PHOTOS: Fashion: Spring has sprung
BY WENDY ALTSCHULER For Sun-Times Media
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Bright colors and exquisite jewelry are the two standout tips for fashion this spring. Leave the cold weather behind, soak up the sunshine and fresh air and be inspired by these eye-catching finds.
Zabler Design Jewelers, an independent jewelry store in Clarendon Hills, showcases some of the loveliest pieces. Aligned with spring, popular items are colored diamonds. Select the ideal Mother's Day gift or treat yourself to something special-Zabler Design Jewelers has it all.
"We are seeing an increased awareness in our clients of natural fancy color diamonds with recent record setting sales at auction houses like Sotheby's and Christie's. The Clark Pink, a 9-carat natural fancy pink diamond, just smashed previous records, selling for 15.2 million," said Russ Zabler, owner of Zabler Design Jewelers. "It is the highest price paid at an auction in the US for a pink diamond. We have seen a shift in the diamond landscape and are here to provide our clients with access to such fabulous pieces. We have an extensive collection of natural fancy yellow and pink diamonds to wow that special someone."
Another fine jewelry store that has color in mind when thinking about spring trends is Caffray Jewellers, located in Hinsdale. Specializing in custom jewelry, rare gemstones and repair services, the representatives at Caffray Jewellers are experts in the field of jewelry savoir-faire.
"We have natural diamonds cut in unique pattern slices, set into one-of-a-kind mountings, that are all hand made here at Caffray," said CJ Grad, designer and owner of Caffray Jewellers. "A hot color for summer is orange. We have a 15.83-carat fire opal that I set into an organic white gold mounting that is on a strand of turquoise nugget beads. Take off your turtleneck and put on an edgy one of a kind piece with a finish that is as unique as you are. Dare to be remarkable."
Spring color trends can trickle down to your little ones as well. Visit My Sister Kate, an urban fashion store for kids, located in Hinsdale. This fun and bright store has spring written all over it.
"We find that children fashion trends are usually six months to a year behind adult fashion trends. Styles that mom is trying out today will soon be bought for their daughters within a season or two," said Rachael Pratt, owner of My Sister Kate. "Fashion trends certainly change from season to season but kids always want to be comfortable. Soft, easy wash dresses continue to be our best sellers. Bright colors are a must this spring. Kids are looking for bright colored shorts and long denim to match back with their favorite t-shirt. Royal blue, pink, and purple seem to be hot colors for this spring."
Take a DIY approach and make your own beaded necklace, wrist candy or dangling earrings, courtesy of Cela Creations, located in LaGrange. Pick from the diverse brightly colored beads, semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls or Swarovski crystals, among others-all perfect for spring.
"This is the summer for orange in every shade and our coral necklaces will add a colorful pop to anything you wear it with: a cool white top or a smart spring dress," said Angela Casaccio, Cela Creations owner. "What makes the coral necklace even better is that it compliments all skin tones and will give your skin that glow from that extra sparkle from the fireball beads and artesian crystal pendant."
Bring some panache into your wardrobe and perk up your spring style with dresses from The Uptown Shop in Western Springs.
"Dresses are huge this year and we are the go-to place for dresses for any occasion. Popular spring colors are beautiful shades of pink, orange, turquoise and blue. We like the sophisticated look that an uber-romantic dress done in a gorgeous rose print in shades of red with a cream background, contrasted with black accents, can bring," said Kathleen, owner of The Uptown Shop. "We specialize in easy to wear dresses that are extremely flattering and we have dresses and jackets in the store that will transform your body. In addition we also carry fun preppy lines like Vineyard Vines for clean, crisp sportswear."