By Katie Jenkins


We're continuing to bring Triangle women the key spring and summer styles straight from the runways of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.


This year's warm-weather motifs focus on fun colors and bold patterns – wearable trends that you can incorporate into your everyday wardrobe.


In the March issue, we reported on the craze for flower power, pretty pastels and black-and-white graphics. Last month,
we highlighted sheer genius and monochromatic separates.


This month, we're hitting more designer notes that you can rock all season.




Colorful, groovy prints were all the rage at the spring Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York this year. This is the perfect trend to work into all of your days off.


Before your next trip to the beach, splurge on a colorfully patterned maxi-dress. Pair the dress with neutral wedges and a simple, gold pendant necklace for the perfect summery look.


For your actual beach time, get a bold-printed cover-up. The beach is definitely one place you can get away with wearing wild patterns, so why not?





Peachy keen

The coral color that has dominated the boutiques for the past few summers is here to stay. This beachy hue is sure to add warmth to your wardrobe in spring and bring out your tan in summer.


Add color to your usual office attire with a pair of peach cropped pants, tan pumps and a ruffled white blouse. This bright outfit is sure to keep you in a good mood all day.


For casual weekend outings, try a pale peach, patterned blouse. Wear the top with distressed, boyfriend-style jeans and simple neutral sandals. The combination of flirty and rugged is fabulous for warm afternoon lunches in downtown Raleigh.






Fully skirted

The ladylike skirt with a tea-length hem was big news on the catwalks. Designers showed this darling for all occasions, from casual to formal.


For strolls through Cameron Village, the flowy piece is sweet when paired with a fitted sweater. Its length provides coverage, yet still allows you to show a little leg.


Or, make this retro honey work-friendly by tucking in a silk blouse and cinching your waist with a belt. The refined ensemble provides a slim, dynamic silhouette.