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The 2012 Trend Report

01.20.12 Statement Necklace Kate Spade New York Cotton Candy Magazine

As 2012 begins to unfold so do the trends that will establish the looks and styles for the season – and throughout the rest of the year.  Designers continue to present their interpretations of cultures across the world, people around the globe and travels throughout the planet. As fashion editors we see a constant influx of stunning concepts strewn in the boutiques, runways and ateliers.  But there are always ideas that rise above the rest and become overwhelming trends.  Today, the biggest challenge for women is to take those popular styles and learn how translate them into wearable attire in everyday life.  Cotton Candy Magazine® has chosen some of the top trends leading the way in 2012.  And don’t worry.  Our editors are giving you an in-depth report on how to incorporate trends into your personal style.

No. 1 Bold Color

Bold colors are the new black. Bold colors are lively.  Bold colors are fresh. Bold colors are modern.  The flamboyant trend continues to make a resurgence on the runways, and we predict that color is the most dominant trend of the year.  The color company Pantone has tapped Tangerine Tango as the color of the year, a sort of reddish orange hue sure to energize your look.

Chandler Romper Kate Spade New York, $548

There are a number of ways to incorporate color into your style.  If you’re a little apprehensive to buy a garment with bold color, try a bold lip color.  Take a lesson from the spring 2012 shows of designers Jil Sander and Jason Wu.  Try a range of reds, including wines, deep berries and even oranges.  If you’re looking to tone down the color, try colored lip glosses which aren’t as saturated.

Also consider bold colored denim.  Luminous jeans are great pieces to wear with so many items, such as a basic tee, a white button down shirt or a simple, modern jacket.  Cotton Candy editors love the Fifty Five Colors collection from Joe’s Jeans.  Our fave is the buttercup wash.  We also recommend a fiery red.  If you’re not entirely ready to take the plunge with a deep hue, try earth tones such as the Cobblestone wash, which will introduce you to color.

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Jewelry and other accessories are a great way to introduce color into your wardrobe.  Try jelly bangles – we love Circa Sixty Three featured on Cotton Candy.  Also try jelly shoes, which you can find at outlets such as J. Crew, and colored tights.

Our editors must mention the option of lacquer for your nails. Bold nail colors are fun and inexpensive.  Great options and ever changing choices are presented by major and small brands, including OPI and Essie.

No. 2 Metallics

Metallics add depth to your style.  Metallic does not have to include glitter or sequin.  We love metallic ballet flats – a great trick to add a touch of shimmer to your wardrobe.  Metallic stilettos can be somewhat overwhelming, and don’t translate well in a work environment.  Try modern, appropriate metallic flats from designers Kenneth Cole, Calvin Klein and Tory Burch.  Go for a simple, clean look if you want to transcend from work into evening.

Scout Bag Kate Spade New York, $348

Other great ways to include metallics are, again, nail polishes and eye shadows.  Metallic eye shadows add some depth to the smoky eye, perfect for evenings out.  Also try metallic handbags, especially clutches which add some panache, and tote bags.

No. 3 Patterns and Prints

There’s been an explosion of flora, as seen in the designs of Peter Som and also Thakoon – which shows off its signature Indian-inspired paisleys.  You don’t want prints and patterns to overtake you.  Too much print can look like a cacophony of patterns and appear disconnected.  However, wear scarves with prints, handbags with patterns and skirts with prints.  Try knee length skirts, as long patterned skirts tend to be a bit overwhelming.

Silk Scarf Kate Spade New York, $100

No. 4 Hardware

Hardware is a piece that adds some weight to your look and is a solid piece that is heavier.  Hinged bangles are strong hardware elements.  Our editors love the hinged bangles showcased in the spring 2012 collection of Kate Spade New York.  If you’re trying to achieve the same look for less, try outlets such as The Limited which sells hinged bangles for minimal cost.  Some other hardware to consider:  chandelier earrings and statement necklaces.

Statement Necklace Kate Spade New York, $298

Final Note: We want to encourage you to have staple items in your closet to incorporate with this year’s trends.  We love hats, especially fedoras which provide a modern sense of androgyny, trench coats – now in all fabrics, colors and patterns – and of course a little black dress, that you can dress up or down.

Cotton Candy Editor-in-Chief: Natasha D. Smith

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