Spring into action..with these powerful looks

Spring Fashion

‘70s SOPHISTICATION

Spring Fashion

The ritz and glam of Studio 54 is coming back into style with a bang. Think Bianca Jagger, sashaying into the club in a Halston frock that shimmers with the light and clings to her frame. For fabrics, try things with a glimmering sheen or with maximum draping potential like satin and silk. During the daylight hours, opt for high-waisted, wide-leg trousers paired with a bow-tie blouse. This look will make you exude confidence and authority. For night, drama is everything. We’re talkin’ high slits and plunging necklines. However, be moderate: Only show off enough skin to look sultry and sensual.

And, most importantly, don’t forget to don a pair of staggeringly high heels that elevate you above the Earth.

FEMININE TOUCH

Spring Fashion

As the weather gets warmer designers are urging you to unleash your inner coquette. The flower child of 2011 isn’t the same as the bohemian hippie of yesteryear. This trend is all about exposing the delicacy and intricacies of great materials — lace, eyelet, crochet and macrame (created by knotting fabric). The key thing to remember is that this look is about romance, like a Rococo painting, not suggestive, like Little Bo Peep. Keep it subtle to avoid going overboard.

PRIM & PROPER

Spring Fashion

Having a ‘60s fashion revival is always a safe bet during spring. Waist-cinching silhouettes are an absolute must. Luckily, this cut is flattering on shapely, hourglass figures. Go for collared shirts and pair them with capris and a light tweed jacket. If you’re feeling daring, try a pair of bloomers. The most vital aspect of this classic look is choosing luxurious fabrics; make sure to buy brocades and chiffons. And although we prefer pastels for spring, don’t be afraid to try a brighter hue.

BOLD PRINT

Spring Fashion

This spring transition the black out of your winter wardrobe and bring back the bright, punchy colors. From geometric to oriental to chevron stripes designers displayed a full range of prints. Although we didn’t notice a consistent pattern in this year’s fashion trend, one thing is for sure: you need to inject your life with some color! Take a cue from Lela Rose; begin with your winter neutrals and gradually add pops of color with candy colored accessories.

designer focus: Zang Toi

For S/S ‘11, designers harkened back to old cowboy days, showing looks replete with longhorn motifs on silver belt buckles and tasseled bolo ties.

Spring FashionAlthough Ralph Lauren garnered a lot of media attention for his “ranch chic” collection, Malaysia-born designer Zang Toi showcased an equally impressive collection.

Models strutted down the runway with their eyes obscured by their cowboy hats and the outfits transitioned from masculine to feminine, like one woman playing the roles of both the male and female protagonists in a Larry McMurtry novel. A monochromatic palette of separates shifted to swishing A-line skirts and dresses replete with floral patterns and rosettes. The collection shows the duality of a true Texas woman capable of embodying dual gender roles.

Toi is definitely a designer we’re watching closely.