Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York left us to ponder what exactly will fill our closets next spring (or sooner). And while patterns made an impact on the runways, there was also a notable trend in the way of solid, neutral colors. Designers opted for detail and texture while sticking to a color palette composed of black, white, and nude with pops of red, pink, violet, and even orange in various collections. But the looks were by no means boring—an array of skin-revealing cutouts, mesh, laser-edged detail, and elegantly oversized silhouettes, in some cases, dazzled. And the best of the basic shades call for some adornmentation; that’s where jewelry comes in! These were some of the most prevalent shades on the spring 2015 runways—and my suggestions for the jewels to pair with them.
Delicate ensembles with detail such as eyelet and mesh patterns, not to mention a very-present classic white button-down, solidified white as the color (or lack thereof) on the spring 2015 runways. A pop of color would brighten up any white ensemble, but I like the idea of a pair of sterling silver hoops to enhance the modern boho vibe seen from a number of designers. I picture an off-the-shoulder eyelet top or dress with earrings like these on a Mediterranean cruise or tropical shore. Looks in all white were spotted from the likes of Lela Rose, Stella Nolasco, Zimmerman (above), Mara Hoffman, and, actually, probably any other designer you favor, because white ensembles owned fashion week.
Dennis Basso (above) stuck to a relatively neutral color palette with a pop of color here and there among the floral-heavy looks. Goldenrod yellow, powder pink, and gray popped against the delicately embroidered gowns that embodied spring. Richard Chai made casual glam a cinch in neutral designs laden with sparkle and origami-like ruffles and pleats. Reem Acra owned the glittery and satin-chic nude getups, and Shenzhen showed off lacy and embroidered detail on dresses that begged for golden accents. So that’s exactly what I’d pair with anything nude: warm, glimmering gold.
Black and white combos were still just as prevelant as they have been in years past, but basic black made an impact on the runways. Almost every line included something in black, but Zac Posen in particular, with his precise line and sculpted silhouettes, showcased a very minimalist collection in solid red, white, and black. The styles recalled classic Hollywood, and while the designer decorated his models with nary a jewel—just a bright orangy-red lip and a pair of oversize sunnies here and there—the togs were just pleading for pearls. Nothing overdone, just a simple pearl stud or a strand here and there, and you have a killer classic look.
All Shades of Blue
Oh, the blues! Fascinating shades of steely blue-gray, turquoise, foamy blue-green, and navy abounded in collections from Reem Acra, Stella Nolasco, Rebecca Minkoff, and all over the relaxed designs from Charlotte Ronson (above). Over at Lela Rose, more black, white, and nude set the tone for the spring 2015 collection, though pops of color stole the show. From the China-pattern blue floral designs (more chinoiserie was found at Shenzhen—a stripe of blue was even painted on the lips) to a striking shade of blue floral that popped against a background of black, blue was in the spotlight. We’re talking jewelry, so what goes better with blue than more blue? The heavenly hue of a royal blue sapphire, some turquoise, Paraiba, and aquamarine would be right at home with any of the runway’s best looks.
A closet rife with yellow is far overdue, and I was pleased to see the sunny hue make an appearance in a number of collections throughout the week, even if it didn’t completely take over the runway. Nanette Lepore, Reem Acra (above), and Trina Turk brought the sunshine, and a particularly stunning golden yellow lit up the runway at Tadashi Shoji. I love the idea of toughening it up with edgy drusy jewels or playing to its bubbliness with champagne diamonds.
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