Not only is spring a great time to clean out your closets and see what you want to keep front and center for the season, but it is also a great time to invest in a few pieces to rev up your fashion engine. After all, shoulders and knees and even bellies are craving a little exposure. Style Council went straight to a few top Santa Fe fashion mavens—the owners of WearAbouts, Bodhi Bazaar, and Daniella—to find out what’s hot for spring. Read on to find out more about our spring VIPS – very important pieces.
One fashion trend that is still going strong is the “cold shoulder” trend that shows bare shoulders through cutaway styling. This is an especially flattering style that is appropriate for most ages. Megan Hawkins, owner of WearAbouts (70 West Marcy Street), has brought in a bit of the “cold shoulder” for spring and explains, “I think the peekaboo cold shoulder, with just a little bit of exposure, is more wearable and sexy.” She also notes the prevalence of high-waisted skirts and jeans, high top “sneaker” shoes, embroidery, florals (a spring staple), and statement stripes. The stripes trend tends to skew toward pinstripes and ultra-skinny railroad stripes, and are a great way to complement prints—and has been shown on everything from wide-leg pants to shirts to accessories. Hawkins mostly buys from the West Coast and has close relationships with her vendors. “Although the vendors know what is trending and can make suggestions, I buy what I like.” One casual look she especially favors this season is short tunics with leggings/tights paired with flip flops.
Rosalie Rosenberg, owner of Bohdi Bazaar, located in the DeVargas Center, talks about spring fashion in terms of aesthetic s rather than a particular garment cut, color, or pattern. “I see a kind of global ethnicity blending with modern technology and attitude. It’s a way to show that we are all part of the same world and can mix it up.” By juxtaposing dressy with casual, feminine with masculine, etc. you can create a fashion eccentricity that feels very “of the moment.” She also says that this attitude of individuality is perfect for any age. “There is no shelf life at expressing yourself through style. It is very modern and contemporary.” She points out a flirty black tier dress ($262) by an Israeli designer (Q by Dorit Sharon) paired with a white linen/perforated leather “motorcycle” jacket ($417) as an example of this fashion mash up. As well as a black and white, boat-neck belted dress ($640) from South Korean designer Samantha Sung paired with a cashmere/silk sweater with hand dyed details and rhinestones ($569).
Daniella Clothing, Jewelry, and Accessories in the Santa Fe Railyard showcases a wide selection of contemporary denim—and designers are getting more experimental with denim than ever; dressing jeans up, or ripping them apart in all new ways. Some trend definers call this Wabi-Sabi style, a Japanese concept that hitches distressing in order to highlight imperfections. Says owner Daniella Fox, “We focus on unique and specialty denim such as those featuring raw hems and distressing with many well-regarded designer brands such as Frame, Rag & Bone, and AG.” (Prices for many of these items fall around the $200 mark.) The shop also features a number of popular contemporary lines such as Alice + Olivia and Rebecca Taylor for those seeking great dresses. “We are also doing quite well with fun sweats and athleisure items, which can take you from a work out to a night out with friends such as the brands NSF and Free City.” For spring, she notes the variation of feminine tops, on-trend knits, and every day Ts available. “We are doing well with those from Joie and James Perse as well as vintage Ts.” She also points out that Rag & Bone ready-to-wear is one of her best sellers right now for her customers that seek a more professional viewpoint. With eight years under her belt, Fox identifies her customer as one who is a savvy shopper who is brand aware and looking for quality, fashion-forward style. “I like helping women look and feel good, that has always been the draw for me.” She also likes to support new and emerging brands; such as RTA, an L.A. brand of sweaters and jeans; LA vie – a more casual line from Rebecca Taylor, and the French brand Zadig and Voltaire.