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For spring 2015 soft silhouettes in dewy blues, frosted pinks, and pristine whites fill the streets and our closets. With spring style in full bloom, it seems as though the whimsical fashions have us all living in a pastel haze and white washed day dream. While I love this ethereal esthetic, particularly the blithe attitude it emanates, it also beckons me to go against the grain. It’ s as if we’re all in an airy bubble of pale and muted hues—I’m tempted to pop it.

I satisfy this desire to stir the pot with the anti-pastel look pictured above. My inspiration for the styling and original dress design was Andy Warhol’s pop art, specifically his use of vibrant colors. The literal display of Warhol’s influence is the baguette, which is covered in prints of his iconic Marilyn Monroe silkscreen painting. Though more subtly, is the way he influenced my dress design. The black lace detail reminds me of Warhol’s blotted line technique, where the irregular lines of a print would be filled in with dynamic colors. For my dress design I chose complimentary hues to generate a true pop art feel. The calm and deep quality of the purple is amplified in contrast to the bright and active tone of the yellow backing fabric (and vice versa).

The point is not to reject the pastel color trend. I truly enjoy the refined and soft nature these hues poses, however as a designer, I’m always trying to find new ways to be inspired by color. In this instance, it took pastel colors to allow me to truly appreciate and explore the power of bold colors. My hope is that this dress snaps everyone out of their pastel trance, just for a moment, so it’s like seeing the true beauty of vibrant color with revirginized eyes.

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Moved By the Mode

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March is here and around the country fashion enthusiasts are ushering in Spring with sneak peaks of their whimsical Spring wardrobes. However, here in Boston, with our 6ft snow banks and “balmy” 40 degree weather (yes, everything is relative), we are just not there yet. In the final stretch of Winter, the muted grey surroundings and tepid atmosphere are unmoving. The staying power of the ice and snow magnifies our edginess and feelings of anticipation. In this wasteland environment it is hard to find inspiration. I feel much more like a survivalist than a fashion blogger! Surprisingly enough, it was these feelings that inspired my look for Moved by the Mode. The pairing of the over-sized shearling jacket (H&M), suede fringe sheath dress (BCBG Max Azria), and animal print booties (Tsubo) is my survivalist-chic take on New England pre-Spring style. The fabrics and patterns are reminiscent of primitive garb, and emulate the natural materials one could have cultivated off the land. The contrast of the cross-body canary bag (Henri Bendel) gives the look extra punch and has a dramatic effect by polarizing the neutral and natural textures of the outfit. I put on these hides, my fashion armor, apply my accessories, my war paint, and I’m ready to wait out the last days of Winter.

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