Enjoy the INTERACTIVE MAGAZINE post with illustrations here: Spring Fashion 2012
The best thing about the season of spring in fashion is that you can assemble outfits in almost every which way, being that there are so many options of separates for transitional weather. Spring is the best time for you to take survey of what is already in your closet, and decipher what items can best serve you in combination with the season’s trendy top picks. From there it is with a simplified ease that you will be able to put outfits together, and most especially easy when you have some inspiration and a little bit of encouragement from one of fashion’s devotees. Luckily, this year we have a plethora of cool trends to choose from, and I will happily provide you with know-how styling ideas for each of them.
SILKS & STRIPES
As seen on the runways of Alberta Ferretti, Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior, Giorgio Armani, Haider Ackermann, and Lanvin.
If you like the lightness of living but prefer it be bearable, layering up with sheers easily softens the picture. Having multiple gauzy layers one atop of another gives the impression of weightlessness often associated with spring. Ways to play up the sauciness of a sheer is to pair it beside similar lightweight fabrics like silk and cotton. For a daytime play on the sheer take, try donning it in striped patterns. You can even mix and match multiple stripes for a regal aesthetic when done right; small put beside large, or vertical over horizontal.
As seen on the runways of Ann Demeulemeester, Burberry Prorsum, Pedro Lorenco, and Kanye West.
If your ideal dream of spring is to get into your weekend digs and loiter around town, but you could stand to upscale your duds a bit, try pulling on something new like a sleek leather vest or a fancy trench. These key pieces can always make an outfit look well put together. Oh— and one thing you do not want to forget; a clever hat (best it look at though you’re headed off to play some polo… as in, avec a mallet.)
As seen on the runways of Dolce & Gabbana, Jean Paul Gaultier, Kenzo, and Mary Katrantzou.
Capture the power of the print! Animal markings, tattooed patterns and floral motifs can be done very wisely (i.e. ix-nay on the board shorts and hawaiian irt-shays) when the eccentricity of their design is up-played. Think; loud prints plus brightly blocked colors (or pastels) equal eminent cool. The idea is that in balance and when worn purposefully, even all-over prints can be visually striking without being overbearing.
As seen on the runways of Costume National, Gant by Michael Bastia, Jonathan Saunders, Preen, and VPL.
Spring being seen as a time only for pastels is now a thing of the past (just like no white shoes after Labor Day!) Don’t be afraid to go rainbow bright! I don’t expect you to wear the full spectrum at one time unless of course it’s Pride Week, but do don at least one. Monochromatic or color-blocked looks are huge right now. If you’re unsure how to start, pick your favorite color and then go out and find it in every item needed to assemble an outfit. Three-piece suits in pale tangerine? Yum.
Hope this gets you on your way to looking even more dapper (if that’s even possible) this Spring season! Get the dish on more style from EÀLM at www.eclecticalamode.com.