If there was one color that rose to the top, it was blue with watery shades being bigger than ever this season. Rachel Zoe offered a chic T-shirt dress in pale aqua, while Custo paired a pale blue top with bright summery pastel shorts. Nanette Lepore’s acquamarine bias cut silk dress made us swoon. Consumers are looking for a safe, thoughtful, emotional and artistic equilibrium. “Placid blue or ice blue like a picture perfect tranquil and reassuring sky, induces a state of peaceful calmness,” states Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. Blue looks crisp when paired with white or other pastels, BCBG, Lela Rose and DKNY hit all the right notes. A powder blue skirt at Jenny Packham looks divine paired with yellow. While Tracy Reese’ short black skirt paired with an embellished jacket takes you from the office or a night out on the town.
More hippie than hipster, maxi-lengths make a return to the catwalk as designers opted for feminine, figure skimming silhouettes edged with sculptural flounces. Jenny Packham, Charlotte Ronson and Badgley Mischka offer some of the best examples, for a look that is relaxed and comfortable without being frumpy. Ankle grazing prints in silk at Mara Hoffman had a tribal feel, while Custo Barcelona offered the perfect beach cover up. This flattering length serves to bring back to the fore the female allure of being a woman as seen at J. Mendel, Threeasfour and Calvin Klein. Look for whimsical pieces that go beyond the fail safe knee length when you really want a fun piece that breaks all the rules.
For spring the trousers are soft and billowing with fabric flowing around the legs in lighter than air fabrics as seen at Michael Kors, Vera Wang, Proenza Schouler, Timo Weiland, Edun and Zimmerman. And no one did them better than Olivier Theyskens. One such ensemble, a black napa leather tee with rounded shoulders over skinny long shorts, was hardly obscured by the wispy black chiffon trousers that separated above the knee into fluttering diaphanous panels as the model walked down the catwalk. Sheer styles were all over the New York runways, but it was the floaty, lightweight organza and silk trousers that left us wanting more at Badgley Mischka. The delicate fabrics create an effortless, elegance that is absolutely bewitching to watch.