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Spring 2015 trends on view

March 26th, 2015
PHOTOS BY KRYSTLE MARCELLUS / kmarcellus@staradvertiser.comRain Rusden wears an Isabel Marant navy embroidered tunic ($1,825), Etro paisley-print pant ($1,130), Proenza Schou­ler saffron suede fringed cross-body bag ($1,425), Margo Morrison New York long multicolor ($475) and short multistrand necklaces ($685), Sheryl Lowe purple bead bracelet ($1,690), Tai turquoise bead bracelet ($130), and CUSP turquoise cuff ($60), tassel bracelet ($50) and drop earrings ($50). All from Neiman Marcus.

PHOTOS BY KRYSTLE MARCELLUS / KMARCELLUS@STARADVERTISER.COM

Rain Rusden wears an Isabel Marant navy embroidered tunic ($1,825), Etro paisley-print pant ($1,130), Proenza Schou­ler saffron suede fringed cross-body bag ($1,425), Margo Morrison New York long multicolor ($475) and short multistrand necklaces ($685), Sheryl Lowe purple bead bracelet ($1,690), Tai turquoise bead bracelet ($130), and CUSP turquoise cuff ($60), tassel bracelet ($50) and drop earrings ($50). All from Neiman Marcus.

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:

CLOTHING

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.

If you have trouble committing to one pattern, The Marc by Marc Jacobs “Metropolitote” Jerrie Rose beach tote in desert rose multi ($278) features a floral pattern on one side and stripes on the other; find it at the boutique at T Galleria.

If you have trouble committing to one pattern, The Marc by Marc Jacobs “Metropolitote” Jerrie Rose beach tote in desert rose multi ($278) features a floral pattern on one side and stripes on the other; find it at the boutique at T Galleria.

HANDBAGS

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.

Rain Rusden wears an Etro floral print maxi ($3,145), above, a Rag & Bone navy blazer ($595) and Vince nude wedge shoes ($395). Completing her look are a Stella McCartney embellished clutch ($1,270), Oliver Peoples tortoise sunglasses ($325), Oscar de la Renta tassel earrings ($345), Eddie Borgo cone and dome bracelets ($325 each), and CUSP arrowhead white bead necklace ($65), amber crystal double-strand necklace ($95) and purple necklace ($45). All items are from Neiman Marcus.

Rain Rusden wears an Etro floral print maxi ($3,145), above, a Rag & Bone navy blazer ($595) and Vince nude wedge shoes ($395). Completing her look are a Stella McCartney embellished clutch ($1,270), Oliver Peoples tortoise sunglasses ($325), Oscar de la Renta tassel earrings ($345), Eddie Borgo cone and dome bracelets ($325 each), and CUSP arrowhead white bead necklace ($65), amber crystal double-strand necklace ($95) and purple necklace ($45). All items are from Neiman Marcus.

JEWELRY

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.

PHOTO COURTESY NORDSTROMKate Spade “McKee” leather sandals ($178), available at Nordstrom, embody the of-the-moment chunky sole and sporty-chic styling. Also pictured is Kate Spade’s polka-dot “Emma Lane — Lacey” wallet ($178).

PHOTO COURTESY NORDSTROM

Kate Spade “McKee” leather sandals ($178), available at Nordstrom, embody the of-the-moment chunky sole and sporty-chic styling. Also pictured is Kate Spade’s polka-dot “Emma Lane — Lacey” wallet ($178).

FOOTWEAR

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.

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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 nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

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