It's hard to believe it's a wrap, but with Paris Fashion Week now behind us, all of the major Spring 2012 shows have officially been shown. Now comes the best part; after a month of drooling over runway images, covering the backstage scene, and going to shows, we've compiled a list of some of the season's most notable trends. Anyone else excited to go shopping for pleated pants?
Sea World: Versace
Sea World: Giorgio Armani
Sea World: Chanel
Unusual Prints: Carolina Herrera
It’s almost a given that Prada will have some kind of an-out-of-the-box print, but this season Miuccia wasn’t the only one. From fruit to animals to crashing cars, this season brought all kinds of crazy prints.
Unusual Prints: Prada
Unusual Prints: Moschino Cheap and Chic
Head-to-Toe Metallics: Elie Tahari
Even shoes and handbags got the Midas touch this season, so prepare yourself for head-to-toe metallics this Spring.
Head-to-Toe Metallics: Gianfranco Ferre
Head-to-Toe Metallics: N 21
Wide Belts: Balmain
Whether for day or night, last season’s thin belts have been replaced with wide attention-grabbing belts.
Wide Belts: Viktor and Rolf
Wide Belts: Jean Paul Gaultier
Ruffles: Alexander McQueen
Whether densely packed around the shoulder, draped across the chest, or cascading down a dress, ruffles were all over the Spring 2012 runways.
Ruffles: Rachel Zoe
Funky Shades: Fendi
Forget the classic aviator because Spring 2012 is all about funky shades – that includes out-of-the-box shapes and wild prints and colors.
Funky Shades: Proenza Schouler
Funky Shades: Stella McCartney
Dramatic Headgear: Balenciaga
If ever there were a season to invest in a Philip Treacy creation, it would be Spring 2012.
Dramatic Headgear: Moschino
Dramatic Headgear: Anna Sui
Pleats: Elie Saab
In the words of Issey Miyake
Pleats: Prabal Gurung
Barely There Tops: Acne
Forget cropped tops that show a sliver of stomach because Spring 2012 will – literally – be crunch time given the endless parade of miniature tops that made their way down the runways.
Barely There Tops: Dolce and Gabbana
Barely There Tops: Emilio Pucci
Bold Hues: Donna Karan
Yes, there were neutrals and pastels per usual, but the real color takeaway is to go bold or go home for Spring 2012.
Bold Hues: Marni
Yes, there were neutrals and pastels per usual, but the real color takeaway is to go bright or go home for Spring 2012. Most of the saturated shades seen were in the red, orange, and yellow color families.
Bold Hues: Lanvin
Bold Hues: Oscar de la Renta
Bold Hues: Derek Lam
Bold Hues: Charlotte Ronson
20s Inspired: Gucci
The roaring 20s are back for Spring 2012 so think glitz, glam, and a dropped waist.
20s Inspired: Giambattista Valli
20s Inspired: Roberto Cavalli
The 1950s Housewive: Jonathan Saunders
A retro 50s housewife style made recurring appearances this season and while most designer stuck with a cinched waist silhouette, fabrics, prints, and colors spanned the aesthetic gamut.
The 1950s Housewive: Prada
The 1950s Housewive: Dolce amd Gabbana
The 1950s Housewive: Marni