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Spring ahead

A peek at spring floral patterns always is welcome in January, and upcoming fashion collections promise plenty of them.

According to a newly released spring trend report from Macy’s: “Florals are in full bloom and popping up everywhere. Picture a striking posy of optic 3-D botanicals and abstract field flowers – from the tiny to the oversized – in vintage-influenced pieces, menswear-inspired silhouettes, cropped shirts and silk blouses. Lace, brocade, decadent embroidery and sheer appliqués add refinement and the right touch of whimsy.”

Freeze!

Real Simple magazine is known for its “New Uses for Old Things” feature and its website, www.realsimple.com, highlights some of the most popular. One of them: Use a muffin tin to make long-lasting jumbo ice cubes. The cubes will work well in large pitchers of beverages, punch bowls, etc.

Pop them out by running the back of the tin under hot water for 30 seconds.”

Black and white

Come spring, the combination of black and white will continue to be a trend of note.

“Abstract is having a moment so focus on stripes and patterns; mix ’em up,” wrote Carolyn Brundage in the Tampa Bay Times.

Her tip: Focus on building a wardrobe of well-edited, classic and, most importantly, flattering pieces in high-contrast black and white.

“For inspiration, look to the spring 2014 runways where even minimalist Jil Sander paired abstract black and white prints. Missoni went black and white with eclectic patterns inspired by global travel while Karl Lagerfeld at Fendi called upon geometric shapes to play up the black and white trend,” she wrote.

And finally …

“This is the first time that I ever honored the wrap dress, and she did so much for me. She made me famous. She paid for all my bills.”

Diane Von Furstenberg, fashion designer, at an exhibit in Los Angeles honoring the dress she introduced in the early 1970s.