dgbraletteIf I could fit into this, I would so wear this bra. All. The. Time.

It's beautiful. Feminine. And I would show it off. At least around the house.

This lightweight chiffon and lace soft-cup bra is as lovely as underwear as it is as outerwear. It would look great with these knickers, too!

Girly goodness.

Available at Net-a-Porter

If you tend to be forgetful and need helpful reminders as to the day of the week, Stella McCartney is looking out just for you. This 'Knickers of the Week' set is feminine and pretty β€” and practical. Makes for a stylish gift, too.

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Available at Net-a-Porter


Welcome, spring. You certainly took your sweet time to get here. And I can see that parts of you don't really want to make a commitment. But I beg of you, please stay.

It took me far too long to post this forecast for spring. Shopping with clients has taken precedence. However, I have given you glimpses over the past several months. Now we can dive into what the season has to offer.

Let's talk color. This season, the black and white dynamic duo continue on. Pink is huge (and all the way into fall). Red, coral and orange make an appearance. And the typical pastels are present. Metallic makes a comeback in clothing and accessories.

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Prints come in the form of artistic and tropical. As for overall vibe of the season, it's definitely relaxed. In fact, pants shy away from skinny into a straight meets boyfriend cut (and even wide leg). Jumpsuits are not going away. And know that they become more relatable into fall. Much to my satisfaction, overalls have hit the big time. It must be the memories associated with overalls that account for my love of them (trust me, they are cooler now). Athletic styles mix nicely this season, bringing popularity back to the shirt dress.

Crops, crops and more crop tops. The midriff has been around, but it is now mainstream. The easiest pairing to try on this trend with is high-waisted skirts, pants or shorts (or overalls). Jackets gain momentum and cuts go angular. And speaking of toppers, sophisticated bomber jackets take the place of cardigans.

Fabrics include leather (especially perforated ... and in accessories, too), mesh, lace, denim-on-denim and crisp cotton.

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As for accessories, shoes make a jump into sexy this spring. Stilettos trump platforms and caged booties are back. Wedges are still around, however, news flash β€” flats are the deal! In fact, sandals, sassy flats and sporty sneakers take over completely. Top handle handbags are the new go to, including dark in color (i.e., black). And fringe handbags, as well as backpacks, get noticed. Jewelry goes layered in fun ways. Nails are showcased in metallic to pastel colors and in designs such as fancy stripes and moons. Chopped locks and major curl are two hair style themes you will notice all around you. And this is the year for lips β€” in pink, of course.

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When in doubt of trends, trust your gut. But know that a little risk brings a lot of excitement into your life. Even if it's only for a day.

Featured designers: Rebecca Taylor, Alexander Wang, Sachin + Babi, Altuzarra, Isabel Marant, Rachel Zoe, MSGM, Vionnet, Miu Miu, Lilly Barbato, Isabel Marant, Matt Bernson, Gucci and Roberto Cavali.

As fashion week perusing continues for FW14 (look for my thoughts around the themes in the Charlotte Observer and Raleigh N&O), I must look forward to the season right in front of us — spring. So much fabulous detail, as seen here from the Balmain spring collection.

Don't get me wrong, I love winter and am thrilled with the snow coming our way (minus the ice). However, now is the time to focus on your spring wardrobe. Look for my spring forecast coming soon. Oh, and don't forget I have a style challenge coming your way! 

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Fashion Week is coming up. New York. London. Milan. Paris. This will be another season that is too difficult for me to physically get away for. However, I will be on the edge of my seat viewing footage from home.

Almost daily, during fashion week seasons, I receive designer collections to review from across the globe. I especially love being introduced to designers that have such a point of view that I stop in my tracks and put my editorial calendar on hold. Enter Marianna Cimini.

Marianna Cimini is a brand that blends a love for sharp silhouettes with the ease and functionality of sportswear. Marianna was the fashion designer for Max Mara and Tod’s before she launched her eponymous label during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Milan in 2012. Her vision reflects a blend of rigor and play, demonstrated by the use of very traditional materials and very cutting-edge, technical fabrics. She creates bold pairings with color.

The themes for the FW14 collection revolve around a longing for separation, a newfound femininity and the acute awareness of a new beginning.

And here we see, yet again, that pink is a major player this year.

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