Thursday, 9 February 2012

Your complete guide to S/S12

Here's what should be on your S/S shopping list. I do love a list:

1. Something sporty... neoprene tops and dresses are good. ASOS have some AMAZING ones. For the designer look go to Stella McCartney and Alexander Wang.
LOVE these trainers £149 ASH at ASOS. Wear with a
bare leg and short skirt/dress or a sherbet ankle length trouser.
COLOURS. You get the point. Pretty Spring time colours - like the Marie Antionette film shades (which I love and are also colour theme for my wedding, yay).
3. Anything with a peplum. Cute tops like Mulberry's gold version (left) £375 at Net A Porter and knee length skirts with a little flick out at the knee as seen at YSL.
4. UNDER THE SEA. The Little Mermaid goes to Notting Hill. There was a luxe, shimmering, pearly, iridescent sheen to the catwalk for Spring lead by Chanel who featured the cutest seashell clutch bags. WANT.
5. A cropped top. *SCREAMS* Make it look sophisticated with a high waisted trouser/skirt. The high waist is the area of flesh to flash for S/S.
6. Print-tastic. Clashing or matching. Leopard, floral, graphic, paisley, polka dot, striped,
paint. The print is back in all forms. Easiest way to wear is on a shirt but make a statement in a printed trouser like Stella McCartney's tropical silk trousers £665 at Net a Porter.
7. Floral, lace, applique, laser cut leather details in white and sherbets. PRETTY STUFF basically. Mainly on dresses, tops and skirts. There'a a definite girly, good enough to eat vibe going down. I ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ it.
8. A fashion fairytale of good vs evil. The McQueen show was totally good witch vs bad witch with lace headdresses and everything. Plus there were the cutest fairytale capes with silk ribbon and little velvet mules at Miu Miu. Add to that the fact that loads of fairytales are being released big-time at the cinema later this year and you've got a full-blown trend.
9. NEW BAGS TO CARRY. Include the bucket bag. Ideally the Lanvin brown leather one £1060 at Browns Fashion. Also, the rucksack, anything with tassels, a ladylike number, bright colour blocking and personally I LOVE a day to night clutch type scenario.
Also, new to the floor is the miniature handbag. CUTE.
10. Pyjamas. Yes you read that right. But it's not your actual night pyjamas. This is a whole new breed of pyjama styling for daytime. Pyjama style silk blouses and jackets or wide leg floaty trousers. My advice would be to only wear one pyjama-stylee item at a time... and mix with sharper pieces or slightly grungey old-looking denim. You know you want to...
11. The era's we're looking to for inspiration are (ready for this). 50s 60s and 70s. Prommy style 50s body shapes but 60s little shifts and boxier style tailoring. Then we love a bit of a 70s boho element in FASHION. Also, 20s for flapper dresses. So that'd be pretty much any decade then yeah...
12. SHOES GLORIOUS SHOES. We're going a bit chunkier with block heels like River Island's
amazingly hot leopard ones £50. Great with the ankle length or skinny trouser or great tailored short/culotte and a white silk shirt. Also, loving a FLATFORM. A pretty pump. ANY metallic heel, especially if it's a bit princessy. And Prada's WHOLE AMAZING SHOE COLLECTION FOR S/S which is mental but pretty much the coolest thing I've ever seen.
13. A hint of neon. But not head to toe. Wear with muted nudes, greys, beiges to play it down. But that flash of it is PERFECT.
14. Whites and nudes. Always a trend for S/S but we like it SO there. Pretty, feminine whites or go for a more modern, streamlined, linear white look as seen at Chloe...
15. Socks with platforms. #Just saying.
16. Metallics. Another one we always love and kind of following on from the whole aquatic number. We're liking metallics worn more in a dressed down, grunge-tastic way unless you're a full on COUTURE QUEEN.

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