We Dream of Ice Cream

May 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

Maybe its just a logical continuation of a massive pastel trend or maybe it is an interesting micro trend on its own. Whatever the case, fashion developed quite a liking for ice cream recently! Mulberry S/S12 campaign set (seen above) was covered in ice cream while Louis Vuitton campaign featured models indulging in frozen sundaes. But ice cream being used as a prop is not the end of the obsession – ice cream prints, embellishments and even ice cream shaped jewellery can all be found both on high street and in designer boutiques. And the main two players in the game are Mulberry and Topshop, each providing us with a choice of ice cream themed items at various price points so you can get your hands on the yummy goodies whatever your budget. Below are my delicious picks from both brands.

  1. Topshop Crop Sweat, £24 – love the cropped length – exposed midriffs is a trend on its own!
  2. Mulberry Grey Marl Vest,  £100 – so multifunctional, I’d wear it with jeans on the weekend and add to a work skirt and jacket combo for more casual look (for those who don’t have super smart work places of course).
  3. Topshop Printed Slit Back Shirt, £32 – possibly the cutest printed shirt of the season.
  4. Mulberry White Vest, £100 – white version of my beloved multifunctional vest.
  5. Mulberry Sunglasses and Ice Cream Necklace, £170 – barely visible but nevertheless there!
  6. Topshop Ice Cream Collar, £20 – silly statement necklace, perfect for adding eccentric feel to your look.
  7. Mulberry Pale Gold Metal Pin, £70 – it’s been a while since pins were at all fashionable but this one hits the nail on the head!
  8. Topshop Drop Earrings, £6.50 – perfect summer day accessory!

Mango Maxis

April 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

The spring has sprung. Hence it is time to find spring buys that can help once and for all leave the wintery outfits behind and recharge our wardrobes. This time I turn to Mango for help updating the skirt selection. I have spoken volumes about midi pleated skirts a few weeks ago (read more here) but it does not mean we have to wave goodbye to pleats of different lengths. Maxis are still full on trend this season so I found four perfect spring must-haves by Mango.

1 and 3 (£44.99) are perfect to add the pastel trend to your wardrobe – wear them by day with your favourite cotton tee or combine with complementing pastel colour silk tops and statement necklaces for totally fashionable evening wear.
2 (£39.99) is a total find – this is the rock chic solution to spring romanticism: black with leathery finish yet strangely feminine, you wont regret this buy.
4 (£49.99) has a denim feel to it yet is light and perfect even for the hottest day of the year – match with your favourite Converse or Superga trainers for a sporty feel.

Spring/Summer 12 Trend Alert: Scarf Print

February 5, 2012 § 1 Comment

Ever since the Spring/Summer 12 catwalk for D&G it was obvious that scarf print will become a major trend for the season. It was not just a few pieces in any collection, it was the domineering theme of the last ever D&G collection before it gets absorbed into Dolce and Gabbana (making it a super brand). The Italian duo put a lot of work in to makes sure the line goes out with a bang: vibrant, sexy, very youthful and trend-setting, this is exactly how we will remember D&G.

Yet scarf print is not new, Versace and Etro are two brands that most closely have been associated with it for years, but thanks to D&G the print is back and it’s big, migrating it out of my grandma’s closet and to the wish lists of all fashionistas. Below are the classics-gone-youthful from Versace and Etro, the pricey way to go about this hot trend.

  1. Versace Scarf Print Silk Satin Mini Dress, £465
  2. Versace Barocco Silk Printed Shirt, £745
  3. Etro Printed Skirt, £320
  4. Etro Silk Dress, £810
  5. Versace Venetian Print Silk Shirt, £745
  6. Etro Paisley Cardigan, £550

But as always I am a firm believer that you don’t have to break the bank to get on board with the latest trend. High street has already caught up with the designers and produced a wide range of scarf print pieces – below is my selection. And if you dare, do mix the prints and colours up in the outfit – clashing is so in!

  1. River Island Blue Scarf Print Bomber Jacket, £40
  2. River Island Pink Scarf Print Playsuit, £18
  3. River Island Orange Raised Front Maxi Skirt, £45
  4. Topshop Moto Baroque Hotpants, £34
  5. Topshop Scarf Print Shirt, £40
  6. Topshop Scarf Priny Leggings, £20 
  7. Zara Printed Blouse With Scarf, £29.99
  8. Miso Scarf Print Bralet, £15
  9. Zara Printed Blazer With Scarf, £59.99

 

Biggest S/S 12 Trend: Pastels

January 18, 2012 § 4 Comments

It is very rare that one overpowering trend emerges for the season, but this time despite fragmented trends like flower and parsley prints, sport de luxe and metallics, pastels are quickly gaining popularity. Also, surprisingly this trend matches the season well – it is not about being edgy or standing out but feeling spring and blending in with the natural colouring of the season.

It is hard to think of one designer collection that hasn’t featured pastel pieces this season – the catwalk was filled with them: from Louis Vuitton to Miu Miu, from Moschino to Oscar de la Renta, from Lanvin to DKNY.  Two of my favourite campaigns this season play around with the trend too – Mulberry ice cream and candy on Brighton Pier and good-enough-to-eat pastels of Louis Vuitton (pictured above).

And since the new season just kicked in, it is absolutely the right time to discuss the most wanted pieces that have to be added to My Fashion Wish List for this particular trend. Above is my designer selection – think ice cream, candy floss and bubble gum!

  1. Mulberry Pebbed Beige Glossy Goat Bayswater £795
  2. Alice Cicolini Earrings and Ring each £1400
  3. Anya Hindmarch Valorie Glitter-finish Leather Clutch £350
  4. Mulberry Candy Pink Jersey Melange Printed Badge T-shirt £90
  5. Miu Miu Bow Embellished Bikini £145
  6. Dion Lee Plisse Stretch Jersey and Silk Crepe Dress £787
  7. Louis Vuitton Tuileries Sandals in Silk £600
  8. Miu Miu Top Handle Bag in Pink £825
  9. MiH Paris Mid-rise Cropped Jeans £155

But it is not all about designer creations – high street is rapidly absorbing the trend and coming up with great items. Here is the selection of my favourite pastels from high street so you can join in on the trend for below £140.

  1. Zatchel Colour Block Leather Satchel £122
  2. Topshop High Wasted Chinos £38
  3. Kandee Space Sherbet Boots £105
  4. Topshop Pastel Geo Tunic £20
  5. ASOS Pack of 50 Pastel Gummies £8
  6. Topshop Textured Knitted Grunge Jumper £36
  7. KG by Kurt Geiger Esme Shoes £140
  8. River Island Aqua Dress Belted Skater Dress £35
  9. American Apparel Large Carry-all Leather Pouch in Soft Pink, Lavender and Lemon each £48

Here you go – now you are ready to be the most fashionable self and welcome spring in style. It is just around the corner, I promise!

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