By Cassie Elsaesser
It is time to jump for joy as the warm weather has finally found its way to Buffalo.
This summer promises to be as fun and laid back as ever before.
Festivals, lazy walks on Elmwood, outdoor parties and barbeques, and hanging out with friends and family are the order of the season.
But fear not!
Fashion Maniac is here to help you look your very best for all these occasions.
This season’s look involves a significant use of monochromatic themes.
That is, designers have delved into the use of single colors and various shades of them to create a look that has wide latitude, simple lines and textures, and a softness that so embodies the wealth of the “prairie.”
The look is further defined by the use of bold accessories that emphasize without detracting from the image.
The accessories – shoes, bags, belts, headwear, and jewelry – are the finishing elements that punctuate the fashion statement.
Beige is NOT boring and whoever believes so has not seen the latest Spring/Summer collection from Marc by Marc.
The runway was filled with neutral toned outfits capped with bright jewelry.
The neutral look exudes a luxurious approach to the image by pairing tops and bottoms of the same color category.
In some cases, a true monotone approach takes the look straight to the top.
It promotes an image of strength, confidence and wealth.
Alexander Herchovich took it a step further and introduced a line of fashion involving significant use of monochromatic nude.
Thus, the contrast between cloth and human is dramatically reduced but captures the eye of the observer in much the same way our peripheral vision captures subtle but striking information and moves it front and center.
Yes, it becomes that important.
Ana Sui went very retro by incorporating turn-of-the-century prairie styling.
The coloration is a combination of what one might find in a Nebraska cornfield accented with pieces derived from Native American jewelry and headwear.
The subtle combination works well to create a bold yet reserved statement.
Tracy Reese also made use of the monochromatic and combined it with stylings from the 1970’s.
Also from the same time period, Catherine Malandrino mixed macrame and loose textures to bring about a comfortable look with subtle hints of formality.
Michael Kors assigned clean cut lines to khaki, earthy greens and light greys.
The sophisticated lineup included casual and semi formal wear with the accents defined by copper-colored belts and shoes.
For truly formal wear this season, look no further than Monique Lhuilier, Neeh Kahn, Badgley Mischka, Reem Acra, and Editions‘ George Chakra.
Each of these artists utilized the single-color, multi-shade theme, but united it with a wide array of textures and treatments.
The result is the upper echelon of a theme that, again, represents subtle sophistication and taste.
Max Azria and Ports 1961 leaned toward the use of creams and white on white.
The look is fresh and classic.
For the genuinely casual approach, David Vasovic, Nanette Lepore, Rebecca Taylor, and Mackage all used the monochrome theme but with a minimalist twist. Accessories were kept to shoes and belts and the their respective colors added to the monotone.
Custo Barcelona, who typically makes grand use of very bold patterns and combinations of patterns, brought together this years’ theme whilst still using bold patterns.
It’s clean, a bit less subtle, and very comfortable.
Stay neutral this summer.
This season is all about being “easy on the eyes.”
Take advantage of the subtelty to bring about a look that exudes style, sophistication and comfort.
FASHION MANIAC TEAM:
Features Editor : Casssie Elsaesser
All Photography & Managing Editor: Cheryl Gorski Copy
Editor: Chris Alfiero Stylists : Casssie Elsaesser
MakeUp: Dani Weiser
Hair Stylist: Whitney Curry
Casting Director: Kimberly Cohen Prop
Stylist: Todd Warfield, Lucy Mancuso, Michael Merisola
Where You Can Buy The Model’s Clothing:
On Brittany Caser:
Cream lace dress-Lotions and Potions
Bracelet- Lotions and Potions
White Jeans- Second Chic
Belt- Lotions and Potions
White shirt- Anna Grace
Shoes & Bracelet-Stylists own
Khaki trouser pants- Anna Grace
Purple cardigan- Modern Nastalgia
Necklace- Half and Half
On Jhorllana Romero:
Khaki cargo skinny pants- Anna Grace
Beige chiffon button up shirt- Second Chic
Shoes & belt-Stylists own
Khaki colored skinny pants-Second Chic
Flower chiffon shirt- Half and Half
Shoes- Shoe Fly
Black pants- Models own
White chiffon shirt with black line design- Modern Nastalgia
Black oxford shoes and white vintage purse- Second chic