Long and boxy, the sleeveless jacket is so much more than a vest, and it was paired with short skirts and shorts for a downtown cool look we're loving from New York Fashion Week. With closets full of jackets and blazers, the sleeveless jacket is something we'll be investing in next Spring, especially to show tops with sheer detailing or embellishment (both big trends). And yes, we are considering whether we should take scissors to an old boyfriend blazer to channel the feel of Tracy Reese's white sleeveless blazer (second from right).
Fashion is having a pastel moment right now — everything from dresses to shoes to sunglasses have been dipped in these softer shades for Spring. Runways including Louis Vuitton, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Vera Wang debuted lighter looks for this season, and style setters like Nicole Richie, Jessica Alba, and Kirsten Dunst have already tested out the trend. Accordingly, we headed over to Saks Fifth Avenue Beverly Hills and styled up some Spring-perfect outfits using a pastel palette. From a breezy daytime look to a sequined minidress, watch to see how you can wear pastels from day to night. On Allison McNamara: Proenza Schouler dress.
Whether it was sheer detailing, lace, tough floral prints, or lots of light-colored leather, Spring's runways were full of edgy-cool pieces that had us wanting to jump on the back of a Harley and invest in a pair of brass knuckles. Designers like Helmut Lang, Rag & Bone, and Altuzarra showed sexy, sporty looks incorporating bold mesh inserts and pumped-up prints — and Alexander Wang even sent his models down the runway with biker boots and motorcycle helmets. It's a look that ladies like Kate Moss, Erin Wasson, and Freja Beha Erichsen have perfected, and fortunately you don't have to drop a ton of dough to achieve the gritty, on-the-edge vibe this season. We've rounded up 15 of our favorite pieces; click through to see and shop them now.
Photo courtesy of Vogue Paris
- Decorate with pretty pastels for Spring.
- These two Ikea outdoor chairs are my favorites for Spring 2012.
- Mexico's revamped Las Alamandas Resort is the perfect spot for a relaxing Spring vacation.
- Head to North Carolina to tour the new house for The Bachelorette.
- Embrace nautical style with these 19 decorating ideas.
- Get ready for al fresco dining with these Spring picnic finds from Etsy.
- Add color to your ceiling with these pendant lamps.
- See what design finds caught our Instagram eye at San Francisco's Ferry Building.
Traditional denim is passe this Spring season, with bright neons, pastel shades, and unexpected prints taking major preference for up-to-date Spring wardrobes. But why limit the vibrancy of those colors and patterns to your closet? Today, I'm pairing up some great denim options with furniture and accents inspired by their look. Keep clicking to see some of my favorite coordinating wardrobe and decor pairs.
In fashion, it seems as though every animal gets its moment in the sartorial sun. Last season, it was cats (with a few mice thrown in), and as far as Spring '12 trends go, the runways were undoubtedly for the birds. Designers like Carolina Herrera, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Jill Stuart all showed bird motifs in their pieces — and whether they were soft and ethereal or bold and abstract, it made a huge mark on our fashion consciousness for the upcoming season. We've rounded up some of our favorite pieces that are chic, stylish, and just so happen to come in under $100. Click below to shop them now!
We've spotted a fair amount of skin making its way down the Spring 2012 runways — and designers are zeroing in on one not-so-subtle way to flaunt your figure. From Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Missoni, and more, crop tops are taking over the catwalk. The cropped, bustier-style tops are being paired with longer flowing skirts, à la Missoni, tea-length ladylike skirts, like we saw at Dolce & Gabbana, and slick pencil skirts from Versace. This isn't a look well-suited for wallflowers, but if you're in the market for a sexier style, this might be your thing. So tell us, would you wear a crop top or is this look better left on the runway?
From left: Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Missoni
Attention, fashion lovers! It's time to get familiar with our Spring 2012 trend report, which we'll be updating with even more of all the best trends from the best shows in London, Milan, and Paris. From the sporty theme that dominated in New York, to the craze for lush prints, we've got the best trends covered right here.
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It seems like we blinked and London Fashion Week was over, and now Milan Fashion Week is in full swing. Our London trend report includes florals, digitized prints, dresses over pants, the mullet dress, peplum, and the 60s —all trends we saw first in New York. Our report to come soon, but right now we're obsessing over a few looks from London Fashion Week that has us counting the days to Spring (yes, already). Click through to see our favorite looks from London's top designers, including Burberry Prorsum, Christopher Kane, Peter Pilotto, and Roksanda Ilincic.
From the flattest of flats to the highest of heels, the Spring '12 runways were rife with gorgeous shoes. Cushnie et Ochs showed candy-colored, pin-thin stilettos, Tory Burch and J.Crew gave us new loafers to love, and we got our fix of safari-chic, knee-high gladiator sandals at Michael Kors. We've rounded up 80 (give or take a few) pairs of our absolute favorites, so click through now to see them all — then start planning your Spring shoe shopping list.
Photos courtesy of Greg Kessler