2015 Spring Style Guide

Five of Atlanta’s fashion new guard showcase the season’s trends

Photographs by Alex Martinez; styling by Tamara Connor

Crepe dress: Valentino, $4,390, Neiman Marcus, Lenox Square; Platform clog: Rachel Comey, $334, Henry & June

1. Camryn Park

Co-owner of Henry & June | @FoxFaceATL | henryandjuneatl.com

We hated to divide Park and her fiance and shop co-owner, Jim Chambers, even for this photograph. The inseparable pair opened their Virginia-Highland coffee-and-clothing boutique last summer in homage to Henry Miller and his muse, June. Together Park and Chambers stock the shelves with emerging and unexpected labels and Crema coffee. Before opening the shop, Park collected and sold vintage cameras.

Neighborhood  Poncey-Highland

Hometown  Atlanta

Spring must-have  Creatures of Comfort’s spring collection has so many beautiful light pastels and almost weightless materials.

New basic  A simple, sleek wrap dress like the one we have from L.A. designer Shaina Mote.

Big plans  I would love to transform our inventory room into a space for local creatives to meet and share inspiration.

Favorite item in your closet  My textured “Hitchcock” cape coat by local designer Megan Huntz.

If you were an animal, you’d be  A fox! Years ago a dear friend began calling me “foxface,” and I became infatuated with these beautiful creatures.

Jewelry you wear every day  A simple gold bracelet that says “June” in cursive—a gift from Jim—and my engagement ring, of course.

Makeup you can’t live without  Black liquid eyeliner: I don’t leave the house without a little cat-eye.

Ink inspiration  There is a diamond on my left leg with a banner that reads, “Like a diamond in the sky.” My father passed away when I was young, and that’s the song I remember him singing to me.

Favorite style era  We finally began watching “Mad Men,” and I am now obsessed with the 1960s. Joan Holloway is my spirit animal.

Style mantra  Keep it simple. Then you can add a standout accessory or a pop of fiery red lipstick. —Mary Logan Bikoff

Cam’s picks


Clyde straw hat, $180

0315_styleguide_whitebag_amartinez_oneuseonlyClyde leather backpack, $420

315_styleguide_shirt_amartinez_oneuseonlyObjects Without Meaning linen/silk top, $253

Available at Henry & June, 784 North Highland Avenue

Cheat sheet: One day you’re in, and the next day, you’re . . . well, you know.

Spring 2014 vs. Spring 2015
1990s → 1970s
Minimalism → Bohemianism
Oversized shapes → Obi-style belts, cinched waists
Sheer fabrics → Eyelets and lace
Flatforms → Platforms
Metallics → Suede
Pop-art pattern → Gingham and checks
Normcore denim, overalls → Dark, starchy denim
Ruffles → Fringe
The oxford shirt → The polo shirt
The crop top → Unfortunately, still a thing.

Starburst necklace: KZ Noel $2,600, Morgan Kylee, 3273 Roswell Road, morgankylee.com; canvas vest: Brunello Cucinelli $3,185, Buckhead Atlanta, brunello­cucinelli.com; jeweled cuff: KZ Noel $975, Morgan Kylee; patterned pants: Rebecca Taylor $325, Phipps Plaza, rebeccataylor.com; platform clogs: Prada price upon request, Lenox Square, prada.com
Starburst necklace: KZ Noel, $2,600, Morgan Kylee, 3273 Roswell Road; canvas vest: Brunello Cucinelli, $3,185, Buckhead Atlanta; jeweled cuff: KZ Noel, $975, Morgan Kylee; patterned pants: Rebecca Taylor, $325, Phipps Plaza; platform clogs: Prada, price upon request, Lenox Square

2. Keisha Noel

Jewelry designer and front-row denizen
Creative director of KZ Noel jewelry | @kznoel | kznoel.com

Noel was inspired to start her fine jewelry line, KZ Noel, while visiting a Shanghai pearl market in 2011. Her globally influenced collections incorporate semiprecious gemstones and unusual finds, like black lava and agate. A board member at the Museum of Design Atlanta, Noel is a fixture on the society circuit, regularly hosting events about town and sitting front-row at New York Fashion Week. She’s holding her first Neiman Marcus trunk show on March 4 and 5; find her pieces locally at Huff Harrington Home and Morgan Kylee.

Neighborhood  Vinings

Hometown  Chicago

Style icons  Diana Ross, Charlize Theron, and Beyoncé. And Daphne Guinness! She has such a daring fashion spirit.

