At Lafayette 148 New York, the pre-spring ’09 look is a kaleidoscope of color. Imagine a mix of madras, ginghams and ultra-feminine floral hits. Playful, strapped designs and sleek silhouettes embody sweeping styles with casual sophistication. For a style that transcends time and place, the City Island collection reflects designer Edward Wilkerson’s vision. These styles merge metropolitan dressing with resort chic into a style that transcends time and place. What are the pre-spring ’09 trends? Technicolor–lively colors that arouse the senses.

Everyone’s mad for madras. Look for them in grandiose silks in surprising, unpredictable colors. The feminine frocks rock. Blouses and dresses look pretty with ruffles, shirring, ties, sleeve interests, eyelets and clip dots. Ginghams grow up. Find them from cotton micros to silk picnic checks. Bold floral finds spring to life in a garden of colors. The spring coat is a must-have. Try a trench-styled safari coat. For an entrance, signature skirts are long, gathered, belted. Short, fitted jackets are juxtaposed against fuller bottoms. Lacquered chintzes and glossed fabrics accent your look with a subtle shine.

Chic and modern designs in the most luxurious fabrics define this Lafayette 148 pre-spring collection. With its attention to detail and craftsmanship, the line is best known for beautiful, feminine separates, novelty embellished pieces, exquisite leathers and luxury knits. Founded in 1996 and named after its Manhattan street address, Lafayette 148’s collection captures “the sophistication and confidence of women in the city.”

Designer Edward Wilkerson is the creative force behind the brand.At 10 years old, he decided to become a fashion designer. His career opened up with his life’s journey to Africa, where he truly discovered himself. Inspired by his travels and the women he meets, Wilkerson has a unique vision and sense of style. He has a deep understanding of his Lafayette 148 customers, their needs and desires. Each season, he creates an innovative line that speaks to every aspect of their lifestyle. His clothes take you from the boardroom to evening, and a weekend get-away. In his designs, women exude elegance and their own personal style. This collection is also available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and over 200 fine stores throughout the U.S. and Canada and at