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If you’re anything like us, when you see a photo of a perfect, hides-a-multitude-of-sins cocktail dress, your jaw hits the floor. And chances are, if the image is from a runway show, you have zero idea how to get your hands on it. That’s the beauty of shopping a Moda Operandi trunk show: When you spot that amazing Johanna Ortiz look a season ahead, you can buy it right away without having to wait and see if a buyer picks it up. The trick to getting the most sought-after designs is to preorder them so you don’t miss out on what is so deservedly yours. Here are our top picks for spring 2017that we’re ordering now (so we’re ready then) from the queens of the trunk show, Moda Operandi

Mary Kate’s Top Picks

1. On March 20, 2017 (you know, the first day of spring), even if it is snowing or weird-gray-sleeting in NYC, I will be wearing this baller piece from my new favorite girl on the block, Johanna Ortiz. Anyone who knows me knows that I love a fresh take on a classic—and Ortiz, who looks like a younger version of Penelope Cruz, is the queen of reinventing the wrap-skirt wheel. 

2. I can find any excuse to host a cocktail party. A friend’s promotion. My sister-in-law’s birthday. These trousers from Roland Mouret will be on my list of excuses to have a cocktail party or three come spring.

3. And when I need a jumper cable to restart my creative juices, I can imagine sashaying into the office wearing this electric skirt by Rochas

Jenny’s Top Picks

1. I rarely, if ever, wear pants because I find them to be too constricting. It’s been this way for most of my adult life...until culottes came along. They offer the best of both worlds: the polish of a pair of pants with the comfort of a breezy dress or flowing skirt. This past spring, I stocked up on the staple shades (black and navy), but next year, I’ll be ready to jazz it up with this vibrant green pair from Rochas

2. That said, don’t expect me to wear skirts or dresses any less. In fact, I’m already eyeing this midi skirt from Edun, which I’d pair with a cozy cashmere sweater or fitted turtleneck now—and with a sleeveless crop top later. Really, the options are endless.

3. Living and working in New York means being on your feet a lot. These sleek slides from Boyy are at the top of my wish list because I know I could walk (or run, if necessary) in them. I’d get them in the nude color so they match with everything in my closet. 


Dana’s Top Picks

1. Etro?s striped coat has the comfort of pajamas but the sophistication and tradition of Italian silk craftsmanship. I?d wear it, along with the strappy sandals in the look, to dinner and drinks at Shutters on the Beach. (Because then I could kick off the shoes and enjoy a postprandial walk on the Santa Monica sands, with the beach breeze fluttering the silk. Heaven!)

2. By contrast, For Restless Sleepers? blue and rose butterfly-print top and pants actually are pajamas, which is both so of-the-moment and also classic. I?d wear them to a ladies? lunch on the West Side, because A) they are super-chic and B) they are easy to slip on and off if I just happen to want to spend the rest of the day shopping on Abbott Kinney. 

3. Now for something really fancy: No. 21 has a To. Die. For. embellished tulle poncho that has sequins, drape and sheerness. I?d get this to throw over some of my plain black clothes (tank dress, strapless cocktail wear) and then have an entirely new and so unique look for awards-season cocktail parties and dinners.


Carolyn’s Top Picks

1. I’m already invited to a bunch of weddings next year, and there’s nothing worse than A) showing up in the same dress I wore to the last one or B) accidentally dressing like a bridesmaid (yes, this has happened). This gorgeous, kimono-inspired Paule Ka dress is totally unique and comfortable enough to sit through a too-long ceremony.

2. I’m all about the pantsuit trend, and this Alexis Mabille blazer is calling my name. The piping keeps the look fresh (it’s somehow sporty and pajama-esque) and the matching straight-legged trousers I might pair it with would be a secret weapon for tricking everyone into thinking I have miles-long legs (I don’t). I might need to start scheduling power lunches now that I’ve found the perfect uniform.

3. Everything about this Acler top is speaking to me: the stripes, the loose yet structured silhouette, the desert-chic vibe. I’d wear this (with killer sunglasses, natch) for pretty much anything outdoors, like cocktails and oysters at Grand Banks (the floating Frenchy bar) or a day trip to the North Fork of Long Island.


Angela’s Top Picks

1. I’m getting married next summer, so naturally I’ve already started to compile all the white ensembles I will wear from May until August. (The fashion is the best part, amiright?) This swingy frock from Acler is feminine with its eyelet detail, but doesn’t seem overly sweet. Bonus: I could even wear it to work.

2. Over the past year, it seems that designers everywhere have agreed that we should all be on a dress-over-pants kick. Although the idea is hardly new (in a historical sense or a trend-based fashion one), I’ve been putting my skills to the test lately. My most recent obsession: Attico’s sheer “jacket” over boot-cut jeans.

3. I tend to wear a lot of denim. So this spring, I’m making it my mission to test-drive skirts. First up will be the pencil midi. I think this stunning embellished style from Huishan Zhang is a good place to start.


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