Fashion Forecast: Citrus Notes

Fashion Forecast: Citrus Notes(Getty, Imax Tree)

Color-blocking and bold primaries may have ruled supreme last season, but fashion is taking a much welcomed turn toward vivid citrus hues for spring and summer. There's no better way to get a jump-start on the coming trend (and warm up your winter wardrobe) than with a touch of tangy color.

Designers as classically elegant as Vera Wang and Oscar de la Renta looked to these tart brights to make their Spring 2012 collections pop, inspiring stars as chic as Charlize Theron to give the trend a try. Heck, Beyonce practically owns orange after she announced her pregnancy in this unforgettable Lanvin gown. Fall in love with the kiwis, limes, tangerines, and lemons from the red carpet to the runway and add a little tropical flavor to your look.

Selena+Gomez in MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 - Show
(Getty Images)more pics »Selena Gomez sported a slew of statement ensembles as host of the MTV Europe Music Awards. Her chartreuse Betsey Johnson dress was a fast favorite because of the vibrant color and playful bubble hem that made the look striking and appropriately youthful.

New York Fashion Week Spring 2012, Oscar de la Renta
(ImaxTree)more pics »Oscar de la Renta's show was arguably the highlight of New York Fashion Week with its masterfully embroidered ballgowns intermixed with ladylike pencil skirts and flirty summer dresses. Most notable was his choice of color. The king of Victorian romance gave his collection modern vibrancy with lemon-lime chiffon.

Charlize+Theron in
(Getty Images)more pics »It's not surprising to see Charlize Theron in a Christian Dior design (she is, after all, the face of J'adore and remains a close friend to John Galliano) but it was unexpected to see her step out in this bold orange design. The citrus number tapped on two hot trends of the moment: leather dresses and the new unabashed hues from the Spring '12 runways.

New York Fashion Week Spring 2012, Milly
(ImaxTree)more pics »Milly's playful '60s edge is a constant thread in every collection. For spring, the line was rife with mints and sky blues alongside saturated oranges, as seen on this charming jacket and pant set. The wide-leg trousers and button-down topper are the perfect example of the versatility (and punch) the color has.

Nicole+Richie in 2011 Environmental Media Awards - Arrivals
(Getty Images)more pics »Nicole Richie's sweet yellow Keepsake dress was a favorite among StyleBistro readers. It's easy to see why with the perfect balance of feminine frills with sexy cutouts. The hard part: recreating this bronzed summer glow in January...

New York Fashion Week Spring 2012, Alice + Olivia
(ImaxTree)more pics »The most lovable aspect of Alice + Olivia clothes is the element of whimsy: You feel like you are playing dress-up. For Spring '12 the brand brought about another helping of colorful pieces to covet, this time offering us shades of sunshine yellow and muted kiwi.

Brooklyn+Decker in Spike TV's
(Getty Images)more pics »Brooklyn Decker showed us exactly how to infuse a healthy dose of citrus into any wardrobe. She smartly paired her Nha Khanh lace mini with neon Jimmy Choo Anouk pumps. This trick works with any statement accessory, whether it's a clutch, scarf, or jewelry.

London Fashion Week Spring 2012, Mark Fast
(ImaxTree)more pics »Mark Fast's spring show may have been all about texture with his intricate crocheted pieces, but it was his color palette that gave the collection vitality. His bright chunky bracelets and neck pieces were particularly trend-inspiring.

Thirsty for more? Check out this tangy slideshow.