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Spring Fashion Tips From LA Fashionistas

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What is in the crystal ball for spring 2013? Besides April showers and May flowers, fashionistas are already making room in their wardrobes for runway trends. Expect to see bold fashion statements including high-contrast black and white, stripes and more prints. LA-based fashion designer Karen Kane, Beverly Hills boutique owner Jodie Robinson and fashion expert Jaimie Hilfiger (yes, there is a relation to Tommy) lay out what to wear and buy for the next season with tips anyone can use.

Karen Kane

Karen Kane, fashion extraordinaire, says lace is a springtime wardrobe must. "Whether it's colorful or classic black and white, you can't go wrong. Crochet and lace are both timeless staples that emanate sophisticated femininity." She suggests throwing a motorcycle jacket on top of a lace dress to give the ultra feminine lines a bit of edge.

Energize your spring wardrobe with high-contrast black and white pieces. Kane says, "nothing is more classic than black and white, and when you mix the two together, the effect can be breathtaking." From dresses to pant suits, it is a color scheme that works for most people.

Karen Kane, originally from Santa Barbara, is known for her namesake line which reflects her personal fashion philosophy inspired by the California coast.
karenkaneblackwhitedressfinal.jpgHeadquartered in Los Angeles, Kane's collections are sold in most major department stores and over 550 specialty boutiques.  Her designs are synonymous with style, comfort and sophistication.

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Anne Michelle
181 S. Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 275-4066

Although spring weather is synonymous with lighter pastel hues, Beverly Hills store owner Jodie Robinson says to get ready for bold rich colors. Emphasize your closet with leather skirts and dresses in royal blues, purples and reds. Leather in spring is a perfect investment piece that you can wear for years to come.

For the big date night or a Saturday hang with gal pals, it is easy to wear popular cutout or peek-a-boo tees dressed up or casual, plus you get to show off a little skin. Whether you are baring your middriff or revealing a little shoulder, keep the sexy trend classic, not trashy.

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Jodie Robinson's high-end boutique in Beverly Hills, Anne Michelle, brings contemporary, casual, branded apparel lines to Los Angeles shoppers who prefer the intimacy of a boutique over crowded department stores. Robinson also has an Anne Michelle shop located in Calabasas. Robinson, who oversees buying and merchandising for her shop, sees several distinct casual trends for spring 2013.

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Jaimie Hilfiger
(626) 394-6058

Jamie Hilfiger is telling her clients to shop dresses for springtime. Sporty girly dresses with flirty A-line skirts are so cute with wedge open-toe sandals and wedge sneakers. These dresses show off your legs, and if you've got them, flaunt them.

Bold stripes flooded the runways and are making their way into the department stores and boutiques again. Stripes take on a Mod 60's approach this time around. Pair larger and daring horizontal stripes with bold verticals for high-fashion appeal.

Jaimie Hilfiger, model, fashion expert and niece of legendary designer Tommy Hilfiger, is a leading fashion commentator on the industry. She is spot-on with runway trends and knows how to interpret the looks so the everyday gal can actually wear them.

Sheryl Craig is a writer with a passion for interesting finds and treasures in Los Angeles. She has a background in journalism and public relations. A mother of two daughters, Sheryl integrates her healthy lifestyle into raising her children. Her work can be found at

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