Spring 2015 trends on view
Spring is in the air and on the runways. Neiman Marcus has introduced the trends during a series of beauty and fashion events and runway shows. And over the weekend, Ala Moana Center boutiques introduced their new styles during a series of fashion shows.
For those of us who call Hawaii home, long breezy dresses, lightweight fabric and colorful prints just happen to be comfortable in year-round summer weather, and our native dress puts us right on trend for Spring 2015.
Boho, romantic and casual are the buzz words. We know that with traffic a bore and little time to change between destinations, pieces that are versatile enough to transition from day to night are perfect for today's go-go lifestyle. We want clothing that can go from casual to glam with a makeup touchup and quick accessory switcheroo.
The rest of the world is just catching up with us. Here's what to look for. I'm sure you'll find a lot in your closet. Just augment with a few key pieces:
Channel your inner gypsy with styles trimmed with embroidery, lace or fringe. In keeping with the notion of escaping from the expected, the asymmetrical hem is back.
Prints abound from jumpsuits to maxi dresses. Rather than matching them up, mix them up. Suddenly, it's fashionable to cobble together a look from random found pieces.
Give your closet an air of everyday escape with boho peasant blouses or embroidered tunics. Pair with distressed or luxe denim that has made the leap from casual to ladylike silhouettes.
Look for a mix of clean whites paired with dusky spice-market colors like paprika, cayenne, saffron and sage.
The trends carry over into handbags bearing romantic floral or art prints and fringe.
The clean-lined, minimalist bucket bag offers a modern look for spring 2015, but it faces competition from the enduring hands-free cross-body bag.
Like nomadic tribes who wear all their belongings as they cross the desert, the urban nomad is no stranger to layering. This season, the more the merrier. If two necklaces worked for you before, now try three or four.
Turquoise beads mixed with suede easily fit the new bohemian trend. Try bigger beads, or mix sizes and weights to avoid the dreaded tangling that comes from layering necklaces.
Go triple or quadruple on beaded bracelets, bangles and rings as well.
The era of the stiletto is over. An active, busy woman just can't get her sprint on while teetering in too-high heels. Flats have become all-important, and while the ballet flat and gladiator sandal endure, what's new in 2015 is the sport sandal — minimal, cushiony and made to hit the pavement hard. Designers have finally looked beyond trainers and seen fit to create updated footwear to go along with the continuing sportswear trend. Glamour magazine refers to the new looks as part of an "ugly shoe trend." Think Birkenstocks on steroids. The new footwear can be found in fine leather to the latest in sports-tech materials, and runs from stark black and white to bold stripes of color.
Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage IS in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.