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What’s HOT for Spring 2009, part 2

6. What’s great about a lot of the clothes coming out this Spring, is that there’s detail, detail detail – beautifully intricate blouses, sequin embellishment, ethnic accents, coral and turquoise stones on the t-straps of high and low sandals, ruffles, you name it.  You can find this sort of detail from high-end to low end designers – Anne Fontaine, Caroline Herrera, Jason Wu, Tracy Reese, Malene Birger to the Gap, Ann Taylor, JCrew and Banana Republic.



7. Bling-a-ding-ding!! If you like metallics – this is your season to shine – silver, gold, bronze … they’re all over the place.  Dresses, tanks, anything that glimmers and catches the light.  If bling’s not up your alley, or if you’d prefer to tone it down a bit, add a bit of “WOW” with your accessories.  Find a great metallic clutch, a pair of strappy sandals or some beautiful bangles to take your uniform of dark jeans and a white t-shirt from good to great.  Metallics are here to stay – and you can always put a good metallic clutch to use!  Designers like Prada, Yves St. Laurent, Lanvin, and Zac Posen have some absolutely fabulous to-die for bags out.


8. April showers bring May flowers and this Spring is no exception.  Florals are all the rage and can be found on just about everything.  The most popular floral print items are dewy romantic dresses, but there are blouses, and jackets, skirts and even Capri pants.


9. Add a POP! of color to brighten any outfit.  Look for hot pinks, bright yellows, beautiful corals, neon greens – think of the new Louis Vuitton Tribute collection to Steven Sprouse (the Punk Glamour God who did the original graffiti bag collaboration with Marc Jacobs in 2001) with the bright roses or orange/fuchsia/neon green graffiti.  The traditional brown monogram canvas takes on a whole new persona with the bright pops of color – and so will your wardrobe with a bright pink cardigan,an  orange bathing suit or patent leather green wedge sandals.


10.  This Spring there’s a trend that appeals to the taste and budget of just about everyone.  If color’s not your thing, neutrals and metallics not in your budget this Spring, florals a little too girly for you and lace – even the edgy kind – isn’t to your liking?  No worries, because the staples black & white are going to be more popular than even this Spring.  If you want to look polished, chic or sophisticated and don’t have the time or wherewithal to navigate the hot new trends, you can’t go wrong with classic black and white combinations.

Don’t fret if your ability to keep up with the trends is a little more Ugly Betty than Carrie Bradshaw – you can still wear the latest trends without depleting your bank account each season … How? It’s simple, be picky.  Flip through a few catalogues and the Spring books (that’s what the publishing industry calls magazines) to figure out what the new trends are and what tickles your fancy.  Identify items that will work with your figure and can easily be incorporated into your current wardrobe.  Maybe it’s that new pair of deliciously high 5” heels or maybe it’s that fabulous necklace made of silver chains and beads that will upgrade even your most basic t-shirt.  Whatever it is, it should make you feel good when you put it on.  If it looks great in Vogue but not on you, leave it at the store and find something that makes you feel like a million bucks.  The worst thing about the changing seasons is that the latest trends aren’t for everyone.  Don’t buy something just because it’s in, buy what you love.  And if you don’t fall in love during a given season but feel the need to purchase a few items, shop sparingly at stores that wont charge you an arm and leg. 



What’s HOT for Spring 2009, part 1

The 60s, the 70s and the 80s are all making a comeback in Spring 2009.  Think about the suits from the characters on Mad Men – legendary chic, great tailoring, high waists, simplicity at its finest.  If the ladies from Mad Men are not your cup of tea but the idea of “love, peace and happiness” appeals to you more, go for a Hippie Chic look and channel your inner BoHo.  Think Kate Hudson and go for a jetset  sun-kissed look paired with interesting sandals, an oversized slouchy satchel, beautiful romantic blouses and a pair of fantastic jeans.  Or, take things in a different direction and look to the 70s for inspiration from Charlie’s Angles – find a modern day jumpsuit that says retro chic.   And, if neither of those decades are speaking to your inner muse, go back to the days of Madonna’s Material Girl and update your look with a chain handle purse, belt, necklace or bracelet – chains are making a big comeback in a variety of forms. This season offers a numbers of looks to choose from, there’s something to tickle just about each of our fancies.  To help you sort through the Spring collections, here’s my list of Spring 2009 must haves:

 1. Bold Baubles.  Gold and silver chains, chunky stones and beads, long or short, big necklaces are in this season and can literally transform an outfit.

2. Sexy High Heels.  Heels keep getting higher and higher – ladies, these shoes are not for walking!  Fendi, Yves St. Laurent, Louis Vuitton and Giuseppe Zanotti to name a few have all produced beautiful beautiful shoes for you to trip around in while enjoying the May flowers.  Fret not, many designers are adding a nice platform to make walking just a tad bit easier.

 3. Romantic Dresses.  If you’re tired of wearing black from head to toe, as chic as it may be, tune into your girly-girl feminine side with a beautiful tiered dress that flows like a cloud around you.  Look for dresses in nudes or neutral colors like beige, cream, and taupe.  Romantic ruffle blouses will help to soften your look too.  Pair these with metallic accents to create an opalescence glow about you.

4.  A FAB Belt.  Belts were all the rage this past Fall — wide, skinny, textured, patent leather, snakeskin, chain and metallic.  This season is no different.  Find one that speaks to you and use it to cinch everything from your favorite sheath dress to blazers, sweaters and trousers. 

5.  Lace.  This Spring is the season to let your inner girly-girl shine.  This season’s lace, eyelet as well as embroidery, is not like anything your grandmother would’ve worn – it’s sophisticated, eye-catching and edgy all at once.  Look for beautiful dresses and tops or fun accent pieces (bracelets, belts, hair accessories and the like).

 6. Snakeskin. – Snakeskin is the IT textile this season.  Slouchy hobos, slick clutches, totebags, strappy sandals and belts are great pieces to buy in snakeskin to add that extra va va va voom to your Spring look.  A snakeskin accessory is a great investment piece because it’s sophisticated and hip all at once. 


Stay tuned for more Spring 2009 Trends …..