Well as I plan for Denver, where I understand it is glacial, I am pleased to report that here in NorCal Spring most certainly has arrived. Spring may be the prettiest season in my neck of the bay ~ there's actual greenery around and it's not too hot. I love it. I also loved a great many of the Spring fashions this year. I did keep the Rack in mind and tried to choose outfits with good coverage, with Spring/Summer in mind this can be difficult, curses upon you spaghetti strap!
Gail's Favorite Picks of Spring 2013
Full A-Line Print Skirt
Alice + Olivia and Kate Spade
I adore these cool full skirts with an eye towards some mixing of patterns. This adds an edge of modern to a silhouette and companion separates that scream retro. Also, note the flats? I love seeing flats in high end outfits.
Soft Pink Pencil Cut
Elie Saab; Borgia Valentina; Zac Poison (runway screen shots)
I've only recently come around to pink, and light pink even less so. However, it works with my complexion, and a baby color in a body-conscious pencil cut is a fun contradiction. It's girly but not too girly because of the cut. I love all three of these options: an office dress, a flirty print with long sleeves, and a curvy suit.
Fendi; Kate Spade; Tory Birch (runway screen shots)
A number of designers put separates down the runway for sprint. I loved all of these and I can see them mixing and matching with each other well. There's some great use of texture and a touch of pattern. They all included a cream sandal, which seems the it shoe for Spring.
Shades of Blue
Elie Saab (runway screen cap); Lauren Moffat via nymag.com
Vivian Westwood ignore the crazy make up (runway screen cap)
I tend to think that no matter what your complexion there's a shade of blue out there for everyone ~ be it a dark steel, bright royal, or soft baby blue. Westwood even put a yellow blue down her runway. These four featured great necklines, good wide shoulder straps allowing for a supportive bra, and modest lady-like skirt lengths. All, except the trumpet skirt, would be great with flats as well as heels.
Borgia Valentina; Zac Poison
I can hardly let a season pass without picking something red. I do love red so much. This year there were some great red prints, I seriously covet that Valentina, mmmm.
There are a couple of other trends you might notice in my picks above: ankle strap heels are big and structured bags are still around (only now in prints and pastel colors). Also there was a lot of retro style make up, and clean tidy hair pulled back off the face.
Interested in other people's favorites? Here's some less Retro Rack minded thoughts on SS2013.
I also could not let Spring pass without posting this great picture from Mad Men's up coming season. Love the colors.
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