Coral Accents Add a Splash of Undersea Chic

Chanel Spring 2012 Collection

Chanel Spring 2012 Collection

Chanel Coral Heel Sandal

Chanel Coral Heel Sandal

“Florals? For spring? Ground breaking.”

Fictional editor-in-chief Miranda Priestley’s famed zinger from The Devil Wears Prada might be the kind of sentiment that keeps some shoppers — and even designers — from embracing botanicals when the mercury starts to rise, but that doesn’t mean that trends can’t take cues from classic inspiration. And, of course, the ocean is certainly an obvious summer one…which leads us to coral. Think of it as the sea’s answer to floral – and don’t roll your eyes. Here’s how everyone from Karl to Diane embraced this undersea standby.

For Chanel’s Spring/Summer collection, it was an undersea theme like no other. Instead of Hockney blues and Disney cartoons, Karl whitewashed everything from clam shells to strands of pearls and even huge starfish and stingrays. The standout? The clean chic of white coral. In addition to adding underwater accents to the staging, where he transformed the Grand Palais into a place Ariel would be proud to call home, he sent models down the runway dripping in pearls, carrying bags made from conch shells and wearing heels decorated with coral-shaped heels. But you don’t have to be a mermaid to appreciate this fantasy shoe, which became a reality once it made the round of editors and style bloggers. And we expect its wave of popularity to continue to be seen on street style blogs all summer long.

Diane Von Furstenberg Lytton Small Metallic Patent Leather Clutch

Diane Von Furstenberg Lytton Small Metallic Patent Leather Clutch

For a more wallet-friendly version of the trend, opt for Diane von Furstenberg’s Lytton minaudiere ($325). The bag is a classic shape and it’s also got a chain handle inside if you want to go hands-free. But what takes it out of granny territory is the playful coral clasp. Our FTD editor-in-chief, Michelle, has been sporting the Lytton in the lime sherbet colorway, but this season’s update gives the clutch a glam makeover in soft gold leather. Wear it with a maxi dress or grab it and go for cocktail parties — just expect a tidal wave of compliments.

Vintage Horn & Coral Necklace

Vintage Horn & Coral Necklace

Coral has always been popular in jewelry, so it’s no surprise that come summertime, every store from H&M to Michael Kors starts pulling out bangles, rings and more decorated with the stone. Berkleley-based jeweler Melissa Joy Manning takes the summertime staple and gives it a makeover by using it as a shock of color to an otherwise rustic-looking piece. Combining coral with horn and oxidized sterling silver, the Vintage Horn & Coral Necklace ($1,248 at Anthropologie) is an easy way to add a jolt of resort-ready style to any of your closet staples. Pair it with a white blouse for a Carolina Hererra-goes to-St. Tropez look or add it to a maxi for a more carefree, boho vibe. With a statement piece like this, the most important thing is to make sure it doesn’t just sit in your jewelry box.

Teen Vogue's Ocean Illustrated Nails

Teen Vogue's Ocean Illustrated Nails

If you want to be in on this trend, but don’t want to spend a lot (or even leave the comfort of your house), Teen Vogue has teamed with Nails by Sophie of the Illustrated Nail for a DIY nail art tutorial that takes its cue from Karl’s undersea fantasia. While we’re partial to the orange that Sophie chose, you could use any color in your polish collection. All you need is a steady hand and the patience to create a masterpiece on your fingertips.

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