Favorite spring 2015 runway show  Azede Jean-Pierre [of SCAD Atlanta] is the most incredible up-and-coming designer—her attention to tailoring and detail is impeccable! I also love Lela Rose’s spring collection because it’s so feminine.

Inspiration source  I visit the Wynwood Arts District in Miami or a space by local designer Smith Boyd Interiors.

Spring must-have  Lanvin’s cream caftan.

Jewelry you wear every day  My wedding band and a KZ Noel prayer panel necklace (pictured below).

Favorite style era  As much as I’m looking forward to the ’70s vibe this spring, I really love the glamour of the 1980s. No one apologized for the over-the-top shoulder pads, sequins, and taffeta! —Mary Logan Bikoff

New from KZ Noel
The pyrite strand is assembled by Noel and two craftspeople in her workshop. Uncut diamonds make up the cross. The vintage wood and ceramic Thai prayer panels are said to bring protection and happiness. Coming soon to Morgan Kylee and Huff Harrington Home 

Sky-high, chunky, and funky wedge heels

315_styleguide_platform02_amartinez_oneuseonlyChristian Dior, $850, Neiman Marcus

315_styleguide_platform04_amartinez_oneuseonlyChristian Louboutin, $745, Buckhead Atlanta

0315_styleguide_platform01_amartinez_oneuseonlyPedro Garcia, $495, Tootsies, Shops Around Lenox

315_styleguide_platform03_amartinez_oneuseonlyCharlotte Olympia, $1,395, Saks Fifth Avenue

“God Father” shantung fedora: Goorin Bros., $110, coming soon to Ponce City Market; “Murphy” shades: Warby Parker, $145, Buckhead Atlanta; “Sahara Dot” shirt: Bonobos, $85, Buckhead Atlanta; belt and watch: Stafford’s own; chinos: Bonobos, $88

3. Kirk Stafford

Shoe designer and entrepreneur
Founder of Belfry Shoes, Atlanta editor of UrbanDaddy | @kirkstafford | belfryshoes.com

Stafford, who has a degree in luxury and fashion management from SCAD Atlanta, has already started a tie company (Mast-McBride) and cofounded a snappy men’s shop (Tweeds, on the Westside). Now he’s left the store in the hands of his former partner to launch a shoe line, Belfry. It’s out this month (at shops TBD at press time) with 21 variations on eight styles, from utility boots to tassel loafers.

Neighborhood  Downtown

Hails from  Habersham County

Spring must-haves  Tailored chinos in a multitude of colors, a classic pair of white sneakers, and a ridiculously printed tank top for the weekends.

Trend you’d like to see die  The frat swoop haircut. I’m bald, and I’ve got zero tolerance for grown men, blessed with hair, who insist on wearing it like a 15-year-old.

Style icons  My grandfathers. They each passed away recently, but they were real men who dressed sharp, fought in wars, made things with their hands, and loved their families.

Hidden talent  I’m handy with a mustache comb.

Favorite Social media follow  Travel photographer @everythingeverywhere on Instagram—all I do is scroll through the feed and wipe drool off my phone.

Inspiration source  East Atlanta. I love finding all types of people who are living in the same neighborhood and genuinely enjoying each other.

Favorite item in your closet  A pair of blue loafers I designed. They’re shiny as hell and have a brass horse bit. —Q&A by Jess Graves

Belfry Chukka boot

Belfry shoes are hand-sewn under one roof in Maine. Stafford uses Horween leather from Chicago. The all-leather soles are stitched to the upper. A “mud guard,” or leather trim, protects the boot. $395

Cool shades: Swap your frames for a bold shape or hue

Persol $250, Neiman Marcus

Warby Parker “Jennings,” $95

Warby Parker “Curtis,” $95

“Lise Meitner” wool fedora: Goorin Bros., $140; tassel necklace: KZ Noel, $950, Morgan Kylee; silk gown: Etro, $3,858, Buckhead Atlanta

4. Mandy Kellogg Rye

Stylist, blogger, and online retailerFounder of entertaining site and shop Waiting on Martha | @waitingonmartha | waitingonmartha.com

Inspired by the great Ms. Stewart, in 2012 Rye created Waiting on Martha, where she blogs about home, entertaining, and style and already has an impressive following (45,000 on Instagram alone). Her online shop carries Rifle paper and Jonathan Adler trinkets, and she often hosts pop-ups. As a fashion and home stylist, Rye has worked for brands like Kate Spade and Calypso St. Barth and has been featured in “Harper’s Bazaar” and “House Beautiful.”

Neighborhood  North Buckhead

Hometown  Midland, Michigan

Big plans  More interior design. And there is talk of a brick-and-mortar store for Waiting on Martha.

