5 Trends That Are Here to Stay

It’s déjà vu all over again! Sure, with every season comes a slew of brilliant new ideas and novel trends (under the sea, anyone?)—but there are also those looks that aren't going anywhere.

That super-sexy bondage trend that was so hot last season (and the season before that, while we’re on the subject) is sticking around. Ditto for jumpsuits, peekaboo sheers, all things orange, and bold colorblocking.

So instead of worrying that your recent purchase will look passé next season, breathe easy: it just stretched its sell-by date a whole six months, if not more. Welcome to the new classics.

trends that are here to stay

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Sheer looks on the Narciso Rodriguez, Haider Ackerman, and Reed Krakoff Spring 2012 runways

1. Sheer

When scandalously peekaboo chiffon started turning up on runways a few seasons back, retailers were more than a little concerned. How to sell this transparent trend? Clearly, it wasn’t much of a problem for shoppers, who’ve been snapping up the see-through styles and sporting them with little more than boyish briefs underneath. (OK, maybe that was Anna Dello Russo ... The rest of us might splurge on a slip.) This season, there was hardly a runway that didn’t offer those breezy skirts, blouses, pants and dresses, whether it was Haider Ackermann’s colbalt sash of a top, Reed Krakoff’s floaty pleated dress, or a belly-baring cami from Narciso Rodriguez. Friendly reminder: Undergarments will be visible. Choose wisely.

trends that are here to stay

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Harnesses on the  Monique Lhuillier, Prabal Gurung, and Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 runways

2. Bondage

Fetishes were front and center for Fall 2011, from Louis Vuitton’s handcuffs to Alexander McQueen’s harnesses—and maybe that hint of S&M gave designers the confidence to let their kink flags fly for spring. Even typically ladylike lines like Prabal Gurung and Monique Lhuillier were on board; the former took inspiration from Japanese fetish photography for his collection, while the latter’s trademark evening dresses were toughened up with plenty of black leather straps. And then there’s the magnificent Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen. We just hope no one tells the royal family that the designer behind the Duchess of Cambridge’s princess-pretty wedding gown is capable of something so dark …

trends that are here to stay

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Orange on the Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, and Hermès Spring 2012 runways

3. Orange

This trend is not for the timid—but then, what use is fashion if not to stand out in a crowd? Proenza Schouler and Burberry are among the many who used a jolt of the bold, Vitamin C-rich shade to wake up their fall collections, and early adopters will be glad to know that the color is staying strong for spring. Hermès (taking a cue from its iconic boxes, perhaps), Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, Donna Karan, Dolce & Gabbana, and Victoria Beckham are just a few of the houses that relied on the freshly squeezed hue—we may be a ways away from changing the LBD to the LOD, but with a track record like this, we’re not ruling it out.

trends that are here to stay

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Jumpsuits on the Yigal Azrouël, Stella McCartney, and Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2012 runways

4. Jumpsuits

Ah, the romper. While it looks adorable on some (namely, tweens and models), it strikes fear into the heart of many (namely, anyone over the age of 14)—which is why the revival of the more grown-up jumpsuit has been so well received. There’s been a wildly chic option in the last several Stella McCartney collections, while Phoebe Philo has championed a sleek black Céline number herself. For Spring 2012, they’re still around, albeit with a slightly brighter update: Diane von Furstenberg and Yigal Azrouël’s graphic floral one-pieces look pulled together and ridiculously comfortable, while McCartney’s has a more subtle print. Perfect for the young and the young at heart.

trends that are here to stay

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Colorblocking on the Victoria Beckham, Tommy Hilfiger, and Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2012 runways

5. Colorblocking

Sometimes it’s neon, sometimes it’s pastel, sometimes it’s graphic black and white—but when it comes to making a statement, there’s no better way than by layering blocks of contrasting colors into one ensemble. This season, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Victoria Beckham used navy as their base, adding splashes of bright, bold red or orange, respectively. Tommy Hilfiger threw color caution to the wind with his array of caftans in Crayola-worthy hues.

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