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Spring/Summer 2012 – Tropical Prints You Want to Wear Now

Spring fashion is in full swing, and Summer’s photogenic, island-inspired graphic prints are being seen on fashions to wear for the office, casual playdates or evening time. Take your inspiration from our favorite Spring/Summer 2012 runways by mixing and matching beach prints and tribal patterns with classic pieces you already own.

Tribal artwork inspired the looks at Alberta Ferretti Spring/Summer 2012 Collection

Layer a Blazer over wildly-printed pieces for a look that’s ultra fun, on-trend but still versatile enough for serious wear. Hot Summer colors, such as aqua, coral and ultra bright pink are flattering to pale and tan shades of skin. Don’t be afraid to try bright new hues on clothing and footwear. The looks shown here make for the perfect island getaway — no matter where you’re spending the Summer. Shown below – Go bright in black and white or hot pink.  Aztec printed romper by Topshop; Elyse blazer by Alice + Olivia, available at

Print Footwear is Fabulous with the season’s new, colored denim or solid color capris. Or, contrast printed apparel with coordinating bright flats for a fun new twist! Tropical green and shimmering goldtone Archer sandal, DV by Dolce Vita. Harris tribal sandal by BCBG MaxAzria. Both styles available at


Take a vacation from flip flops with tribal-print platforms and bright, flat sandals

Image Conscious – The Most Body-Forgiving Spring Fashions

In a  population where  size 6 bloggers are labeled as curvy and “plus” size models wear an 8, even the healthiest Women may begin to feel as if the fashion industry just doesn’t fit their frame.  An emphasis on teensy waists, longer limbs and underweight bodily mass has motivated fashion media  to take a stand against glorifying a stick-thin appearance on the runway and advertising campaigns.

For Work

zip back shell topshop

Power to the Shell.

As females and moms, the changes we experience in body weight and shape often move faster than a speeding carousel.  Building a wardrobe based on fluctuating body types may seem hard, but these take-anywhere essentials promise to flatter at any size.

Above: The Shell It flows, is not too short and unlike many Spring fashions, loves to be worn with a bra.  Zip Back Shell is the ultimate warm weather layer, available in a rainbow of shades at Topshop.

Spring's Best Staple.

Gaucho Pants Fashionistas everywhere were wowed by the runways of you’d-swear-they-were-skirts who popped up during Fashion Week.  In a dark  or light shade, this  silken version by Alice + Olivia is a surefire hit.  Available at Shopbop.

Playtime Greats


The Team Captain.

Ultimate T-Shirt Dress Ever wish you could wear your best-loved lounging clothes outdoors and still look tres chicMaddy Baseball Dress by Lauren Moshi combines all the goodness of loungewear and a swing skirt that looks fab with bare legs and flip flops.  Get it at Black Label Boutique.

monrow linen jacket piperlime

Cropped, But Not.

Linen Layers Welcome to your closet:  The best new throw-on jacket gets a funky layered look and lighter fabric.  Linen Jacket by Monrow, available at Piperlime.

Rachel Zoe Talks To Elle + Spring’s “It” Wedges

Rachel Zoe’s ever-fashionable baby-to-be is in for one of fashion’s greatest surprises.  “Boy or girl, I plan to take this child to fashion shows.”  While rumors have swirled all Winter about Rachel accidentally revealing her baby’s sex (a boy), the Project Runway star stylist and longtime husband Rodger Berman are keeping things hushed for now.  However, the couple did agree to a beautiful photo revealing Zoe’s baby bump for’s “The New Modern Family”.

The petite Rachel’s appromixately 8-month pregnant belly was not too much to fit into a feral, zipper-detailed jacket and skirt from Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci.  Rodger relaxed, accessorized with rings and Tom Ford pajamas.   When asked by Elle how the baby will be transported to the front row, the stylist replied “Isn’t that what husbands are for?”

Salivating Over Wedges

Rachel Zoe is known for her penchant for mile-high wedges, having been gifted with boots custom designed by contemporary shoe king Brian Atwood.  Find one of her handpicked styles for Piperlime (below) and a refreshingly lovable (and wearable!) printed canvas by Alice + Olivia.

Rachel Zoe loves Giglio


See through to your pedicure with this perforated leather peep-toe wedge that goes with Spring’s non-scary florals and  new tan slacks.  Rachel Zoe’s pick: Mea Shadow Giglio Wedge at Piperlime.


Leopard Print Canvas Wedge Alice + Olivia

Leopard Print Canvas Wedge Alice + Olivia

A Summer must-have lies within a chunky platform of wear-worthy canvas by one of contemporary fashion’s most innovative young designers.  Get your hands on the Alice + Olivia Animal Print Canvas Wedge, available for pre-order at Saks.

Designing Moms

As International Fashion Weeks come to a close, it’s time to reflect on the many women of fashion– and we’re not talking models!  Our favorite fashionistas play the role of designing the runway’s most popular collections while living the life of full-time mom.  Check out their apparel inspirations plus the latest looks for upcoming Spring 2011:

Victoria Beckham

The ultra-posh VB was the talk of New York’s recent Fashion Week, politely unveiling her Spring and Summer Collections of dresses and sunglasses (effectively named Victoria Beckham) to an intimate army of fashion elite.  Getting rave reviews from the likes of Rachel Zoe and Barneys Creative Director Simon Doonan, the former Spice Girl’s distinctive resume is that of a designer, couture muse and mother to boys Brooklyn, Cruz and Romeo (below, in early 2010).

Above: Chic, versatile and Reversible Petrol Zip Cardigan from Victoria Beckham Jeans, $405 at StylebopBelow: Fun choices for cocktails from the Spring/Summer Collection 2011.

Gwen Stefani

Known for her quirky, colorful looks that are the perfect example of punk-glam, the platinum-haired Stefani first debuted her collection Love, Angel, Music, Baby (aka L.A.M.B) in 2003.  Preceding her Spring/Summer ’11 show at NY Fashion Week,  Gwen enthusiastically explained to Styleite: “My kids are the whole reason I started L.A.M.B..  I wanted a creative outlet and to still have my kids around”.

Above: Going green at L.A.M.B. Spring/Summer Collection 2011; Gwen Stefani with her oldest son, Kingston.  Below: Rouched leather and suede Puffy Suede Booties with Cuff, $395 at Shopbop.

Stacey Bendet

The wildly creative designer and co-founder of Alice + Olivia (with partner Andrew Rosen) made her collection famous upon the debut of striped bell bottoms.  Following a whirlwind of critical acclaim, Stacey’s fashion-star status led to Alice + Olivia Kids,  an equally stylish line enjoyed by mini fashion mavens Suri Cruise and Bendet’s own daughter Eloise, now 22 months.   What’s next?  Stacey and husband Eric Bendet recently announced they are expecting child #2.. and an A+O shoe line in 2011!

Above: Mrs. Bendet- with Eloise in 2009.  Below: Blend this black + gray separate with your favorite basic shades.  High Waist Polka Dot Skirt, $297; little girls Shrunken Faux Zebra Fur Jacket, $264.  Both available at Alice + Olivia.