Favorite item in your closet  Navy bespoke Stubbs & Wootton smoking slippers embroidered with Staffordshire dogs. The resemblance to my dog, Addison, is uncanny.

Spring must-have  I’m loving the elevated-boho, hippie-chic look at Dries Van Noten, Chloé, and Etro.

Trends you’d like to see die  Black lipstick, extreme ombré hair, and the high/low dress

Favorite Martha Stewart project  Her book “Martha’s Entertaining.” The pheasant pot pie recipe—minus the pheasant, as I’m a vegetarian—is a constant go-to.

Tool of your trade  My styling kit: a million types of tape, a portable steamer, various clips, pins, and slabs of marble and wood for detail shots.

Favorite little black dress  An old Helmut Lang asymmetric sheath with a fantastic zipper in the back. —Q&A by Feifei Sun

Mandy’s tips — Get the look
1.  Add a hat
A floppy-brimmed hat or fedora gives the perfect amount of flair. Stick to neutral tones like oxblood, tobacco, or camel.
2. Wrap it up
Not a hat person? Try a head wrap, scarf, or headband instead.
3. Pick a print
We’re looking at you, paisley. Also go for geometrics and soft, romantic florals.
4. Let it flow
For a breezy (and comfy!) look, throw on a flowy dress, long skirt, or soft, loose tunic.
5. More is More
Don’t be shy: Layer necklaces of varying lengths, bracelets, and rings.

Bitty Bags: This season, travel light

0315_styleguide_bag02_amartinez_oneuseonlyChristian Louboutin, $1,795

0315_styleguide_bag01_amartinez_oneuseonlyAlice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet, $295, coming soon to Buckhead Atlanta

0315_styleguide_bag03_amartinez_oneuseonlyHermès, $5,150, Buckhead Atlanta

0315_styleguide_bag04_amartinez_oneuseonlyChloé, $795, Tootsies

Custom wool suit: Commonwealth Proper (CMMP), $2,350, Elan Westside; “Grove Collar” shirt: CMMP, $395; wool tie: CMMP, $125; pocket square: CMMP, $65; “Datejust” 16233: Rolex, $3,600, Crown & Caliber; single-buckle oxfords: Canali, $850, Buckhead Atlanta

5. Mike Mast

Fit guy
Partner and Atlanta manager of Commonwealth Proper | @dieproper | commonwealthproper.com

Last fall Mast landed in Atlanta to open the second location of Philly-based Commonwealth Proper (CMMP), a custom and bespoke men’s shop. After leaving the insurance biz in 2013, Mast studied for months at CMMP’s internal fit-training program. Now he’ll greet you in the Westside shop with a whiskey and a stack of fabric swatches. That is, if you can find its speakeasy-style door off the parking deck.

Neighborhood  West Midtown

Hometown  Philadelphia

Spring must-have  Our new “Grove Collar” shirts (pictured) are an updated play on the Gordon Gekko finance shirt. Ours have white collars, which provide a clean frame to the face, but not white cuffs, which is too 1980s banker.

Style icons  James Bond always comes to mind, no matter the actor. I also can’t forget Ralph Lauren.

Tool of your trade  Tape measure.

Where you unwind  Outside of work, I love the Porter Beer Bar, Victory Sandwich Bar, and Cooks & Soldiers.

Overdressed or underdressed?  Overdressed—what’s the worst that can happen, someone compliments your outfit?

Favorite style era  Early 1990s hip-hop.

Perfect spring suit  Fresco—a midweight wool woven to promote breathability.

All-important accessories  A solid watch can pull a whole outfit together. And good shoes. There’s that old adage that women judge men by their shoes, so naturally, you can’t take a chance! —Mary Logan Bikoff

Mike’s tips — Get the perfect fit
Call to Arms
Shirtsleeves should fall to the break of your wrist and peek out a quarter-inch from your jacket.

0315_styleguide_suit01_lnoftle_oneuseonlyRule of Thumb
With your hands at your sides, the jacket’s bottom should hit your thumb knuckle.

0315_styleguide_suit02_lnoftle_oneuseonlySeams perfect
For range of motion and a proportional look, shoulder seams should fall where your shoulder cap begins to round.

Pocket squares
One jaunty square = a two-second upgrade

0315_styleguide_pocketsquares_amartinez_oneuseonlyBlue: CMMP, $65; Green: Drake’s, $75, Sid Mashburn, Westside Provisions; Yellow: Salvatore Ferragamo, $140, Neiman Marcus; Red: CMMP, 65; Pink: J.S. Blank & Co., $55, Neiman Marcus

 This article originally appeared in our March 2015 issue.