When the Moods of Norway label presented its spring/summer 2013 collection with a theme of “Magical Movie Moments” for Men and Women, it offered the perfect balance from Men’s suits to Women’s dresses. He appeared to be the perfect date, and she showed up as the ideal arm candy. Or was it the other way around? Depends on who’s looking.
Although many fashion critics view pastels as cliché for spring, I adore the refreshingly classic palette. It remains timeless, while, if executed with modernity, can welcome tons of new ideas and style statements. I find that Moods struck the perfect balance with a range of sweet, sophisticated dresses, realized in updated fabrics and timeless shapes. Women can wear them today–and always. They even snuck in a fun jumpsuit for giggles.
The dress has a new address this spring, and here are my selections from Moods of Norway (moodsofnorway.com):
A faux wrap dress can camouflage a multitude of sins–if you have them. This intense fuchsia version can welcome anything from a bold estate-inspired necklace, to a wide belt in patent leather.
Metallics have owned the runways for years, but aren’t often wearable during the day. This pleated crepe sheath with a defined waist disproves the “nighttime only” notion of shine.
These godess-inspired spring/summer dresses are dreamy, soft, and feminine. The retro feel of the blush version (left) speaks to the 1960′s in its “girl group” shape–perfect for entertaining. The strapless lilac design (right) boasts a perfectly ornate waistline, higher than a natural waist. This is perfect if your hips are “boastful.”
Blush and sequins come together beautifully, along with a wide grosgrain ribbon belt. A mini-sheath dress delivers a strong but sweet message, welcoming anything from sexy stilettos to sweet kitten heels.
Yes, the jumpsuit has popped up on runways from New York to Oslo, clearly. Many women find this trend hard to wear. I see it as the perfect style challenge, as it is a blank canvas for fun and self-expression. Moods of Norway got it right, by cleverly allowing a little extra room around the middle. Who wouldn’t want that?