There is an explosion of color for spring 2012, but a quietly, enchanting fashion trend is sprouting amongst the 60’s-inspired mod cloths. This beautiful trend is the antithesis to all the city-slicker, color-blocked dressing. I call it Natural Beauties, a feminine, romantic trend, rooted in textural fabrics and hand worked textiles, bags and shoes.
This casual trend is wearable American dressing with a South of France vibe. It is the absence of color, a gentle combination of summer whites and parchment, with an occasional accent of saffron, navy or black. It mixes beloved casual staples with a “laundry-day” freshness, that speak loudly in a whisper. The mixture of contrasting washed cotton twills and rugged canvas with lace, voile, batiste, and chiffon can stop hearts and transport you to a faraway place!
Look for embroidered white on white blouses, washed denim jackets, skinny jeans, and long and short pleated skirts. Lace is universal in tops, bottoms, dresses, as well as accessories. Sweaters are loose, feminine openwork or delicate pointelle stitches. Textural, natural materials like raffia and straw are woven into totes, fedoras and cowboy hats. Shoes are summer global staples…sexy platform espadrilles, wedges and comfy slip-ons (think Tom’s and the new Splendid line). Soles are constructed or covered with natural materials including wood, canvas, hemp, and cork. Wrapped leather and friendship bracelets complement the free-spirited look.
This trend is a rolling classic. I expect it to grow in apparel seasons to come, as well as in home furnishings and interiors.
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