Getting Your Spring/Summer Glow On
A new season deserves a closet refresh – and Spring is the perfect time to try some of the most popular fashion trends of the year. The easiest way to jumpstart this is by adopting a new color palette. While Spring is normally pastel heavy, 2019 is all about bolder, brighter colors. Shades of yellow, pink, and even neons dominated runways and online retailers. It’s time to shed those Winter drabs and channel the cheeriness of this new season!
Diane von Furstenberg took pioneer women as her Spring/Summer theme. She said “Nathan Jenden, my chief design officer and vice president of creative told me, you’re a pioneer, so why not?” He meant pioneer in the entrepreneurial sense – Von Furstenberg’s frontier was New York City, not the Wild West – but as it happens, DVF wore petticoats back when she was a newlywed, and they were not unlike the one she showed under a wrap dress at this presentation. The lady’s strong flair for color was clearly on view in a to-the-floor persimmon number, its frilly cap sleeves topping a sweetheart neckline. This stunner could be worn anywhere, anytime – going from an afternoon picnic straight into an evening dress-up dinner.
Cynthia Rowley has always enjoyed being active, and this season she emphasized an athletic lifestyle with a collection that hit on her signature pretty-yet-tough aesthetic. The format was lively and women of various different body types, ages, and races walked the runway in the looks. Cheerful was a tiny baby doll look in floral print, and a short, slinky black slip could have worked as lingerie. A design that was memorable: a navy culotte suit splashed over with large, pastel-pale flowers. It shrieked comfort and style and it was, well, covet-able, for sure.
After his spectacular 50th anniversary show last September, Ralph Lauren was in the mood for something different. Well-known is the designer’s penchant for elaborate themes, transporting his audiences to a different time and place with his collections, and his latest offering had a decidedly unfussy tone. Models swished by dressed in black and white crewneck day dresses that were cinched with shiny gold belts and finished with pleats. A clear winner was a pure as driven snow white pantsuit. True to Lauren’s style, the jacket was military with epaulets and brass buttons, the trousers wide as a river flowing to the floor. If one had but a single pick for Spring/Sumer, this might very well be it!
Spring 2019 is the first collection by the new creative director Nicola Glass since the brand’s founder Kate Spade passed away this past June. “There was purity to their (Kate and Andy Spade’s) design approach that really appealed to me,” Glass said. Here, she reworked classics and highlighted the importance of movement to the clothes. Standouts included a pale lavender dress with asymmetrical buttons cutting across the chest and a yellow frock boasting a matchstick print. And then there was this happy, sweet slip of a dress splashed with small pink and black geometrics on a seafoam background. The dress was an ode to a quote about Spade: “She left a little sparkle everywhere she went.”
Speaking of sparkle, to compliment these shiny Spring/Summer offerings, check out a new makeup line, Eiluj Beauty. Its creator, Julie Cuomo, has named the line after her – only spelled backwards. Nothing backward about these modern colors, however…..think Ready, Set, GLOW! Julie’s recommendation for this season is “Go Bold!” and many of her products impart a soft, shimmery effect – a sun-kissed glow that is so right for right now!
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Barbara Barton Sloane, is a well respected publicist, the Yonkers Tribune Travel Editor, and the Yonkers Tribune Fashion Editor. She is constantly globe-hopping to share her unique experiences, from the exotic to the sublime, with our readers. She keeps us informed, as well, on the capricious and engaging fashion and beauty scene, and eloquently gives notice to various establishments throughout Westchester County and neighboring communities