Style: Spring into Style

by Emily Heitmann

From muted palettes and artisan details to vibrant fabrics and fun silhouettes, the latest designer offerings are a great fit for any wardrobe.

Business Fabulous

As some of us make our way back into the office, our workwear may need a little refresh. This spring, designers put their own spin on suits — including swapping pants for shorts and employing unique textiles. Oscar de la Renta’s Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia devised a roomy number in a cheery magnolia print. Jason Wu partnered with fabric artist Cara Marie Piazza to develop a blurry print by applying color with a sponge onto soft, washed fabrics. “I create clothes for women who are not only fiercely fashionable, but also own their power and femininity,” Wu explains on his website. With options like these, you may never want to wear those stuffy black suits again.

The Over/Under

Californians trying to breeze through those windy spring and summer nights love it when designers add layering options. Longchamp Creative Director Sophie Delafontaine opted for light and airy by cinching a cheeky cotton pullover with its horse logo over a striking floral dress. For a little polish, go monochromatic with this Dorothee Schumacher look in head-to-toe emerald green. Added bonus: The puffer jacket comes in a variety of colors and is both water-repellent and reversible.

A Vision in White (and Cream)

Every spring, models in head-to-toe white float down the runway. But this season, designers decided to add a bit of cream to the mix. Sportmax veered casual with a white tank and ribbed-knit jumpsuit. Tod’s Creative Director Walter Chiapponi designed a magnitude of well-tailored pieces in neutral shades, which in turn simplify ensemble options for the guys in our lives.

Puffed Up

It’s an exciting season when playful puffs pop up in collections — they’re eye-catching, as well as a flattering cut for all ages and sizes. Parisian designer Lutz Huelle went edgy with silk taffeta puffball hems in bubblegum pink and jet black. Meanwhile, Molly Goddard revisited her beloved childhood looks with layers of yellow tulle in an ethereal creation with puff sleeves. However you choose to don the trend, accentuate the added fabric by pairing it with a slim counterpart.

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