Spring ’11 & ’12 Trend Forecasting: Simple Picnic vs. Tropical Punch

“Simple Picnic” and “Tropical Punch” were some of the last forecast looks Fashion Snoops singled out from the runways (the other was preppy “School Spirit” which is pretty self explanatory).  As much as I like these two, I’m slightly biased towards the Bohemian jet set and 70s chic looks.  Regardless, they’re still beautiful and easy to translate from the runway to your wardrobe.  I was looking through some photos of Fall’s fashion week and kept seeing pieces of Prada’s tropical look on several attendees and then remembered seeing tons of “Simple Picnic” inspired looks all over Topshop in London.  For both these looks, a sense of humor and youthful optimism is a must, especially if you have the overwhelming urge to wear a small apron such as this one:

D&G Spring '11

Think:  Peasant, bleached denim, patchwork patterns, eyelet dresses, overalls, large cabbage rose prints, railroad stripes, polka dots, single color checks, bold colors such as fire engine red, bright pink (e.g. fucia), and grass green.  Use navy to blend with these bold colors since the contrast would be too sharp with black.

What I love about this look is that it really does an amazing job telling a story.  The colors, fabrics and silhouettes capture the warmth of the sun and new beginnings.  Looking through D&G‘s S/S ’11 collection you can almost smell the fresh strawberries and fertile grass.  Man, those Italians are good.

These are great because they can be easily worn with a jean or leather jacket and you’re good to go.

D&G (left), Isabel Marant (right)

However, I wouldn’t suggest doing the same with this Antonio Marras number.

{Cherry Pantone forecast colors from left to right: Turtledove (12-5202), Poinsettia (17-1654), Fandango Pink (17-2033), Cradle Pink (12-2905), Summer Green (14-0156), Patriot Blue (19-3925)}

To be continued with Tropical Punch…

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2 Responses to Spring ’11 & ’12 Trend Forecasting: Simple Picnic vs. Tropical Punch

  1. Veronica – That Antonio Marras outfit SO reminds me of a little size 6 month white jumper with strawberry appliques that I wore as a baby! Too funny!

    I’d like the sashed Isabel Marant dress over slim jeans. Still too cold here!


  2. ghostwritermichael says:

    I love your posts. The writing is absolutely wonderful. It flows and is so much fun to read.

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