It’s one of our favorite shows of the year – the “St. Vincent’s Hospital Westchester Trend Presentation” at Neiman Marcus Westchester in White Plains to support the Harrison-based provider of mental health, addiction recovery and residential services.
Chuck Steelman, special events coordinator for Neiman Marcus, was on hand Feb. 7 to give the 75 women in attendance NM fashion director Ken Downing’s 411 on the spring trends. Steelman divided the trends into five fashion personalities – the hopeless romantic who indulges the eternal feminine with ruffles and bows; the free spirit questing in rich patterns, textures and spice colors; the colorful personality in saturated shades; the urban sophisticate in polished power suits and sleek moto jackets (thank goodness the moto hasn’t left us); and the go-getter, jet-setting the world in statement jackets, matching sets and layering pieces.
What we also observed is that big earrings and sunglasses remain “in,” apricot, creams and white are also hot colors; shorts are back, along with the power suit; and fashionistas can continue to pair their fancy dresses with casual jackets by day and fun furs by night, Steelman said. The scarf dress and the scarf hat (think Johnny Depp’s bandana in “Pirates of the Caribbean”) are also big.
Though the guys didn’t hit the runway – what a pity – Neiman’s has identified some trends for them. They include athletic-tech effects in tailored clothing made of performance fabrics with tech details, bombers in beige and tan, metallic sneakers, floral-print sportswear, muted olive and grassy palettes, distressed denim and the belt bag (an abbreviated backpack worn like a crossbody.)