Big, bold, beautiful spring! You are a warm welcome crossing over from winter. Beginning with the spectacular color palette. As indicted back in September, orange (Tangerine Tango to be exact) is the number one color for spring, not to mention the color of the year. Second in line of popularity is citron. And how wonderful that they look amazing paired together. However, don’t stop there with the mixing. Nanette Lepore even adds hot pink to tangerine and citron. The color combos are endless.

On the softer side, pastels make a come back. Worn head-to-toe or in combination with a more vivid color, these muted colors can be delightfully demure. Add that to the many themes of the season — sporty, tribal, flower power — for true self expression!

The shapes of the season range from structured with relaxed elements to fluid, bi-level cuts and from peplum detailing on top or bottom to drop waist. And don’t forget those sweet shorts! As for spring fabrics, the luxeness we saw this past fall continues with amazing lace, crochet, ribbon cut and applique detailing. Sheer fabrics make an even bigger statement this spring with a few ‘don’t try this at home’ numbers. While some sheers are worn tastefully with a nude bra (top) or leggings (skirt), be careful not to over-expose yourself. The sheerest of sheer garments beg to be layered upon. Speaking of exposure, you will see a little midsection show offs this season. I say, if you’ve got it, flaunt it (within the appropriate setting, or course)!

Fantastical prints carry over from fall into spring with a twist. Expect to see abstracts, bird motifs, florals (soft and loud), and, of course, stripes. If you didn’t catch the pattern bug this past fall, then it’s time to get on board! Patterns can be worn by all, within scale. If you are unsure of the scale most suitable for you, let’s chat.

Hem lengths go every which way from floor length (divine) to below-the-knee (not so flattering) and from bi-level (super fun) to short short. There is plenty of room to express yourself this season. However, always keep visual balance in mind.

Accessories are fun, no matter the season. And this spring, tribal influences take over in just about every capacity! In addition, you will find lucite and silver to be the main focus in accessories with supporting, but contradicting, attributes of lady chic and the mega-sized. Handbags are a bit more structured with added hardware from oversized short-handled clutches to buckle mania satchels and totes. Jewelry brings back trends from seasons past — stacked bangles, statement necklaces, enormous earrings and rings. And sunglasses go severely round.


Let’s not forget about easy breezy spring hair! This season, long or short takes on a fresh approach from the choppy bob to glistening locks and from faint waves to the any-which-way pony tail.


Okay, it’s playtime! Get into that closet of yours and get organized. The less overwhelmed it is, the more an outfit inspiration will come to you. Need a little motivation? Call me.

Designers featured above: Nanette Lepore, Cynthia Steffe, Christian Siriano, Reed Krakoff, Adam, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Marni, Bottega Veneta, Michael Kors, Proenza Schouler, and Valli.

There is always something exciting about a new season, and fall is no exception. From 'it' colors red and cornflower blue to a good representation of the color wheel (orange and citron being great accentuators), vibrancy mixes well with the big neutrals of the season, gray and camel. With showings of mod shapes, tart tartans, lady-like suits, menswear-inspired detailing, fantastical prints and color blocking, fall brings serious style.

While prints are always embraced no matter the season, it's fall that allows those of us with mostly solids in our closets to leave the excuses behind. There is no better time to try on a print or two. With the glorious colors of the season, no doubt you will find a fast favorite and fall madly in love. Polka dots, thanks to Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney, make a huge impact. Not a big fan? That's what tights are for! Speaking of, legs can express themselves easily this fall with amazing textures, patterns and colors to choose from in tights and socks (of all lengths).

Fabrics continue down the path of luxury, with leather and fur leading the pack. Items to pay close attention to —leather dresses and tops, in addition to fur embellished garments. Heavier weighted fabrics find their way into retailers for fall. However, your wardrobe should be partial to the climate in which you live.

With the longer hem lengths of the season, it's best to play it safe and stick close to the knee or go all the way to the floor. I adore floor length skirts and dresses. The styles and cuts this season are classic — less trend ... more of a timeless treasure. Dresses and skirts that fall 2 inches below the knee are only flattering on those who are slight of frame and have a height advantage. If you're tempted to try out this trend, do so with caution and be sure to create visual balance.

