February, the month that is home to Valentine’s Day, is always a good time to talk hot, hot, hot fashion trends. And that’s just what WAG did recently with Hannie Sio-Stellakis of Neiman Marcus at The Westchester in White Plains. A great friend to WAG, Hannie gave us a sneak peek at the store’s Resort Book, featuring top designer collections:
Hannie, where do you find new fashion inspiration each season?
“Outfit inspiration is my own style, but I do read all the top fashion magazines and like reviewing the runway shows each season. We also have a great assortment to pull from at Neiman Marcus, which makes it easy.”
What’s trending for this month?
“Pink, white with black, pops of color like yellow, patterns and prints, backpacks, mid-heel shoes and proportion play.”
Which trend is your favorite?
“White with black. I think it’s a very chic, modern and sophisticated look.”
It’s always a popular color combo. What are your top white and black picks?
“A great graphic pump or clutch from YSL or edgy pieces from Alexander Wang and Helmut Lang.”
What about pink, which, of course, is very appropriate for this month.
“Pink is a major color message from pastels to brights. Pink is everywhere. Add a pop of color by updating your accessories with a great pump or designer handbag. Also trending in jewelry are pink gemstones.”
Speaking of accessories, do you have a favorite way to accessorize with an edge during the winter months?
“I love scarves and layering. I also appreciate a great statement necklace, and a fabulous handbag is a must.”
Which patterns and prints can we expect to see in February?
“Anything from polka dots to palm trees, paisleys to animal prints and abstract painterly brush strokes.”
You mentioned proportion play. What are tips to keep in mind to use this successfully?
“Long under short is the styling message. Longer length tops, blouses and shirting often with hi-lo hems worn under shorter jackets. You will see longer hemlines on dresses and skirts often worn with a cropped top. Cropped pants are very big and a mini is a must. Mid-heel shoes become Resort’s great equalizer, making longer and shorter lengths look perfect.”
What are some of the hottest mid-heel shoes?
“Valentino rock-stud sandals or Gucci.”
With Valentine’s Day coming up, what would be your top party picks for a V-Day celebration?
“A great classic piece from The Row is always a good go-to or a fun and flirty frock from Stella McCartney is key.”
In creating an outfit that looks sexy but tasteful, how bare do you dare to go?
“Accentuate one feature, whether it be waist, legs or back. Showing too much skin isn’t the answer.”
What’s your best advice for men shopping for Valentine’s Day gifts for their significant others?
“Surprise her by picking out something thoughtful or something that she has been wanting for a while that shows that you are attentive to what she says.”
What do you think would be the perfect fashion-oriented Valentine’s Day gift?
“A great accessory, like a designer handbag or pair of shoes, to complement her current wardrobe or a fabulous piece of jewelry.”
What is one style rule all women should break this season?
“Get comfy chic. The sporty look continues, from the couture sweatshirt and baseball jersey-inspired tops to fluid jog pants, trainers and sneakers. These all say, ‘Game on.’”
For more on February fashion trends, visit neimanmarcus.com.