Hive Mind: Chanel, Versace, More Were Inspired By 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 -- from Versace to Chanel to Marchesa -- went under the sea for spring.

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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.
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Singer Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine performs during the Chanel show from inside a giant clam shell.
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Karl Lagerfeld walks the runway during the finale of Chanel's Spring 2012 runway show.
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Versace's runway took a sexy spin on the theme, complete with studded starfish and watery prints.
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A look from Versace's Spring 2012 collection on the runway in Milan.
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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.
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A look from Marchesa's Spring 2012 collection on the runway in New York City.
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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.
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Another watery print from Christian Cota's Spring 2012 collection with a more deep sea feel.
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Christian Siriano was inspired by undersea objects he found while traveling in Bali, Honduras, and Belize when creating his Spring 2012 collection.
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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.
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This gown at Alexander McQueen had the illusion of being made from countless pieces of tiny coral, especially the jagged shoulders.
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