Dear Fashion Lovers,

I write to you with renewed motivation. I just watched Rachael Zoe AGAIN on Tivo (Paris Fashion Week episode) and thus am experiencing a fashion “high” of sorts. It had just enough Chanel and Louis Vuitton to keep my mind reeling all night! As I try to get a grip, I’d like to share some valuable observations I have noted in this coming spring’s collections. If you’re one for copious notes, get your pen and paper ready. Here’s what you need to know and your closets need to have to keep you mega-chic during this blossoming season.

Androgyny- Okay, okay, we know this isn’t exactly a news flash, but it’s not the straw fedora- and-suspenders-look we’ve all come to know and love. Rather, it’s more about the blazer. Over-sized, rolled cuffs complimented with some black skinnies and a pair of converse is all you need for your weekend, day look (oh, you can also amp-up your style with some eighties-inspired shades, Taylor-style, and some serious hardware around your neck line. Dunzo!)

Neutrals…and Red!-This classic palate is the new wave but be sure to leave your floral and abstract prints on their hangers because this spring, solids are all the rage. Mr. Calvin Klein, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Badgley Mischka, Chanel, and Bottega Veneta are just a few to follow suit. Apparently many designers attribute their rather drab color theme to the downturn of the economy. I say pish posh. Fashion is supposed to be fun!!!

Linebacker- I thought we’d never see the day people, but should-pads are back! As always, fashion is all about the extremes. It’s either an exposed shoulder or HUGE shoulder. Jill Stuart, Walter, and Givenchy are just a few to incorporate this eighties’ throwback, which leads me to my next point…If anyone has watched ‘The City,’ you’ve seen Miss Port sporting some red dress, huge shoulder catastrophe (sorry, Whit, you’ve had better days). If you’re going to try this look out, do so with caution.

Hope this helps you with your next shopping bender!

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