Sunday, March 20, 2011 a remarkable display of fashion trends were seen at Florida’s very own International Palm Beach Polo. The 2011 polo season marks the fourth year the IPC has hosted the USPA Piaget Gold Cup final on Piaget Field in Wellington, FL. This annual event attracts hundreds of spectators from all over south Florida.
The number one trend of the day was hats. A trend taken so much further this year than from what was seen on reality star Bethenny Frankel at last years Hampton polo match. Men and women of sorts were sporting oversized embellished hats. It was like being in a scene of the movie “The Great Gatsby.” The main entrance to the Nespresso Grande Pavilion even had a booth set up where attendees could purchase a hat before heading in.
Inside the tents, another noticeable accessory trend amongst women was the suit bag, most of which hung from a chain in delicate colors. Naturally, Chanel was the most represented designer with this look.
It was obvious most attendees knew how to dress the spectator part. A look designers call “preppy chic.” The classic look for women can be: black and white, oversized sunglasses, Emilio Pucci prints, tunics, day dresses, kaftans all paired with a kitten or wedge heel. Preferably a chic shoe that allows you to join in on the stomping of the divots at halftime.
On the other hand, men completed their look easily with a blue blazer, tucked in button-down shirt, woven belt, slide on shoe, and a hat or a more casual approach was a polo shirt paired with a Bermuda type short.
Overall the palette was an outstanding rainbow of colors consisting of blues, greens, yellows and fuchsias. On the contrary a monochromatic mixing of beiges, white with beige and yellow paired with beige was noticeable. The stripe continues to be a classic polo trend, however this year slanted and off center stripes added a crisp fresh look to the field.
Other popular womenswear trends spotted were uneven hemlines, halter dresses and oversized statement jewelry.
Below is an interview with local fashion expert and boutique owner, Caryna Nina on her opinion of Palm Beach polo trends.
What trends in apparel and accessories would you say are dominant at this years polo matches?
I would say the trend this year is light and flowy as well as colorful fabrics. This happens to be my look, and just last year I did a trunk show/ fashion show at Palm Beach Polo, and that was exactly what I was showing then- the response was amazing. Not sure if this had any impact on the trends for this year, but I have always been known for working with color.
If you had a customer that was going to polo and wasn’t sure what to wear, what would you suggest they wear from your store?
I have women buy pieces off the rack, and also create their own. I carry designer fabrics such as: Pucci, Roberto Cavalli and Etro. It’s fun to make that special piece for that special someone.
If a client doesn’t want to buy a whole new outfit, or dress, I would suggest one of my shawls, as they can be worn at least 8 different ways, and it just adds a splash of color to any outfit! People are definitely recognizing the “Caryna Nina” pieces in a crowd now, whether it is on or off the Polo field.
Caryna Nina Boutique located:
just off Worth Avenue
32 Via Mizner
Palm Beach, FL
If you want to look fabulous and play spectator for the day, why not pick up a bright-colored tunic, crisp white pants, an oversized hat and head up to Palm Beach for their outstanding polo brunch.
For ticket information visit: http://internationalpoloclub.com/
International Polo Club Palm Beach
3667 120th Avenue South
Wellington, FL 33414
Phone – 561-204-5687