It’s January again: the World Fashion Week calendar is already in full swing and setting the trends for the coming year. With the Milan fashion week taking place in mid January, it’s a good time to take a look at the kinds of fashion trends that are going to be big in 2012. This year Prada focussed on its men’s collection, but with a twist. In addition to models, the autumn/winter 2012 collection was showcased using a number of famous British and American actors such as Gary Oldman and Jamie Bell. The aim of the designer’s approach was to create an image of powerful dressing, a collection representing man power. Its collection focussed on tailoring with many long, double breasted jackets cut to sit perfectly against the body.
Double-breasted jackets were also featured in other collections, with double-breasted blazers and suits being key items. New features were the oversized double-breasted blazer as well as the fitted, close-to-the body blazer. Prada teamed their suits or elegant jackets with simple turtlenecks, creating a more casual atmosphere, while others were worn with tuxedo shirts. Long overcoats were also key items in the show.
The Milan fashion week has also indicated that wider trousers will overtake skinny jeans this year. Skin-tight trousers have been a key fashion trend for the past few years, but it seems 2012 is about to welcome back wide leg jeans and trousers. In fact, this also applies to other items, with oversized jackets and long floaty cardigans being included in many designers’ collections.
In terms of colours, grey shades are set to be big for 2012. Armani featured its classic smoky grey colour in its collection and Ferragamo’s colour scheme focussed on grey, blue and black tones. Patterns were also featured in Vivienne Westwood’s collection, where colours were generously mixed together. Brown and grey checked blazers were combined with dark, thick black pin-stripe trousers. Dark colours such as plum and burgundy reflected the sober tone of the Missoni collection and a deep purple was also a key feature of the Prada collection.
Missoni is one of the key designers for winter clothing, this year focussing on layering. The possibilities for layering winter clothing seemed endless with Missoni; a fine-knit cardigan worn under a high collared cardigan, or a thin pullover worn under a felt wool parka. Its collection includes mens winter coats and biker jackets which were huge in 2011 as well as hunting parkas and bomber jackets.