A spectacular season for fashion
WomenswearFashionistas gave Coastal Life a trend tutorial during the Michael Kors Fall 2012 Collection trunk show at Marissa Collections on Third Street South in Old Naples. The shop that Town Country magazine calls a “staggeringly stylish boutique” with “signature nuanced styling” carries the clothes created by high fashion runway designers.
Clothesracks showcase the names of Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa, Valentino, Lanvin, Hermes, Donna Karan, Alexander McQueen, Brunello Cucinelli and dozens more even an amateur fashion follower would recognize.
Lauren Wilson, assistant buyer for Marissa Collections, wore a spotty Michael Kors dress as she explained what’s hip for now, soon and later.
“This is leopard,” she said, pointing to the top of her dress and then down. “Then ocelot and tiger. It’s fun.”
Wilson said Kors took a trip to Africa and brought back a love of tie dye, burnt sienna and amber colors, safari styles, striped and dotted furs and python skins for summer.
cheap michael kors
“I always think animal prints are flattering for some reason,” said Joan Hilferty, visiting from Philadelphia. “It looks great on everyone.”
Professional model Eva Udon paraded the boutique in a Kors zebra pencil skirt at midi length with a safari inspired button down blouse in ivory, a look combining professionalism, fun and a taste of tropical heat.
“I think women of any age could wear this,” Udon said.
Her stylists accessorized one of her outfits with Luna’s Lucifer vir Hornestus line of rose gold jewelry. Luna is the first medieval jewelry designer on record in Milan, Wilson said.
“It’s very edgy and fun,” she said.
Accessories are extremely important, said Marissa Collections store manager Maryann Scandiffio.
“Lately, ladies will buy a basic outfit and make their accessories really stand out,” Scandiffio said. “If they’re a banker or executive, through their jewelry and shoes they ca cheap michael kors n show their panache.”
Trendsetters are throwing a lot of standby rules out the window. Mixing metals is not a faux pas; it’s encouraged. LBD cheap michael kors no longer stands for Little Black Dress; it’s the Little Bright Dress.
High voltage hues are everywhere: in skinny jeans and slim trousers, dresses, purses, shoes, belts and nail polish. Tangerine is making a splash in tops, purses and shoes.
If you can’t bear to wear traffic stopping color, pick among a palette of soft pastels. Powdery blue, mint green and lilac suit the feminine fashions, old school style. Try a pastel pleated skirt, jean or gingham shirt.
“I love all the colors,” said Karen Krigstein as she shopped at Marissa Collections. “I’m tired of all neutrals.”
Cinch the waist with three thin, bright belts to emphasize your womanly shape, slip into some platform heels or multimedia wedges and you’ve got yourself an in season silhouette.
Spice up a sensible, solid colored wardrobe with prints that are going global, especially African tribal and South American ikat, according to Saks Fifth Avenue’s style catalogs. Color blocking is still all the rage, but in new ways, combining icy pastels, loud brights and reptilian skins not just on clothes, but in purses and shoes.
Women can accessorize with lightweight scarves tied in ladylike bows and knots, circa 1950s. If the flirty, ultra feminine look isn’t your style, cheap michael kors designers are incorporating sportswear fabrics and cuts in dressier ways, and the more androgynous 1920s flapper, Art Deco feel.
Opposites attract in fashion, too.
“Rich herringbones and tweeds: Michael was all about rugged elegance on the runway,” said Keira Mahoney, a Michael Kors representative and account manager for his Ready to Wear collection. “He has a love affair with lace of course. Big trend of course, in evening wear.”
Mahoney held up a bone colored, baggy fisherman’s sweater and grounded it with a golden lace skirt. “It’s a juxtaposition of country life and elegance. They kind of play together,” she said.
To highlight a woman’s assets yet leave something to the imagination, designers are defining the waist, adding full skirts and using abstract and painterly florals.
Swathed in python skin or color blocking or both envelope purses continue to trend for ladylike handbags, yet Michael Kors came out with a black doctor’s bag for fall, and Alexander McQueen’s line includes gorgeous hard boxed bags with embroidery. Some call them works of art.
“I think women are looking for very special bags, not plain ones. One that’s an eye grabber,” Wilson said.
MenswearIn a similar vein, menswear is seeing a resurgence in all things gentlemanly, with top tailoring, dapper duffel bags and wide brimmed hats.