While trends inevitably emerge each season from the runways, some themes feel eerily similar. This season, a surprising number of brands -- from Versace to Chanel to Marchesa -- went under the sea for spring.
While trends inevitably emerge each season from the runways, some themes feel eerily similar. This season, a surprising number of brands went under the sea for spring. Chanel's spring collection was staged on an elaborate set that looked like a pearl-white ocean floor.
Singer Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine performs during the Chanel show from inside a giant clam shell.
Karl Lagerfeld walks the runway during the finale of Chanel's Spring 2012 runway show.
Versace's runway took a sexy spin on the theme, complete with studded starfish and watery prints.
A look from Versace's Spring 2012 collection on the runway in Milan.
Marchesa's Spring 2012 collection was a tribute to princesses of the sea, complete with feather-light fabrics that gave the illusion of floating undersea elements, fin shapes, and watery swirls.
A look from Marchesa's Spring 2012 collection on the runway in New York City.
Christian Cota's Spring 2012 collection was inspired by the underwater world both in texture and in prints. Here, printed separates that were created to mimic light reflecting through water.
Another watery print from Christian Cota's Spring 2012 collection with a more deep sea feel.
Christian Siriano was inspired by undersea objects he found while traveling in Bali, Honduras, and Belize when creating his Spring 2012 collection.
Designer Riccardo Tisci was reportedly inspired by surfers and mermaids in creating his Spring 2012 collection. Here, supermodel Gisele walks the runway wearing a giant shark tooth necklace.
This gown at Alexander McQueen had the illusion of being made from countless pieces of tiny coral, especially the jagged shoulders.