Though we're thick into fall, I can already tell you what fashion trends to look for this spring. That’s right. Forget Halloween and the holidays for a moment and fast forward to April. I just returned from the spring fashion markets in New York, and I have one word. Color.

BCBG Max Azria, Spring '12

Spring 2012 is all about color. Vibrant, electric, luscious color. Hot pink, bright green, crayon yellow and tangelo orange painted the spring collections. But of course, the Garment District being the Garment District, it’s never “pink.” It’s fushia, or raspberry, or bubblegum. Green is verde, apple, grass and lime.

Alice + Olivia, Spring '12

And don’t even get me started on orange. Which, by the way, is the IT color for spring. There’s persimmon, tangerine, mango, sunset. Think of anything that comes in orange and it is probably on a style sheet in New York. Yellow, or should I say, lemon, is a close second.

Gant by Michael Bastian, Spring '12

You will see these colors everywhere, from sleek chiffon gowns, to cashmere cardigans, to python clutches. And the color blocking trend (aka “Mondrian”) so in vogue this past season continues into spring, bringing a 60’s feel to many of the collections. So start thinking color, even though the crisp fall air is settling in and winter is around the corner.

Check out local boutiques The Children's Hour, Apt. 202 and Flight in Park City for looks by BCBG Max Azria and Nordstrom for Gant and Alice + Olivia.


Cathy Ann Sauer is a buyer Nina Raynor in Delray Beach, Fla. and fashion contributor to Salt Lake magazine and our sister publication, Boca Raton magazine.