Dreamy Pastels: We couldn’t be happier with the Pantone color of the year: rose quartz – coincidentally the same color as our freshly painted walls! Several of our designers chose rose quartz & many other pastels to launch us into their spring vision. Shades of grey, pink, sky blue, mint, and creamy neutrals rounded out our favs. How to wear this trend? I love a head-to-toe mix of pastels: imagine a rose trench paired with an ivory pencil skirt, print silk blouse and nude heels for a very feminine work look or Sunday brunch. For the novice, wear a floral print scarf in pastels over a rose quartz T-shirt & light colored denim.
Off the Shoulder: Get to the gym for some lat. pull-downs or just do a few push-ups every morning to get this body part spring wardrobe ready. With demurer hemlines, designers had to do something to show off a little skin. How to wear this trend? With so many options, I have a hard time picking just one. Yoana Baraschi has so many feminine off-the-shoulder little white & ivory dresses this season that will appeal to many different age groups. Nicole Miller has an entire “wear with denim” campaign & I love her prints and color choices. The cut is so sexy, but so wearable. And what woman doesn’t wear cute tops with denim for girls’ night, date night or any night they go out?
Botanical Garden: “Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.” Sorry, I always think of this Devil Wears Prada quote when I think of trends. The print of this season is like walking through the Como Conservatory. Much more antique botanical prints than ‘just florals.’ Earthy blossoms, green vines, butterflies & hummingbirds printed on silk blouses and flowy dresses. How to wear this trend? We have a range of tonal floral tops to much more elaborate prints on blouses & maxi dresses. Wear as little or as much as you want, but just make sure to balance the print with minimal makeup & accessories.
“Outside the Bedroom” - Remember that lingerie style from the early 90’s? Well, it’s back and better than ever. Not grungy like Courtney Love, we style it feminine and romantic. From slip dresses & camisoles to silk robes & lounge pants – the boudoir style of dressing is having its moment in the sun. How to wear this trend? Gold Hawk has made a name for itself with underpinnings for the boudoir, but we love their talent for layering slip dresses with silk or lace tunics over them. For a softer touch, pair a camisole with ankle length pants & a loose jacket or open blouse over it. The look is soft, comfortable, and easy – like you just slipped it on (messy ‘undone’ hair completes the look)
“The ‘New’ Modern”: We are not much for the minimalist look, but we are for a modern look. Dresses hang effortlessly with subtle architectural details & simplistic color palettes. Blouses are buttoned up & texture is formed only with mismatched hemlines (tunic tops or vests with calf grazing pants or skirts). Putting it together is easier than you might think. How to wear this trend? Look for shift, sheath or trapeze style dresses in a solid color. Add a delicate necklace or simple earrings & stacked heels to complete this clean look. Ecru & Fifteen Twenty designed perfectly modern blouses. Wear them with ankle length pants, preferably a wide leg and flatforms (or basic sandals to finish off the outfit).