Fashion of Seasons Past

As the clock moves forward, fashion takes a step back–in time, that is. Spring’s hottest trends feature drop waist dresses inspired by the roaring 20s, cat-eye glasses from the 60s, Bauhaus school principles and floral patterns once found on our mother’s tablecloths. Instead of looking back with horror at all the wacky fads of the past, designers host yesterday’s trends as today’s muse to create fun, bright, change-it-up fashion.

Pretty Pastels 

3.1 Phillip Lim

If there’s one tradition spring brings annually, it’s the broad spectrum of pastels. Pale pink, mint green, lavender and muted blue tops, pants and nails are going to be a hit this season. Make it fun by mixing colors; pair a mint flowy top with pink skinny jeans or carry around a baby blue tote. And remember, all press is good press.

Swingin’ 60s

Karen Walker

If there’s one decade to flaunt this season, it’s the sixties. Prime time shows like Mad Men and Pan Am have inspired the runway with high-waisted pencil skirts, scarves, cat-eye glasses and cropped tops. Whether you are the Peggy Olson type (conservative blouse and skirt), or a hippie at heart (head bands and round sunglasses), there is a 60s look suitable for everyone.

Fitted Florals

J. Crew

A little bit of flower power can never hurt anyone, especially when trying to feminize a look. If you’re thinking about your mother’s floral tablecloth–think again. Skinny pants, blazers and fitted dresses support the floral trend. The result is not only bright and cheery but also sexy and feminine.

Going Gatsby

Biba

Almost an entire century has passed, yet fashion has come full circle. The 1920s are back, without prohibition and–we hope–without the Great Depression. With a remake of The Great Gatsby motion picture coming out Christmas 2012 starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire, buzz about the 1920s have spread and fallen into the hands of today’s top designers. Drop-waist dresses, burgundy-stained lips, ready-to-wear turbans and sequins galore are seeing a comeback.

Bauhaus Brigade

Giuseppe Zanotti

The clean, precise angular Bauhaus look is not only applied to buildings and design–fashion has encapsulated the trend in a big way. To achieve this look, layer solid colors; try a black pant with a yellow turtleneck and red sweater over, or wear a dress that sports color blocks. This look not only slims you down, it glams you up for a perfect transitional day to night look.

**Article to be seen in Spring/Summer issue of Emique Magazine http://www.emiquemagazine.com.

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