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Spring Fashion in the Hudson Valley 

Threads for the Thaw: Photos by Kelly Merchant

click to enlarge Shalyni Paiyappilly lounges in a Johnny Was dress with a Nakamol necklace and Motif 56 Edna bag, and Harpreet Naina sits back in a Taillia shirt, Scotch & Soda jean, Will reversable leather belt, and Vintage Shoe Co. boots from de Marchin in Hudson. - KELLY MERCHANT
  • Kelly Merchant
  • Shalyni Paiyappilly lounges in a Johnny Was dress with a Nakamol necklace and Motif 56 Edna bag, and Harpreet Naina sits back in a Taillia shirt, Scotch & Soda jean, Will reversable leather belt, and Vintage Shoe Co. boots from de Marchin in Hudson.

Despite the long, seemingly endless transition, winter finally succumbs to spring. Icy snow gives way to greening grass, and tiny buds poke their heads out, dotting the ground with color. What better way to usher in spring than to shed your own winter coat for something that reflects the vibrant season?

Our spring beauty and fashion photo shoot showcases efforts by Hudson Valley shops and designers to say good-bye to winter through wardrobe. Paul de Marchin, owner of de Marchin in Hudson, chose clothing for this shoot for its colorful vibrancy. "For spring we are drawn to ease and color," de Marchin says. "Flowing fabrics and classic styles with a twist." Erin Murphy, owner of Beacon's newly opened Reservoir and Wood, says that in addition to vibrant color and bold prints, functionality is a key component to spring fashion. "A woman's dress could be draped of delicate silks, but still remain comfortable and flexible in a modern day on-the-go lifestyle," Murphy says. Regina Caridi, owner of Cesare + Lili, with locations in Rhinebeck and Latham, adds that comfort and affordability are also important when shopping spring styles. "Couture is great, but not everyone can afford thousands for an outfit," she says.

click to enlarge Shalyni Paiyappilly in a Double Zero striped dress with an Urban Expressions clutch and Jewelry by Terra Diva ring and bracelet from Eden Boutique in New Paltz.
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  • Shalyni Paiyappilly in a Double Zero striped dress with an Urban Expressions clutch and Jewelry by Terra Diva ring and bracelet from Eden Boutique in New Paltz.

Kelly Merchant, whose solo show "The Secret Language of Flowers" opens at the Joyce Goldstein Gallery in Chatham on April 13, has been shooting our fashion spreads for a number of years. For the spring fashion shoot, she was excited to work in the bright and airy space of Green Cottage in High Falls. The shop, which was opened in 1997 by floral designer Dennis Nutley and jewelry designer David Urso, offers flowers, plants, jewelry, and a myriad of gifts, many of which are made by local artists. "Green Cottage has all of the things spring is about—color, fun, light, and flowers," says Merchant. "Plus Dennis Nutley's eye for floral arranging is one of a kind. He chooses flowers you don't often see at other florists and mixes them in a way that is artistic and natural."

If you're looking for some inspiration for your closet this season, the natural beauty of spring isn't a bad place to start.

click to enlarge Cassandra Hansen-Patsch wearing an {EM} Reservoir embroidered hydrangea dress and Justin Heredia in {EM} Reservoir straight leg dress slacks with the wave hemp-blend pullover from Goose Organic. Clothing from Reservoir and Wood in Beacon. - KELLY MERCHANT
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  • Cassandra Hansen-Patsch wearing an {EM} Reservoir embroidered hydrangea dress and Justin Heredia in {EM} Reservoir straight leg dress slacks with the wave hemp-blend pullover from Goose Organic. Clothing from Reservoir and Wood in Beacon.

click to enlarge Abra Duprea wearing a band collar dress by Utility Canvas, sweet gigi top by Wool and the Gang, embroidered hoops by Coral and Tusk, brass wrap by Matta, and seashell wrap by MC. From Kosa in Hudson.
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  • Abra Duprea wearing a band collar dress by Utility Canvas, sweet gigi top by Wool and the Gang, embroidered hoops by Coral and Tusk, brass wrap by Matta, and seashell wrap by MC. From Kosa in Hudson.

click to enlarge Cassandra Hansen-Patsch wearing a black laser-cut petal top, cream laser-cut petal skirt, black-and-white cotton polka dot bow tie belt, and vintage tulle polka dot bridal fascinator, all Handmade and One of a Kind by Juda Leah in Saugerties,
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  • Cassandra Hansen-Patsch wearing a black laser-cut petal top, cream laser-cut petal skirt, black-and-white cotton polka dot bow tie belt, and vintage tulle polka dot bridal fascinator, all Handmade and One of a Kind by Juda Leah in Saugerties, available by special order.

click to enlarge Abra Duprea wearing a Versace-print inspired one-piece jumpsuit from Cesare + Lili in Rhinebeck. Bracelets and necklace by David Urso of Green Cottage.
  • Kelly Merchant
  • Abra Duprea wearing a Versace-print inspired one-piece jumpsuit from Cesare + Lili in Rhinebeck. Bracelets and necklace by David Urso of Green Cottage.

  • Hudson Valley designers usher in spring with seasonally inspired fashion.

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