Eliza Faulkner’s motorcycle jacket is softly constructed.

BEAUTIFUL YOU: Spring style: what you need now

Chambray denim and soft styles make their mark in spring

  • Jan. 22, 2015 12:00 p.m.

Grey skies are gonna clear up and what better to go with your happy face than some fresh, new fashion?

Boulevard Magazine fashion and style contributor Lia Crowe spoke with Monday Magazine recently to give us the goods on what’s new for spring 2015.

“If I could narrow it down into one word, it would be soft,” says the former high fashion model, now a mom of two active daughters.

“The last couple of seasons things have had a harder, more graphic edge,” she says. Now the trend is toward a softer, more feminine look.

This summer, look for softer fabrics, including soft denim and plenty of flower prints.

“The common denominator is soft. … textures like suede, which we see a lot of in spring clothing, with a softer 70s feel. And a lot of denim, but the soft, chambray denim – and not just in jeans,” she says.

Local designer Eliza Faulkner agrees.

“Denim (is) a really big trend for spring 2015. I wanted to play with the Canadian tuxedo idea (denim on denim) mixed with a west coast vibe,” says Faulkner. “That’s where the denim chambray came into play … the chambray is made of Tencel and is a bit softer and easier to wear than normal denim. So you get the same look, it’s just even more relaxed.”

The spring look includes work-suits – an updated twist on the jumpsuit which includes a full sleeve, made of linen or chambray with a button front. Also on trend are softer, less constructed jackets and dresses in soft textures.

Faulkner’s spring line includes a motorcycle jacket with a relaxed feel. “The motorcycle jacket is a classic piece that is found in many women’s closets. I wanted to give it a west coast feel and so I used linen to relax the look and make it lighter weight for the summer,” she says.

“Sheer is still here,” adds Crowe. “There’s plenty of sheer detailing.”

This includes skirts with sheer overlays and hems, as well as sheer sleeves.

“There’s a lot of beautiful colour,” she adds. “Not the black and white colour blocking we’ve seen. Spring is more soft and whimsical – that’s sort of the theme you see running through everything. Lots of sheer stuff with movement – sexy, swishy, flowy textures.”

Continuing to be in style is the cropped pant. “I think this one will stick around, a lot of women love it,” she says.

Get started on those crunches now, or get ready to add a few into your workout routine, as the bare mid-drift is also on the spring scene. “Just a glimpse,” says Crowe. “And the mid-drift – not the belly, not your tummy. This is a sophisticated look where the top is cropped just so the upper part of your body is shown – it’s a sexy spot.”

Can you show that much skin if you’re over 30? Yes, says Crowe. “I wouldn’t say it’s an exclusively young look.”

The bare mid-drift and sheer, flowy style span all ages, she says. “Think of the mid-drift like the mature women of the 1950s, the higher skirt with the cropped top.”

Eliza Faulkner’s spring/summer collection can be found at Hughes and Tulipe Noire in Victoria.

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