Style Scene: Mix and match patterns for spring
BY KIM BROWN World Scene Writer
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
4/24/12 at 6:26 AM
Mixing and matching prints is a relatively new thing for many of us.
Until a few seasons ago, the thought of trying something that daring conjured up scary images of garage sale glamour gone wrong.
But luckily, many designers are savvy enough to realize that most of us need some help.
The basic rules on mixing prints and patterns are easy enough when you read them: to stay within a certain color scheme, and to work with contrasts, say mixing a floral print with a geometric pattern.
Still, that's quite daunting for the majority, so if you look around stores lately, you'll see patterns all mixed up for us.
It's a nice courtesy for the trendy shopper, who's still just a touch shy of eccentric.
Here are some stylish events in the Tulsa area:
Say 'Cheers' to downtown shops
To welcome new local businesses to downtown, say "Cheers to Boston Avenue" at an event at Bison & Bear from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, at the Philcade Building lobby, 501 S. Boston Ave. Drinks and refreshments will be served from local restaurants including Boston Avenue Grille, Edward Delk's Bar and Restaurant, Yokozuna, Elote, Mod's Coffee and Crepes, Atlas Grill, Baxter's Interurban Grill, and Tulsa's Whole Foods.
Former Tulsan Stephen Pittman, of Trio Tenace, will be performing jazz throughout the evening. Brett McKay, author of the popular blog Art of Manliness, will host a book signing. Joel Hitsman, co-owner of Bison & Bear, said the event will be a good way to celebrate other new Philcade shops Hood, Made and Earthly Delights, which all extended their leases after the holiday Pop-up Shopping event in the Tulsa Deco District. For more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ming Wang at Mary Ruby
Mary Ruby Apparel, 6034 S. Yale Ave., will host a trunk show Thursday through Saturday, featuring designs by Ming Wang. The show will highlight the collection's features, such as washable, packable and comfortable knits. Enjoy in-store specials during the event. Sizes available are missy, petite and plus. For more, call 918-491-0808.
Saks hosting friends and family sale, trunk show
Two events are slated at Saks Fifth Avenue in Utica Square this week. First, the Saks friends-and-family sale is set Wednesday through Saturday. The biannual sale will give shoppers a chance to enjoy 20 percent off the spring and summer collections. Jewelry is 15 percent off, and some designer exclusions apply. Beauty and fragrance items are not included in the sale.
A personal appearance and trunk show is set on Friday and Saturday from jewelry designer Valentin Magro. Magro has spent 25 years collaborating with fine jewelry houses and clients around the world to create one-of-a-kind pieces for his collection. For more information or to book an appointment with Magro, call 918-744-0200, ext. 226.
Original Print Headline: Simple rules make mixing prints a snap
Kim Brown 918-581-8474
Spring is about mixing and matching — even wild patterns. Top and skirt by Rachel Roy ($89 each), Macy's. Courtesy