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Now that the fashion weeks have wrapped up, we can now step back and take a more objective look at the collections to see what will be filling our closets come springtime.

Layering with sheers; Stella McCartney Spring 2013

Sheer, webbed inset, Celine Spring 2013

Sheer Play: The trend that was so prevalent in Resort has come back even stronger for spring.  You can catch up on Resort sheers here.  If you completely missed Resort, no worries, check this out.  There were sheers in the traditional sense, floaty and flowing, concealing all or a portion of a garment.  Yet some nontraditional sheers began to surface for spring, as well, acting as a webbing material.  Often appearing as an inset in a garment, although it was also found covering the entire piece of clothing, like its more flowy counterpart, as well.  Of course the aforementioned, flowy sheer is easiest to do, layering a chiffon piece with another top or dress.  Incorporating the more structured sheer is best done in tasteful insets, revealing just the right amount.

Subtle sheer; Calvin Klein Collection Spring 2013

Sheer webbed overlay; Calvin Klein Collection Spring 2013

Bright Whites: I’m dreaming of a white . . . spring?  White is the chosen color—or lack thereof—of designers for spring.  Many looks took the hue head-to-toe either in separates or a single piece for a stunning statement.  If you are not ready to channel Bianca Jagger in an all-white pantsuit at the office, then try rocking one of spring’s easier shapes on the weekend.  Column maxi dresses were a hit for spring, and rendered in white, they can go casual or dress, with a quick change of accessories.

Layers of white; Celine Spring 2013

White column maxi; Valentino Spring 2013

Monochrome: If white is not your thing, do not fret, there were plenty of colorful ensembles in the mix for spring.  Like the whites, the colored pieces were shown as a complete, monochrome look.  It is easy to incorporate monochrome into your everyday wear without looking like a giant (insert name of fruit or vegetable here.)  The key is to do it in small doses.  Pick one half of your body to dress in monochrome at a time.  A blazer, layered with a tee in the same color, looks very modern with a contrasting pair of cropped skinny jeans.  Although, if you want to go for that bold, allover colorful statement, simply pick a subdued hue.  Head-to-toe, bright, lipstick red is pretty alarming, but an allover, rusty red ensemble is a much more successful spring look.

A monochrome look with subtle detailing on the pants; A.L.C. Spring 2013

An easier way to do monochrome: short and sweet, with a hint of shine; Akris Spring 2013

Patterned Separates: Pinstripes and plaids are not the only patterns allowed on separates anymore.  Blazers and bottoms with florals and other graphic patterns appeared all over the spring runways.  And paired together, they made a bold statement.  If you shy away from wearing bold, allover patterns, try wearing the pieces separately.  Or, if you opt to wear them together, tone down the rest of your outfit.  Go with a simple pump and leave your statement jewelry at home.

Show some skin to downplay an allover pattern; Tory Burch Spring 2013

The crisp, white button-down breaks up the bold, paisley separates; Sea Spring 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bold Stripes: Also a Resort revival, big, bold, graphic prints, especially stripes, dominated this season.  Although there were plenty rendered in bright colors, black and white was clearly the preferred method in which to execute these prints.  Wear graphic prints up top or on bottom, or even show them off in your accessories, as Marc Jacobs did in his extra-pointy-toed heels at Louis Vuitton.  However, the most popular use of the bold, graphic prints this season was in full-body adornment.  Try a nod to ‘60s mod and don a checkered black and white mini dress.

Black and white stripes on a column maxi; Marc Jacobs Spring 2013

A colorful, casual spin on spring’s graphic stripes; Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So while you are bundling up for fall, bear in mind: still brighter and bolder days lie ahead for our wardrobes.

Much love and good shoes,

e

 

 

 

 

 

Images courtesy of Style.com

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Flipping through Women’s Wear Daily on Thursday, June 28th, an unusual accessory caught my eye.  A sloping, varnished wood Lanvin clutch, topped with a mint green enamel clasp, stood out amongst all the surrounding colorful, embellished Resort 2013 accessories.  I was so struck by its unique and quiet, earthy beauty, I thought, there must be more like it!  (Although some may like to think so, designers do not create in a vacuum.)

Lanvin’s Varnished Wood, Clutch Resort 2013, Image courtesy of Women’s Wear Daily

Of course we are all familiar with the classic wooden-handled canvas clutch that accompanies our summer outfits on occasion, but this is a new breed of wooden clutches.  The wood stands alone; requiring no assistance from textiles in structure or in adornment.  The result is a sleek and fresh clutch with vintage appeal, ready for any occasion.

Here are a few more wood clutches I have stumbled upon (click for purchasing information)–I may have to start a collection of my own:

Stella McCartney Engraved Wood Clutch, Image courtesy of Viecouture.com

So pretty and delicate, I would love to see this Stella McCartney clutch with an outfit that compliments it (a white sun dress), as well as one that contrasts it (a motorcycle jacket and skinnies.)

