For The Love of Print — Celebs Do It Up Bright: Part 2

June 15, 2008 • Magazine

For The Love of Print — Celebs Do It Up Bright: Part 2

For The Love of Print — Celebs Do It Up Bright: Part 2

Sun, 2008-06-15 11:00

Simona Kogan

Black and blue are so over — that’s if celebs have anything to say about it! This spring, celebs are getting loud – and we don’t mean dancing on tabletops Paris Hilton style!

In our last article , we saw celebs getting funky with paisley prints and graphic gowns. With summer quickly approaching (defined by 100-degree heat that’s become a mainstay in the city) statement-making patterns are here to stay. But if you’re into sultry, rather then sharp, you might want to trade up the paisley for floral and the graphic for geometric.

Everyone from Kelly Osbourne to Mischa Barton are rocking deep florals, while Eva Mendes never ceases to amaze with the way she wears art-deco.

But beware, you may have to tone it down. Perhaps only Paris herself can wear bright watercolors and shirtdresses that scream graphic. Last time we told you that you, too, can wear patterns properly — with a twist. This time, SCS wants to support the subtle set – the celebs that are quietly taking over the beauty of fashion with sass and sophistication. Here’s how you can pull off the sleeker patterns.

How To Wear: Floral

Say the word summer and watch celebs immediately step out in the brightest flowers. There’s something about the warm months that make pulling together a frilly floral piece so fresh. Take Heidi Montag’s strapless watercolor floral dress for the Kentucky Derby in the easiest eye-catching pinks, whites, and purples. The self-proclaimed Hills’ strong woman is often see in sharp brights but adding florals gives her a softer approach. New Paris princess Mischa Barton, who now lives in the fashion capital is often seen in tans, khakis, and bright blues, but this purple halter sweetens up her quirky look.

Still, wearing this pattern doesn’t mean you have to go bright. Check out Kelly Osbourne’s evening look, pairing a dark floral print dress with black tights.

Florals can be sweet and they can be sassy. Summer floral sundresses often mean easy yellows and greens, pinks, blues and purples so don’t go for too many accessories, just let the sweet print speak for itself. If you’re going to sharpen the look for evening, layer a mini-vest over a dress or pair with black tights and Mary Janes. And if you dare — try on a floral jumpsuit like Angie Harmon and Rihanna in their Stella McCartney.

Flirty florals found here. Try:
1. Robert Cavalli Floral Stretch Silk Dress $909
2. Vivienne Westwood Nymphs Shirt Dress $795

How To Wear: Geometric Shapes

Our very own writer, Jacqueline Zenn, recently reported that the art deco trend in fashion is back in a big way, and perhaps it never left. It seems celebs knew this a long time ago, and nowhere is this more evident then in their newest fashion pieces featuring the coolest geometric shapes.

Emma Stone’s dress at the recent MTV Movie Awards was very art deco-esque, though the geometric shapes were quite undefined. Katherine Heigl recently wore a mod-geometric print shift that looked sleek and stylish, though we hated the 50s pin-up curls she added to her hair. We all remember that famous yellow, black, and white Giambattista Valli dress worn by Jessica Biel and Sarah Jessica Parker.

But if you really want to wear geometric prints, you might want to go subtle on the pattern, perhaps wearing a black empire-waist dress with geometric print lining on the bottom like Jessica Alba and Eva Mendes. Even Paris Hilton goes bright in this red dress but not overboard with the print. We actually like it, Paris. Really.

You can go flashy with geometric shapes or you can go with the flow and not overdo it. Let the dress or the top speak for itself and don’t do it up too much on top or bottom. No matchy-matchy print skirt with a print top, no patterned shoes, and no shimmery accessories. Prints speak for themselves and we want them to speak with finesse.

Geometric Shapes Are So In. Try:
3. Oscar De La Renta Geometric Print Tank Dress $1,462
4. Roberto Cavalli Geometric Mirrored Bangle $262.50
5. Olivia Morris Exclusive Delia Ballet Flats $272

Celebrity Photos:
Misha Barton
Kelly Osbourne
Paris Hilton
Katherine Heigl

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