Three Spring Trends (cool, wearable)

Here’s a curated list of three cool, user-friendly trends we love from Spring 2019 and a little related discussion.

1. Layered Neutrals Tisci’s Burberry re-brand is credited for the easiest, most elegant trend of the season. If you do one thing this spring get a classic trench and layer it over everything. Alternately try a nude statement shoe, a pair of tan-framed sunglasses, a light brown belt…

Burberry via Harper’s Bazaar.

Burberry via Harper’s Bazaar.

Gabriela Hearst via Harper’s Bazaar.

Gabriela Hearst via Harper’s Bazaar.

Jil Sander via Harper’s Bazaar.

Jil Sander via Harper’s Bazaar.

2. Tie-Dye/Surfer Girl Dig into this iconic, accessible trend by way of tie dye, surfer, or neon tee shirts; a Drug Rug; or a pair of Havianas.

Tie Dye at Taco Rabanne; via Harper’s Bazaar.

Tie Dye at Taco Rabanne; via Harper’s Bazaar.

Surfer Girl Chic at Michael Kors; image via Harper’s Bazaar.

Surfer Girl Chic at Michael Kors; image via Harper’s Bazaar.

Tie Dye and cutoffs at R13; image via Harper’s Bazaar.

Tie Dye and cutoffs at R13; image via Harper’s Bazaar.

3. Vintage Scarf Prints No longer the exclusive territory of Ladies Who Lunch, 70’s inspired vintage scarf prints showed strongly at Chloe, Etro, and Balenciaga. I think the best way to wear this trend is with actual vintage scarves tied to your handbag, your wrist, in your hair, as a belt…around your neck (!)

Vintage Scarf Print at Monse; image via Harper’s Bazaar.

Vintage Scarf Print at Monse; image via Harper’s Bazaar.

Etro runway; image via Harper’s Bazaar.

Etro runway; image via Harper’s Bazaar.

Vintage Scarf Prints at Balenciaga; image via Harper’s Bazaar.

Vintage Scarf Prints at Balenciaga; image via Harper’s Bazaar.

Other notable trends crochet, babydoll dresses, platform sandals, 80’s denim, polka dots, anything yellow, biker shorts

Bike shorts at Fendi; image via Harper’s Bazaar.

Bike shorts at Fendi; image via Harper’s Bazaar.

Still relevant 90’s styles, bag straps, dad shoes, chokers, utility wear, small, and layered gold jewelry, hoop earrings

Utility look at Loewe; image via Harper’s Bazaar.

Utility look at Loewe; image via Harper’s Bazaar.

TO DO

 -Explore the three trends above and find things that fit you and your life. Invest in some key pieces (shop your closet and dry clean/repair things as needed, then shop strategically keeping cost per wear concept in mind). Make yourself wear these things once a week. At least. See how it goes, you stylish minx…

-Pair trends with updated basics

denim high waisted, Levis 501’s, mom jeans, 80’s styles

tee shirts/tanks Hane’s 3-Packs are model off-duty staples for good reason 

shoes dad shoes, birkenstocks, sdlides, Havianas, 90’s styles

sunnies: aviators, 90’s styles

XOXO,

LUCIANN

FOUR BLACK WOMEN DESIGNERS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Fashion design is not known for inclusivity: it takes phenomenal talent and tenacity to excel in a world defined by European standards. Today, we recognize four black women designers whose phenomenal work champions diverse standards of beauty and challenges the status quo:  

Tracey Reese in a tee shirt with Angela Davis quote. Image: Anna Webber

Tracey Reese in a tee shirt with Angela Davis quote. Image: Anna Webber

Tracey Reese grew up making clothes alongside her mother on their matching sewing machines in Detroit. A Parsons and Perry Ellis alum, her namesake line is vintage-inspired, ultra-feminine, and has a cult following that includes Michelle Obama and Halle Berry.

Michelle Ochs and Carly Cushnie of Cushnie et Ochs. Image: Stylebistro

Michelle Ochs and Carly Cushnie of Cushnie et Ochs. Image: Stylebistro

Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs launched Cushnie et Ochs after graduating Parsons in 2008. Focused on clean lines and the perfect fit, Cushnie et Ochs has a reputation for design that juxtaposes sensuality and sophistication: Adriana Lima, Kerry Washington, Olivia Wilde, and Eva Longoria are devoted fans. NOTE: the pair recently split professionally, Ms. Cushnie remains at the line.

Aurora James in Africa. Image: aurorajames.com

Aurora James in Africa. Image: aurorajames.com

Toronto native and New York City transplant Aurora James is Creative Director for Brother Vellies. She has two goals for the line: to introduce the rest of the world to her favorite traditional African footwear, and to create sustainable work for artisans in South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Morocco. A member of CFDA since 2016, Ms. James won the coveted 2015 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.

XOXO,

LUCIANN

PS: You can shop many of these designers -and other lines that represent diverse talent- at Common Threads Boulder and Denver.