Fashion Trends 2012

69With the arrival of a new season, fashionistas around the world are on the lookout for the key trends for that particular season. This year major fashion designers and fashion houses like Donna Karan, Givenchy and Missoni has come up with designs and silhouettes in clothes that are very different from autumn/winter 2011. The focus this year is more on vibrant colors, unstructured silhouettes and prints. Color blocking, tribal prints, metallic skirts and peplum dresses are all in fashion this year. Unlike fall, which was dominated with tweeds and velvets and military colors like navy, beige and olive-green; this season is all about romantic and vibrant colors. Silhouettes are looser and more free-flowing with ample use of fabrics like linen, chiffon, organza, silk and Georgette. Let us take a look at some of the key fashion trends of 2012.

Upcoming Fashion Trends 2012

Tribal Prints
One of the latest spring fashion trends for 2012, is the emergence of prints. Unlike last season, where prints were soft and muted, this year the focus is on bright and bold tribal prints. Tribal prints and geometric prints in bright colors and head-to-toe patterns were seen in runways of major of fashion designers and design houses. Both Donna Karan and BCBG have great design of maxi dresses and blouses in tribal prints. If you are unsure of pulling off this trend, then wear this pattern in accessories like a handbag, scarf or belt. Animal prints are also one of the best fashion trends for spring 2012 and the best way to wear animal prints is not from head-to-toe, but to use it as accents, in trims.

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What is Slow Fashion Movement?

68Fashion is not what it used to be. … Once it was the prerogative of the elite, the wealthy. Now it is within the reach of everyone. The average guy or gal in America buys 64 pieces of clothing every year―a figure which is more than the number of weeks in a year. In the last 2 to 3 decades, consumers fetishized and sought cheap clothes, which brought them fashion nirvana. Even now, our closets are overstuffed with clothes bought at a low price that looked like a bargain at that time. As the closets aren’t getting any bigger, those tees and skinny jeans are discarded without a second thought, just after a few months of use. This high-street clothing is termed as fast fashion.

To antidote the fast fashion ‘syndrome’, a movement started out in the retail world called ‘slow fashion’. The term was first introduced by Kate Fletcher in 2007. According to her, Slow fashion is not a seasonal trend that comes and goes like animal print, but a sustainable fashion movement that is gaining momentum. This movement works on the same lines of the Slow Food Movement. The aim of this movement is to reduce the rate of fashion change to a sustainable and realistic pace.

You may wonder, why are the fast fashion trends so bad if we are reaping its benefits by paying less at the till? Let’s get a bit more context.

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Zara Clothing

67Zara is an international clothing brand which is a part of the Inditex Group. It is a Spanish company, and is well-known for delivering latest fashion clothes at an affordable price. The first Zara clothing store was launched in 1975, and now there are over 1,520 Zara clothing stores all over the world. It is one of the most popular fashion brands, that is bang on in terms of product quality, affordability, fashion trends, and customer satisfaction. It caters to men, women, and kids, and its menswear collection is one of the most extensive of all the high street brands. The USP of this brand is that the latest fashion trends that are seen on the runways of fashion designers in the fashion week of New York and Paris are available in the stores in less than 5 weeks. Such an approach to clothing availability in terms of production of clothing is unseen in other clothing brands.

Manufacturing Policy of Zara

One of the best things about Zara brand is that they have a wide variety of designs for men, women, and kids. There are also numerous Zara outlets all over the globe, where you are sure to find the latest trends. The Zara brand makes a very interesting case study for supply chain management. Most clothing brands take about 4 to 6 months to get the designs of clothes from the fashion designers table to the finished product in the clothing store. However, Zara takes only 5 to 6 weeks to get the latest designs of clothing in its store. This is possible due to the unique blend of designing, manufacturing, and distribution of the products. This also ensures that the customers are getting the latest trends in clothing which guarantees customer satisfaction and loyalty.

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Fashion Merchandising Salary

66Fashion merchandising is a booming career choice for people who love to spend time in shopping fashionable clothing. In retail business, fashion merchandisers contribute a lot in deciding the products as well as their pricing. It is all about impressing the customers with creative skills and displaying the items in a pleasing way. In fact, behind the unique display of garments and accessories in a successfully running boutique, you will find a fashion merchandising expert.

The field of fashion merchandising is very diverse. Based on individual preferences, one can focus on fashion clothing, jewelry, accessories, or all of them. With experience, the job responsibility of a fashion merchandiser also changes. For example, a visual merchandiser gets promoted to buyer assistant, and then, to senior merchandiser. Accordingly, the merchandising salary range varies. Taken at a glance, the average salary package in the related industry is highly competitive.


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2012 Shoe Fashion Trends

65The yesteryear has been a boon for shoe lovers. It has gifted them some of the most fashionable and fabulous styles of shoes. While a few trends are just bygone, the rest have been refined and redesigned this year in order to create a whole new genre of fashion. Shoe fashion of 2012 is all about going to the “extremes”. They have extremely high heels and extremely bold colors. Though soothing tones and flats are not absolutely passé, you can spot the difference in styles and patterns of the recent times very easily. Renowned fashion houses have updated their collection and so you must also revamp your shoe closet with the latest designs. Have a look at the shoe fashion catalog of 2012 over here.

Shoe Fashion Trends for 2012

Classic Stilletoes
A look through the shoe closet of Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahniks and Jimmy Choo will take your breath away. Pointed bright-colored heels are starkly in fashion this year. You can sport high heels with any type of outfit only if you have the ability to carry them off diligently without the slightest chance of tripping. Stilettos in neutral, pastel and muted shades also look elegant with formal outfits. If you are an obsessive shoe lover, then you must own one of these pairs.

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