Be Bold! 

Getting the scoop on spring colors.

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Spring is in the air! Sure, the Memphis weather gods will probably throw in a handful of cool days over the next few weeks, but for now, we're gearing up for fashionable strolls and riverside lunches.

Capping off the first month of spring, Memphis Fashion Weekend (March 30th-31st) will bring full collections of local and national designers to Jack Robinson Gallery in downtown Memphis and support ArtsMemphis. We sat down with Memphis Fashion Weekend organizer Abby Elzemeyer to get the scoop on spring trends. Take note, fashionistas.

Flyer: What runway trends do you hope to see on the streets of Memphis this spring?

Elzemeyer: There is definitely a lot of vibrant color in the spring and summer collections this year. Feminine fabrics like lace and florals are back this year as well. We're also seeing some '20s-inspired styles like drop-waist dresses.

Are there any trends that you think speak to Memphis' unique style?

I love that Memphis has a spirited but unassuming nature, and I see Memphis fashion following along that same course. Here, fashion lovers enjoy being unique in their clothing and accessory choices, embracing trends in a classy and down-to-earth way.

Pastels are on their way back in. How do you recommend wearing pastels to avoid looking too washed out?

Choose a color that is complimentary to your hair color and skin tone. For example, if you have a darker skin tone, you have more freedom with white and pastels than others. Redheads look great in pastel purples and blues, while those with fair skin and light hair look great in pastel pink.

On the flip side, neons and bright colors are also in vogue. How can you work a bold statement color into your wardrobe and still maintain a sophisticated style?

I think statement pieces are just that: pieces. Whether it's a bold blouse paired with a classic pair of pants or neon accessories worn with your little black dress, less is always more. Choose one, maybe two, bold pieces like neon, and mix it with classic staples for a fresh and trendy look.

Which designers do you have your eye on this spring? Any local designers?

We like Brave Jewelry a lot. They're local. We're also looking at Baroque Revival, Myra Nash Handbags, Katie Kalsi Handbags, and Annie Griffin. She's from Memphis but lives in Atlanta now, and she has such great layering pieces and dresses. It's the kind of clothing that works on any body shape.

For those of us who like to keep things a little more conventional, what are some of the most wearable trends?  

Soft neutrals are a very strong trend this spring and summer as well as the vibrant colors. If bold is not your thing, then you can certainly add soft and feminine accessories to a neutral outfit like a pale pink clutch, floral heels, or a bright necklace. Even adding a bit of color to your cheeks and lips can spruce up the look of a classic outfit.

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