Swimwear Trends 2012: La Isla Heats Up Neon and Prints!

Bright color and tribal prints are two of our favorite trends for Spring 2012 here at Gilt.com, so we’re excited to take them out for a spin on the sand as well as the street!

La Isla has some of our favorite pieces of the season, with a striking neon green “Solid Wonders” string bikini ($30 for the bottoms, $32 for the top) that would set off dark and light skin tones equally beautifully. Add on some bright plastic bangles that won’t get hurt in the surf for extra style points!

And prints are huge for the beach and pool this year. The graphic nature print of the La Isla “Magic Tree” design, with its splashes of vibrant color paired with a black and white pattern, nail the trend and are just $82 for the whole set (you can buy the top and bottom separately for perfect sizing).

So what are you waiting for? Get on trend and into the surf! The Swim Shop: La Isla, Georgie & More opens on April 19, at noon ET, on Gilt.com.

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Star Stylists Emily Current and Merrit Elliott Show You How to Wear Spring’s Hottest Trends

Brights! Tribal! Color block! Pattern! The major trends for Spring 2012 are amazing, vibrant, and fun, but putting them all together into an outfit that makes you feel amazing can be a challenging task. That’s why we turned to hot Hollywood stylists (and the minds behind one of our favorite brands, Current/Elliott) Emily Current and Merrit Elliott to show us how to wear them.

For example, if neon seems tough, they suggest pairing the piece in question with neutrals in easy and simple shapes. Pairing citrine shorts with an ivory silk top and tan sandals makes sure the trend piece gets the spotlight. A complementary green clutch is just the right extra pop of color!

Watch this exclusive video we shot with the talented stylists to learn more of their inspiring tips, and then shop their curated picks on March 5 at noon ET as part of our celebration of Spring Trends on Gilt.com!

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It’s Time for Spring Trends!

Spring shopping — is there anything we love more? From fabulous new sandals and wedges to sexy little dresses and easy separates, we are ready to stock our closets with the latest trends. Which is exactly why we went out and found the very best of all the major trends of the season just for you. On Monday, March 5, Gilt.com will feature Color Block, Electric Brights, Primary Colors, Standout Prints, and Global Inspiration.

And we have all the trends from our perennial favorite for flirty, feminine styles: Shoshanna! From vibrant colors to bold patterns, the designer has you covered in all the looks you want for spring. Now you just need a different dinner date every night!

To help you make sense of how to put it all together, we called on two of Hollywood’s hottest stylists, Emily Current and Meritt Elliott, to help explain how to wear all the styles. Want to combine color block with a tribal-inspired shoe? Easy! Stay tuned to see their video to learn more about styling the trends with ease.

Shop all the best Spring Trends on Gilt.com on March 5, starting at noon ET.

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PEOPLE.com Picks the Top Trends of the Academy Awards

We all have our favorite looks from Sunday night’s award show — hello, Gwyneth! — but we turned to the red carpet experts to define what the major trends are. After all, these will influence everything from bridal to prom dresses to the colors we’ll see everywhere. Read the trend picks and then shop them in our PEOPLE.com Picks: The Red Carpet Look sale on Gilt.com!

Zoe Ruderman, Senior Style Editor at PEOPLE.com, points to shine, color and chokers as the highlights of the evening. Ruderman tells Gilt StyleFile, “I’m a huge fan of sequins and I was excited to see that they continued to be a red carpet trend this awards season, specifically at the Oscars.”

She points to Rose Byrne’s Vivienne Westwood good as being particularly inspirational. “[The dress] felt like the perfect combination of fun and glamorous — it was fresh and young but simultaneously had an Old Hollywood vibe. And I’m now looking for an excuse to wear the ABS by Allen Schwartz Long Sequin Gown from the Gilt sale!”

While white and black made a strong showing on the carpet, Ruderman points to the fiery hue of the night as her most inspirational. “After seeing all of the red-hot scarlet gowns, I’m excited to inject a bit more of the hue into my spring wardrobe. I especially loved Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli, Michelle Williams in coral Louis Vuitton and Claire Danes in Valentino.”

Let’s not forget the accessories! While we may not be able to afford most of the diamonds from the night, the style that ruled is an easy one to grab a look-alike of and incorporate into our daily wardrobes. Ruderman explains, “And in terms of jewelry, I was loving the diamond chokers that were spotted on Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz and Michelle Williams. The delicate-yet-dazzling necklaces were a gorgeous complement to strapless and off-the-shoulder gowns, and they’d look equally stunning paired with less formal attire like a black tee or a white button-down.”

Shop the PEOPLE.com Picks: The Red Carpet Look sale today on Gilt.com! And see all the Oscars fashion and beauty trends on PEOPLE.com.

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