When temperatures drop below freezing and the sky turns gray for weeks on end, I tend to get a little blue.
To help manage seasonal depression I begin counting the weeks until some of Louisvilleâ€™s most prestigious events take place.
After watching the Golden Globes, Iâ€™ve determined itâ€™s the gowns that inspire my mood to find the perfect dress for the Speed Ball.
Nothing quite says spring until our local boutiques are stocked with the hottest trends of the season.
Hereâ€™s what we can expect to see in stores, which are just in time for Derby season as well.
VT:Â What are your favorite trends for spring 2012 that will be stocked in
We love all of the Cobalt that we saw on Spring runways.
GeometricÂ printsÂ and Day coats will be big for Derby. Weâ€™ve ordered a lot of cropped cigarette pants and skinnies in fun prints and bright colors.
Maxis are on every line â€” they really do work for petite women, too!
Our favorite designer is Michelle Smith (Milly) â€” her designs are always timeless yet current.
We LOVE Lauren Moffatt â€” her designs are always so fun and fresh with a retro twist.
VT: What are some of the hot new spring trends for men this year?
The overlying theme in menâ€™s clothing for spring 2012 is still fit. Trimmer fits in coats, trousers and shirts. You can expect to still see lots of color.Â Â Brighter colors in both patterns and solids.
Tell me about some of the exciting new designerâ€™s that Rodes for Him will be carrying?
We are expanding our softcoat selection. You will see more from our top vendors like Cantarelli, Etro & Zegna.
We are introducing a new slim fit trouser by Ivory.
Rodes For Him is also carrying a greater selection of denim from Agave, Zegna & Gardeur.
Tell me about some of the new designers Rodes for Her will be carrying?
The new contemporary designer weâ€™re bring in is Joy Cioci. She is a new young designer with a celebrity following.
Her clothing has Â a â€œfemedgeâ€ look and feel, i.e. feminine, yet edgy.
Raoul is another new line. It is a modern, understated collection with a designer aesthetic but without the designer price. It is a â€œcrossoverâ€ line that will appeal to a variety of ages.
10 Crosby is Derek Lamâ€™s new diffusion line.Â It carries a status label and designer aesthetic, but again, without the designer price.
Lastly, Escada is new to Rodes for Spring. They have taken a fresh new approach and are no longer â€œyour motherâ€™sâ€Â look or label.
We are very excited about all of these new designers! All offer a lot of color and fresh new looks.