Spring/Summer 2010 Trends

Most trend reports focus on the ladies, and for the most part this one will do the same.  But guys don’t have to be totally left in the cold winter.  In a nutshell, guys should think casual for spring.  Unbuttoned and unpressed are the name of the game.  Color trends for both sexes tend to be the same with neutrals/khakis coming on strong again this season (don’t forget about grey!), blue is also another big color this spring- there was a real Americana feel to many of the runway shows.  Hems will be rising a little bit as shorts get a little bit shorter, and the lean mean suit maintains its posture.  In terms of accessories, forget your tie and opt for a pocket square or loose, almost undone, cravat.  Fabrics include the usual suspects of linens, khakis and cottons.  Spring is also a great time for prints.  Brighten your spirits with whimsical prints, stripes, and colors.  This spring Veridis will be experimenting with a few new men’s lines including casual brights from Arnold Zimberg (Hollywood), classic construction from Culturata (Italy), and light refinement from Chevignon(France) and Dewitt (Canada).  Also from France,  Schmoove is a casual shoe line that will be a great addition to the store.

Charley ranger chabraque

Cynthia Vincent Drape Dress

Now ladies,  as the real movers and shakers of fashion, trends really seem to effect our closets more as the seasons change.  Luckily, this time around many of the trends are those we’ve seen before so you don’t have to totally revamp your wardrobe to look current, and many of the trends tend to overlap so it’s not too difficult to pull a look together.

The major colors this spring are those dusty nudes again.  From shoes to dresses, beige and greige ruled the runway.  Veridis will carry some great pieces from Cynthia Vincent and Kelly Bergin (New line!) in this category that also fall into Grecian drapey look that is very in again this spring.  Also look for feminine, draped and ruffled styles from Helmut Lang, Aaron Ashe (New line!), Eryn Brinie (New!), and Susana Monaco.  Kelly Bergin’s line also embraces another big trend for 2010: transparency.  Lacey lingerie looks, sheer fabrics, and hints of skin are big, so dress, or undress, accordingly.

cynthia vincent layered ruffle dress

Blue is another big color trend for the ladies and corresponds also with the big push denim is making this spring.  Chambray tops, denim dresses, skirts, jump suits, you name it, they’re doing it in denim.  This also echoes the Americana feel that came out in force on the runways.  Approach this one gingerly as denim jumpers can look dowdy in a quick minute.  The jean legging or “jegging” in annoying fashion speak, is an easy way to incorporate this trend, as are relaxed silky denim-colored shorts that you’ll see from Anlo.  Shorts are big! If you invested in a leather pair, keep ’em out; they’re still hot!  Dress up shorts with a smart blazer and heels and you’re ready for work or a night out on the town.  In essence, don’t put denim or shorts in just the weekend wear category, they can work this season for many different occasions.

crushed silk habotai dress from Susana Monaco

We’ve seen the skinny leg for a couple of seasons now, and it’s certainly not going anywhere but a great addition to the line up for your bottom half this spring is a more relaxed pant, even one with (gasp!) pleats.  Fabrications will focus on soft easy fabrics and many styles feature the “pegged” leg.  We have a great utility pair in silk coming from Madison Marcus as well as some uber easy styles from Maggie Ward.  It’s ideal to pair these more loose, drapey looks with something a little more structured.  Whether you’re doing a relaxed pant or a long flowing dress, adding a more tailored piece to the ensemble tempers the overall feel and adds some interest.  Juxtaposing soft and sharp still looks fresh and chic and is a snap to do this spring with these overlapping trends (the big shoulder is still holding strong).

Tribal motifs are making the rounds again.  Beading, batik, tie-dye, and animal prints all embrace this trend and go hand in hand with the safari like neutrals that have sprung forth.  We have a couple fun pieces from Akiko (a line entirely made in LA), as well as Cynthia Vincent that really rule this arena.  Go for the techno-ethnic look and have fun with prints and fringe!

cynthia vincent silk print shift

On the shoe front, many of the same trends apply.  A new one for spring 2010 is the wedge shoe.  It’s all over the place! Heavy wooden soles feel fresh and mesh well with the tribal looks but can also anchor the lighter flowing feminine styles.  We have a couple GREAT styles coming in from Farylrobin (their production is now coming out of Brazil and these spring shoes really nail it) and also a couple awesome pairs from Ash (new line!).  Wedges in wood, or in an espadrille style will last you all through summer.  Many lines are experimenting with wrapping the wedge in leather (as an extension of the shoe), Ash nails this with strappy grey number.

Don’t forget to accessorize! Pile on the bangles, in bright colors and metalics to complete your look.  Easy breezy spring style at its best.  The new deliveries will begin arriving mid February!

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