The S/S 2012 collections are bringing fresh and quirky trends to the forefront for another year. This year some of them are more innovative than ever; from nineties Versace-inspired bold prints to kitsch, pretty and cute pastels. The androgynous trend seems to be continuing on into the Spring through what can be identified as Teddy Boy inspired style, and the influence of the 2012 Olympics is evident, with ‘Sports-Luxe’ being a popular trend on the catwalk.

So who has pulled off these bright, somewhat intimidating trends the best?

Stella McCartney

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Stella McCartney manages to pull it off every season. Who could forget her mesh polka dot dress from A/W ’11, which spawned knock-offs in nearly every high street chain in the UK and Ireland? This season we see a burst of colour from the fashion mastermind, yet she still manages to keep in touch with the girl-boy, slightly masculine feel that is ever so present in all her collections, through structured fabrics, feminine suits and shirt dresses.

Chanel

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It seems impossible for the iconic fashion house to be anything less that phenomenal. This season, the designs from Chanel have become slightly softer, very feminine with pastels and delicate fabrics dominating the runway. In keeping with Chanel’s classic vibe, ladylike tweed suits and shapely silhouettes also featured.

Givenchy

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Absoloutely nothing screamed Summer louder than the prints from the Givenchy resort collection. Inspired by surf culture, look out for vibrant, brave and colourful silk shirts, pencil skirts and dresses. As well as this, Givenchy have also designed some pieces that find a balance between athleticism and classic feminity, through visors, asymmetry and bright handbags. Designed by Creative Director Riccardo Tisci, these trends have already proven to be a hit with similar designs already showing up in various high street stores such as Zara and Topshop, as seen below.

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By Ciara Murphy