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Runway Looks for Less: Bill Blass Spring 2012 RTW


Bill Blass Spring 2012 RTW
Bill Blass Spring 2012 RTW | ELLE

Nautical-inspired outfits and summertime seem to go hand-in-hand, which is why for this week’s RLL post, we decided to feature the crisp and clean maritime clothing seen at Bill Blass Spring 2012 RTW.

The nautical-inspired collection featured well-tailored, classic pieces like double-breasted coats and striped t-shirts juxtaposed with modern items like jumpsuits, bandeau tops and maxi dresses. The fashion house also stuck with the traditional black, white, navy and red color palette, and — of course — incorporated an anchor motif.

Want to snag that trendy nautical look for just a fraction of the price? We’ve got you covered — just scroll on down to check out three budget-friendly interpretations of looks from Bill Blass Spring 2012:

1. Ahoy, Captain

Photo: ELLE

The nautical aesthetic was readily apparent in this look, which featured a sailor-inspired blazer paired with a classic black-and-white striped tee. To keep the ensemble from looking too costume-y, the blazer and t-shirt were paired with crisp white shorts and modern gladiator sandals.

Get the Look:

Bill Blass Spring 2012 Inspired Outfit 1
Product Info: Blazer- Delia’s, Top- Forever 21, Necklace- Macy’s, Shorts- Old Navy, Sunglasses- Wet Seal, Shoes- Endless

Get some nautical-inspired style this summer by pairing a basic striped tee with some white denim shorts. A black double-breasted blazer continues that nautical vibe, while flat sandals keep the outfit casual. Add a pair of cool aviator sunglasses and an adorable compass necklace to complete this look.

2. Anchors Aweigh

Photo: ELLE

Bill Blass made the nautical trend workplace-appropriate with this look, which featured an anchor-adorned shell blouse paired with a crisp black pencil skirt. This timeless and chic outfit is a simple, yet statement-making way to rock this trend.

Get the Look:

Bill Blass Spring 2012 Inspired Outfit 2
Product Info: Top- Joy, Skirt- Dorothy Perkins, Earrings- Juliet & Company, Nail Polish- Zoya’s “Sooki”, Shoes- ASOS

For this outfit, start with a white tee embellished with a bold anchor graphic. Pair the tee with a basic black pencil skirt, then add a pair of sleek pumps. Accessorize with some knotted stud earrings, which are a playful nod to the nautical inspiration at Bill Blass. For the finishing touch, add a pop of color by painting your nails a classic red. This outfit is a great example of how you can totally transform a basic t-shirt by dressing it up with a skirt and heels.

3. Stripey Goodness

Photo: ELLE

Maxi dresses have been big for a while now, but this red and white vertical striped number is a fantastic maritime-inspired take on the trend. Blass kept the styling simple with neutral sandals and slicked-back hair, which allowed the bold frock to be the true focus of the look.

Get the Look:

Bill Blass Spring 2012 Inspired Outfit 3
Product Info: Dress- Piperlime, Red Bracelet- ASOS, Gold Bracelets- J. Crew, Shoes- ASOS

For a similar look, try a strapless maxi dress adorned with bold red and white stripes. Add a pair of simple flat ankle-strap sandals for a casual vibe. Accessorize with a woven red bracelet and several gold bangles for a stylish look that’s perfect for a balmy summer night.

Your thoughts?

What do you think of this collection? Are you a fan of Bill Blass? Which look is your favorite? Would you wear any of these outfits? Which designers would you like to see featured here next? Remember to leave a comment below and let me know what you think!

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15 Responses to “Runway Looks for Less: Bill Blass Spring 2012 RTW”

  1. 1
    June 13th, 2012 at 11:10 am

    just wondering why you spelled away “aweigh” for number 2

  2. 2
    June 13th, 2012 at 11:13 am

    I’m so happy you published something about Bill Blass.
    He’s my favourite designer and this collection is just wonderful!

  3. 3
    June 13th, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I like the outfits CF did more than the designer’s outfits. These look so awesome!!!

  4. 4
    June 13th, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I absolutely LOVEEEEE Bill Blass and am so glad you posted this. I was waiting for a “Know your designers” post but ok this could suffice lol
    Loved this!!!! :)

  5. 5
    June 13th, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    This post was great, nautical is a style that will always stay immortal to summer. Of these outfits I could see myself wearing the first since I am in love with striped tops right now!

  6. 6
    June 13th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Thats is how you spell it…..aweigh….as in the Naval Academy fight song…..

  7. 7
    June 13th, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Love the nautical theme. I practically live in stripes during the summertime!

  8. 8
    June 13th, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Where are that model’s pants?

  9. 9
    June 13th, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Anon, thats exactly what i was wondering…..

  10. 10
    June 13th, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    I just tried to click to the “anchor top” and couldn’t find it – do you have the link to the actual top? Thanks! Love your blog!

  11. 11
    June 13th, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    @Hannah- Just like JC said, aweigh refers to the Naval Academy fight song, “Anchors Aweigh,” which I thought went well with the whole nautical theme.

    @Anon and Elle- Ha! This collection did feature several ‘pantless’ looks– maybe Bill Blass was inspired by Gaga this season? ;)

    @Kates- Weird about our link not working, here’s where you can find the top:

  12. 12
    June 14th, 2012 at 8:08 am

    I don’t know why, but this outfits really remind my of Chanel..

  13. 13
    June 18th, 2012 at 12:45 am

    That first look is amazing!!! Bill Blass stuns once again.


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