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Recap: Tysons Galleria Hosts The Style Network Luncheon

With the excitement and flurry of award season behind us, we can now give our full attention to 2013 Spring/Summer trends. This past Tuesday, I had the pleasure of getting the inside scoop of the hottest designers and looks for this upcoming season at the Style Network Luncheon hosted by Tysons Galleria Senior General Manager, Rich Dinning.

Style Network Luncheon at the Ritz (Photo from Naiffer Photography)

Style Network Luncheon at the Ritz (Photo Credit: Naiffer Photography)

Surrounded by some of the District’s top stylists, photographers, and bloggers, I felt very fortunate to be part of such a select and fabulous group of men and women. This invitation-only luncheon took place at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton at Tyson’s Corner, where I was spoiled with a seasonal greens salad with walnuts and pears, lemon glazed salmon, and fresh fruit over crème brulee. The three-course meal was nothing short of amazing, but the real treat was the featured runway models donning the upcoming fashion trends from Tysons’ upscale stores.

Saks Fifth Avenue, Eli Tahari, Tommy Bahama, 7 For All Mankind, Intermix, and Lilly Pulitzer were just some of the designer brands showcased. Let’s take a glimpse at the five trends to look out for this season in outfits, accessories, and shoes.

Modern Pastiche – Mix, match, and repeat! Floral blooms, graphic prints, Tartan plaids, geometrics and Japanese motifs are wildly popular this season.

The Elie Tahari Angie dress has a unique print with an electric lime hue that would bring Spring into any women’s wardrobe. (Photo from ElieTahari.com)

The Elie Tahari Angie dress has a unique print with an electric lime hue that would bring Spring into any women’s wardrobe. (Photo Credit: ElieTahari.com)

Alexander McQueen Clutch (Photo from UniqueSelection.blogspot.com)

Alexander McQueen Clutch (Photo Credit: UniqueSelection.blogspot.com)

Walter Steiger floral heel (Photo from Bergdorfgoodman.com)

Walter Steiger floral heel (Photo Credit: Bergdorfgoodman.com)

High Contrast – Nothing is as refreshing this season as a combination of black and white after seasons of bold, brights, and prints. Go for drama and mix it up with geometric combinations of checks, stripes, dots, and triangles.

Sometimes fashion is as easy as black and white, especially in this Missoni dress (Photo from Bergdorfgoodman.com)

Sometimes fashion is as easy as black and white, especially in this Missoni dress (Photo Credit: Bergdorfgoodman.com)

This high contrast dress from the Style Network luncheon can be found at Saks. (Photo from Naiffer Photography)

This high contrast dress from the Style Network luncheon can be found at Saks. (Photo Credit: Naiffer Photography)

Lulu Guinness Fifi Clutch (Photo from coolspotters.com)

Lulu Guinness Fifi Clutch (Photo Credit: coolspotters.com)

Alice and Olivia Striped Canvas Pumps (Photo from saksfifthavenue.com)

Alice and Olivia Striped Canvas Pumps (Photo Credit: saksfifthavenue.com)

Role Play – Power takes on new meaning with the new crop of bold, androgynous look this Spring. Alpha girls can take charge from the boardroom to a dinner date in blazers and suits. Why should boys have all the fun?

J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer adds a touch of masculinity to your overall look while keeping it sexy. (Photo from Jcrew.com)

J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer adds a touch of masculinity to your overall look while keeping it sexy. (Photo Credit: Jcrew.com)

Proenza Schouler PS1 bag (Photo from proenzaschouler.com)

Proenza Schouler PS1 bag (Photo Credit: proenzaschouler.com)

Christian Louboutin Rolling Spikes loafers (Photo from us.christianlouboutin.com)

Christian Louboutin Rolling Spikes loafers (Photo Credit: us.christianlouboutin.com)

Easy Going – Silhouettes are kind to real women this Spring with A-line dresses, roomier skirts and blouses. The Japanese influence on fashion has ushered in a sophisticated sense of ease.

Rick Owens Cady Cocoon Tunic (Photo from saksfifthavenue.com)

Rick Owens Cady Cocoon Tunic (Photo Credit: saksfifthavenue.com)

Lilly Pulitzer relaxed beach outfit from the Style Network luncheon (Photo from Naiffer Photography)

Lilly Pulitzer relaxed beach outfit from the Style Network luncheon (Photo Credit: Naiffer Photography)

Marchesa Valentina Large Python Envelope Clutch (Photo from neimanmarcus.com)

Marchesa Valentina Large Python Envelope Clutch (Photo Credit: neimanmarcus.com)

Valentino Studded Leather Sandals (Photo from allfashiontrend.net)

Valentino Studded Leather Sandals (Photo Credit: allfashiontrend.net)

Full Disclosure – There is nothing sexier then a little transparency to let the mind wander. From transparent handbags and accessories to veiled blouses and printed sheers, transparency is the new black.

Basler dress from the Style Network luncheon (Photo from Naiffer Photography)

Basler dress from the Style Network luncheon (Photo Credit: Naiffer Photography)

Gucci See Thru Clutch (Photo from elbowsandkneesblog.com)

Gucci See Thru Clutch (Photo Credit: elbowsandkneesblog.com)

Manolo Blahnik Pacha Translucent Patent Leather Pumps (Photo from saksfifthavenue.com)

Manolo Blahnik Pacha Translucent Patent Leather Pumps (Photo Credit: saksfifthavenue.com)

Of course the food, fashion, and fellow fashionistas made this a fabulous event, but the cherry on top were the take home gift bags. Some goodies included a Henri Bendel Chic & Chilly Cosmetic Bag, Lilly Pulitzer 2013 Planner, and Nicole Miller Indego Africa bracelets.

The Style Luncheon Gift Bag

The Style Luncheon Gift Bag (Photo Credit: Truly Gil)

Which 2013 Spring/Summer trend do you like the most? I would love to hear from you!

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