>> Colorblock has appeared on dozens of designers' runways for the last three seasons, but it's not all about Mondrian-style squares and hard-lined panels. As Carey Mulligan proved in a skin-baring Roksanda Ilincic frock at Comic-Con last week — and Karolina Kurkova attested earlier this month in a sweep of Sophie Theallet — the trend can be sweetly feminine and softly sexy as well. From Gucci's artfully-draped Spring 2011 versions to the Fall 2011 Grecian styles on offer from Carlos Miele and Costello Tagliapietra, here's a look at the softer side of colorblock.
>> It's a wild, wild world. Take a nod from the Spring 2011 runways of Missoni (left) and Suno and mix up your Summer wardrobe with a smattering of tribal-inspired prints and vividly exotic patterns. Go rustic with woven Aztec-style accessories or glean inspiration from Proenza Schouler's Fall 2011 collection and add drama by pairing indigenous prints with deep, bold black. African fabrics, native plaids, playful ikat; don't be afraid to pile them on.
>> Tiny earrings, serious style. Grown-up gold meets unconventional shapes for the perfect mix of elevated playfulness. From softly abstract flowers to whimsically ferocious beasts, these unexpected little statement studs go way beyond the basic pair. Click through for our selects from Bing Bang, Melissa Joy Manning, Elizabeth Cole (left) and more.
>> Earthy geode jewels feel right at home with Summer's elevated '70s trend. Just be sure to skip uberpolished, overly slick styles — this time around, it's all about jagged cuts, rustic textures and hand-hewn metal fittings. Check out our picks from Marc Jacobs, Kenneth Jay Lane, and more, below.
>> 40 gorgeous Summer pieces to help you celebrate the official start of the season — in style, from Memorial Day Weekend to beyond. Wherever you're headed — from the beach to the great outdoors — we've got everything you need for one long, chic summer.
Click through to shop our guide full of Summer weekend style inspiration.
>> Fresh, crisp, and cool. Keep your chic in clean, bright whites. From sweet flowing dresses at Derek Lam to silky pajama pants at Alexander Wang to sporty separates at Band of Outsiders, this easy neutral was all over the Spring 2011 runways. Embrace the trend and go head-to-toe, or mix it up with a just one or two great statement pieces. Click through to see our favorites, all under $100.
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