Every Fashion Week, we look forward to discovering the next key pieces for our own wardrobes. For Spring 2018, designers rebooted fresh floral prints, fabrics that sparkle and shine, and high-fashion athleisure, creating a trifecta of must-try trends. For styling inspiration that puts these themes into action, we tapped fashion experts Chrissy Rutherford, Harling Ross, and Gia Seo. All three ladies spent a day creating looks in our Madison Avenue dressing rooms, and the result is a manifestation of three unique style perspectives of each fashion lover. Scroll on for Harling, Chrissy, and Gia’s takes on floral, athleisure, and sparkle and shine.
Harling Ross is the Fashion Editor at Man Repeller, where she writes stories, selects clothing for photo shoots, and manages the Instagram account. Harling has an eclectic style and insists that comfort be a priority wherever possible. To her, “Style is really just synonym for storytelling, because what we wear tells the story of who we want to be.”
When thinking about a trend, Harling says she never wants to take one too literally. Exhibit A: her athlesiure outfit. “It’s not quite for the gym. I included track pants but styled them with bold sunglasses.” Harling recommends making a trend your own by adding items you generally love to wear, like a tailored blazer.
Harling was drawn to an Area dress for her sparkle and shine outfit. “This is basically my dream ensemble for an evening on the town,” she notes. “I added a few pieces that I think a very chic, grandmotherly extraterrestrial might enjoy—a Calvin Klein jacket, printed mules, pink-tinted sunglasses, and a beaded baguette bag.”
At HarpersBazaar.com, Chrissy Rutherford is the Senior Fashion Editor and wears many hats for the brand. Whether she’s curating content for the Instagram feed, overseeing fashion stories, or discovering new talent, Chrissy’s day-to-day is always changing, and so is her style. “Clothing is my favorite way to express myself, and the right outfit can affirm or transform my mood. Some days I want to look classic yet cool, and sometimes I want to look sexy,” she says.
Chrissy twirls around in the dressing room to SZA in her sparkle-and-shine look, eventually pausing to take a quick selfie in her silver ensemble. “I love a full suit look, or coordinating separates. This shiny Isabel Marant jacket and matching pants feels very me because I love to stand out,” she says.
Her floral look is playful, combining different patterns in one silhouette. “I’m really into pink right now, so I was instantly drawn to this Proenza Schouler dress. All the details are perfect, from the low knotted neckline to the exaggerated sleeves.”
Chrissy is also a fan of Julien Dossena’s revival of the Paco Rabanne brand, favoring the effortlessly cool, logo activewear and insisting they’ll fit right into her wardrobe. “I buy athleisure pieces in neutral tones, so I know everything will always match.”
Gia Seo is a model and creative consultant involved in many aspects of the fashion industry including styling, set design, and brand strategy. She describes her personal aesthetic as, “Neurotic, to say the least. I can’t label it, and truthfully, where is the fun in that?” When it comes to shopping, Gia gravitate towards nontraditional pieces and emerging designers. “Sustainability is a plus,” she adds.
“My floral look starts with a colorful accessory—a springtime mule. I build from there with a pastel, delicately-detailed Prada top and pants to a fully embellished floral jacket.” For Gia, more is more. “Details are exemplary, and color misbalance offsets everything,” she says.
Gia didn’t want to create a traditional sequined outfit when interpreting the sparkle and shine trend. “Here, the shimmer comes bright pops of color instead. Bright pinks, bright reds, different textures—you shine in a less conventional way!”