South Park Magazine

Belk Spring 2012 Season Preview

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 chain’s SouthPark mall flagship, I’m ready to dive head first into the looks of the upcoming season, regardless of local weather or temperature.

This spring, it’s no different. I’m 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: It’s not preppy per se, it’s 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. There’s 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. There’s no stopping ruffles, pleats and “corsage” embellishments.

70s Glam: Arlene mentioned Yves Saint Laurent and his influence on modern fashion, and that couldn’t be more true. It can be seen in continued importance of daring color, safari and boho luxe and a playfulness with hemlines that doesn’t 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? What’s catching your eye?