stations, Bernie Robbins Jewelers $1,900.00
*Roberto Coin Chic and Shine yellow gold earrings with pave diamond accent, Bernie Robbins Jewelers $1,980.00

Spring 2012 Trend: Flirty Flower Power
Large floral prints are the new trend this spring. A feminine, bold yet "flirty" look of oversize florals are the perfect way to show your softer side while keeping on trend. This Betsey Johnson dress that we picked up from The Pier Shops at Caesars is a botanical dream. The high waist line, A-line skirt and flirtatious above-the-knee length flatters all body types. Nude pumps are super popular this spring and pair perfectly with this look.

Betsey Johnson English Tea Rose Dress, Betsey Johnson at The Pier Shops at Caesars $276.00
Stuart Weitzman for Scoop NYC Natural Patent Pump, The Pier Shops at Caesars $365.00
Jewelry: Pretty pastels are a big spring trend - why not use soft colored pearls, such as these stackable
*Honora stretch bangles, to play up this flirty look.
*Honora colored freshwater pearl stretch bracelets, Bernie Robbins Jewelers , $125.00 for set of ten.
*Honora multicolored freshwater pearl stretch bracelets, Bernie Robbins Jewelers $100.00 for set of three.
*Honora peach freshwater pearl stud earrings, Bernie Robbins Jewelers , $150.00

Men's Spring Fashions:
Spring 2012 Trend: Dazzling Blues and Grass Green
According to Pantone fashion men's color report for spring 2012, breezy Tradewinds creates the perfect combination for spring with Dazzling Blue and Grass Green. This sporty yet classic golf green is a hit this spring and checks is another big trend as well. To highlight, we paired this green and blue check gingham shirt with classic lightweight khakis and this Scotch & Soda Nylon Jacket-the perfect spring time layering piece. Again, Blue is the theme. Pair with these adorable Tommy Bahama XXs, or for a more casual look try a pair of boat shoes or Sperry's.

*Scotch & Soda Gingham Shirt, South Moon Under , $104.00
* Scotch & Soda Nylon Jacket, South Moon Under $222.00
* Alternative Earth Tee, South Moon Under , $18.00
* Tommy Bahama Puerto Chino Pants, Tommy Bahama at The Pier Shops at Caesars , $98.00
* Tommy Bahama Rocker Canyon Leather Boots, Tommy Bahama at The Pier Shops at Caesars , $168.00

Spring Fashion Trend: Athletic-Inspired
According to Valentino's Pier Paolo Piccioli, sportswear is the modern uniform. For Spring 2012, everyone seems to have sportswear on the brain and it's here to stay! Loosely tech-infused black pants like these Y-3 relaxed fit twill pants with zip-off legs and a superlight Y-3 jacket are all in a modern wardrobe perfect for spring. Pair with a 611 Lifestyle tee with a shot of bold colors and this adorable Y-3 skate-inspired Honja High sneakers.

*611 Lifestyle Tee, Joan Shepp , $26.00
* Y-3 Jacket, Joan Shepp , $750.00
* Y-3 Black pant, Joan Shepp, $280.00
* Y-3 Sneakers, Joan Shepp, $300.00

Spring Fashion Trend: Bursts of Color and Bow Ties
Stylish suits have made a huge impact on the men's trend table for the Spring 2012 season and we're seeing many paired with a perfect bowtie! We're seeing a ton of single and double-breasted jackets as well as a huge focus on brave bold colors such as corals, orange, and greens. This pink sateen shirt and bowtie add the perfect pop of color to this fresh, pale grey Italian Super 150's suit. It is a great lightweight option for a formal springtime look.

* Ballin pink mix media sateen shirt, Les Richards Menswear , $99.00
*Bowtie, Les Richards Menswear , $89.95
* Santoria Tosi Italian Suit, Les Richards Menswear $1,095.00

Fashions Available At:
Denim Habit, with locations in Ardmore, Pa. Marlton, N,J,, and NYC.

* Scoop NYC at The Pier Shops at Caesars, One Atlantic Ocean Atlantic City, NJ 08401 .

*Betsey Johnson at The Pier Shops at Caesars

*Tommy Bahama at The Pier Shops at Caesars

Les Richards Menswear with locations at Liberty Place, Philadelphia, and Cherry Hill Mall

South Moon Under with locations in Center City Philadelphia. and Wayne. Pa.

All jewelry available at Bernie Robbins Jewelers with locations on the Main Line, in Newtown, Pa., in Marlton, N.J. As well as several locations at the Jersey shore.

Joan Shepp Boutique fashions and accessories for men and women, 1616 Walnut Street, Center City Philadelphia,

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