The Spring 2011 runways were filled with bold, bright colors that were a welcome change of pace from dark, wintry hues. From ladylike neons at Proenza Schouler to more minimalist versions at Prada and Jil Sander, these saturated shades definitely put a spring in our step! Watch our video to see three great ways to punch up your Spring wardrobe whether it be with a colored pant, a vibrant frock, or a head-to-toe, eye-catching suit! On Allison: Zara top and skirt, Luv Aj necklace, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes from Endless.com
With Spring in the air, we're after floral pieces to channel the season's lightness. This Bellatrix Floral Chiffon Blouse caught our eye for doing just that in a breezy, flowy silhouette with a sweet flowered print. It's easy, feminine, and relaxed enough to wear in or out of the office, depending on how you choose to style it up. But really, the added appeal is the $68 guilt-free price point for a piece we'll wear all season.
Spring is definitely not the time to be shy, and after spending some months hunkered down in fashion hibernation, it's time to cheer up and break out of your rut. Bulky layers and moody hues aren't going to fly here, so click through to see 20 bold, vivid pieces — then get ready to show this season what you're made of.
>> The Fall 2011 Fashion Week season was engulfed by the rumors run rampant concerning the standing of John Galliano at Christian Dior, Stefano Pilati at Yves Saint Laurent, Hannah MacGibbon at Chloe, and Christophe Decarnin at Balmain, but Business of Fashion's Imran Amed pointed out a couple of other trends that emerged during the season.
First, the transition of streetstyle photography into streetstyle paparazzi. "The ‘bloggers walk’ in the Jardin des Tuileries, site of many major Paris shows, is now completely out of control," Amed writes. "Indeed, it’s become increasingly difficult to tell the difference between the aggressive paparazzi who stalk Hollywood celebrities outside bars and clubs and a few of the bad apples amongst the hordes of photographers that accost editors as they come in and out of shows."
Why the sudden aggressiveness? Amed notes: "Several street style bloggers told me confidentially that the competition is extremely fierce for getting the best photographs, which can then be sold on to global editions of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar each for as little as $200, but up to $1000 or more."
And second, while many designers cut back on how many they hosted at their shows and presentations, there has become an unprecedented demand for seating. "At Céline, any senior editors from the UK were forced to stand," Amed reports. "And more than one front-row blogger complained to me about not having access to Givenchy or YSL." A good part of that newfound demand is coming from consumers, Amed writes: "At the Jason Wu show, I was seated next to a section allocated to Nordstrom, which had chosen to give away most of its seats to top clients who had flown in specially for the event from across the country. Indeed, department store buyers told me the pressure to find seats for top consumers is 'enormous.' If a woman spends more than $1 million in a store, she has come to expect VIP treatment."
Based on the novel by Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides is the sleepy portrayal of the five Lisbon sisters and their mysterious suicides, set in a 1970s Detroit suburb. While the subject matter is melancholic, it's hard to ignore the soft, feminine fashion. The film's dreamlike aesthetic and moody tone showcased lots of gauzy, retro-romantic babydoll dresses and ruffled tops, flat leather wedges, and girly, '70s-style eyelet and lace. Shop our picks below to crib the Lisbon sisters' easy, innocent style for Spring.
Rachel Zoe on Her Collection Being Inspired by That Vintage Dress; Plus, See the Full Collection Lookbook
>> Rachel Zoe is a little ahead of the fashion schedule in a lot of ways — as everyone is just gearing up to premiere their Fall 2011 collections, she's already debuted her signature collection for Fall, sold it to Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, and Intermix, finished her Resort 2012 collection, and started on Spring 2012. Some of the exigency could be blamed on her impending baby boy, due in March, who is also preventing her from traveling to Fashion Week this season.
One of the bestsellers for Zoe's Fall 2011 collection, Style.com reports, is a black batwing top with columns of gold sequins (left) — see the full collection for the first time in the gallery. And as for the collection's infamous dress that looks strikingly similar to a vintage frock Zoe styled years back, the designer-cum-stylist says, "I've been subconsciously building this collection in my mind for a long time. There are a million vintage pieces that have inspired me, and every other designer in the world."
But don't expect to see Zoe dress Anne Hathaway in her own collection for the Oscars — Zoe is said to be charging Hathaway an "astronomical" fee for the occasion, and with such a fee comes a certain caliber of dress. "If you're gonna use couture," she tells Style.com, "it should be at the Academy Awards."
Since most of us are still loving our leather leggings, I thought Nicky Hilton's LA look might just be the perfect lesson in styling them up for a new year. While I love the rocker vibe of liquid leather, I'm even more smitten with the way it pairs against Nicky's preppy oxford button-down ($20, originally $25) — an unexpected combo that marries perfectly for a fresh take on the legwear we love. Click on the pieces to recreate the look, and be sure to check out Nicky's favorite LA hangouts!
I was casually perusing Nordstrom's sale section, when one thing led to another, and before I knew it, I had come across five fabulously fancy blouses . . . all on sale for $120 and less! These aren't the kind you sport to the grocery store; these are styles to take out partying or to a nice dinner. I would rock this chic Robert Rodriguez Peek Thru Lace Blouse ($120, originally $286) while out on the town in Beverly Hills. Pick your favorite and shop away!
With only eight days to go until New Year's Eve, I thought it fitting to pay homage to the quintessential party girl and ladylike legend, Holly Golightly. The iconic image of Miss G enjoying coffee and a croissant while gazing into Tiffany's is permanently ingrained in my head. Holly was the ultimate glamorous girl-about-town, and she always dressed the part. Get her glam look with a long black sheath dress ($80), shiny kitten heels, and elbow-length gloves. Make the look modern with a crystal headband and sequin clutch — and don't forget the pearls.