Shape shifting: New shapes and silhouettes are the biggest news, said Kristina O'Neill, executive editor of Harper's Bazaar.
Jackets — twisted or tweaked — are required for the fashion-forward. Dries Van Noten and 3.1 Phillip Lim skipped the sleeves. And whether big-shouldered at Balenciaga or off-the-shoulder at Donna Karan, some of these new shapes rocked us like the '80s.
Prints churning: That Chanel adage about taking one thing off before you walk out the door? Forget it for spring, at least when it comes to prints and patterns. "It's more like, put one more thing on," O'Neill said. "Mixing prints that you already have will be an easy way to get in on the print and color explosion."
The bolder may look to Mary Katrantzou's colorful graphic designs and the snake appliques at Lanvin, said Holli Rogers, fashion director at Net-a-Porter.com.
Scoops of sorbet: "For every collection that scrambled patterns and textures, there was another that had whisper colors," O'Neill said, pointing to Givenchy's pale pinks. Carolina Herrera served mint green, Hussein Chalayan lemon.
Rogers liked 3.1 Phillip Lim's slouchy tailored separates in soft sorbet shades. "Print pastels were also important and strongest at Christopher Kane and Diane von Furstenberg," Rogers said.
Gatsby nights: On cue with the upcoming "Great Gatsby" movie, eveningwear bears signatures of the art deco era — slinky bias cuts and chevron beading among them. "Gucci offered a strong and sexy take on the trend while Ralph Lauren went for dreamy romanticism," Rogers said.
Surf and turf: Rogers liked the point-break references, from Altuzarra's fitted neoprene dresses to print swimwear from Lisa Marie Fernandez. "I love Christian Louboutin's new fluoro neoprene shoes — both comfortable and supercool," she said. Sporty details scored elsewhere, in an Akris green number reminiscent of Adidas Stan Smiths, a tracksuit from Alexander Wang, and Rag & Bone's aqua parachute pants
Starring accessories: Yellow is the new neutral, according to Neiman Marcus, safest to try in shoes and sandals, or with camels and khakis. "Yellow is a challenging color, so wear it with other neutrals or with denim, or white, creams and navies," O'Neill suggested.
Pumps with a thin ankle strap are back. For an "art shoe," the one fashion lovers are talking about is Prada's Flame, O'Neill said. "It's one of those shoes that would have everyone at your dinner party talking."