Belk Spring 2012 Season Preview
Posted: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012
Rachel Sutherland has been a professional journalist for 14 years, most recently as the Style Editor for the Charlotte Observer. Her writing and styling work has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country. She is often a featured guest on syndicated radio programs The Matt & Ramona Show and The Satisfied Life. Find her at www.rachelsutherland.net or email her: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Twice a year, fashion writers and bloggers across the Southeast are invited to meet with Arlene Goldstein, Belk vice president of trend merchandising and fashion direction.And like clockwork, after leaving a recent session with the fabulous Arlene at the chains SouthPark mall flagship, Im ready to dive head first into the looks of the upcoming season, regardless of local weather or temperature.This spring, its no different. Im ready for color blocking, stripes and lady-like prints. And bo-ho luxe, floor-sweeping hemlines. Just not all at the same time.Among the movements we should expect to see this spring, include:American Originals: Its not preppy per se, its updated, classic chic. Sportswear elements with a modern vibe. A spectator heel (above left) with a splash of color.Shape Shift: In one of my most favorite movements, flowy, asymmetry and strong angular sleeve treatments continue their march towards the fashion forefront for spring. Theres no forsaking bodycon for baggy, instead a playful incorporation of more forgiving silhouettes.Romance: Lacy, floral and blush hues take cues from the lingerie department and the garden this year. Theres no stopping ruffles, pleats and corsage embellishments.70s Glam: Arlene mentioned Yves Saint Laurent and his influence on modern fashion, and that couldnt be more true. It can be seen in continued importance of daring color, safari and boho luxe and a playfulness with hemlines that doesnt lack a distinct sexiness. Keep an eye out for the re-emergence of pussy cat bows, keyhole blouses and exaggerated wide-legged pants, which also fall into this category.Have you started thinking about your spring wardrobe? What will you add? Whats catching your eye?
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