Caught in the thrall of a freezing northeast winter, there are few concepts as warming to the heart as dreaming and wishing for the swift advent of Spring. With the anticipation of shedding heavy, dark and figure-distorting winter garb and swathing oneself in fresh, new, on-trend colors and designs, we can enter Spring at least virtually.
The Pantone Color Institute of New York forecasts, among other trends, colors and designs for each season. Its Spring Color Report for 2013 highlights a range of colors it calls the “Novel Neutrals.” The director, Leatrice Eiseman, explains that just as life is a constant endeavor to achieve balance, in our work, diet, exercise and recreation, this palette of neutral shades provides balance with lights and brights. Although it is unusual to think of colors as anything other than self-expression, this palette of colors actually works.
- Dusk and Monaco blue
- Three shades of green: grayed jade, emerald and tender shoots
- Nude-like linen that complements every shade of complexion; African violet, nectarine, poppy red and zesty lemon
- All colors found in nature, offering contrasts of bold exuberance, warmth, calm serenity and the burgeoning of new life
These colors figure prominently in the runway fashion shows for spring, as well as the trends predicted for street fashion. Iconic designers and couturiers like Nicole Miller, David Meister, Tadashi Shoji, Nanette Lapor, Herve Leger and BCBG all feature these colors in their Spring 2013 collections.
Street fashion gurus mandate that Spring/Summer 2013 will see florals reinvented in digitized print versions. White will be visible in many ways from head-gear to foot-wear. Sweat chic (branded sweatshirts and sweaters paired with skirts and trousers of various designs) will be seen everywhere. Moto (motor-cycle garb) leather will accompany the re-emergence of the ultimate “hero graphic” – stripes.
Connecticut, with its proximity to New York and its fashion scene, is not far behind in following the trends. We spoke to a fashion-forward boutique owner, Kimberly Mattson Moster, who brings big city looks to her customers.
968 Farmington Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06107
71 Whitfield St.
Guilford, CT 06437
Kimberly Boutique offers a fusion of high-end products and impeccable customer service creating a unique retail experience. Each customer’s individuality is celebrated in the offerings of clothes, accessories, jewelry, shoes and bags. Unique, original and hand-made selections include lines from Alexis Bittar, Lilla P, BCBG, Joes Jeans, Beth Bowley, Sondra Roberts, ECRU, Yoana Baraschi, French Connection, Frye and James Jeans.
The shop’s philosophy is that with the right selection, expertise and attitude, every woman can look and feel gorgeous. Leveraging her experiences at Barneys New York, Club Monaco, Anne Fontaine and Reem Accra, Kimberly is the right source to glean advance fashion tips. Here are her absolute favorite trends for Spring 2013:
- The patterned pant, in all shapes from slim fitting cotton crop to full leg silk
- Digital prints from the “tech” world, creating landscape and floral images on dresses and tops
- Effortlessly casual white shirts in the softest of cottons
- Blazing hues of orange to contrast with fashion-favorite neutrals
- Blouses in fluid, drapey, sexier styles worn untucked