Stylish and vibrant

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 30 March, 2012, 12:00am


From prints and pleats to neutrals and neons, spring/summer fashion is bursting with fresh styles to suit everyone, from the conservative to the avant-garde. It also marks the return of colour with vibrant shades of orange and yellow mixed with soft pastels and ocean-inspired blues and greens.

Patterns are another big trend for spring, popping up in florals, exotic prints, art-deco graphics and digital imaging on everything from dresses to handbags. But fashion is nothing if not diverse, as flowing silhouettes and cool neutral shades also appear throughout the new collections.

Taking its motto, 'show your true colours', to heart, Luisa Cerano has introduced modern hues, such as tropical orange, Sahara beige, aquamarine and shocking yellow, to its range of tailored separates.

Standout styles include colour-blocked cardigans, polka-dot blouses, striped jersey dresses and blouses adorned with bold English rose prints. The eclectic mood is also evident at Karen Millen, where botanical prints mix with romantic lace and muted desert tones. Silhouettes range from form-fitting dresses to full-leg pants and kimono-sleeve blouses.

The brand has reworked its heritage animal prints into pencil skirts and panelled shifts, pairing them with bold colours and signature biker jackets in washed leather and suede.

The biker look also inspired Miss Sixty's latest Moto Couture collection with distressed grey denim, studded shorts and bold jackets. Other new styles include military-chic cargo pants and loose sweaters, colourful maxi dresses and glamorous modern trench coats. For summer, the brand features lightweight linen and jersey in a wide range of shades, from bright white to cyclamen red.

EQ:IQ aims to dress modern women for every occasion with a collection that spans weekend to workday wear. Highlights for spring include painterly prints, vintage-inspired florals and a warm colour palette from dusty pink to rich greens. Tunics are also a key look, reinterpreted with colour blocking and asymmetrical hems.

Diesel, meanwhile, is hailing spring as the rebirth of its women's wear collection. 'Brave', 'sexy' and 'playful' are the buzzwords for the line, featuring vibrant colours and dramatic denim silhouettes.

Iconic pieces created by Diesel's new design team include biker jackets, feminine dresses and six new jeans styles with higher yokes and bigger back pockets for a more flattering fit. Colours range from vivid orange to bleached pastels while denim covers the spectrum of bleached-out to deep indigo.

Sportmax has described its latest collection as 'reflections on water' thanks to its cool and sporty looks dressed up with sheer and shimmering fabrics. Open-worked leather, embroidered lace and original florals are contrasted with simple pastels and slim silhouettes.

The playful 1970s underscore Nine West's spring line with its kaleidoscopic prints, sunny colours and animal prints. The 'fantasy voyage' collection also features clean lines and stripped-down designs with a nod to Bauhaus influences.

Looking to combine effortless chic with cool glamour, Moiselle opts for loose-fit shapes and geometric prints for spring. Orange and moss mix with yellow, black and blue while nude and lilac bring freshness to florals. Voluminous dresses, batwing sleeves and plunging necklines are key to the collection, bringing volume and an unstructured look.

With so many choices of shapes, colours and prints, brands have made sure there is a look to match any mood this season.