Second City Style survived another Fashion Week in NYC – 63 shows attended, 100 hours spent waiting in line and more than 75 reviews and backstage interviews posted.
We soon realized that the mood for spring is upbeat: designers showed looks that were bold, strong and bright, and distanced themselves from the romantic presence that is too often associated with the season. Designers were inspired by the outdoors – not surprising, considering it’s spring/summer – but there was a noticeable nod to the beach, water, waves, sunset and daybreak. So what’s in? Which trends are out? Read on…the tide is changing!
On The Up And Up
– Strong, Embellished Shoulders: While previous seasons ushered in the big shoulder in the form of sharp and tailored or padded and massive, spring upholds it as the focal point of a look, but this time with embroidery and sparkly embellishments. BehnazÂ SerafpourÂ showed a very cool shirred dress withÂ tasselsÂ on the shoulder, while Alexander Wang and Jill Stuart played with leather.
– Tri-Color Looks: I saw a lot of these not only on the runway, but also in the audience. Favorite combinations included mustard, gray, orange,Â citrineÂ and navy. Take an opening look from the Costello’sÂ TagliapietraÂ show – a draped dress in moss, violet-bronze and light purple or Rachel Roy‘s petal skirt, top and jacket in orchid, cadmium yellow and navy.
– Creative Prints: Print continues to be a mainstay, and this spring, some designers used their own photographs as the basis. ChristianÂ SirianoÂ usedÂ an aerial photograph of the Italian coastline and flipped, modified and repeated to create a completely unique print, while theÂ PhilosophyÂ diÂ AlbertaÂ FerrettiÂ collection played with fun butterfly, lip and eye motifs.
– Nudes: SubduedÂ neutralsÂ shared the runway with bright colors this season, and exuded an easy elegance. ChristianÂ SirianoÂ called his “blush”, and blushing beautiful it was. Anna Sui showed a earthy “wheat” tone in the form of a long-sleeve dress with butterfly detail.Â YigalÂ Azrouel, CynthiaÂ Rowley, ErinÂ FetherstonÂ and CostelloÂ TagliapietraÂ also played up naturals in skirts, dresses and jackets. If you go nude (the color that is), pair it with tough shoes and other statement-making accessories.
Staying For A Little Longer
– The Cinched Waist: For spring, look for funky belts that have thinned out slightly, but still puts the perfect finishing touch on a look. I liked Lela Rose‘s triple oval leather belt, a versatile piece that complements many dresses.
– One Shoulder Dresses:Â AsymmetryÂ has some serious staying power and will still be going strong in the spring. Vera Wang showed tough girl chic, while Rachel Roy delivered screen siren with a white jersey long-sleeve dressing gown. Keep the rest of your look classic and simple when rocking the one shoulder.
– Shapeless Dresses: No baby doll or sack dresses; looks were structured and seamed.
– Color-less Looks: Wear your black and white in the winter, for spring it was all about bright colors.
– Simple Minimalism: Save this for next season because spring has a heavy exotic presence – designers were inspired by travel and faraway places and expressed this in loud and vibrant pieces.
1. BehnazÂ Serafpour Embellished Shoulder
2. Jill Stuart Embellished Shoulder
3. CostelloÂ Tagliapietra Tri-Color
4. Rachel Roy Tri-Color
5. Ann Sui Nude
6. PhilosophyÂ diÂ AlbertaÂ Ferretti Creative Print
8. Christian Siriano Creative Print
9. Lela Rose Belted Cinched Waist
10. Rachel Roy One Shoulder
Photos: NY Mag
Image Layout: La Tonya Williams