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          Notes from the flowers: florals for spring

          CWRU Runway

          Emily Mikhail

          Issue date: 3/26/10 Section: Focus
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          This silky blouse elegantly captures the lightness of spring with a floral design that won't bring up embarrassing elementary school memories.
          This silky blouse elegantly captures the lightness of spring with a floral design that won't bring up embarrassing elementary school memories.
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          I don't know about you, but I spent my weekend soaking up the much anticipated and appreciated vitamin D. Cleveland, often termed the "mistake by the lake," treated its residents with an early taste of spring. The air was filled with buzzing, harmonious sounds, welcoming scents. Anyone who has been in the city long enough to know that sunshine is a rare luxury was outside enjoying every second of its stay. Lilies were draped around shoulders, orchids swayed with each stride, and daisies fluttered in the breeze. So, toss aside those plaids and make room for the roses, because spring is here, and florals are the must-have fashion trend of this season.

          Dominating collections by major designers like Diane Von Furstenberg, DKNY, and Derek Lam, exotic prints and romantic vibes flourished on the runways. Florals have always been a seasonal classic, but instead of the familiar garden party looks we have seen in the past, an updated abstract interpretation has been utilized for 2010.

          I know it's common to associate flower prints with grade school attire, but if done right these prints can be mature and even sexy. In order to avoid looking like you are attending your first day of kindergarten, steer clear of cartoon-like flowers. You don't want to look like a first grade art project walking down the street, so leave these bubbly flowers to the 10-and-under crowd. A brushstroke technique gives an artistic edge to the juvenile pattern by adding a more realistic feel to the flowers. These prints will remind you of a watercolor painting.

          Photo-style prints are making their way into 2010 fashion, capturing still life and draping, ruching, and pinning it to bring such images to life. I love these prints because they are honest and beautiful without being, for lack of a better term, "foofy." These prints work best with sheer fabrics, like the Calpurnia blouse from Mod Cloth. The 1940s-inspired silky sheer top bursts with freshness, and the dainty bow adds charm. The color palette used makes the busy print easy on the eyes and the sheerness adds a vintage feel. You can tuck this flowy piece into high waisted neutral slacks, or a fitted pencil skirt for a great work outfit or lunch with friends.
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