FROM UPCYCLED SHORTS TO MINIMALLY STYLED DREAMS IN LACE AND COLORFUL BAUBLES, MAKE WINNING TRANSITIONS IN THESE ARTFUL DESIGNS

by Archana Aithal Rose

MAKE IT POP
Bold, bright, and beautiful, there’s nothing like the return of color that accompanies the promise of warmer temps. Whether it’s David Webb’s fabulous art deco square in square pieces in vibrant hues or Irene Neuwirth’s trending tourmalines, jewelry designers world over are embracing themes of connectivity in their colorful approaches. Our picks of spring’s chic fest objects of fascination:

David Webb 18K Turquoise Cuff Bracelet
Jeweler to the stars, Webb truly shows how it’s done here with an edgy spiked cuff bracelet in 18K yellow gold and black enamel and featuring turquoise pyramids outlined with white diamonds of 5.35 carat weight. $79,925, neimanmarcus.com

Oscar Heyman Gold and Platinum Padparadscha and Diamond Necklace
Kick up your jewelry game a notch by investing in this standout design, decadently fitted with 45 unheated pink and salmon hued Ceylon padparadscha oval sapphires, 45 pear shaped diamonds, and 45 round diamonds to form an enticing ombré effect. $450,000, cellinijewelers.com

Splash by Effy Purple Sapphire Stud Earrings in Sterling Silver
Even if you don’t yet believe the hype surrounding purple sapphires this season, these show stopping earrings bedazzled with 3 5/8 carat round shaped purple sapphires in a pavé cluster will make you a convert. $1,600, macys.com

Shorecrest Spread

LACED WITH LOVE
Inspired by a London group called the Stitch School, which teaches boys and girls needlework, head designer for Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton, belted out a momentous spring summer collection that celebrated not just the art of embroidery, but also teamwork. Reinventing old patterns from prior collections, Burton reinvigorated lace and tulle incorporating them into a loaded Rolodex of designs like tailored pantsuits and bustiers, along with the house’s edgier staples in abbreviated silhouettes. alexandermcqueen.com

Endangered Flower Lace Bustier Top
The softness of fine cotton lace is cleverly juxtaposed with the sculptural silhouette of a bustier. Featuring a boning construction and detailed with flowers and scallop trim. $1,940

Linen Stripe Peg Pant
Summer’s favorite fabric gets a big personality treatment in black and white striped peg pants, with a concealed zipper in front. $1,275

Endangered Flower Trompe L’Oeil Jacket
This architecturally constructed black silk wool design, finished with padded shoulders and single button fastening, is further punctuated with hand embroidery in optic silver bullion endangered flower motifs. Available with matching pant. $17,815

SHORTS STORIES
In knee grazing styles or cut a few inches above, our favorite designers brought back the Bermuda shorts of yesteryear, albeit with fresh retakes. Cut in versatile fabrics like luxurious satin, crêpe…even leather, and with retro prints and details, you can channel the dauntless spirit of the ’40s in these cute as hell versions.

Max Mara Cotton Crêpe Bermuda Shorts
Cool and sophisticated, Mara’s patterned straight cut shorts are styled with classic tailoring details like slant pockets and welt pockets at the back. They can be paired either with a solid cardigan for elegance or a printed silk cami for a bolder look. $725, maxmara.com

YSL Bermuda Shorts in Sablé
A glamorous going out option in shiny sequins, St. Laurent’s knee length silk lined design features a front pleat, slant side pockets, and a side button closure. $2,690, ysl.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chanel Cotton Tweed Shorts
Nothing subtle about this legendary house’s daring red shorts! They’re packed with texture and details, like threads in ecru and black interwoven into signature tweed hearkening back to Coco’s industry establishing first pieces. $3,000, chanel.com