Posted by Carten Cordell / Friday, April 13th, 2012
Designers are diving in this spring with their aquatic-inspired collections. Otherworldly looks, resembling the deep, dark ocean blue are a growing trend this spring and summer. Many are titling the trend, Under-the-Sea because of its ethereal silhouettes, aquamarine shades of blue, pearl trimmings and delicate fabrics.
Karl Lagerfeld traveled to great depths for Chanel’s spring/summer 2012 runway show in Paris. The backdrop was designed to represent the seafloor with oversized coral reefs and seashells in pure white. Delicately patterned fabrics in pastel nudes and blue tones were a prominent them throughout the show. The legendary Chanel pearls—typically seen in long necklace form—were repurposed into waist belts and hair accessories.
Alexander McQueen’s collection—designed by Sarah Burton—adds some color to the mix. Her designs were sea deep in bright with bunches of bright coral on shoulders and necks, swirling strings of pearls, shell-like ripples on fabric, metallic highlights and mermaid silhouettes.
Dive in, the water’s fine! Here are some off-the-runway examples of how to wear this trend.