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Spring 2012 Must Have Colors – Runway to Real Way

Now that we’re in the swing of spring, we’ve covered the must have pieces, the must have prints, and now it is time to dive into color.  And for spring it is diverse and fabulous.  The colors go two ways: dark and moody and light and sunny.

Chambray Wishes: While this is technically a fabric, the color appeared multiple times throughout the runway shows.  The look is sun washed, casual and in these applications a bit worn in, for an easy, breezy spring.

Chambray Wishes Real Way:Shop: Sweater, Top, Blouse, Short, Pant, Short, Oxfords, Ballets, Hat, Belt

Yellow + Gray:  The yellow this season is a softened lemon or saturated gold, and richer than previous seasons neon.  The yellows are contrasted with washed out grays, charcoals and black.

Yellow + Gray Real Way:
Shop: Dress, Henley, Dress, Bangles, Maxi, Sandal, Wedge, Earring

Sorbet Ice: The spring runway was also print filled and so the assortment of sorbet colored pieces was a palette cleanser.  The freshness of color was light, clean and icy bright, without ever feeling cold or sterile. 

Sorbet Ice Real Way:Shop: Dress, Jacket, Dress, Lip, Short, Wedge, Clutch, Sandal, Nail

Greige Goddess: This is more of a muted combination of colors, but the Greige Goddess look was in full effect on the Spring runways.  Featuring gathered and draped fabric, gentle sheen, and the muted tones of beige with hints of metallic woven through.

Greige Goddess Real Way:Shop: Dress, Dress, Top, Bangle, Sandal, Pant

Which trend are you most excited about?  Which have you tried so far?  Tell me in the comments!

Spring 2012 Must Have Prints – Runway to Real Way

In addition to id’ing the must have pieces for spring 2012, I’ve also picked up on some have prints.  The idea is to be inspired  by the designer’s dossier that danced down the runway – and  not to mimic it exactly.  You can pick up a tribal element here and a floral piece there to achieve spring trend balance, not abundance.

Make the Cut Runway: Not technically a “print” this trend appeared on a variety of runways and each application the specific fabric details catch your eye like a print would.  This trend can be playful, sophisticated and full on bombshell interpretation.

Make the Cut Real Way:Shop: Strapless, Strappy, Lip, Gown, Sandal, Clutch


Garden Party Runway:For certain there were runway looks with soft petals, and sweet posies, but these styles feature flowers that could not be confused with shrinking violets.  The color is bold, cheerful elevates the sweet flower beyond the Easter Egg roll.

Garden Party Real Way:Shop: Blouse, Cami, Dress, Short, Skirt, Bangle, Pump

Tribe Leader Runway: The look for the safari chic, and tribal inspired runways was not fashionable tourist on safari, it was Queen of the Jungle, and Leader of the Pack. 

Tribe Leader Real Way:Shop: Sweater, Dress, Wrap, Short, Sandal, Necklace, Pump

Which print trends are you most excited to translate from the runway to real way?  Tell me in the comments!

Spring 2012 Must Have Pieces – Runway to Real Way

Last fall, after scouring the runways, I identified the must have pieces for spring 2012.  Several months later it is time to shop… And we will shop, but with purpose and with key trends in mind and clever ways to take them from the runway to real life.

Gym Class Hero Runway: If this is the trend for you keep it streamlined and focus on details: an unexpected hoodie, zipper details, jersey and nylon fabrics, and racerback tops.

Gym Class Hero Real Way:Shop: Jacket, Dress, Vest, Sandals, Bag, Wedge, Skirt, Shorts, Tank, Bracelets, Buds, Bag

Trail Blazer Runway:It is completely over sized, has masculine structuring and detailing, and reminds me of the look when a dad offers his suit jacket to his daughter to keep her warm.

Trail Blazer Real Way:Shop: Dress, Blue, Black, White, Espadrille, Tunic, Short, Sunglasses, Belt, Hat

Jumpsuit Fever Runway: Highly reminiscent of the 1970′s, but with a twist from an earlier era of the 1920′s,  the standard jumpsuit looks more polished in flowing silks, deep deco necklines, slim waists and wide legs.

Jumpsuit Fever Real Way:Shop: Black, Floral, Cobalt, Headband, Belt, Earrings

1920’s Nightgown Runway: This look features perfect knife pleating, sheer panels, soft whispers of color, flowing chiffon, delicate beading.  The look is delicate, refined and secretly an alluring throw back to the 1920′s bedroom dressing.

1920’s Nightgown Real Way:Shop: Blouse, Dress, T-Strap, Dress, Cardigan, Short, Slip, Earring

Modern Marilyn Runway: The halter, the open back, bare arms, plunging neckline are made modern by new silhouettes and fresh detailing at the waist.

Modern Marilyn Runway Real Way: Shop: Blouse, Dress, Dress, Jacket, Denim, Espadrille, Earrings, Skirt, Clutch
Lady Who Lunches Runway: The Spring 2012 look has taken the ladylike suit, all prim and proper and made it pop.  In these styles it doesn’t feel costume  and it is not primed for next season’s Mad Men, it feels fresh.  The slim silhouettes, the modern details, the bold colors, all fabulous.  And for the lady who lunches, this look is all business.Lady Who Lunches Real Way:Shop: Jacket, Glove, Blouse, Dress, Short, Earring, Captoe, Skirt
Simply Bold Runway: It’s not going to be easy to wear, and rarely will you have an occasion for a large shimmering tent of a ballgown skirt, but it should make you consider the concept of a simple top paired with a dramatic bottom for spring, or all year long.Simply Bold Real Way:Shop: Tie Tee, Heathered Tee, Sweater, Print Skirt, Geometric Skirt, Glitter Skirt

Which piece trends are you most excited to translate from the runway to real way?  Tell me in the comments!