Friday, November 4, 2011

Going To A Go Go

Ah, Spring. What a beautiful, fresh, colorful season; a time for change, re-birth, and a decided shift away from so much of the black, brown and dark tones in clothing and accessories that so many fashionistas – such as C&C’s editor-at-large- have all been so used to seeing, buying and wearing during the cold winter months. So, with all of this being said, now is the time for C&C to bring you the exclusive, up-to-the-minute, hot off the presses, very-first-look at what will be hot, fabulous, and of course, must-haves, from Ann Taylor, for the new Spring 2012 season.

C&C just previewed the super-affordable, totally cool clothing, accessories and capsule wedding collection in New York City at The Rockefeller Center Loft & Garden. The spectacular space, which Ann Taylor specially selected for this event, houses a cavernous, open and airy indoors area, in addition to a charming, outdoors, roof-top garden; the latter complete with multi-colored seating areas, lush greenery and foliage, a wading pool, filled with deep-blue colored water, and wrap-around views of the city skyline. As if all of this were not enough, guests were treated to bubbly cocktails, luscious nibbles, and a signature Ann Taylor gift-bag, containing a fluorescent-colored look book and a special surprise, which for this C&C’s editor, translated into a super-cool, florescent, lime-green “Sunburst” necklace (which I am wearing right now, as I write up this report).

The clothing and accessories collections break out into fashion-notebook-inspired stories, such as “Modern Art”, “Graphic Design”, “The New Pretty”, and “Urban Romantic”. The design team at Ann Taylor seems to be all about debuting a fresh, bold take on color blocking, modern shapes and silhouettes with high contrast, Mod-inspired colors and textures, for what comes across with a chic, wear-now twist.

Ann Taylor revists the classic case of Mods v. Rockers...
and Mod wins!!!

 All Photos By M. McKenzie

Nearly all of the new season’s clothing, artistic and sculptured jewels, shoes, scarves, handbags, and the like, seem to pay homage to modernist American artists. Case in Point: An emphasis on clean, confident sportswear, all mixed and matched up with softer, sensual styling. The story of graphic patterning and the purity of navy, khaki and white, all of which pop out like crazy against a myriad of wild, new color ways, showcasing a good mix of fashion and wear-to-work style. The story of “bringing beautiful back into dressing” is well told, via a well-defined balance between tailored and softened-up, masculine and feminine; soft and delicate. Make-up shades are worn back to Day-Glo brights; expertly cut suits relax in luxe, tech-y fabrics. Modern silhouettes pair up with flirtatious styles. Think about the term “Romantic Froth” and you get the picture. Soft, romantic color meets strong, modern silhouettes, creating an aura that defines the stylized spirit of the city, with the dress - specifically fashioned to be at once architectural and delicate - as hero. Oh-so-pretty prints are au courant with sleek and sexy, black leather accessories. Sleek separates stop traffic when paired back to crazy neon hues. Knits become the cornerstone of style, luxury and comfort. 

On a final note: The well-priced collection of wedding gowns and separates for the bride, mother-of-the-bride, bridesmaids, et al, are available exclusively at; “Weddings & Events” section. Do not miss the long, white, ball-gown skirt, paired with a l950’s style, cream-colored, short-sleeved sweater, which for this C&C editor, is quite a nifty look to be worn at the most opulent wedding, as well as for lots of other day into evening gala events. -- ADWB for C&C

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