Spring into Color

Taking cues from a midcentury classic, the season’s new looks have a bright, optimistic vibe

Hand painted paillette fishtail hem gown designed by Lloyd Klein.

Photography by Rachel Whaley

“It’s a very blue year,” says Susan Stein. Fortunately, Palm Springs Life’s fashion editor is talking literally rather than metaphorically. Blue, she points out, has been out of favor with designers for a long time. Its resurgence owes a debt of gratitude to an even bigger spring trend: color, color, color!

“There’s not much black in the picture,” Stein reports. Instead, look for fuchsia, purple, and tangerine — and patterns, especially floral prints, and a variety of textures.

As for shapes, expect to find store racks with tapered pants and simple sheaths. “There’s a huge influence from the ’50s and ’60s — and that is a return to the classics,” Stein says. Designers, she adds, are giving consumers more options to suit different types of bodies, including tapered pants and flounced hems on dresses. “Dresses have been important for the last five seasons, and they continue to be so,” Stein says.

Like clothes, like makeup. Trend followers will be wearing eye shadow and eyeliner in colors to match their outfits. If they want texture, they might paste on velvet eyeliner strips. Either way, they’ll be sporting false eyelashes. Orange and fuschia lipsticks complete the package. “Red will always be here if you can wear it and have a good time with it,” Stein says, “but some people aren’t comfortable in it.”

Just as much a fashion staple as red lipstick is the trench coat. But this spring brings a twist with more fabric choices. To show off the look, Stein pairs a lightweight trench coat with a neon green turtleneck. Neon, she says, is important this spring as an accent. “It’s not meant to be worn head to toe,” she warns, “unless you want to stop traffic.”

Location: Movie Colony, Palm Springs. Courtesy of Benjamin Leaskou, Greater Palm Springs Realty
Fashion Editor: Susan Stein
Hair: Joy Fields, J. Russell The Salon!
Makeup: Chip Tuvman, J. Russell The Salon!
Models: Virginia Martin and Marketa

Comments to this website are moderated by staff. While all comments are welcome, we encourage all to be polite and please do not use this system for advertising or business promotions. Any complaint towards a business or service should be directed directly to that business and not posted here. If anyone has a complaint that a comment is defamatory, please contact me at tmay@palmspringslife.com and I will take appropriate action promptly. Thank You

Add your comment:
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

Naked Purse

Set against Painted Canyon’s natural wonders, these handbags cannot help but come alive.

You Wear 
It Well

Dressing for Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach Festival communicates your artistic appetite.

Deepwell Weekend

The inspiration for the photo shoot came not from Slim Aarons, but from a 1966 Playboy magazine story about a Deepwell bachelor pad in Palm Springs.

Be Spoke

Here is the latest fashion for hitting the Greater Palm Springs trails with your mountain bike or some intense training. Look good, feel better.

Fashion Finds Its Place at Modernism Week

Modernism Week 2016 became the year that modernist fashion took center stage with designers like Lisa Perry.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions + Contests

Cartoon Caption Contest

Cartoon Caption Contest

Each month, we provide a vintage 1950’s cartoon illustrated by Alice Rovinsky. You are invited to submit a caption or vote for your favorite caption.