Couturing help you navigate the fashion world by picking the key trends for Spring/Summer 2012 season.



Digital prints were popular on the runway this season, with designers from Dries Van Noten and Ann Demeulemeester bringing photographs to life on beautiful dresses. Couturing’s favourite collection was up-and-coming designer Mary Katrantzou who brought a kaleidoscope of prints to the catwalk with her vibrant collection.


Mary Katrantzou





The perfect feminine touch to an outfit, the peplum was seen not only on dresses and skirts, but also adorning jackets and tops. Couturing loved the lady like use of the peplum in the feminine and flirty Jason Wu collection.


Jason Wu


Giorgio Armani



Designers took inspiration from the sea, with ocean inspired prints and delicate detailing reminiscent of sea life adorning dresses on the catwalk. Couturing loved the pearl shell clutches at Chanel, the amazing Alexander McQueen coral inspired dresses and the stunning wave prints at Peter Pilotto.



Alexander McQueen


Peter Pilotto



Not the best thing to hear after a festive season spent eating way too much, but this season cutout detailing and cropped tops means the mid section will be on display. Carven in particular favoured this trend with quirky cutouts prominent in the label’s collection.







From digital prints to an amazing Manish Arora caged corset adorned with budgies, birds were a common theme on the catwalk. From abstract bird silhouettes at Marc Jacobs, to the infamous swan headpiece at Giles worn by style icon Anna Dello Russo, designers took inspiration from birds of all kinds.


Manish Arora





Designers looked to the traditional features and styles of sporting wear to create a range of sportsluxe inspired collection. Using neoprene fabrics and relaxed jersey pieces from designers such as Alexander Wang and Marc Jacobs, looked like they could have transitioned easily from the catwalk, to the tennis court.



Marc Jacobs


Victoria Beckham



Bold geometric lines and shapes were seen at Proenza Schouler, Gucci and Hermès reminiscent of the art deco era.







Designer houses such as Lanvin, Balenciaga and Miu Miu favoured this understated fabric for their collections. Whether fitted pencil dresses, or voluminous jackets, this material brought a minimalist elegance to each piece.




Christopher Kane



Seen on the runway at the big fashion stalwarts including Prada, Valentino and Louis Vuitton, pastels were bought to life through pleated skirts, laser cutout dresses and delicate lace. Popular colours were yellow, pink and blue.




Louis Vuitton


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Lisa Teh

Lisa Teh is the Editor-in-chief of, one of Australia's top fashion, beauty and lifestyle resources. She has worked on campaigns with brands including David Jones, Myer, Mecca Cosmetica, Simone Perele, Lenovo and L'Oreal. She recently appeared in Couturing's exclusive Australian Fashion Week reality web series, The Frow, alongside top industry names including Toni Maticevski and Maybelline Creative Director Nigel Stanislaus.

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