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Fashion Week Round Up S/S12: Aqua Marina

Dazed & Confused's Fashion Director Karen Langley looks closer at ocean prints and seashell details, a few of the emerging themes from the shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris

Spring/Summer was the perfect wardrobe for Aqua Marina: Versace’s seashell and seahorse emblazoned neoprene, Riccardo Tisci’s oversized shark tooth pendants and the creative director’s transformation of Maria Carla, Fei Fei and Kinga into modern day mermaids for Givenchy. Karl Lagerfeld even went to the extent of creating an underwater paradise in the Grand Palais for Chanel, with Florence Welch, our very own auburn haired Ariel, belting out a tune from inside a seashell.

Aquatic sports proved to be one of my favourite trends for the season. Alexander Wang and Sophia Kokosalaki for Diesel Black Gold kicked off the trend in NY, which was then reaffirmed during London’s fashion week, with designers Christopher Kane and Peter Pilotto. However we had to wait patiently until the penultimate day of Paris fashion week to experience the true scuba chic that was Sarah Burton’s collection for Alexander McQueen. Svelte silhouettes and decorative harnessing referenced the sporty sexiness of scuba wear while the delicately cascading ripples of fabric that swathed around each model contrasted with coral encrusted epaulettes, leaving the audience transported to the darkest depths of the ocean.