Emilio Pucci “The Box Clutch”, click this image to see variations of this clutch; Image courtesy of Polyvore.com

The mixed materials of varying depths on the faces of this Pucci clutch and the exposed screws on the sides give it an unfinished, rustic quality, despite its modern design.

Rachana Reddy Studded Teak Gold Clutch, Image courtesy of Polyvore.com

I appreciate the vintage appeal of the Rachana Reddy piece and how it looks as if it is wearing a studded cuff.  Minimal jewelry needed with this one.

KAYU Alyssa Shell Wood Clutch, Image courtesy of Polyvore.com

This KAYU clutch is an absolute stunner and my favorite of the bunch for its unusual use of natural materials.

French Connection Wonder Wood Clutch, Image courtesy of Realliferunway.com

If you are unable to count carpentry as one of your skills, this one is a financially feasible alternative to trying to DIY your own clutch.

SigniCase Wood Camera iPhone Case, Image courtesy of Photojojo.com

This is not a clutch by any means, but it popped up in my search and I could not resist including it in this post.  For the non-clutch-carryers out there: a little timber for you, too.

I do not think I will ever look at a small wooden box the same way again . . .

Much love and good shoes,

e

A touch of slip, Thom Browne Resort 2013

Bold, textured slip, Misha Nonoo Resort 2013

Layering is a great way to create different effects within an outfit, whether it be through shape, volume, transparency, or even in creating different colors with those transparencies.  Ladies typically keep their undergarments hidden beneath their outer layers.  For the upcoming Resort season, however, the slips and sheers are coming out to play.

Textured translucent slip, Stella McCartney Resort 2013

Floor-length Slip Look, BCBG MaxAzria Resort 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The most popular interpretation of this trend is to show just a little—about three to six inches—of your undergarment.  For a more glamorous look, bring the length to the floor.  The key is to not make it look like a typical lingerie slip underneath; otherwise it will just look sloppy.  Try a contrasting pattern or a sheer fabric with texture underneath.

Patterned shift dress under a sheer layer, Giulietta Resort 2013

Sheer shirt dress over black pencil skirt and top, Alexander Wang Resort 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the flip side, a full sheer layer overtop of an outfit is another way to work this trend.  It is best done with a modest bra top and briefs or a shift dress underneath.  Skip the embellishments on this one, with two layers you will want to avoid the extra bulk.

Pants given the Slip Look, The Row Resort 2013

Patterned shorts wrapped in sheer, Celine Resort 2013

Skirts and dresses are not the only one getting the slip treatment.  Pants are turning up in light layers as well.  Gauzy films surround and stream from shorts, both in monochrome and print.

Monochrome slip and skirt, Chris Benz Resort 2013

Pattern mixing, Thom Browne Resort 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is all about layering with the Slip Look.  If you are hesitant to attempt the look, try monochrome pieces, one sheer and one solid.  When you are feeling more confident with your slip-sporting abilities, try some pattern or texture mixing, or even different lengths.  The Slip Look is definitely an easy way to work breezy layers into your summer wardrobe.

Much love and good shoes,

e

 

*Images courtesy of Style.com

Winter is fading away and spring is now upon us.  My dog can feel it in his old rickety bones.  It is time, yet again, to sift through the new spring lines and decide what is essential to add to our new spring wardrobes:

Louis Vuitton pumps, Image courtesy of Style.com

Pointed-toe ladylike pumps: Pack up last year’s stacked stilettos and say hello to a more gravity-friendly pump. They were all over the spring runways in the more classic form, as seen at Louis Vuitton and Prada. The lower heel also manifested itself as a bootie, as seen at Oscar de la Renta and Chanel.  It also took flight as a delicate sandal at Givenchy and Stella McCartney.  Pair these ladylike pumps with flirty feminine dresses and skirts or some cuffed denim to really show them off.

Cropped coat: If you do not have one of these in your closet already, for shame!  They look adorable layered over a tee and jeans or a spring dress.  Go for a bright color, such as red or green, to instantly add a pop of color to a neutral outfit.

1969 Gap Always Skinny Jeans, Image courtesy of Gap.com

Milkshake denim: Once again, it is a free-for all when it comes to denim this season.  Every silhouette and wash will be at your fingertips, however, picking pastels that conjure up thoughts of sipping milkshakes or smoothies is the way to go to stay on-trend for spring.  This brings me to my next pick . . .

Pastels!: Think soft and ladylike this spring.  Take your hue cues from Easter eggs—yep, I went there—just not the hideous ones you dye at home.  But remember, it is all about balance.  Head-to-toe baby blue is not a good choice for anyone—except a baby.  Pair a pastel bottom with a bright or neutral top.

Diane von Furstenberg, photo courtesy of Style.com

Experiment with white: Designers such as Diane von Furstenberg, Stella McCartney and Karl Lagerfeld (Chanel) played with white in all kinds of textures, opacities and structures for spring.  So get inspired!  White will look amazing with your pastels and ultra crisp with a cropped pair of skinny jeans and pumps.

Hopefully your closet is now more adequately stocked for spring.  Now go forth, and strut your stuff.

Much love and good shoes,

e

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