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by Brittany Matsushita, staff writer
With the drab of winter behind us for the next 10 months, the sun has made its shining return in the form of hot, must-have-items for spring. From the innocent lace of the ‘60s to the daring prints of the ‘80s, the runways are unveiling a variety of styles for every occasion.

The rebels of designer fashion have done it again with an African based theme of bright colors and bold prints for an eye-catching effect. Flowers, tropical palms, and groovy patterns are the focal points of the collections by Roberto Cavalli, Christian Lacroix, Luca Luca, Gucci, and Valentino. These retro styles have attention-grabbing characteristics for the daring and wild at heart who wish to make a statement at a glance.

For the more conservative, Easter is just around the corner and that means white will be back in all forms. This year’s innocent look of lace with a vintage flare gives designers Moschino, Chloe, Monique Lhuillier, and Carlos Miele a clean, girly look with an air of sophistication. Their doily and cookie-cutter patterns add a cute touch to any refined and simple day dress.

Grecian style and risqué cocktail dresses are what’s in for the New Sexy and Elegance collection. The soft lines and graceful femininity of Versace, Donna Karen, Doo Ri, and Christian Dior by John Gallianos deliver a look for any occasion. Their silk and chiffon combinations create new meaning to the term Greek goddess. “I think this look is very sexy without being crude,” said junior Natalie Moran.

On the other hand, cocktail dresses are taking a provocative turn with a flirty edge. The low neck-lines at Dsquared and Louis Vuitton rival the high legs and open backs at Pucci, Alexander McQueen, and Zaldy. “These dresses are fun, sexy, and perfect for nightlife,” exclaimed senior Franchesca Quvedo. These bright, flashy, and slightly edgy dresses are a breath of fresh air for spring after a colorless winter.

Leave it to Armani to bring back the pantsuit of the ‘80s. Far from the shoulder pads of Working Girl, these tailor fit blazers with pin-thin pant legs are the new reinvented pantsuits of today. Professional and in-style never looked so good.

Spring is only here for four months, so grab all the sun and color you can get.


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