Sweet somethings: Tune in to these lilting spring fashions

May 18, 2015

Kate Spade New York Madison Avenue Collection raffia Paillette Flower hat, $448 at Kate Spade, New York,

Spring fashion hits a high note with pretty pastels, grown-up gingham checks, fresh-cut florals and lace that bring to mind love songs by pop sweethearts and soulful troubadours.

Meanwhile, Victoria Beckham’s oversized pink blooms on midi-dresses and tote bags suggest a swinging London spirit, and Stella McCartney’s delicate sundresses, with puzzle-piece-like embroidery, evoke a ’70s groove.

"Optimistic chic" is how Michael Kors describes his collection in stores now, with dance skirts and crop tops, lace dresses and cuffed denim conjuring images of 1960s girl groups. (His runway show music was the Ronettes’ "Be My Baby.")

Burberry designer Christopher Bailey titled his collection of colorful ruched and tiered tulle dresses, feather-trimmed denim jackets and candy-colored shearlings, "The Birds and the Bees," which also happens to be the name of a catchy little ditty performed by Jewel Akens that was a hit in 1965.

Whatever tune you choose, how can you not be charmed?



Associated Press