The Spring Collections…

The catwalks have been strutted with all the lastest for Spring 2012, and we have many new and beautiful designs to choose from this year. What I love most is that designers are now, more than ever, following their own creative calling. Gone are the days when if one showed micro minis, they all showed micro minis, if one showed slim-legged trousers, they all did. Now, we truly get to dress in what uniquely calls to us – and there are sooooo many great choices. Here’s my take on this year’s Spring designer collections (their names are linked to runway footage):

Donna Karan – showed Haiti-inspired designs in earthen tones, ochre, black, whites and grey. They evoke a very strong female image with a lovely modern-art, sort of tribal Gauguin feel.

Ralph Lauren – had a very feminine take on Spring. I loved the fresh whites, pastels and Spring-flower palette and the obvious 1920’s influence — just beautiful!!

Dolce & Gabbana – did retro…back to the 50’s. When I see big pleats and big patterns that make rail-thin models look big, I wonder what it would do to us mere mortals? I must pass on this collection. However, their secondary line, D&G was pretty cool!

Gucci – did lots of black, whites, golds in recognizable Gucci style. The strong geometric patterns and styles seemed too familiar, and I hate to say a bit old and tired to me.

Stella Macartney – used a lot of curvey lines, paisleys, and swirly arabesques. A very unique and wearable collection – hip and modern.

Veronique Leroy – caught my eye with her very Parisienne styles. The form fitting numbers were my favorites, although they all looked cool, stylish and very wearable for Spring and Summer. She used a lot of taupes, greys, tans and whites to which I always gravitate.

Louis Vuitton – all I can say is awful, awful, awful, awful!!!!! The show made everything look a bit more appealing than the still photographs, but none the less I have no interest in looking like a big ridiculous Easter basket or wearing what appears to be underwear or a leotard under a long, open jackets. Pass! The shoes were cute though….

Dior – wins the prize for my absolute favorite Spring line this year. Everything felt fresh and new, very, very Parisienne, feminine and wearable. Every piece was absolutely gorgeous. I applaud John Galliano for his amazing talents.

Make Life Miraculous,
Sandy Munnerlyn Bell


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