June 01 2007
Ah, the joys of summer. The sand, the sun and the water are definitely calling your name. But there’s also all those hot new trends in fashion you’ll want an in on, too. For a wardrobe jumpstart, tune in to the tastes of BRITNEY SPEARS, LINDSAY LOHAN and HALLE BERRY.
They’ve all been caught wearing a look that’s going to be big, according to our latest fashion expert.
“I like to call them ‘Hollywood bells,’” says ABS by Allen B. Schwartz’s Design Director ALLEN SCHWARTZ, who loves to incorporate the looks of SIENNA MILLER, KATE MOSS, UMA THURMAN and CINDY CRAWFORD into his lines. “They’re the new high-rise waistband [pants], which is very fitted in the seat and goes all the way down to the leg.”
Translation? Goodbye skinnies, high-waisted bell-bottoms are back! The trend has already been test-driven by stars such as JESSICA SIMPSON and CIARA.
As a result, Schwartz has recently been stocking his stores with the trouser-style, flared-legged pant in a variety colors (take your pick of rinsed denim, yellow, red, blue, black and white), and fabrics (denim, linen and stretch twill). And demand seems to be heating up.
“It’s blowing the doors off, the stores can’t keep it in stock,” says Schwartz of a white, poplin pair that works as a nice alternative to classic denim ($174-$220). “[They're] what I call 9 to 9. You can where this to the office, on a summer day, and then go right out for cocktails.”
If you want to keep things more casual, Schwartz suggests a “casual chic” look achieved by pairing his denim bell-bottoms with a simple T-shirt and leather jacket. Britney was recently spotted wearing ABS’ logo tank top.
But bell-bottoms aside, the most important thing to keep in mind for summer fashion is color, since no one wants to start summertime off with a dull palette. The trends are moving toward mix-and-match, so anything goes.
“Color is going to be huge,” predicts Schwartz. “Yellows, greens, purples. Mix a yellow jacket with a purple T-shirt and a blue pant. It’s very cool.”
Be on the lookout for a new ABS shoe and jewelry line, too, which reminds us that metallics and beading are still perfectly appropriate to toss in while you’re at it. For more styles, check out ABS’ Web site.