Written by: Štěpánka Strouhalová
Photo by: Věroslav Sixt
Spring’s offer for women draws heavily on the past. Some styles would suit an old English school, while others sport prewar lace or capture the laid-back hippy atmosphere of the ’70s.
THE POWER OF inspirational sources doesn’t fade away, and favorite retro influences allow us to escape from contemporary constraints. Whether it’s a question of exquisite elegance, tender beauty, or rustic charm, a modern, markedly feminine appearance always asserts itself.
The latest inspiration for spring patterns is vegetation in all forms – from romantically floral through eccentric, stylized flowers, to a tropical jungle with colorful fauna. Beside these, cheerful stripes or monocolor pastel surfaces glow. Romance is represented by tender, powdery colors, and is rich in decorated details – laces, ties, and underwear elements – and materials predominated by airy chiffons and voiles, but also cotton batiste or heavier satin. If you want to be a true romantic, accessorize with long pearl necklaces or perhaps gold or silver sandals…but just to be sure, combine ornate tops with simple jeans or Bermuda shorts.
Casual and sporty fashions bring inspiration from the very beginning of the sporting era, the interwar years from 1920 to 1940, when style and elegance were everything. This neoclassic is reminiscent of a British college. In summer, yachting motifs of the ’50s and ’60s are added. Here too the return to nature is symbolized by fresh, optimistic colors – from fine, natural, heavenly blue, sand, or bamboo pastels to a basket full of colorful fruits. Combining them with neutral elements in white, gray, or khaki is effective.
The opposite of “weekend” style is expensive, luxurious glamor, which shows off the sheen and sparkle of expensive materials and many prints often inspired by patterns of wild predators and reptiles, supplemented by rhinestone decorations. While elegant style, which is a bit tangential to “hot” spring trends is very refined, moderate, and expensive in cut and materials, the trend group called ethno is richly varied. It includes not only European folk art motifs, but also Oriental and Asian themes. It all goes hand in hand with a great return of hippy fashion that shouts out independence and fantasy. Marked, ethnically inspired prints, embroidery, and much decorative stage jewelry are its hallmark.
Optimistic tones will fill you with new energy. And before the buds open, you can already swing into a colorful spring.
Incognito, U Zvonařky 9, Praha 2
shop of the month
INCOGNITO: If you want a break from mass-produced fashion brands, don’t miss the new Incognito – Secret Fashion boutique with Israeli fashion. The shop represents the Katomenta brand by the designer Hayi Nir and offers clothes for the young and middle-aged generations from Ani & Adi Jacobson, and great costume jewelry and real jewelry by Ruti Friendlander.
Incognito – Secret Fashion, U Zvonařky 9, Praha 2