With a new year comes the opportunity to change one’s style. The gray cold and rain of Seattle no doubt puts a damper on the desire to dress beautifully, but we can look to spring as a source of hope and inspiration. Although it is hard to apply some of the more avant-garde looks of the runway to real life, they ignite the imagination and prompt people to take more chances. The spring runway shows, when properly dissected, present many trends perfect for Seattleites. Sheer, smart black and white, and funky prints were presented in myriad ways that fit different lifestyles and personalities.
The sheer veiled layers of designers such as Giambattista Valli and Prabal Gurung remind one of the misty rain that often covers our city. These collections bring out the sensuousness of the wet—and sometimes white—of Seattle, while also easily converting to light, layered looks in the spring and summer months.
Black and white high-contrast collections are possibly the most wearable of the bunch. Chanel’s polka dot sweater with a black leather mini is a look that could be worn with tights and a more bulky heel for a Seattle winter, but is also fun enough to wear out to a dinner or gallery opening in the spring. Other black and white looks are more geared towards the spring— the cutout dress of Giles’ spring RTW collection, for example. On the other hand, with an opaque tight and some killer black platforms, even this warm weather ensemble could become a stunning look for a night of dancing at Q nightclub in Capitol Hill.
Many wild colors and patterns were also seen on the runway for spring. Etro, Prada, and Emilio Pucci all put forth collections brimming with vibrant prints. Derek Lam presented looks that were the most wearable of them all. The colors and patterns work together but can be taken and worn with a smart pair of denim for a more casual look. Under a classic Burberry trench, this collection could easily be worn around the city in the rainy months.