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Spring trends blossom at Georgetown show

Judging by the recent blast of warm weather, it’s never too early to start looking for the next spring fashion trends, especially for the D.C. chapter of Fashion Group International.

The organization hosted a special spring/summer 2013 trend recap of global fashion trends that covered fashion designers from J.W. Anderson to Marc Jacobs.

According to both Fashion International and special guest speaker Kate Bennett, the current fashion editor of Washingtonian Magazine and the editor-in-chief of Washingtonian Bride & Groom, fashionable equals comfortable for this upcoming season.

Examples of this are the bag dress for morning breakfast, the pajama pants by Rachel Zoe in the afternoon for a walk in the park or the loose pant suit for an evening event, according to Bennett.

These trends are inspired from historic eras such as the ‘40s floral influence, the mod ‘60s Prada, the hipster ‘70s and the Madonna ‘80s. This spring will include a lot of pale colors to create a toned-down and quiet feel ranging from cobalt blue to dandelion yellow. Transparency and metallic fabrics will also play as key trends.

“When I tell people I write about D.C. fashion, they say it’s a bit of an oxymoron,” Bennett said. “However, I think the District has made phenomenal changes, especially with the younger generation. There are over 400 fashion blogs within this city, and I see more people with a more personal style. It’s as simple as a woman wearing a colored pattern or a man wearing a pocket square.”

Bennett is an advocate for local boutiques, which are becoming more popular in the D.C. area.

“The local boutiques seem to promote something that isn’t that typical ‘conservative, traditional look,’” Bennett said. “Although us Washingtonians pull off that look very well, it’s nice to have a sort of variety.”

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