Sea Mystique

Deep sea references were plenty on Spring 2012 runways and designers used inspiration from sea landscape, animals, plants, under-water formations and the water itself to incorporate the textures, effects and colors of the mysterious and dreamy side of the deep sea. All the textures, colors and glamor of the deep sea came alive in a more irridescent, glimmery, glowy and pearly way. The shapes on the other hand have a modern twist with focus on playful optical balance and a moderate dose of structure here and there, enough to render the collections a lady-like feel. If Mary Katranzou’s collection was more in your face for you with all the bold ocean prints with a “live” feel blended with cold industrial elements, then you might love the more subtler and lady-like deep sea elements that other designers incorporated into their 2012 Spring collection. Take a look at some of the sea inspired details included in the collections by Chanel, Givenchy, Giorgio Armani and Versace in the below pictures.

Givenchy textures and finishes inspired by the gorgeous fish scales were highlight of the show. The scaly textured cut-outs looked very much like beautiful fish skin. The textures and the iridescent glowy quality of the beautiful sea dwellers were  captured perfectly in this gorgeous collection.  Just take a look at the black dress above, what do you think? 

Armani’s collection on the other hand, was filled with pieces that were very polished, tailored and clean with a modern sophisticated feel. Rich gem inspired sea colors, clean shapes and subtle sea textures set this collection apart. There were clearly pieces with shapes inspired by the conch and the sea shells. Glowy, shimmery and iridescent hues ranging from beautiful sea blues and greens glowed on the runway. Details included simple slits, modern shaped peplums and clean drapes inspired by the sea elements such as sea shells, which added interest while still maintaining the simple elegance of this collection.

At Versace, the color palette was beautiful, serene and mesmerizing filled with pastel sea colors and whites. Motifs such as starfish and sea horses made from studs used as embellishments glowed beautifully on serene colored backgrounds. There were also a few sea inspired prints in the collection such as sea horses and sea shells. 

Chanel‘s collection was light, airy and fluid, infused with amazing deep sea elements, effects and textures. Generous use of pearls on hair, face, spine and other parts of the skin as adornment added a feel of uniqueness and magical deep sea glow to the looks. Prints resembled movement of water or waves and shapes were unique with details that mimicked fish scales, gills, spongy seaweed or coral like under-water formations. Color palette was soft and matched the theme with sea foam, shell pink, pearl and other sea inspired pastels with iridescent and pearly glow as part of the palette.

Did you like the deep sea references on the Spring 2012 runway? Which collection is your favorite? Do these collections make you want to say goodbye to snake prints and hello to fish prints? Would love to hear your views 🙂

“Fashion is a language that creates itself in clothes to interpret reality.”
~ Karl Lagerfeld

Heel in Mint

  40 comments for “Sea Mystique

  1. November 23, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Definitely, the nature is the best inspiration ever. I especially like the first part, the textures are amazing 😉

  2. November 23, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    oh the givenchy is absolutely beautiful

  3. November 24, 2011 at 12:15 am

    HAHA! I LOVE IT! It’s so different and FUN! 😀

  4. Jay
    November 24, 2011 at 12:28 am

    these cool colors are easy on the eyes…

  5. November 24, 2011 at 12:30 am

    from what i see here, the givenchy is my fave. i adore all that texture. i have a thing for the sea.

  6. LV
    November 24, 2011 at 2:02 am
  7. November 24, 2011 at 4:37 am

    i also love the sea colours. so pretty! so fresh!

  8. November 24, 2011 at 9:01 am

    I love them all but Givenchy’s collection is my favorite!

  9. November 24, 2011 at 11:21 am

    the ocean has always been an ispiration to me, i have loved it since i was a baby. the colors are amazing and i love translating waves into texture!

  10. November 24, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    So good to see new prints and textures and I have always loved sea colours for spring and summer. Lovely!

  11. November 24, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I like this sea trend, prints are great 🙂
    Kisses :*

  12. November 24, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I loved Chanel and Mary Katrantzou very much. The details in Chanel and prints of corals and exotic fish on MK dresses were beyond beautiful. x

  13. November 24, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    I love it when nature is featured in fashion 🙂

  14. November 24, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Lovely collection. Kisses.

  15. November 24, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    such an inspirational post 🙂 I have so many favourites here, can’t even pick one or two 😛 anyway, Versace looks beyond beautiful!

    Maikeni blogi – part of me

  16. November 24, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    The nature is very inspiring.
    The sea colors are great. Perfect style.

  17. November 27, 2011 at 4:37 am

    That Black Dress is amazing.

    pretty cool post…I always look forward to reading.



  18. November 27, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    You have a great blog.

  19. November 27, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Gorgeous picks, i love this trend:)


  20. November 27, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    This a wonderful post and you have a beautiful blog!

  21. November 27, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    i love the sea colors one <3

  22. November 27, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    i really admire the sea textures, i feel like i am looking straight at underwater plants likes seaweed and coral
    the sea shine is also very whimsical
    thanks for the comment dear!

  23. November 27, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I love the deep sea references, especially the colors. So pretty.


  24. November 27, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    I loved the Versace and the Chanel collections the best. Gorgeous selection of photos! Thanks for dropping past my blog. You have a new follower, would love if you followed back.xx

  25. November 27, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Hi! I love love your blog! great ideas!

  26. November 28, 2011 at 7:14 am

    I love the sea theme for the coming summer. Brilliant! xoxo

  27. Amy
    November 28, 2011 at 9:52 am

    The shades here are so soothing, I think. Very well researched post . . .

    oxoxox from San Francisco

  28. November 28, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Well, I have to say Chanel collection was just mind blowing. xoxo

  29. November 28, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    What a clever idea! We all love the sea! How would you not love all those gorgeous pieces?! Beautiful and mystical collection.
    hugs from New York,
    Ask Erena

  30. November 28, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous and most stunning color collections. LOVE THEM.

    <3 Marina

  31. November 28, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    ahh i love sea inspired!!
    amazing:):) lovely blog!

  32. November 29, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Love love Versace incredible pieces

  33. November 29, 2011 at 1:37 am

    such an amazing post!! I’m in love with basically every picture you used, I love your blog :))

  34. November 29, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    ethereal fashion design at it’s best. love this post. about to follow you on bloglovin cause i don’t want to lost your blog when gfc disappears next year!

  35. November 30, 2011 at 6:13 am

    amazing sea inspired pieces! great post

    Inside and Outside Blog

  36. November 30, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Wow – the Chanel and Versace pieces are it for me! The colors and textures and fabulous!

    Chic ‘n Cheap Living

  37. December 3, 2011 at 1:23 am

    next year we are definitely going underwater with the colors.
    your reviews are the best

    come and say hi
    The Dolls Factory

  38. December 4, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Oh my I love it all! So looking forward to this season!

  39. December 5, 2011 at 3:23 am

    These are all so beautiful!

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

  40. January 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Since I am a summer girl,I am so ready for the sea! The colors are so calming and light. Very nice job!

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