A/W 2012 Fashion Week Trend Recap

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Fashion week season is over, and the paparazzi-studded streets, glamorous parties, and champagne have all but subsided. Designers are back at their ateliers sketching and preparing for the next wave of fashion insanity. This year, the retail fashion industry focused on what's haute for autumn/winter 2012. If you weren't able to make it, or watch the streaming shows, here's a few shots from New York Fashion Week behind the scenes, celebrities and athletes like Snookie (yes we know she's not an athlete), and even some retail packaging design!

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Left: Snookie from Jersey Shore making an appearance

Right: NFL's Nate Burleson of the Detroit Lions

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Left: Theia couture retail shopping eurotote

Right: Bebe Black retail eurotote on silver mylar

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Fashion runway show by Bebe Black

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The Sashika twins - sister fashion designers

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More behind the scene shots of the fashion retail industry.

Key trends to look for fall/winter 2012 that can translate over to luxury retail packaging design:

Textiles & Prints:

- wild and vibrant

- mixed media techniques

- tribal influences on luxury fabrics

- hand-sketched

- woodcut

Colors:

- tangerine still reigns

- emphasis on opulent & sultry for fall (pale pinks, porcelain, and candlelight)

- emphasis on cold machinery for winter (powdery silver, vintage gold, dark berries and moss)

- jet/pitch blacks

Techniques:

- flocking

- vintage wash

- fluorescents

- foils

- translucent color pops

- geometric

- knits

Check out Design Packaging's Pinterest page for examples of processes listed above.

What packaging trends are you excited about this season? Which are you totally over already?

*Images courtesy of Bohm-Marrazzo Photography

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