Fashion-forward celebs helped to forge some major new trends this year, taking them from the runways, on to the red carpet, and into our wardrobes. With the Christmas party season just round the corner, I thought I’d take a look at the dresses that really cut it on the celebrity circuit, creating a stir in 2012 – and guaranteed to turn heads at your own glam Christmas night out.
Last year saw designers borrowing heavily from the 1960s and 1970s, but this year they delved even deeper into fashion history, looking to the roaring twenties for inspiration. With a new Baz Luhrmann remake of The Great Gatsby just around the corner, the Mad Men fashion craze subsided this year in favour of Interwar style. Ralph Lauren, Etro and Marchesa all packed their 2012 shows with 20s-style dress, but Gucci really stole the show with their Chrysler Building-inspired flapper dresses collection. Celebs were falling over themselves to strut their stuff on the catwalk in one of the label’s black and gold numbers, with Salma Hayek, Camilla Belle and Florence Welch all lucky enough to slip into one of these gorgeous gowns. The look has been adapted for the high street so we can all add a touch of Gatsby glitz. Look out for flapper styles, black and gold, dropped waists, intricate beading and lots of fringing, a la this Rare tassle dress from BANK.
The Sheer Maxi
The trend for sheer maxi dresses started at the tail end of 2011, but became a major mainstream look in 2011. Thanks to the likes of Mary-Kate and Ashley, the maxi was transformed once more for those that dared to bare. While black was the colour of choice for sheer maxis on the catwalk, summer brought a whole new wave of ethereal pale pastel and nude tones that freshened of this now classic look. The Olsen twins may have patented this dress style, but Michelle Williams, Nicole Richie, Pixie Geldof and a host of other fashion-forward celebs soon adopted it as their own too. For this A/W season, look to darker shades once more for a vampish night time look.
Back to the Future
If vintage-inspired style isn’t your thing, designers also served up a serious slice of futurism on the catwalks this year. Clean-lines, ultra-modern tailoring, and high-shine silver and gold were spotted in almost every 2012 collection, most notable at Calvin Klein. The label’s futuristic dresses kept things subtle with chic, pale silver and gold metallics, also using high-tech new fabrics to wow audiences. Ever on-trend, Nicole Richie made the futuristic look her own when she showed up at the Golden Globes this year in this stunning silver beaded Julien MacDonald gown.
Mix Things Up
As well as giving us a new take on futurism, designers gave texture a whole new overhaul, with an emphasis on mix and match texture and contrast. Rich, traditional fabrics were back in vogue, with fashion houses falling in love with luxurious fabrics like feather, fur, suede, velvet and silk, all over again. But contrasting these fabrics was key to the new 2012 aesthetic, and no celeb pulled this off better than Evan Rachel Wood at the Golden Globes. Her gown mixed-up sequins, beading, feathers and sheer fabric for a look that sounds like it would be OTT, but in Gucci’s hands looked simply stunning.
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