March 2011

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Designers’ Notebook | Passion for Fashion

Charting a New Course C By Lauren Hammack Photos by Erick Gfeller

harting a new course is precisely what we do at the onset of every new season, looking forward and not back. Where spring is concerned, our outlook becomes proportionally more optimistic as welcome sunny days become the norm. Part of ushering in a new season involves fashion, of course. Nautical themes typically introduce the spring season, so when navy and cream stripes emerged early in the fall, along with anchor-embossed details and a prevalence of gold, the visual cues practically shouted that a maritime mood was destined to be this season’s signature. The key to making a nautical theme work is – dare we say it – don’t go overboard. Let one piece get the point across, unless you’re a fisherman of some kind or have a side gig at Six Flags. Other trends for spring are riding the nautical wave, too: more gold and white in jewelry, accessories and detailing, flared legs and higher waists and an abundance of platform wedges and espadrilles. Our salute to all things nautical comes with plenty of inspiration for smooth sailing into spring.

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