Monday, October 1, 2012

Spring round-up

I know it’s busy at work when the poor old blog is neglected for close to two months. Sorry folks.

I know I’m busy and stressed at work when my fingernails have taken the hit for that same period of time. Stress means an OCD focus on chipped nail polish, leaving bare fingertips open to the wrath of my nail-biting ways. That in turn makes them undesirable to paint. It’s a vicious and treacherous cycle to fall into.

Usually I right it within a couple of weeks, but the stresses of sickness and a new high-intensity job left me with very little energy to put into nail paining. Or blogging for that matter.

So what’s been happening in the fashion world while this little writer hasn’t been clocking in? I still notice the goings on, but unfortunately hadn’t had the strength to put pen to paper. Or chewed-down nails to keyboard, if you will.

Let’s take a look what happened as winter rolled on into spring.

The neon fascination continues, and now has reached our tippy toes. Neon sneakers, flats, and heels (! How sophisticated…) can be found in a shoe store near you. My advice? Anyone outside of high school years should leave this one behind. A pop of neon can accentuate an LBD and electrify an otherwise boring outfit. That’s a pop, not a bomb-blast.

Up in Hollywoodland, the capped pump took the red carpet by storm. Now there’s where you could inject a shot of neon and get away with it. I’ve never been a fan of pointy pumps, but I like this particular trend. The small cap takes away that elongated witches feet look that turns me off pointy shoes. I know it’s autumn in the northern hemisphere where this trend took off, but it’s been a quick starter in the fast fashion stakes and I know we’ll see it here soon enough. My worry lies with the ones that are encased with clear PVC. This makes the cap effect even cooler, but as spring heats up down under keep an eye out for condensation from sweaty feet. Ewww!

Also in shoes, a regenerated platform sneaker has worked itself into fashion once again. Gone are the giant Spice Girl variety, for a slimmed down, more palatable version. Although I won’t be investing for this here-today-gone-tomorrow trend, I can at least give kudos to the revamped style – if you’re going to rehash a trend, at least make them better than the last round.

Spring always sees a return to candy colours and this year will be no different. Bright pastels are already front and centre in window displays, infiltrating everything from jeans to blouses to the smallest accessory. Mix and match for a cotton-candy colour block that sends the winter blues packing.

Ever taken a Rorschach test? That’s the inkblot test for those who don’t have Google in their lives! Well soon you’ll be able to do it every day as mirrored print dresses take to the streets. Patterns are everywhere this year but I especially like the symmetry of the inkblot-style designs. For some amazing symmetrical patterned dresses available in NZ, check out the Alice McCall Spring/Summer 2012/13 campaign. I DIE for the Bernstein Maxi!

Still maintaining popularity is patterned trousers, moving towards bright florals over white as we move into the warmer months. Although I’m not a huge fan of patterned materials (the above, and spots, stripes and stars excluded!) I am liking the move towards light and loose (er) pants for that not-quite-hot-enough Wellington spring. These can be easily styled with a simple top, braided belt, and sun-smart hat for a carefree cool spring look.
My wardrobe staple for any season is a perfectly fitted pair of dress shorts. This season’s shorts mix up biker chic with luxurious glam, with an amazing array of leather shorts in unexpected colours (as well as must-have black). Real leather is surprisingly cool, and unlike synthetic lookalikes, won’t stick to your thighs in the summer sun. Pair with a breezy chiffon or lacy blouse to even out the look.

And finally, the embellishment of the moment that you’ll find on everything from shoes, to bracelets, to jackets and shorts, right up to crown-like headbands, is studs. Studs and spikes are punking up the beigest of fashions. Lucky for the trend-cautious and money-conscious, this is one trend that you can DIY. How often can you say that?! Instantly update your outfits with heavy metal details and a whole lotta attitude – just try not to puncture your friends in the throes of a dance-off.

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