Trendnation: TURQUOISE

Spring has officially, as of today, SPRUNG! Time to take advantage of all of the Spring 2012 trends now that your parka is tucked away for the season. This Spring season, across the board, turquoise has been reigning king. From makeup to accessories, runway to street style, fashion freaks can't get enough of the hue. We at Miista caught gist of this early and Laura designed a total turquoise showstopper: the ALKA. Our online shop has completely sold out of this style, but you can grab yourself a pair online at Solestruck and City Soles! As well as Singapore, New Zealand and Australia -- click here for more info. This strong statement shoe grabbed a ton of attention early on -- both from our lookbook LIVE FREE RIDE HARD and from early industry viewings at tradeshows. The turquoise ALKA is right on up there with ANDREA, vying for the spot of our Spring superstar. The ALKA features Western style stitching on the toe, a stacked wooden heel set up behind a front platform, a t-strap construction, rounded toe and treaded heel. It is the quintessential day to night style -- bust out in some simple business casual with a tailored pant and printed oxford, or take little ALKA out on the town with a striped bandage skirt and an oversized sheer top. PS the fact that I'm in NYC and can walk outside right now in just a tee (I have a balcony, so sue me) makes brainstorming these outfits so much more fun -- no more thick knits! Wool trousers! Fur coats! Well...we'll miss that last one just a little. If you've already snagged yourself a pair of the ALKA it is your duty to send over your best skimpy summertime get up -- there's a whole season of outfit brainstorming upon us! So back to turquoise. It almost feels as though it never left doesn't it? And really, it never should have. There are few colors as universally flattering as our dear greenish-blue, and although the stone itself feels over, we are so excited to begin a new season of experimentation with our old friend. First up: makeup. Neon punches were all over the Spring runways -- from strong and unmistakable to pastel subtlety. Extreme smokey eyes with hints of turquoise from Rodarte, a light brush of pastel from Rebecca Taylor and Creatures of the Wind, serious cat eyes at Loewe, a heavy smattering of matte shadow at Oscar de la Renta and even a little tropical flare over at Dior. All of this was seen paired with hardcore power-brows, "sporty cheeks" and an abundance of long Rapunzel hair. [caption id="attachment_7878" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="Creatures of the Wind by NARS"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_7879" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="Pastels at Rebecca Taylor"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_7880" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="Starry Night inspired smokey lids at Rodarte"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_7881" align="aligncenter" width="634" caption="Hints of the tropics at Dior"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_7882" align="aligncenter" width="420" caption="A bright updated cat eye at Loewe"][/caption] Moving right along, turquoise also received a warm welcome back from the clothing realm. Both strong jewel tones as well as pretty pastels were everywhere. Sea foam, jade, amethyst, ruby red, topaz and some sapphire -- designers utilizing these colors presented warm and vibrant collections with an electric edge. While the pastels were obviously more subdued, the shows were equally stunning. At one end of the spectrum is Ferragamo's tropics and Badgley Mischka's popping leathers. And quietly on the other side of the room is Louis Vuitton's dainty dresses and Max Mara's minimalism. [caption id="attachment_7883" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="Tropical scapes at Ferragamo"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_7884" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="Max Mara"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_7885" align="aligncenter" width="320" caption="Louis Vuitton (can we just take a moment for these shoes? #unreal)"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_7886" align="aligncenter" width="320" caption="House of Holland"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_7887" align="aligncenter" width="320" caption="Badgley Mischka"][/caption] Then on the flip side of the coin, off the runway and onto the street, turquoise took an unexpected turn in popularity. Specifically in terms of hair color. The streets of NYC have been bubbling over with multi-colored hair -- pink, purple, blue, green and our dear turquoise -- and it's been seeping into other metropolitan areas too. We're personally so into this trend, it's not every day that something this bizarre gets so viral in real life. Guarantee Tumblr girls everywhere are quite unhappy that their look has gone so mainstream. Probably going to credit model Charlotte Free and her hot pink tresses for this one. [caption id="attachment_7893" align="aligncenter" width="330" caption="Charlotte Free"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_7894" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Wildfox Couture's penchant for purple & gray hair models couldn't have hurt the spread of the trend either"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_7895" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Even major American actress Kate Bosworth got down with the dip-dye"][/caption]