From the weightless fabrics and dusty shades of the Sahara to seafaring looks straight off the boardwalk of the French Riviera, designers are trolling the high seas, canvassing the deserts, and even taking a trip back in time in search of fashion inspiration this spring.
The White Stuff
In a nod to the glory days of St. Tropez and other Mediterranean ports of call, top designers from Dolce & Gabbana to Ralph Lauren have turned their runways into a sea of white this spring. Whether it be days in silk and linen or nights in white satin, it’s the absence of color in modern men’s and women’s wear that’s white-hot.
Everything old is new again, especially bold graphic prints, macrame stitchwork, and other stylistic tendencies from the 1970s. Pull out those platform shoes, white suits, and wide
floral neckties, all of which are hitting a Saturday-night-feverish pitch again with designers.
On The Waterfront
Guided by the fashionable looks found on the French and Italian rivieras, designers have set out to create a stylish wardrobe for the seasoned sailor — or those who simply love being near the water. While all of these seafaring pieces have the look to take you to the essential ports of call, from Nantucket to Nice, they also keep in mind both elegance and ease.
Safari So Good
Whether coloring their creations in khaki and camouflage or simply tinting their designs the color of a canvas tent, sportswear makers have stormed the deserts from the Sahara to the Serengeti for design inspiration. Look for familiar favorites such as camp shirts, billowy trousers, safari- and military-inspired jackets, and messenger bags to put your style in neutral this season.