The spring 2012 Norma Kamali lookbook is as gloriously retro as it gets. Seeing as though I am head-over-heels in love with the oftentimes overlooked 1930s, I simply couldn’t have been happier browsing through this new collection. And I don’t think I’m alone. Retro lovers like myself can’t seem to peel themselves away from their laptops as they treat themselves to a peek at Kamali’s 3-D video, and I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before all of these gorgeous goodies sell out…
So, let’s take a little walk-through and see what spring 2012 has in store for us in the red-lipped, cat-eyed world of Kamali. First of all, generally speaking, spring is full of fringed layers. But, unlike back in the 30s, Kamali’s take on fringe isn’t just tossed over tank dresses; it makes its way onto pants, blouses, bathing suits and miniskirts too. Continuing on, stripes are also back again (not sure they ever really left, actually). Here, Norma favors chicly thin, black and white stripes that are so beautiful it almost hurts. I really did dare to think that this was a motif on its way out for the coming year; first came the wave of medium-sized navy and white stripes, then the stripes got colorful, but I really have yet to spot stripes as thin and as refined as these.
Of course, we’ve all heard about how big polka dots are for this season and for next. Here, Norma shows us just how big (literally) polka dots should be. Ever toiled with the idea of mixing dots with stripes? Norma sure thinks it’s a fine idea, and we certainly agree. These pairs of bell-bottom capris are paired perfectly–and unexpectedly so–with these adorable cropped polka dot tops. Love it!
And now, finally, sequins. Sequins have been on many a trend list for quite some time now, and believe me… I had my doubts. That is, until now. My favorite Kamali Spring 2012 looks have to be the ones bearing the polka dot sequined patterns—that’s two trends in one, ladies! Impressive.
Photos provided courtesy of wwd.com