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Amid the dreary landscape of white snow, slush and ice, fashionistas everywhere are quaking in their superb stilettos, and running to their local cobblers due to the recent onslaught of wet, cold weather. But never fear, spring is just around the bend, and as the temperatures climb, so will the hemlines. It’s been a brutal winter, and we are definitely looking forward to spring, and all the spring style of 2015.
With the change in climate, comes a change in fashion.
This year, designers are stitching optimism into their collective creases and pleats, reminiscent of bygone eras. Bright, bold patterns are teeming with the romanticism and capriciousness of the seventies, and designers are leading the charge into new interpretations of old favorites.
Gauzy fabrics, eclectic prints, and wistful splashes of chiffon have made their way into spring style.
Mod dresses are all the rage, with designers like Saint Laurent and House of Holland giving nods to the leg baring dresses of yore, and liberating comely calves with their trendy translation of flower power. Meanwhile, Valentino graced the catwalk in wispy, airy ankle length maxi dresses in soft, dreamy colors like white, powder blue, and sea-foam green.
Style mavens may be pushing the stiletto aside this season as designers put nostalgic trends on display along with ankle straps, t-straps and buckles. Yes, fashionistas, the chunky heel is back! Seventies inspired footwear has come into play with designers like Prada stepping into spring style with clog style shoes and platforms.Also popular this spring is the gladiator sandal, with its strappy lacing. The Grecian is sure to be paired with many of the more romantic designs of the season.
The infamous “flatform,” has been making a silent comeback for this year’s spring style, and though fashion stylists haven’t been vocal about its return, it is has indeed been spotted on the runways. Fashionistas engrossed with the leg lengthening power of the slim heel, may have a bit of a problem rocking this latest edition. However, the slim heel minus the platform that has been popular these last few years, has also made an appearance, with its sharp elegance, (a la Sex in the City). Design upstarts like Misha Nonoo and Prabal Gurung, and powerhouse Oscar de La Renta harken back to a time of a simpler, sexier heel.
Footwear is a well-rounded affair however, with even the likes of the comfy sneaker (or “trainer” if you’re from across the pond) getting a dashing upgrade and making an appearance on runways as well. Colorful sneakers were paired with fashions from the likes of Burberry Prorsum and DKNY, who accentuated lively prints and vivacious mosaics with platform sneakers and flats.
Designer Erdem Moralioglu incorporated the whimsy of an earthy vintage seventies look into his spring style with his nod to the jungle, using palm tree stitching and prints. It was evocative of something a bit rougher, wilder, and less composed than the designs of his peers. His incorporation of peplum and a streamlined silhouette was a subtle use of the forties mystique, a dash of drama with the inclusion of feathers, and futuristic minimalism paired with fifties style swing skirts.
With such a range of styles for this upcoming season, it is shaping up to be a very interesting spring in the fashion world. Fashionistas are urged to take risks, throw caution to the wind, and wear what feels comfortable and engaging. That’s it for now dahlings! Now that you’ve been primed for Spring Style 2015, go forth and be fashionable!