Q. Can you give us a brief synopsis of your trip/Why you went?
A. I go to Europe semi-annually for inspiration…color, pattern, trend! I like to do my own editing as I work my way through the fashion capitals.I begin my trip by covering Premier Vision/ Indigo which are the most important international fabric and print fairs just outside Paris…then I walk the streets of Paris, Milan and London looking for new bag shapes, fashion trends and color to print directions that could influence direction for SCOUT
Q.What was the best location you visited and why?
A. Paris is great for beauty…the boutique windows and the city itself…Milan is perfect for chic street style and display of luxe brands…London brings a sense of humor and irrelevance to the picture and is a bit more gritty to classic in it’s looks. Lets not forget NYC…my home away from home for many years…I love the unedited nature of NYC…people and influences piling up in such density that its always a treasure hunt to grab the newest looks from the worlds most dynamic city!
Q. Describe your favorite memory of the trip.
A. My favorite memory is when I meet up with friends for coffee or a meal in Paris, London or NYC…most are creative and we often discuss what is new!
Q. Which main fashion trends do you see emerging in Europe?
A. The biggest news coming out of Europe is CASUAL…I have been making this trip for 30 years and the movement toward casual is very strong across Europe. Mixing vintage or trend setting “sport” with street is a key direction for all ages in Europe as it is here. Europe has always been more “dressed up”…so this progression toward a more american bent in their style is BIG!
Q. Do you think they will travel to the US, if so how will they translate?
A. This trend began here…we want to be able to tie a scarf effortlessly the way a Parisian women does and Europeans want to embody casual chic the way American fashionistas do…but leave the sweatsuits and lulu lemon at home…athletic wear is best when mixed with street…head to toe athletic wear belongs at the gym!
Q. If you could give one piece of fashion advice after seeing the trends in Europe what would it be?
A. Think about using neutrals that offer dimension to your look…shades of tan and beige used together…or lustrous black used with textured or matte black… we like neutrals and they often become our “uniforms” but the chic interpretation always involves dimension and innovative layering…short over long and long over short…sheer with opaque and casual with dressy! Don’t be afraid to combine high/low items to convey a cool personal style and if you love something in your closet buy two and continue to mix that item in new ways through the seasons and through the years…hold on to what works but evolve the pieces that work with it!
SPOTLIGHT: Concept Shops
Deb likes to stop into these shops for style influences and ideas. Concept shops are retail models where the buying process has a different meaning and involves philosophical meaning.The customer has opportunity not only to buy physical products but also is provided with a full emotional and sensory experience.
Here is a spotlight on Deb’s favorite trend destinations across the fashion capitals!
Fast paced and cheeky, London combines the tradition of royal rule with edgy sensibility, always moving at high city speed. Take a ride on the Eye, visit the Crown Jewels Gallery or picnic in Hyde Park. Try a double decker bus tour and explore the theater in London’s famous Soho neighborhood. Don’t miss the Dover Street Market for great concept shopping (their sister shop recently opened in NYC) and experience high tea at Number Sixteen Hotel…it’s utterly British! Style is fashion forward and on trend, add a SCOUT bag and you’ll be suited to perfection!
1. Stubbs & Wooten slippers 2. Burberry trench coat 3. Alexander McQueen buckled bracelet 4. Nickolas Kirkwood slingbacks 5. Kenzo palm dress 6. Kenzo red dress 7. SCOUT Crown Jewels in Fanning Tatum 8. SCOUT Oh Buck It in Fanning Tatum 9. Kenzo mini skirt
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The Luxe Tote
With the rising popularity of mini bags and clutches, we’ve seen a surge in bags roomy enough to put your other bag in, plus the rest of your essentials! These totes are so much more than your basic shopper—they’re elevated to luxury status with quality details, materials, and construction.
Backpacks are a perennial style favorite, for all ages and all styles. Find an updated version in leather or patterned fabric, or stick with the classic brights.
What’s your go-to bag for spring? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SCOUTbyBungalow or #scoutbags.
The Structured Bag
The structured bag is a callback to retro ladylike styles. It’s meant to be carried in your hand or at your wrist, for the life none of us actually have, but all wish we did! Look for pieces with elegant details and molded handles, in spring pastels or vibrant colorblocking.
The Textured Bag
This season, designers are using unique and creative textural treatments to stand out. Bags large and small are embossed, woven, embroidered, and quilted, in mixed media and unusual materials.
Which spring bag trend are you planning to add to your look? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SCOUTbyBungalow or #scoutbags.
The Pretty Pump
As platforms rise on other shoes, they’ve all but disappeared from pumps, which are making a return to the simple, ladylike styles of the 60s. At heights ranging from kitten heels to sky-high stilettos, these exude accessible elegance.
The menswear trend is moving down to the feet, with oxfords and brogues galore, embellished with piping, perforation, and, of course, color! They’re the perfect companion to other menswear-inspired pieces, like the classic boyfriend jean.
Which pair is your favorite? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SCOUTbyBungalow or #scoutbags.
The City Sandal
It’s the kind of sandal that can stand up to a day in your busy life, sturdier and more covered up than your basic flip-flop. The looks range from gladiators to cut-out boots.
The Spring Boot
We’re seeing more boots for spring and summer than we have in years past. In general, they’re lighter and brighter than boots you’d see in fall or winter. Elevate the look with studs, fringe, or colorful details.
Where are you shopping for spring shoes? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SCOUTbyBungalow or #scoutbags.