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Spring 2012 Color Trends — Mint, Pistachio, and Kiwi Greens

Unlike the emerald, olive, and hunter tones we’ve often seen in fashion seasons past, the shades of green that dominated Spring 2012 runways were refreshingly unexpected, ranging from 1950s-inspired mint greens to soft but yellow-ish pistachio tones that recalled ice cream cones in the classic flavor; and juicier, more intense kiwi, lime, and chartreuse hues.

Below, you’ll find some of our top picks to keep you rollin’ in the green.



Kendra Scott Kat Earrings in Chalcedony, $110. Available at KendraScott.com

If seven is a lucky number, then each of these dangle earrings will multiply your fortune five-fold. Each of these Kendra Scott earrings features five prong-set, heptagon-shaped chalcedony stones arranged in an elongated diamond shape formation.

REISS Lexi Pistachio Stepped Hem Belted Dress, $285. Available at ReissOnline.com

You’ll feel like a cross between a Roman Goddess and a Lady Who Lunches in this gorgeously fluid, light crepe REISS dress, which features a rounded neckline, slightly oversize square cap sleeves, a stepped hem that’s slightly shorter along the front and longer at the sides and back, and a thin tie belt at the waist to streamline your silhouette.

Vince Camuto VC Signature Nadine Espadrille Wedges in Mint, $225. Available at VinceCamuto.com

Embrace your inner pin-up girl with these new Vince Camuto shoes, which feature a rope-covered 4.1″ wedge heel. The simple, sleek, clean design — which incorporates mint green leather uppers, criss-crossing straps at the toe, and a roomy peep toe — makes the design nod to eras past while embracing a modern minimalism.

Tibi Pleated Silk-Chiffon Dress, $550. Available at Net-a-porter.com

This sweet 100% silk dress features a halter neck, trapeze shape, soft vertical pleats, and a high-low hem with a rounded shape. The dress is designed so that, as you walk, the material moves, billows, and sways romantically, creating a dreamy floating feel.

Prada Ostrich Pyramid Tote, $6690. Available at BergdorfGoodman.com

Channel Grace Kelly with this ostrich leather tote, which features a flap-top closure, a sturdy top handle with golden ring details, and a boxy shape with side that taper inwards as they move to the top of the bag, creating a pyramid effect. Measuring 10″ in height, 12 1/2″ in width, and 5″ in depth, the Prada Ostrich Pyramid Tote would have the Princess of Monaco in a tailspin.

Topshop Cotton Ankle Grazer Trousers, $64. Available at US.Topshop.com

Pair these slim-fitting, ankle-length trousers with a white button-down, a thin braided belt, a raffia- or straw-embellished tote, and some strappy sandals or beachy wedges for a summery yet office-appropriate look.

Brian Atwood Snakeskin Peep-toe Pump, $300. Available at NeimanMarcus.com

These elegant yet seductive peep-toe pumps feature two-toned snakeskin uppers in light mint green and silvery gray tones, with the careful positioning of the scales furthering the illusion of a reptile slithering up one’s leg. A covered front platform and 5 1/4″ heel complete the seductive, ultra dramatic effect.

Danielle Stevens Ring, $45, and Danielle Stevens Earrings, $40. Available at DanielleStevens.com

These elongated, almond-shaped jewelry pieces from jewelry designer Danielle Stevens allow you to spin the Spring 2012 color wheel and win (unlike that unpredictable Price of Right contraption) since they’re right on trend while being surprisingly affordable. Both the earrings and the ring feature green interiors with golden metal frames encrusted with clear rhinestones for added dazzle.

Marni Pleated Sheath Dress, $945. Available at MyTheresa.com

This youthful Marni dress nods to the 1950s by relying on a silhouette commonly utilized during that era (from the sheath shape itself to the flaring, pleated skirt and short stand-up collar), and yet there’s a level of modernity infused into the design via the shorter hemline and the slim V-shaped cut-out along the back, which reveals way more skin than a Betty Draper type would ever have dreamed of baring.

Kara by Kara Ross Stingray Earrings, $119. Available at Saks.com

These Kara by Kara Ross dangle earrings feature a foursome of overlapping diamond shapes, with the 14k gold-plated pieces at the earring post and the center of the linear arrangement gleaming brightly and the two diamond shapes interspersed between them countering the high polish factor and adding an interesting juxtaposition of textures thanks to the stingray skin along their interior.


UGG Collection Marcella Box Clutch, $495, and Marcella Python Pump, $895. Available at UggAustralia.com

Both the Marcella Box Clutch and the Marcella Pump were inspired by the colors of the Adriatic Coast, hence their greenish tone, which recalls the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The rounded Marcella Box Clutch is made of ostrich-embossed Italian leather and adorned with a rectangular wooden clasp with faceted sides and a curb link chain strap. Manufactured in Italy, the Marcella Python Pump features ostrich-embossed, custom-sourced python and a 5-inch platform sculpted out of Palissandro Santos rosewood.

Diane Von Furstenberg Lytton Small Patent Leather Clutch, $325. Available at Shopbop.com

This patent leather clutch measures 4″ in height, 6.5″ in length, and 2″ in depth, and it features rounded sides, flat top and bottom edges, and a hinge closure with a silver twig detail.

Blu Bijoux Beaded Hoop Earrings, $34. Available at MaxandChloe.com

These gold-plated hoop earrings measure 1.5″ in diameter and feature translucent, romantic, pistachio-toned Czech glass beads along their perimeter.

Reed Krakoff Boxer Leather Satchel, $1090. Available at Nordstrom.com

Made of artisanal-quality leather, this classic satchel features an intricate arrangement of straps that cover its envelope-shaped top flap — from the two vertical straps on either side of the flap, each featuring an arrow-shaped tip, to the perpendicular strap running across the center of the flap. Measuring 13″ in width, 10″ in height, and 4 1/2″ in depth, this Reed Krakoff satchel features interior zip, wall, and flap pockets to keep your purse contents organized and accessible.

Chloe Color-block Leather Envelope Clutch, $450. Available at Net-a-porter.com

This Chloe clutch features a color-blocking pattern that accentuates its envelope design, with textured chestnut brown triangle shapes on either side, a dark espresso brown leather in a triangular shape along the bottom of the bag, and a pistachio green top flap with contrast stitching in a dark brown hue.


Burak Uyan Criscross Leather & Python Sandal, $1295. Available at NeimanMarcus.com

If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, then the path to a woman’s is through her feet — and that’s exactly the approach former Giambattista Valli designer Burak Uyan seems to be taking with his statement-making, attention-grabbing footwear styles. One of his latest offerings is this exotic sandal, which features double criss-crossed leather straps that create triangle-shaped cut-outs at the sides, directly above the open toe, and at the center of the vamp. These are then extended to the ankle, where they’re secured by an adjustable prong closure. Silver, chartreuse, and grey python skin, meanwhile, covers the 5″ heel and the front platform, along with the split heel counter.

Selima Sun for J. Crew Belle Sunglasses in Bright Kiwi, $118. Available at JCrew.com

These Wayfarer-esque shades are part of a collaboration between Selima Sun and J.Crew for Spring 2012. Meant to exude a Parisian chic vibe, these sunnies feature plastic kiwi green frames and dark gray lenses with UV 400 protection.

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