Christina Kelly, has an extensive background in fashion. Working with top designers and brands, Kelly’s styles have been featured in GQ, Elle, and other leading publications.

This year’s runways are filled with inspirations from the past. One emerging trend is Renaissance style. With inspiration from different time-frames of the period, from the 1500’s through the 1600’s, modern day Renaissance looks are varied, but all are filled with romance, opulence, and bold style. N.Y. stylist and fashion consultant, Christina Kelly, discusses five modern-day trends inspired by Renaissance fashion.

  1. Wide long sleeves One of the looks derived from the time of transition from Medieval to Renaissance times, are long wide sleeves. Popular in lightweight materials as well as heavy fabrics such as velvet, the long wide sleeves add a romantic touch to day and night looks.
  1. Chemise-style dresses First popular in the 16th century, chemise-style dresses had a huge resurgence in the 18th century and are again emerging as a top trend for 2016. The modern version of this recurring fashion trend is popular in sheath, tunic and shift styles.
  1. Capes Inspired by 17th-century capes, styles such as trench coat capes, embroidered cloaks, and capulets are widely popular on the runways of Italy, Paris, and New York, and are soon to be found out in the streets as the weather turns colder.
  1. Square necklines Elaborate fabrics and cuts were common features in Renaissance times, as were square necklines. The square cut neckline first emerged in the Byzantine era and became a staple feature in the 16th This popular neckline has resurfaced in every century since then. The 2016 version of this flirty neckline is found on soft and romantic velvet dresses and blouses, embellished tops and even rompers.
  1. Tight bodices Tight bodices, often coupled with V-shaped waist plunges or partnered with a long skirt is making a comeback this year. This trend is popular in beaded and embroidered styles, as well as satin and boning, velvet, and brocade type materials. Watch for this look paired with skirts and pants cut wider in the hip area.

Christina Kelly often gives her insights and thoughts regarding the fashion industry. She is currently a fashion and style consultant, working with a wide variety of high-end clients. Combining an innate business sense with fashion and style helps make Christina Kelly a true asset to her clients.