Spring in Your Step

Get a fresh start on the season with bright, bold and playful fashions.

Editor: Leigh Duncan Art director: Jason Jones Model: Gabrielle Nataline, Prodigy Model Management Hair and Makeup: Heather Schnell Stylist’s Assistants: Farhana Khan and Gettys Fagg of Fused Fashion Editorial Assistants: Baileigh Johnson and Alexis Senior Location: Parking garage in 801 north orange building

Spring 2012 fashion trends feature everything from pale pastels and sorbets to shocking neons and bold brights. “Haute hues like watermelon, mint, tangerine, blush and, yes, white, will perk up dull wardrobes, while feminine silhouettes and delicate structures bring back the pretty woman,” says stylist Tammara Kohler of Fused Fashion. “It’s all about colors that play well together.” And that means hair and makeup, too. “The trends have inspired neon eyeliners, glittery eye accents, timeless natural tones and complementary color play,” says makeup artist and hairstylist Heather Schnell at heatherschnell.com. Other hallmark trends include statement-making sunglasses, bold florals, modern takes on vintage styles, bare midriffs—via peekaboo fabrics, cut-outs or high-rise tops—and finally, higher waists. The spring woman exudes refinement, elegance and a healthy dose of youthfulness.

—Leigh Duncan


(Above) Splendid tank top, $38, Adriano Goldschmied pants, $159, Marc Jacobs cross-body bag, $278, all from Saks Fifth Avenue, The Florida Mall; wrap-around bracelets, $20 each, Thread Boutique, Winter Park; car-wash gold necklace, $178, Henri Bendel, The Mall at Millenia; Topshop shoes provided by stylist

Stylist’s Tip:
“Faded colors, pastels and sorbets are super trendy this spring. Take the classic jeans ensemble up a notch or two with a faded techno-color pant and top that’s pretty and feminine. Use accessories to add bursts of color that make this look more fun, yet formal and classy.” —Tammara Kohler


Elizabeth and James white blouse, $260, and long coral necklace, $98, Thread Boutique, Winter Park; Ella Moss tank top, $98, Gucci shoes, $660, and Fendi rosy-tangerine sunglasses, $395, all from Saks Fifth Avenue, The Florida Mall; BCBG Skirt, $158, from Tuni, Winter Park; statement bag, $248, gold car-wash necklace, $178, King Tut pendant necklace, $138, and gold choker necklace, $198, all from Henri Bendel, The Mall at Millenia

Stylist’s Tip:
“Bold architectural sunglasses that blend or contrast are a trademark this spring season. Make a signature statement with rose-tinted gradient lenses as well as tangerine ankle socks—a vintage throwback to the ’70s and early ’80s— that add a playful touch to light, airy ensembles when paired with platform sandals or chunky wedges.”  —Tammara Kohler


BCBG watercolor dress, $298, Diane Von Furstenberg orange blouse, $198, and Chanel sunglasses, $290, all from Saks Fifth Avenue, The Florida Mall; long blue-stone necklace, $1,275, from Bay Hill Jewelers, Orlando and Winter Park; long drop rose-gold earrings, $78, Henri Bendel, The Mall at Millenia; Topshop shoes provided by stylist

Stylist’s Tip:
“Watercolors are a great opportunity to play with bright neon colors. The purple tights help create a more monochromatic look while the bright tangerine blouse helps break it up. If you’re not ready for bold bright legs, try sheer tights with a color tint.” —Tammara Kohler


BCBG blush pink dress, $478, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Florida Mall; pink cocktail ring, $6,792, Bay Hill Jewelers, Orlando and Winter Park; rose-gold statement ring, $78, and dangling-hoop drop earrings, $98, all from Henri Bendel, The Mall at Millenia; nude pumps provided by stylist

Stylist’s Tip:
“This look captures the essence of spring’s feminine silhouettes—it’s pretty, delicate and flirty. Paired with nude pumps, the blush dress is a fresh take from your typical all-white summer dress.” —Tammara Kohler


Salmon Sinclaire 10 top, $235, and jacket, $395, from Saks Fifth Avenue, The Florida Mall; Trina Turk high-waist shorts, $168, Tuni, Winter Park; long rose-gold earrings, $78, rose-gold multi-bracelets, $98, jumbo cocktail ring, $78, statement bag, $378, all from Henri Bendel, The Mall at Millenia

Stylist’s Tip:
“Color-blocking with mint and salmon create a swirl of sweetness. These tailored, high-waisted shorts are a great foundation for ladylike elegance while  elongating the legs.” —Tammara Kohler


Yellow 360 sweater, $126, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Florida Mall; high-waist bathing suit bottom provided by stylist; cross-body bag, $168, Henri Bendel, The Mall at Millenia; cocktail ring, $150, Bay Hill Jewelers, Orlando and Winter Park; Fendi shoes provided by stylist

Stylist’s Tip:
“The spring woman is chic inside and out. A festive, lemon–colored mesh sweater also is a fun and stylish alternative to traditional cover-ups. Bright solid swimsuits, like watermelon, are just as figure flattering as black but more eye-catching.” —Tammara Kohler


Dolce Vita white lace dress, $125, Thread Boutique, Winter Park; Prada crystal sunglasses, $205, all from Saks Fifth Avenue, The Florida Mall; beaded cuff bracelet, $348, long multichain and rhinestone necklace, $500, white enamel bracelet, $88, long, single-strand rhinestone necklace, $198, jumbo cocktail ring, $78, all from Henri
Bendel, The Mall at Millenia

Stylist’s Tip:
“White continues to be a mainstay for spring. Add character and contrast to all-white ensembles by dressing them up with long layered necklaces and bright accessories, shoes and makeup. Add a modern edge to this vintage white lace dress with thigh highs and chunky jewelry.”  —Tammara Kohler

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