While on the subject of cuts, cropped toppers — as in sweaters, vests and jackets — are making an appearance, yet again. Think of it as adding a layer of attitude. However, look for pieces with clean lines that follow your natural silhouette. Layers are always welcome, season after season. From the new sweater coat to longer cardigans to high performance long-sleeve tees, keeping warm never looked so good. Simple basics that feel good against your skin always win out over complicated matter.

Outerwear becomes the investment piece of the season. Signature coats, trenches, ponchos, capes and furs will be attention grabbers this fall. It's all in the details. Texture, pattern, weight, color, piping and more make for a season of collectibles. While design and construction are especially noteworthy, stay away from outerwear that seems too of-the-moment. In addition, the boxy cuts that are back are not a surefire winner. In fact, if you have any curves at all, this style will do you no favors.


Accessories are noticeably bold this year. Jewelry runs the gamut from simple but grand to gold and glitzy. Shoes become more sensible in height with many an option, such as lady-like heels, fur embellished, wedge booties, riding boots, low-rise biker boots + sleek mid-calf boots, menswear-inspired heels + loafers and two-toned + color blocked footwear. Handbags go high brow, yet stay minimal with a bit more structure to them.

As for fall hair — bangs, bangs and more bangs! Anything low-key and easy, such as straight cut bangs with long slight waves. When in doubt, whip out a side swept braid. Nails go metalliceyes go dramatic and lips go matte.

Time to get excited about what this season has in store for you. And if you feel like your wardrobe could use a little hands-on attention this season, call me. Then, get your fall on!

Spring is all about the simple pleasures. Starting with the color palette. On the exotic side, the colors of the season offer an instant lift in spirit! Spring’s rainbow of delicious brights — honeysuckle, russet, coral rose, regatta, peapod, blue curacao, beeswax, lavender, silver peony and silver cloud — give way to mixing colors like never before. The color palette goes hand-in-hand with the underlying trend of minimalism. With color explosions like these, accessories take a back seat.


This season, we will play with a few themes — ethereal, 70s-inspired, preppy and relaxed resort. You will see an introduction of bi-level cuts in skirts and dresses, in addition to the trapezoid cut in tops and dresses. All to reinforce fluid movement. As such, layers will take on a fresh approach with fabric splicing.


Shorts from fall/winter will continue to play a role (lighter in fabric, of course) from denim to bright hues. Wide leg trousers are back. In addition, you will see longer hem lengths in skirts and dresses. While I love floor length hem lines, I am not a fan of the mid-calf hem length. This is one of those trends that makes me cringe (as it breaks so many rules in educating what serves our body shapes). For most of us, this hem length hits at the most unflattering part of our leg. So, please proceed with caution.

Fabrics get lighter and lighter into mega sheerness. There is nothing more feminine than sheer fabric. However, there are definite dos and don’ts, and you don’t want to cross the line. You will also see harness detailing, much like the bandage/bondage theme from seasons ago.

Just as legwear made an impact in the fall, neckwear will assume the position this spring ... as in exaggerated necklines. Again, supporting the ‘less is more’ concept in accessorizing. With such detail as an enormous bow around your neck, there is no need for your accessories to compete.



Accessories go Hi-Lo ... as in high impact, low maintenance. Jewelry makes a single statement, versus speaking in layers. So go for that ornate necklace, wonder woman cuff, enormous ring, or the oversized colorful (soft silicone) watch, or all of the above (in good taste, of course). The of-the-moment sunglasses — oversized cat eye — happen to be a rather flattering style on most. Handbags will still have structure, but present themselves in simple fashion, as in the duffel. Make-up goes seriously shocking. The ever-timeless trench gets some detailing work. Heel heights skyrocket as we give way to the platforms and flatforms. And by the way, you cannot go wrong with the Lanvin wedge ... just pick your poison!


At times, hair can be our best accessory, so it's fitting that the Hi-Lo rule applies here, as well. From loose waves to woven locks to messy, low ponytails, hair will truly be low maintenance.


