Top 5 Fashion Trends of 2012

This is our round-up of the top 5 favorite style inspirations and fashion statements in the year that was 2012. We give you the most memorable trends that debuted and reappeared on the runways, red carpets, stylish streets, and editorial pages. Are you ready?


1. Revival of the Dark Eras: Baroque and Gothic

Famously avant-garde designers like Alexader McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana, Aquilano Rimondi, and Balmain revived these period styles for 2012, and boy did they make the fashion world ecstatic.

Baroque implies strangeness, drama, and extravagance. In the modern times, these are interpreted by way of incorporating gold, brocade, and other luxe materials.

Dolce & Gabbana F/W 2013

Selena Gomez, Selita E-Banks, Paula Patton in Baroque-inspired couture

While, Gothic, with its rich, mysterious, and darkly romantic qualities, saves dark colours from the death of being boring.

Gothic-inspired high-street fashion

Givenchy Couture Fall 2012

Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2012

2. Prints, Prints, Prints

With floral and scarf, aztec and animal, swirls and dots and zigzags, cosmic and paint splash, 2012 never had a scarcity of prints. But, what’s awesome was the print on print play on a lot of outfits. And, why, whether in haute couture or RTW, prints were present year round.

Marc Jacobs Pre-Fall 2012

Givenchy Pre-Fall 2013

Peter Pilotto Resort 2013

3. Surprise of Sexy Skin

Showing off of skin got quite classy in 2012. Ladies opted to tease with just a hint of skin through sheer fabrics. Peekaboo of skin also got inventive with the birth of laser cut-outs, and with the designs that cleverly accentuated just one body part like the back, shoulder, or waist.

Jason Wu S/S 2013

BCBG Max Azria, Alexander Wang, Michael Kors

Sheer fashion statement

4. Metallic Madness

Sparkles and glitters are synonymous to glamour — and glamour, fashion could not live without; therefore, silvers, golds, and even pinks in the form of sequins and shimmery fabrics are requirements every year, yes even in 2012. Any objections?

Burberry Prorsums S/S 2013

Gold trend on the Fall 2012 runways

Jessica Alba, Jessica Pare, Carey Mulligan, Nina Dobrev, Karolina Kurkova, Kate Upton shine in liquid gold at the 2012 MET Ball

5. Neon and Brights

Okay, so white, black, and red had been crowd favourites this year. But, if we must say, neon and brights in every hue imaginable drastically changed the tides and made quite the impression on the fashion-forward gen. Neon and brights coloured even the usually serious and classic lace, doilies, eyelets, fringe, and fur giving out a quirky vibe. Who’s to say that neon worked even in metallic fabrics.

Neon high-street fashion

Valentino Pre-Fall 2013

2012 style and fashion could be described in these words: inventive, outrageous, and fearlessly individual. Both new bloods and established designers revitalized the fashion world and satisfied the hunger of edgy and experimental stylistas for fresh perspectives and more personal, characteristic, custom takes on style. So, generally it had been a year of success for fashion, don’t you agree?

Other top trends that didn’t make it to the top 5, but were notably present, were fringe and feathers, peplum, and ombre.

Which trend gets your thumbs-up?

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