Go ahead, wave goodbye to the slightly uptight couture looks of last season. And (at least for now), you can thumb your nose at the ubiquitous all-black outfits from last year ... and the year before ... and the year before.
Color -- soft, shimmery, occasionally shocking -- has made a comeback. Suddenly, it's everywhere.
This spring, the look is simple but refreshing. Clothes have clean, elegant lines and are rich in hues from sky blue and lime to lemon and tangerine. The perfectly teamed ensembles of last season have given way to outfits that look like they're no big deal to throw together. Perhaps best of all, the goal is to look relaxed and pretty in them at the same time.
For one-piece dressing, think sheaths, shifts and shirtdresses that come in acid greens, pinks, aqua and citrus yellow.
Pants, whether capri length, cigarette style or low-slung, are cut straight and worn tight. And shirts are the rage, whether a little-boy-style button-down in shiny silk or a tummy-revealing jersey tank in bright colors. Tunics also abound. (Fortunately, they're shaped to be a little less revealing!)
With those capri pants, little sleeveless shifts and boyish shirts, fashion this spring recalls styles from the '50s and '60s. Some designers are even referring to this year's look as a return to "suburbia." But that's a scary thought ... let's try to think of the look as clean-cut chic.
Styled and produced by Pascale Lemaire with assistance by Brenda Wilson. Hair and makeup by Janice Kinigopoulos/T.H.E. Artist Agency. Wig by Kevin Depew for Norbert Salon/Washington, D.C. Modeled by Heidi/3 West Casting Agency, Ginz Koenen/3 West Casting Agency, Stephanie Moore/New Faces Models and Terri Land/New Faces Models.
A SHOW OF COLORS
Cover -- Chiffon blouse, $218, and slit palazzo pants, $248, both by Citi at Trillium. Peach bikini top, $42, by M.A.G. at Femme. Silver ring, $260, by Kalibre at Montage.
Page 16 -- Strapless two-ply satin gown, $495, by Nicole Miller at dTC Panache. Lavender kid leather opera length gloves, about $25, at Dreamland. Strappy sandals, $99.95, by Vera Cruz at Nordstrom.
Page 18 -- Iced mint Audrey Hepburn gown with frog closures, $282, by En Francais at Octavia. Vintage kid leather gloves, about $12, at Dreamland. Hologram sandals, $99.95, by Vera Cruz at Nordstrom.
Page 19 -- White sharkskin jacket, $375, and hipster pants, $185, both by Nicole Miller at Panache. Lime sheer gingham blouse, $158, by Eric at Trillium. Strappy hologram sandals, $99.95, by Vera Cruz at Nordstrom. Silver ring, $260, by Kalibre at Montage.
Page 20 -- Baby pink gown with self belt, $148, by Scott McClintock at Hecht's. Rhinestone earrings, $32.50, and matching bracelet, $75, both by Monet at Hecht's.
Page 21 -- Flower power dress with white piping, $174, by Cynthia Rowley at Ruth Shaw.
All headbands by Collette Malouf at Femme.