// PUMP UP THE VOL­UME

BIG SLEEVES, BOWS, BIL­LOW­ING DRESSES—THE RUN­WAYS WERE FILLED WITH SUM­MER RO­MANCE, SAYS CHIC BOU­TIQUE OWNER MAR­LENE HU.

Capitol File - - CONTENTS - BY MARISSA MITROVICH

Big sleeves, bows, bil­low­ing dresses—the run­ways were filled with sum­mer ro­mance, says chic bou­tique owner Mar­lene Hu.

What does ro­man­tic fash­ion for sum­mer look like? “It’s a lot of prints, na­ture-driven prints with leaves, flow­ers. Vol­ume in sleeves, lots of bows. Sil­hou­ettes tend to be a lit­tle more re­laxed. Maxi length has been pop­u­lar.” What de­sign­ers have nailed this look? “Rok­sanda’s sil­hou­ettes and prints are ro­man­tic. The col­ors are retro. Sies Mar­jan, he does ro­mance in his own way. His choice of fab­rics [satin and silk] and col­ors—a pale pink dress and edgier neon yel­low—are all very beau­ti­ful. Fendi’s run­way theme was Marie An­toinette. It’s very ephemeral, so in­no­cent. Yi­gal Azrouël uses em­broi­dery and lace in his de­signs.” Speak­ing of lace, is it stick­ing around? “It’s been such a huge thing. Lace is such a fem­i­nine clas­sic, I don’t re­ally see it go­ing any­where.” Where can a Wash­ing­to­nian wear this trend? “The look is great for a lun­cheon, tea party, or wed­ding.” And how are peo­ple wear­ing it? “In sep­a­rates—blouses with a lot of vol­ume worn with ripped jeans, shorts, or maxi skirts.” What about the ro­mance look for work? “A great blouse with amaz­ing vol­ume in the sleeves [can be worn] tucked into a pen­cil skirt or a high-waist pant.” What other trends are you lov­ing for sum­mer? “Prints in gen­eral and a lot of tex­ture.” Hu’s Wear is lo­cated at 2906 M St. NW, 202-3422020; hu­son­line.com

“SIL­HOU­ETTES TEND TO BE A LIT­TLE MORE RE­LAXED. MAXI LENGTH HAS BEEN VERY POP­U­LAR. THIS LOOK IS GREAT FOR A LUN­CHEON, TEA PARTY, OR WED­DING.” —MAR­LENE HU

Rok­sanda’s Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear col­lec­tion brought to­gether modern shapes with retro col­ors that added a touch of nos­tal­gia.

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