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Richly textured and eye-catchingly unusual,
this Alexandrie Necklace from Lilah Gabriel
weaves and mingles brass, steel, calfskin leather
and yarn to create an elegant melding of the
modern and anthropologic. Designers Jessica
and Jason McMahon combine jewelry-making
and traditional knitting techniques in each of
their bold designs. This one will lend the perfect
splash of color and sparkle to accent just about
any little black dress; $235; LilahGabriel.com.
Who says activewear has to be boring?
Miami-based designer Denise Cronwall
creates sexy, sophisticated and utterly
feminine pieces that will help you look
fabulous at the gym without sacrificing
performance and comfort. This look
combines Cronwall’s Hedera Shorty, Caluna
Sport Top, and popular Anemone Drape-
Neck Pullover for a fun and blissfully
functional ensemble. After all, what
inspires your workout more than knowing
you’ll look fabulous while you’re doing it?;
DeniseCronwall.com. We’ll all be able to breathe a sigh of style-
relief this spring, as the season ushers in hot
new trends that are blissfully comfortable. First
on the list are loose, high-waisted trousers.
Yes, that’s right — I said high-waisted. No more
trying to squeeze into low-riders that give even
the slimmest of us lovehandles. These pants are
fashionable and feminine, fitting to the natural
shape of the body. The wide cut of the leg may
not fit inside your riding boots, but they’ll look
fabulous with a light pair of ballerina slippers
or classic pumps. This season, the hot look in
dresses will be loose and graceful with soft
folds of fabric. Look for pieces with plenty of
movement instead of stiff, unforgiving designs.
Longer hemlines are also coming back, so
opt for something knee-length or even lower.
Sleek, full-length styles that brush the floor
will be all the rage, especially if paired with
light, strappy heels. Blouses will also continue
their evolution toward big, blousy styles with
wide sleeves and an easy, loose fit. In all these
looks, pair soft neutrals or go for bold. Mixing
eclectic prints will be hot this spring, as will
wild, retro shades like orange and chartreuse.
You’ll love the chance to slip into something
comfortable as the heat turns up.
› Celeste Bandura
spent 22 years working
as a personal stylist
and make-over expert,
helping people achieve
their full beauty
potential. She is now
retired and lives on Key Biscayne with her husband,
Ed, and their puppy, Prince Charles.
“Sometimes the eye gets so
accustomed that if you don’t have a
change, you’re bored. It’s the same
with fashion, you know. And that, I
suppose, is what style is about.”
— Bill Blass
22 Viking Support
Ever wonder why there are buttons
on the ends of jacket sleeves?
It started with an order from
Napoleon, who hoped it would
discourage his soldiers from wiping
their noses on their sleeves.
An archaeologist excavating
Sweden’s oldest Viking settlement
claims to have found evidence
that the buxom Nordic ladies wore
bras. They did not, however, wear
helmets with horns.
The square-toed shoe was
specifically invented for Charles the
VIII of France. He had a hard time
finding footwear that actually fit his
wide feet. The problem? One of his
feet sported an extra toe.