Spring Into Fall
1. Hancock Hooded Colorblock Parka 2. Opening Ceremony Flower Cat Eye Sunglasses 3. Fendi Pointed Toe Pump 4. Anthropologie Deco Splashed Beret 5. Macaron Photo 6. SCOUT Pleasure Chest in Social Tweedia
1. 3.1 Phillip Lim Quilted Overcoat with Leather Bib, Grapefruit 2. Carven Double-Breasted Coat 3. Halston Heritage Wool Oversize-Collar Coat 4. Theory Elibeth Coat 5. Hancock Detachable Contrast Collar Jacket 6. Red Valentino Single-Breasted Crepe Coat
This fall we welcome the return of mauve, taupe, and powder pales – they’re especially beautiful in a head-to-toe light look or as a contrast to the season’s richer colors or neutrals.
LOOK 1, HIGH PRICE POINT
Pieces, clockwise from top left: 3.1 Phillip Lim Sleeveless Dress – this dress would look smashing with either silver or gold pumps – both metallics will complement this dusty mauve; Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti Evening Dress – here a lavender heel would add a colorful feminine accent and still be appropriate for the office; Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti Long Boucle Coat – wear as the main look or over a dress – we love the idea of this coat with similarly-hued high-heeled suede boots; Emilio Pucci Patent-Leather Peacoat – use it as your rain slicker or a layering piece; Alexander McQueen Wool-Crepe Blazer – an instant classic in a seasonless hue; Stella McCartney Pastel Colorblock Knit Pullover – this looks great styled as is (with white skinny jeans) – and it would look equally cool with a white or camel pencil skirt; Yves Saint Laurent Tribtoo Hidden-Platform Pump – introduce a ‘tough’ element to wear with these pumps and add black or brown leather pants.
LOOK 2, LOW PRICE POINT
Pieces, clockwise from top left: H&M Dress in Powder Pink – tuck this bodycon dress into a flared skirt or wear with ladylike ballet flats; H&M Jacket – as most cropped jackets go, this one looks chicest when it’s unzipped, under which a colorful or neutral top can peek out; Forever 21 Essential Ponte Longline Blazer – like the McQueen blazer above but can’t afford it? look no further than the Forever 21 version! Zara Jumper with Side Slits – the fishermans sweater, including a slight tweak in color and detail to both feminize and contemporize it; H&M Coat – layer over the classic ‘work’ look – a white blouse tucked into a black pencil skirt with black patent leather pumps; Forever 21 Bow Platform Sling-Back Heels – a pair of cropped trousers would show off the feminine bow embellishment on this heel; Forever 21 Box Pleated Dress – we love how this was styled on the Forever 21 site, with a studded belt to add some rock n’ roll to powder pink.
“This week we’ll finish up features on the latest color stories spotted overseas in Paris, Milan and London – from separates to accessories, we’ll have photos to inspire upcoming purchases or to encourage new looks created with items already in your wardrobe.”
PASTEL CLOTHES FOR SPRING/SUMMER 2012
“Pretty, pale, pastel, powdery and perfect for spring… This range of diffused color mixes head to toe and in the accessory world for the ultimate in ladylike dressing. Consider matte and shine combinations, as well as pearl, metallic, and gemstone studdings in tonal mixes conveying a Mad Men/Jackie O. look. Solids and prints are refreshingly timeless and polished in this palette ranging from lemon drop yellow and cantaloupe to powder pink, lilac menthe, and robins egg blue.”
“Winter pales almost become a ‘neutral’ option for the season. Our favorites include lemon, banana, melon, ice pink, lavender, menthe, celadon, seafoam, and baby blue. Perfect for lofty and warm-faced fabrics like cashmere, angora, mohair, feathers, faux fur, velvet, jersey, corduroy, and suede, pales may also be used on lustrous surfaces like charmeuse and patent leather to fantasy fabrics like tulle, chiffon, and brocade. Inspired by sweet shops serving up gelato to macaroons, these ladylike pales are a welcomed relief from the cold, dark winter weather.”
LADYLIKE PALES AND PASTELS: