Brave New Girls
The smartest wardrobes this season trade the usual beachy brights for something bolder.
Summer, always late to her own party, may have finally arrived in Boston, but before you go mad with the requisite pastel seersucker and Nantucket Reds, consider this: Fashion has decided that this year itâs fading to black.
It may seem like a counterintuitive choice for our most lighthearted season, but a cadre of labels are challenging the way we look at warm-weather color and bringing back black for spring and summer. From Pedro LourenĂ§o to the ever-approachable DKNY, the shade made appearances on countless spring runways traditionally dominated by paler or brighter palettes.
Peer into nearly any Newbury Street boutique, and youâll catch it displayed everywhere. Youâll also find it at Bostonâs emporium of all things forward-thinking, Louis. âItâs a new way of styling, using color and mixing it with black,â says owner Debi Greenberg. âThis isnât the âall black with a touch of colorâ of yesterday. Now you mix a coral skirt and a rusk top [with] black to ground the look. Itâs a great way of taking your wardrobe and expanding it.â
Which may be the most surprising thing of all about the trend: Sure, it compels us to see something tried and true in a new light. But for once, designers are actually suggesting that you can wear plenty of pieces you already own. And that, in itself, is a revelation worth trying on.
Get the Look
Â Leather |Â Cynthia Rowley shorts, $410, Cynthia Rowley
PlatformsÂ | Jason Wu sandals, $950, Louis
LaceÂ | Aurelie Bidermann cast-lace cuff, $1,380, Louis
Crystals | Rutile quartz ring, $245, Sikara & Co.
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/2011/05/fashion-brave-new-girls/