Mirror, Mirror: Happy spring windows

Duke & Winston window. Drexel students design window in Northern Liberties on 2nd Street. March 10, 2013. ( MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Staff Photographer ).

We can thank the creatives from Drexel University's visual merchandising class for sprinkling Northern Liberties boutique windows with spring fashions.

As part of a class project, 17 students worked with Second Street boutiques Duke & Winston, Art Star, Once Worn Consignment, and Arcadia. Four groups of students researched warmer-weather clothing trends, the target shopper for each store, and most important, the mood of each shop.

Using that information, they sketched what they thought would be perfect displays with the help of assistant professor of merchandising Kristen Ainscoe.

"It's all about blending fashion with good design," Ainscoe said. "They bought the material and executed their ideas on a $50 budget."

The windows will remain springlike through the end of March. And that's good news, because the way winter is hanging on, you can't have enough visual reminders that the warm-weather season is right around the corner.

- Elizabeth Wellington