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May 14, 2019

From bike shorts and boiler suits to plaids and patchwork, the Spring runway paid homage to the 1990s. Some styles we’d like to leave there, while others we can’t wait to wear again. Here, Newport’s style gurus share what’s haute again this season.


Gucci Loafers

Garden Party

“Florals put you in an instant summer mood,” says Simara Nahamedian, stylist to Newport’s fashion elite. “I like wearing them in my ears and on my feet,” she says, pointing to a pair of sculptural flower earrings and Gucci Floral Canvas Flat Loafers (available at Neiman Marcus, Fashion Island). “This adds a touch of style to any outfit and freshens up your whole look.” Roll up the sleeves of a bold floral-print blazer (Miller Dickey Jacket by Veronica Beard, at Nordstrom) and throw it over a simple outfit, like a black T-shirt and jeans, or a basic dress. Classic floral frocks — springing up in an array of colors and silhouettes — look best with something “grittier,” Nahabedian says: “A cropped denim jacket (Levi’s Ex-Boyfriend Jacket, at Anthropologie, Fashion Island) will tone it down but in a way that’s still put together.”

Louboutin Stilettos

Clear Obsessions

From apparel to accessories, transparency is a clear trend this season. While you’ll see Nahabedian sporting clear mini handbags, Lucite hoop earrings and transparent Louboutin stilettos, she shies away from the “too avante garde.” Take, for example, the vinyl hooded raincoat: “It’s just weird — and loud,” she says. “I don’t need to hear myself coming down the hall.”

Alice & Olivia

Neon Elements

A little boldness goes a long way. “I love just a pop of color,” Nahabedian says. Pair a high-waisted neon jean with a crisp white tee and sneakers, or slip on a sheath dress with subtle neon piping, like Alice + Olivia’s Colin Neon Trim Sleeveless Minidress (at Neiman Marcus).

Check This Out

It’s hip to be square this season, and gingham is making its mark on everything from peplum tops to pencil skirts and palazzo pants. Snow opts for a “country girl meets SoCal” style with a gingham blazer and denim cut-offs or a classic checkered sundress and ankle boots (we dig worn-in vintage styles: Peruse Recycled Rags and On Que Style consignment, both on East Coast Highway).

Make a Statement

Graphic tees have gone glam, says stylist Heather Fish, who notes that fashion houses like YSL, Balmain and Versace are splashing their logo and fun graphics across their summer tee collections (find them at Elyse Walker, Lido Marina Village). “Pair them with a tea-length pleated skirt and sneakers,” she says, “or with leggings, for a cool and casual look.”

Pumped Up Kicks
From stars and sparkles to fabricated scuffmarks, both classic and high-top sneakers get a “touch of glitz,” says Fish. Add edge to a feminine frock or rock them with leggings and a tank. “Golden Goose seems to be the leader of the pack,” she says. (Find them at A’maree’s on Coast Highway.)

Beauty Buzz

“Skincare is the most important step in achieving a flawless look,” says Andi Henke, a beauty expert at Cos Bar in Newport Beach. “Always start with hydrated skin, and use an illuminating primer,” she says, “and don’t forget SPF.” Here are other warm-weather beauty trends springing up this season.

Emerald Face Oil

We know CBD oil, a cannabis extract, eases anxiety and induces sleep, but what can it do for skin? It turns out, it calms that too. A natural anti-inflammatory, CBD is said to soothe an irritated complexion and combat inflammation caused by rosacea and acne when applied topically, like with Herbivore Botanical “Emerald” face oil (at Nordstrom, Fashion Island). The earth-friendly line also offers an Emerald face elixir, sans CBD, that delivers deep hydration with shitake mushroom and ashwagandha root.

Joanna Vargas’ Daily Serum

Joanna Vargas’ Daily Serum

Want to give your skin a high dose of hydration or anti-aging ingredients in just one drop? Serums do just that, since they’re made of tiny molecules that reach deep into pores to do their work. We’re loving the delicious scent and silky feel of Joanna Vargas’ Daily Serum (at Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom). Smooth it over just-washed skin, morning and night. Then apply a heavier moisturizer, like First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Hyaluronic Primer, at Ulta) for an added boost of hydration before you hit the beach!

Tom Ford Chrome-Finish Eye Shadows

“From chrome-finish eyeshadows (Tom Ford and Laura Mercier, at Cos Bar ) to a slightly shimmery lip, we’re seeing a lot of metallics this season,” says Henke. Sweep a wash of soft veil of metallic color over eyelids or a multifaceted highlight (like Caviar by Wunder, at Ulta) over the tops of your cheekbones, and voila – you’re ready for your close up!

Dr. Sturm’s Glow Drops

Dr. Sturm’s Glow Drops

Faux Glow
“For a sun-kissed look, I like to use Dr. Sturm’s Glow Drops (at Cos Bar) rather than a bronzer,” says Henke. “Creamy formulas like this and Tom Ford’s Illuminator can be buffed into skin for a healthy look that is fresher than layers of chalky bronzer.”

Messy Tresses

“I’m seeing a lot of textured lobs and natural waves,” says Lindsay Uphaus, master stylist at Newport’s Lavender Salon. Other hot styles for summer? Softly blended balayage for brunettes (“It lends that lived-in, beachy look”), ponytails and braids secured with feminine scarves, chunky barrettes and undone buns.

Natural Shine

When the sun is burning bright, resist everyday washing and heat styling, and give locks a rest. Instead, spritz dry hair with a sea salt spray, like Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray (at Lavender Salon).

Written By: Ashley Breeding

Written by Visit Newport Beach

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