So many trends, so little space in the closet. This is our second and concluding look at the designer collection trends we would most like to steal off the runway and how we would translate them to the street. Here’s our take on interpreting the spring and summer high-fashion trends we saw on the runways last September.
Bell Sleeves. This year’s brand new silhouette showed up on the runways in large, dramatic form both angular and billowy. Off the runway and in the stores, the look is toned down but still fresh and innovative. Urban Outfitters offers bell sleeves in the boho festival spirit with an Ecote daisy-embroidered mesh bell-sleeve top. Plan to wear your prettiest bra top with this boat-neck crop top priced at $49. The favorite dress at Urban Outfitters is the $69 Sascha Bell Sleeve Dress in an allover print in silky rayon that shows off bell sleeves along with a back tie closure.
Fringe. Fringe was the accent of choice in the collections of Diane von Furstenberg, Boss, Anna Sui and Prabal Gurung. It is particularly well suited to emphasize your festival look. The Fringe Suede Vest for $59.90 at Forever21 is made from genuine suede and accented with braided trim. Anthropologie’s fringed pencil skirt comes from the VOZ luxury label and evokes ancient cultures. The price for the handwoven wool skirt with silk lining is $399.95.
The Flat Mule. The trend in shoes continued strong at Alexander Wang, Edun and Victoria Beckham. Find your own leather mule at Madewell for $108 in an easy slip-on that goes from day to night with a side step to the office. The J. Crew velvet mule is handcrafted exclusively for the store by Stubbs & Wootton artisans in La Mancha, Spain in a quirky styling that you can wear with everything. These are on sale now for $289.99 reduced from $450.00
Supersized Blown Out Plaid. Gigantic plaids are an easy trend for most of us to wear. Forever21 does one in a classic buffalo plaid flannel shirt cut from the softest brushed cotton. The price is $19.90. The Anthropologie take on big plaid is a $138 tunic dress by Cloth & Stone with pullover styling and three-quarter sleeves.
Marled Knits. Temperatures are cool enough in spring that marled knits still make sense. The Nordstrom tube skirt is ribbed and just the right length for a midi length pencil skirt. The price is $38. And a featherweight, salt-and-pepper marled knit split-back tank by rag & bone costs $118.
Slouchy White Shirt. The 3.1 Phillip Lim collection loved this trend and took it up several notches with a souped up white shirt. This long-sleeve cotton side-slit blouse at Neiman Marcus carries a price tag of $375. A $75 oversized boyshirt in pure white is available at Madewell, and a $33.50 reduced from $48 version of the oversized boyfriend shirt with curved hem is offered by ASOS.