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If garments could talk, they certainly spoke in high volume on the Pre-fall ’12 runways…and THE SLEEVE, in its most pumped-up form, stood out on a limb to scream the loudest. At varying decibels, the noise it created was both off-the-charts stunningly strident and soothingly sculptural at the same time.


Viktor & Rolf


Yves Saint Laurent






































NOTE: Dabbling in volume requires an equal dose of restraint where the rest of the silhouette is concerned.

For Pre-fall 2012, the voluminous sleeve walked arm-in-arm with a fitted bodice and/or a lean bottom. Designers most often sought to tame it with a corset belt, a nipped-in waist, a tight pencil skirt, or a cigarette pant.


Narciso Rodriguez




Jean Paul Gaultier


Burberry Prorsum





























Additionally, the volume of the sleeve was either exacerbated or tempered by the fabric used in its construct. The heavier fabrications offered a more bulky or sculptural effect, while the lighter, more sheer ones contributed an airy ethereal quality to the aesthetic.




Alexander McQueen














So, the key to successfully achieving the desired symphony of this look boils down to the careful combination of notes in the overall silhouette. It could mean the difference between volume that has a strong voice versus that which is just-plain screamingly obnoxious and off-key. Bottom line…when done right, it sings.


Issey Miyake




All looks shown here are from Pre-fall 2012 collections.
Photographs are from

House of Holland











This is not about X-ray vision or Extra Sensory Perception. Although, I HAVE become clear-voyant, recently. The ii’s have been seeing it everywhere!


Maison Martin Margiela - Spring 2012


Phillip Lim - Spring 2012


Marni - Spring 2012


Balenciaga - Spring 2012
































Clearly a big trend, transparent plastic is destined to see us through the Spring 2012 season. Designers have exposed a new element in their designs—the wearers themselves. It seems that women, who up-until-now have reserved the right to remain mysterious, might need to get a bit more transparent to stay in-fashion.


"Wash 'n' Go" hat by Stephen Jones


Marc Jacobs - Spring 2012






















There will undoubtedly be some creative styling and layering being thrown into the mix, as this material offers us the opportunity to play with possibilities. After all, what better way to highlight the clear advantage of a garment or accessory than to layer a color, contrasting texture, or shape beneath it?


Valentino - Spring 2012


Pedro Lourenço - Spring 2012


Dries Van Noten - Spring 2012


Chanel - Spring 2012


Fenton - Spring 2012





































And, lo’ and behold, there’s something for all types here. The translucent trend covers a gamut of styles, ranging from retro to futuristic, from romantic to punk, from the avant-garde to the minimalistic…and a variety in-between.

A far cry from its suffocating predecessor, clear plastic has much to offer fashion this season. This just may be the chance you were looking for to break out of the confines of your old style and get a fresh start with the new year.


Jimmy Choo - Spring 2012


Work by artist Yuki Matsueda - 2011


Dolce & Gabbana - Spring 2012


Marc Jacobs - Spring 2012


































House of Holland eyewear @

“Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones” will be on exhibit at Bard Graduate Center, in New York, through April 15, 2012.

More works by artist Yuki Matsueda @

Photos of 2012 runway fashion and accessories from


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