Whatever your personal politics may be, this is a scary—often uncertain—time in America and around the world. As it has through history, fashion responds.
ELEGANCE ALWAYS: Jackie Kennedy, making history in 1962, as she tours the White House on TV in her Chez Ninon red two-piece boucle dress (an American copy of Dior); Amal Clooney, who is expecting twins in June, arriving at the UN in a yellow & black Bottega Veneta dress & coat—the human rights lawyer called for an investigation into ISIS atrocities and asked the world to “stand up for justice.”
GENERATION TO GENERATION: Princess Diana visiting children in a white man-tailored shirt in Angola; Princess Kate greeting schoolchildren in Cambridge in a Goat salmon-pink sheer wool dress (notice how similar her dress is to Jackie’s red dress above!)
From generation to generation—Jackie Kennedy to Amal Clooney, Princess Diana to Princess Kate—“elegance in the face of adversity” becomes a mantra for every woman. For those of us who love fashion, it is not unreasonable to talk about style, while keeping the importance of our passions in mind at the same time.
FEMINISM MEANS FLORAL & FLOWY: Pink & floral dresses at saks.com
As a result, spring’s trends are all about being your own woman. Expressing your own style. In 2017, “feminism” means feminine fashion. Soft. Flowy. Floral. The color is pink, in every hue, paired against omnipotent white or neutrals like ivory, cream, and khaki. Off-the-shoulder tops and dresses are everywhere at every price point. A flattering look to all, try one shoulder up and one down for a bit of edge.
IMMEDIATE UPDATE: Shirts are the season’s must-have, Tibi navy & white striped shirt and navy wide-leg pants; Derek Lam lace blouse & black slit skirt, both at neimanmarcus.com
Shirts become a must-have, in white or stripes, ruffled or man-tailored. Borrow your husband or boyfriend’s dress shirt, then wear it off the shoulder, tucked into wide-leg pants or skinny jeans. Add big dangly earrings, an armful of bracelets, and you are dressed!
MAKE A STATEMENT: Naeem Kahn yellow fringe dress from bergdorfgoodman.com; Selena Gomez in wide-leg cropped pants with interchangeable belts from miaou.com (your daughters will love these pants!)
Flouncy, floaty print blouses feel brand new. Go for a keyhole neckline or cold shoulder. Dresses swirl and twirl. Pants are wider and flared. Wear it all with a block heel, cutting the frou-frou to make it new.
MORE IS BETTER: B/w peasant skirt & “fully loaded” sandals at aquazzura.com; floral clutch with berry catch at edieparker.com
“Fully loaded” becomes a fashion phrase. Shoes and handbags with embellishment, studs, flowers, and bows. At the risk of repeating myself, more is better. This season, there is no such thing as too much!
SAY IT LOUD & WITH STYLE: “We Should All Be Feminists” t-shirt and black blazer from dior.com
Speaking of phrases, what about all those designer T-shirts with slogans? First seen at Dior, “We Should All Be Feminists” quickly became a catch-phrase, copied on shirts everywhere. Well, it’s a look. Soften slogan tees with a jacket or cardi on top. A conversation starter at the least, a cool trend on the right lady.
“FULLY LOADED” FEET: Pink & black print slides at gucci.com; ran into my young friend Cristi at Estia in Radnor, her pink leopard block heel pumps are so of-the-moment, I had to take her picture!
Though stilettos are forever—nothing makes legs look longer, slimmer, sexier—put yours aside from time to time and try a chunky heel, or most chic, a slide. The bolder the better. Bright colors, prints, hardware, feathers, and fur. If you are one for whom heels are a must, save them for evening and once more, go bold. Mirrored finishes and embellishments of pearls and jewels take you from office to evening in a flash.
“RARE IS THE WOMAN WHO IS ALWAYS ONE THING!” Me, climbing the stairs to a hospital plane at Nevatim Air Force Base in the Negev in Israel—these are old Boeing 707’s from the 90’s, outfitted with an operating room & supplies, ready to go to wherever there is a disaster in the world; and in my Celine white silk jumpsuit on the way to a dear friend’s black tie wedding, white shirt from monathalheimer.com, white flared jeans from michaelkors.com; jumpsuit from Saks Fifth Avenue
My grandmother used to say, “Rare is the woman who is always one thing.” This season underscores that sentiment perfectly. Serious. Powerful. Passionate. Playful. Be an individual. Speak your mind. Create your own style. Florals to flounces, tailored jackets to embellished hoodies. Fully loaded bags and shoes. Big earrings and stacks of bracelets. From Jackie to Amal to you, stand up for what you believe in—and always look great while doing so. Enjoy every smart moment! Happy & Sweet Passover & Easter to all~ Ellyn Golder Saft