Time to take inventory. What’s in your closet ready to make its appearance? With the resurgence of minimalism, putting fabulous outfits together just got a little easier (especially if you want me to put them together for you).
michaelkorsfall2010This year, fall walks in quietly. More subtle and subdued, as compared to last year. Remember those screaming neons of fall 09? They are a thing of the past. The classics — in both cuts and colors — are welcomed back with open arms. While accessories continue to grow bigger and funkier than ever, they will complement the natural, refined style of the season's garments.

While a few themes from spring bleed into fall, such as utilitarian, a few new themes will be ushered in. Menswear Inspired: sharp, masculine tailoring will make an impact this season from clothing to shoes. Western Girl: from chic to preppy, every look will be sleek with scrumptious fabrics. Color Blocking: it's back in a modern way that will have you embracing the look weekly.

Leggings continue to be a must have essential item. However, thanks to designers such as Alexander Wang and the likes, plush fabrics will be introduced into the line up. Leather leggings will make an even bigger impact, as well. Talk about leg expression! Leg wear will come in all shapes and sizes, from leg warmers, shoe warmers and socks layered over tights. Speaking of tights, while black opaque will always make the list, ivory opaque is the up-and-coming super fresh go to!

Fabrics will range from flannel, tartans, houndstooth, cashmere, sheers, leather, velvet and fur. The best of the season = the royal plush: leather, velvet and fur. Leather — whether in small details or massive expressions (read: leather funnelneck cropped jackets and pleated leather skirts) will be worn in a modern way ... even layered upon more leather! Velvet will be a warm welcome in lush colors, such as reds and purples (of course). And fur becomes over-the-top. Last year's fur was limited to the vest. This year, fur touches every last detail in outerwear, shoes and handbags. Fur mixed with leather will also be a natural.

The neutral color palette continues into fall, with gray taking center stage. Pair gray with camel and ivory and you'll get a standing ovation! Green is still getting lots of love for yet another year.

Longer hem lengths in skirts and dresses have been revived, so don't be shy about whipping out that to-the-floor length skirt, ladies. However, be careful with hem lengths that cut you at the calf, as that can be a very unflattering look (and breaks so many rules in educating what serves our body shapes). Likewise, I caution against the straight leg clam digger length suit pant. While this may appear really great one day, the very next day you'll be over it.

fall2010shoesI am all about layering. However, the concept is making a shift for fall. It's not just the long sleeve tee under dresses from casual to formal, but also angled layers ... almost as if you emptied out your entire closet's contents onto your body. There is definitely skill involved in pulling off this look.

Shoes get a little tricked out for fall. Time to amp up the style factor with ladylike men’s-inspired heels, diamond studded and chevron patterned pumps, socks-attached boots, retro pumps and flats, and rugged soles on a fancy foundation. And guess what? The OTK boot has lasted another year! Perfect for all the winter shorts will you wearing. Go for a relaxed pair of shorts with a tailored top and thigh high boots. Mmmm, delicious!

Accessories will be fun and carefree. Experimentation can only lead to the next new trend! Take note of python scarves, serpent broaches and bracelets, and the ever-classic leopard, zebra and giraffe print shoes and handbags. Speaking of handbags, aside from all the hobo styles, you will see more structure this season, with fur and leopard print detailing. Animal magnetism comes in all shapes and sizes!

Square sunglasses are made of-the-moment, thanks to Tod’s, Bulgari, Gucci and D&G. And your simplest of leather belts will be wrapped around just about anything from evening gowns to outwear. Chain belts will again double as necklaces (or bracelets), thanks to the iconic YSL.

Time to get back into your closet to take inventory. There are so many great looks waiting for you (or me) to put together!

kaleidoscoperomperWritten by: Madeline Perard, Style Intern for Closet of Style

As spring/summer '10 is all about the leg, it should come as no surprise that one of the hottest items this year is the 'all in one,' also known as the jumpsuit, romper, jumper or onesie. When you think about it, all-in-ones have been a hit since our infancy years. We all owned a romper or two, even through high school. Yet, as we grew up, we could not wait to get out of those silly looking garments.

Here we are again, contemplating the thought of getting ourselves back into one ... at least one of these beauties, such as this one, by Samantha Pleet.

Whatever version you choose, long or short or super short, this piece makes a great asset for any season. Here are some of our favorites straight from the runway!