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Spring 2003 Season Opens with New Reflections to Style, Sheen, Silver, Softness and Swing...
By Anne Stewart Page

Today's Woman Magazine, Volume 17, Issue 3, Spring 2003, Page 24,25

After last spring's long prairie skirts, designers have gone short. The number of minis modeled and the nostalgic cheeriness of the feminine '40s and '50s inspired looks seem to prove that the fashion industry is feeling optimistic.

"The mini skirt trend," states Fashion Editor Glenda Bailey, "is normally a sign of prosperity and a positive indicator that some Wall Street analysts rejoice over. Another sign is the return to color."

Designers are committed to getting women out of black, warming up to the idea of bright burst of color for spring.

Each season has its fashionable colors and investing in a few pieces to add to your wardrobe in the current shades can make you appear instantly stylish. Dusty pink, with its popularity looks of flesh tones has hit a high. Judging by the spring/summer catwalks, the forecast of pretty pastel shades and splashy jewel-like brights will be big for the coming seasons. Cascades of graphic prints, polka dots, sporty stripes and romantic floral, satin for day, Asian influence and metallic brocades will also be popular.

Designers were mad for metal this season with radiant looks ranging from the outrageous, full-on silver, foil-like dress to simple, sharp and sophisticated tanks made of lavish brocades. The spotlight is on silver this season with shiny shoes and classic bags that will add luster and gloss to our accessories.

Sport designs were plainly coming from the athletic world due to the fabric choice: jerseys curve-hugging just like a wet suit.

Cheeky tennis whites paired with vibrantly striped tube socks came strutting down the runways trailing oversized nylon anoraks which were teamed with short skirts proving that sporty can be sexy. Last seasons high waisted pants have gotten even slimmer, taking a cue from sportier '80s style leggings. Defining pants of stretchy neoprene like jersey to silk satins and rich suede. The difference now in spring is how and when they are worn: Often with heels and after dark.

The key silhouettes for dresses include wrap and shirtwaist style so the highlight is the fresh new look for the BLOUSON dress which balloons ever so slightly at the waist, making it a perfect alternative for those with not-so-thin torsos.

In opposition: flirtatious and feminine vs. sharp and sophisticated. Floral printed chiffon and satin dresses borrowed heavily from the '40s and '50s were accessorized with big jewelry and handbags in playful colors with classic logos. Shoes will remain in the feminine fashion from '50s lady-like open toe pumps to red sex bomb stilettos with Lucite heels.

Casual styling of flat sandals with bright big beads and the '60s vive include Space Odyssey silver wedges.

Also, Chinoiserie accents (an embroidered or brocade pattern showing Chinese motifs) for intimate apparel surfaced on nearly every runway this spring. Sweeping kimonos worn over barely-there underpinnings and slinky dresses made these robe cover ups sensually appealing.

Prepare yourself! Coming down the runway in full force will be: Mini skirts... colors and hues from pastel to bright... metal reflections... retro appeal... dresses... Asian influences... all energetic and animated with zest for a breath of fresh air for Spring