From statement blazers to raincoats and boots, trend forecaster Mariana Keros shares her must-have list for spring.
By Mariana Keros
Spring is here, and with it a breath of fresh air and new trends to brighten our spirits until the weather warms. After scouring the runways and scoping out the local scene, I’ve compiled my desires.
Vinotecca Live Music
Situated in downtown Birmingham, Vinotecca is a fun gathering spot with a delicious menu (they offer half-order entrees), impressive wine selection, friendly service and my favorite component — live music! I’m constantly looking for restaurants that provide that special ambience music. And when a vocalist is part of the package, you’ll bet I’ll be spreading word. Friday and Saturday nights, get your spot at the bar and get your groove on! Vinotecca 210 S. Old Woodward, Birmingham.
My go-to uniform is a blazer and jeans, so I’m always on the hunt for something that catches my eye. That’s why when I descended the stairs at 110 Couture, I knew I had found the place. Co-owner Stacie Maier enthusiastically greeted me and explained how she works with the designer of Hipchik Couture to create embellished messages on the back of this much sought-after blazer. Quips like “Stay in Your Lane’” and “Pay it Forward” can be found, but my personal favorite was “Blessed.” Inspirational and grateful is the perfect way to exit a room. Blazers, $320, 110 Couture, 110 S. Old Woodward, Birmingham.
All variations of puff sleeves appeared on the catwalks this season — long-sleeved or short, the attitude was feminine and flirty. Try a cropped-top version with high-waisted jeans for a sassy night out! Skylar + Madison, $69, Lexi Drew, 152 N. Old Woodward, Birmingham.
It’s what I refer to as warrior rainwear — Stutterheim is a class act brand, handmade in Sweden using the finest of craftsmanship and timeless design. The Mosebacke is my personal favorite because of its swing silhouette. You’d never believe these waterproof masterpieces are machine washable, but no dryers please! In April, don’t be left without one. You know what they say, spring showers… Raincoat, $295, stutterheim.com.
Lace and Bows
Two details that popped out from my spring trend report were lace insets and bows. Imagine my delight when I discovered this darling frock from Self-Portrait; a silk striped shirt dress with a side tie and lace details. Perfect when only a dress will do. $390, Found Objects, 168 S. Old Woodward, Birmingham.
Jacobson’s Fashion Exhibit
If you grew up in Birmingham, chances are you spent some serious shopping moments at Jacobson’s at the corner of Maple and Bates. And who could forget the Miss J Shop, where countless back-to-school outfits and prom dresses were pondered and purchased. This iconic Birmingham department store is featured in a new exhibit at the Birmingham Museum highlighting how Birmingham has evolved. You’ll reminisce as you browse the counter displays of actual vintage merchandise and be reminded, the passion for fashion lives on. Open Tuesday-Saturday 1-4 p.m., Birmingham Museum, 556 W. Maple Road, Birmingham.
Spring is a transitional fashion season, and what better time to introduce a new boot into the mix? Whether you pick white or black, both look fresh with a branded wrap belt and contrasting rubber platform. They add just the right dash of athletic edge with your jeans, leggings or dresses. Nike, $180, Pogo, 138 S. Old Woodward.
Whether it was macrame, crochet or raw-edge fringe, these artisan details are well represented in the spring collections. They seem to dictate a sense of individual style with their one-of-a-kind, handcrafted sensibility. Viola Boutique is just the place to tap your inner creativity for a fashion wow factor! Consider a duster coat of tie-dye strips of cotton loosely woven. Worn with a white tee and jeans, and statement metal jewelry…viola! Coat by Kiyo, $299, 18226 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Farms, and395 Hamilton Row, Birmingham.