Spring Forward In DC Style

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Spring officially arrives tomorrow, and so begins the transition from trousers and down coats to breezy linens and higher hemlines. Drawing on three art exhibits for inspiration, we explored the top fashion trends dominating the runways—botanical prints, athletic influences, and washed-out neon. Take a look at our collage of images from local exhibits paired with borrowed looks from DC-area independent boutiques and larger chains for some artistic inspiration to ease you into the spring swing.


Floral Affairs

As is fitting during cherry blossom season, the National Gallery of Art is presenting an exclusive, one-month exhibit, Colorful Realm of Living Beings: Japanese Bird-and-Flower Paintings by Itō Jakuchū (1716–1800)” opening on March 30. Fashion designers embarked on their own floral-infused palooza this spring, proving Washingtonians are not alone in their flowery infatuation.

Camilla and Marc Revival Dress (Style Étoile, $560) Basic Collection Heels (Zara, $49.90), White Woven Clutch (Kate Spade), Vintage Earrings
Peonies and Butterflies, from “Colorful Realm of Living Beings,” set of 30 vertical hanging scrolls, circa 1757–1766, ink and colors on silk


Camilla and Marc Counter Attack Dress (Style Étoile, $592), Jessica Simpson Nude Halie Platform Pumps (Macy’s, $48), Vintage Gold Purse, Vintage Earrings
Old Pine Tree and Peacock, from “Colorful Realm of Living Beings,” set of 30 vertical hanging scrolls, circa 1759-1761, ink and colors on silk


Timo Weiland Leven Skirt (Style Étoile, $327), Chelsea Flower Rollup Blouse in Navajo (Style Étoile$165), Socks (American Apparel, $12.50), Brown Wedges (Franco Sarto, $89), Metallic Saffiano Rattan Clutch (Tory Burch, $275), Vintage Sunglasses
Roses and Small Bird, from ”Colorful Realm of Living Beings,” set of 30 vertical hanging scrolls, c. 1757–1766, circa 1761-1765ink and colors on silk


March Madness

Flex your high-fashion muscle with this trend that mixes modernism and athletic wear. Just like the historical moments captured in Photo Finish: The Sports Photography of Neil Leifer” currently on display at the Newseum, these looks are all about edge, athleticism, and game-changing style.

Religion Needy Top (Redeem, $120 ), Kai-aakmann Cargo Pant (Redeem, $154), Chuck Taylor All Star Oxfords (Converse, $50), Vintage Necklace
“Yogi Berra hits a home run for the New York Yankees in the 1960 World Series.” Neil Leifer, Sports Illustrated.


Funktional Carrera Wrap Pants (Redeem, $128), Funktional Turnover Top (Redeem, $98), Chuck Taylor All Star Oxfords (Converse, $50), Vintage Necklace
“Joe Namath of the New York Jets in 1974.” Neil Leifer, Sports Illustrated.


Funktional Turnover Tank Dress (Redeem, $117.50), Michael Kors White Midsized Chronograph Watch (Neiman Marcus, $225), Chuck Taylor All Star Oxfords (Converse, $50)
“Muhammad Ali knocks out Sonny Liston in 1965.” Neil Leifer, Sports Illustrated.


Beyond Neon

The installions by Latin-American artists in the Hirshhorn’s exhibit, Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color, and Space,” embrace the idea of art as a free-flowing barrage of colorful expression. Instead of banning vibrant hues from your wardrobe, embrace the new pastel-neon hybrids shining bright in the spring collections.

Staring at Stars Pleated Wide Leg Pant (Urban Outfitters, $69), Green Floral Leotard (Forever 21, $16), White Bamboo Clutch Purse (The Limited), Jessica Simpson Nude Halie Platform Pumps (Macy’s, $48), Necklace (Pink, Richmond), Shashi Neon Yellow and Pink Nugget Bracelets (Style Étoile, $27 each)
Carlos Cruz-Diez, Chromosaturation, 1965, refabricated 2010. © 2012 Artists Rights Society, New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Iwan Baan


BDG Ankle Cigarette Jean in Cobalt Blue (Urban Outfitters, $58), Pins and Needles Smocked Lace Bra Top (Urban Outfitters, $29), Knitwear Sweater (H&M, $99), Necklace (J.Crew), Shashi Neon Yellow and Pink Nugget Bracelets (Style Étoile, $27 each)
Carlos Cruz-Diez’s Chromosaturation, 1965, exhibition copy refabricated 2010. Photo: Lee Stalsworth


Tricot Mesh Gloria V Bodysuit (American Apparel, $44), Camilla and Marc Ophelia Skirt (Style Étoile, $391), Basic Collection Heels (Zara, $49.90), Necklace (J.Crew), Shashi Neon Yellow and Pink Nugget Bracelets (Style Étoile, $27 each)
Jesús Rafael Soto, Blue Penetrable, 1969, fabricated 1999. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Iwan Baan 


Photographs by: Laura Fruchterman
Creative Director: Jessica Gressa
Editorial Styling:  Liz McAvoy
Model: Liz Monahan
Make-up:  Laila Williams

Special thanks to Lori from Redeem (1734 14th Street NW) and Christina and Natalie from Style Étoile (1701 Rockville Pike Rockville, MD).

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