Fresh Fashions Pop with Bold Colors, Rich Textures and Feminine Lines



ELLSWORTH — Anything goes for spring fashion this year — denim, lace, plaid, sequins, graphic and floral prints — it’s all good.

 

But color is huge.

Ava Tapley of Blue Hill sports matching Kidaborable rainboots, slicker and umbrella from Ruth Foster’s in Ellsworth. — JENNIFER OSBORN
Ava Tapley of Blue Hill sports matching Kidaborable rainboots, slicker and umbrella from Ruth Foster’s in Ellsworth. — JENNIFER OSBORN
The Pantone Color Institute lists bright hues such as turquoise, tomato puree and violet in its top 10 most popular colors for spring.

“Color is arguably one of the most essential elements each season as it triggers the emotional ‘buy me’ reaction,” said Macy’s Fashion Director Nicole Fischelis in a spring fashion color report.

While consumers may be more selective in their purchases right now, people still want to be excited and inspired by fashion, said Fischelis.

“I think spring is about breaking away from the cold winter hues and just going for bold, warm colors (think purples, fuchsia, warm nudes, yellows, oranges and light greens) like a ripe fruit bowl on your kitchen counter or a flower patch,” said local fashionista and jewelry designer Jessica Harris of Bar Harbor.

The inclusion of bright colors in the list means that fashion designers are optimistic.

Red, aforementioned as tomato puree, is also big for spring, especially for dresses, cocktail or otherwise.

Harris modeled a tomato red print dress from The Grasshopper Shop. The dress evokes the 1940s, another spring trend, especially when paired with peep toe wedges.

The Grasshopper Shop also had punchy red handbags such as the Butler bag by Jen Groover ($167).

Reny’s on High Street also has hits of red, including a lace-trimmed tank top in a red floral print by Derek Heart for $7.99.

Turquoise, another color shown locally in clothing and accessories, is Pantone’s top color for 2010.

The firm states that turquoise “transports us to an exciting, tropical paradise while offering a sense of protection and healing in stressful times.”

Director of the Pantone Color Institute, Leatrice Eiseman, said, “In many cultures, turquoise occupies a very special position in the world of color. It is believed to be a protective talisman, a color of deep compassion and healing, and a color of faith and truth, inspired by water and sky.”

“Through years of color word-association studies, we also find that turquoise represents an escape to many — taking them to a tropical paradise that is pleasant and inviting, even if only a fantasy.”

Turquoise is universally flattering and has appeal for men and women, Eiseman said. “Turquoise adds a splash of excitement to neutrals and browns, complements reds and pinks, creates a classic maritime look with deep blues, livens up all other greens, and is especially trend-setting with yellow-greens.”

Turquoise shows up in several separates and accessories at The Grasshopper Shop, including a pair of Jag chino pants in a soft, beachy shade of turquoise called Waikiki for $78.

Muted shades of turquoise can be found at Renys, which being a Maine chain, understands that fleece jackets aren’t just for fall and winter. So, they offer a range of Woolrich and Columbia fleece jackets in Easter egg colors, including turquoise.

Ruth Foster’s has satin and taffeta dresses for little girls in pinks, cream and violets, which bring to mind confections.

Speaking of confections, Foster says cupcakes are big for the small set.

She has sweaters with cupcakes and little satin cupcake-shaped containers to hold treasures.

Sequins are in, even for daywear, because you can never be too shiny.

Harris employs a liberal use of sequins in her hair bands, which can be found at Findings on Main Street or atypicalheiress.etsy.com.

And, just in time for spring wardrobe additions, L.L. Bean debuted last week a new line of clothing.

Bean describes its Signature line as having a “modern fit” and “updated style.”

The new line’s designer, Alex Carleton, has worked for Polo Ralph Lauren and Abercrombie & Fitch in New York.

“L.L. Bean Signature features an updated fit with our tops wearing a little closer to the body and our pants generally having a lower rise,” the company states.

This isn’t your grandmother’s L.L. Bean but maybe your mother’s.

Stylish yet classic, the debut pieces for women include a wrap dress, a shirt dress, a pastel plaid tunic, a knee length stretch denim skirt and fitted denim jeans no less in both a slim leg design and flared leg.

And sit down if you aren’t already — Bean’s new line features a pair of platform cork wedge sandals.

Must Haves for Spring

  • Nude platform wedges
  • Denim
  • Handbag in a bold color
  • Lucite jewelry
  • Jacket—shrunken or boyfriend

Top Color Picks for Spring

  • Violet
  • Aurora
  • Turquoise
  • Fusion Coral
  • Tomato Puree
  • Tuscany
  • Amparo Blue
  • Pink Champagne
  • Dried Herb
  • Eucalyptus

 

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