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What will Charlotte wear this spring?

There’s a little bit of everything at New York Fashion Week: sky-high couture, down-to-earth everyday wear, and everything in between.

September is one of the biggest fashion months of the year, when models strut the spring/summer looks in four international cities, starting with New York at the beginning of the month and ending this week in Paris.

So what showed up at New York Fashion Week that’s likely to appear in Charlotte shops in spring 2015?

We asked three Charlotte-area people with a passion for fashion (two who attended NYFW) about what they saw, loved and can imagine local women embracing when spring rolls around.

Susan Joyner

Owner of (and buyer for) Tally Ho Clothier, an upscale women’s boutique in Gastonia. She attended New York Fashion Week shows with an eye toward what her clients will be seeking out.

Lace: Dress: Oscar de la Renta. I found much of the cotton lace trend in New York. I purchased many styles, including a crop top that will be worn over slim pants or skirt, several tank-style dresses and long tunics. I find my customers love looking feminine, love to enjoy the sheer effect of lace and know that it works in shapes that can be accessorized for both a special-occasion look or even casually with jeans.

Black & White: De la Renta. I found black and white – in stripes, polka dots, buffalo checks, gingham and florals – in almost every line. The combination of black and white is the most classic to me and is easy to put with bright colors to make it your own. Many silhouettes for spring can be translated in a less severe style that would work for the customer that wants the trend, but will not wear the all-over check, the longer skirt, or such a revealing crop top.

Stripes: Michael Kors. Stripes are in most lines for spring. I find that my customer wants a casual knit top to wear with crisp white pants and will also love the stripes in a cotton dress or a pop-over top. In some of the runway shows, the designers mixed a striped top over a floral pant or slim below-the-knee skirt. My guess is that the consumer will understand the two trends separately and will love the revitalized shapes for spring.

Roderick Hawthorne

Visual manager for Armani Collezioni in SouthPark and a stylist. He attended New York Fashion Week with his girlfriend, fashion law student (studying issues such as intellectual property) and blogger Nicole Harris ( www.legalstylistic.com).

Prints: Yigal Azrouel. This translates to Charlotte because I feel that it is always a summer essential to have that go-to spring/summer dress that can be dressed up or down. Nothing says summer like graphic prints and amazing silhouettes that show off just the right amount of golden skin. I think it’s also safe and conservative, which I feel Charlotte is sometimes, but it is more fashion-forward because of the print.

Simple: Rag & Bone. I think this look works in Charlotte for a Sunday brunch, the heat, and the nightlife. It’s a simple sundress but carries a bit of edge with the higher shoulders. I could see this in Charlotte for the more fashion-forward, modern Southern women.

Modern: Yigal Azrouel. This look reminds me of the new, modern J Crew. Clean lines and amazing prints. It’s definitely on-trend with the menswear look for women. I think this look is for the Charlotte women who is a New York/Milan jet-setter trapped in a Charlotte woman's body.

Barbara McKay

A former TV news personality who is executive vice president of Studio South. She avidly follows every fashion week and keeps a close eye on designers and trends.

Bold: Lela-Rose dress. Red is a powerful color, especially for us brunettes. I like that designers are showing all lengths so that we are no longer slaves to the hemline. We can wear what works best for us and still be fashionable. While “peekaboo” cutouts are a trend for this spring, this Lela Rose dress manages to still make the trend ladylike and feminine.

Texture: I LOVE this Dolce and Gabbana dress for its bold colors and gorgeous embroidery, both big trends for spring. Along with being on trend for 2015, it has two qualities important to me for looking my best: longer length and textured tights (even for spring), which make it classic for me to wear for many years.

Peekaboo: This Roksanda dress is truly FABULOUS!! To make it work for me, I would wear an elegant full black slip instead of the trendier boy leg undergarment. It is a lady-like version of the peekaboo trend. It is so important to make the trend work for you and not the other way around.

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