SEATTLE (January 27, 2012) – Nordstrom has rounded up all the spring 2012 hits of the season and breakout trends to help you create your own unique personal style with the perfect pieces. To illustrate how to make the them work for you, Nordstrom Fashion Creative Director Gregg Andrews shares the tips you need to know.
Graphic Prints Update your wardrobe with bold patterns. When it comes to the pattern, think high contrast and drama: from exploded florals and geometrics to kitschy motifs and scarf prints.
“Vivid patterns look so fresh for spring,” said Andrews. “The modern formula is to mix your patterns using one or two strong shades, like black or white, to anchor your pairing. For an ultra-bold effect, unify your mix with patterns of a similar scale. A boldly patterned handbag pops any outfit, especially if worn against another graphic print.”
Prep Club All-American sportswear gets crazy-colorful and sporty fresh. Say hello to old-school classics amped up with brilliant color. Nothing feels more springy right now.
“This trend is all about mixing, not matching. The old-school collegiate color scheme is replaced with colorful brights that make the classic pieces look new,” Andrews shared. “Some of the things we love right now include uneven and varied stripes in tops and accessories; skinny eye-catching colored denim; menswear-inspired oxfords in unexpected vibrant color; and a high-wattage belt to define your waist.”
Streamlined Spring lines up with dramatic sculpted silhouettes and a graphic use of bold color. This is statement dressing- a play of chic control and engineered drama. Look for color-blocked everything.
“Clean lines and sculpted shapes bring minimalism and a spare sophistication to the season,” said Andrews. “Create a Mondrian-mood by accessorizing with a pair of color-blocked shoes or structured handbag. Sculptural, shiny metal jewelry with a sleek ‘70s feel gives cleanlined shapes an edge.”
New Horizons If you prefer a more sensual take on neutrals, get back to nature with this trend of sunbaked shades, earthy textures, lighter-than-air fabrics and handcrafted extras.
Nordstrom Spring 2012
“There’s a global influence here that feels very natural and authentic. The sun-drenched palette of desert tones in slubby textures adds interest and newness,” said Andrews. “To create a unique personal statement use hammered metals and handcrafted accents to create a well-traveled vibe. Ground your look with a banded sandal or wedge and finish it with a slouchy bag in naturally burnished leather.”
French Charm Channel that French-girl aesthetic with a flirty mix of lace, florals and buttoned-up schoolgirl pieces. C’est magnifique!
“The key to French Charm is creating a chic eclectic mix. Create a look that plays on complimentary tones and textures and oozes femininity while still expressing your personal flair,” said Andrews. “Start with a boudoir-inspired piece in ultra-feminine lace and pair with a vintage-inspired print or floral. Layer on structure with something tailored in denim or leather to add an unexpected edge.”
Editor’s Note: Visit the Image Gallery section of the Nordstrom Press Room at www.nordstrom.com/pressroom for corresponding images. Nordstrom Fashion Creative Director Gregg Andrews is available for interviews on spring trends.