If you’re getting fed up of the ladylike trends which are so hot for spring, we have just the thing for you. Stripes are also big news for the season and are both more versatile and – dare we say it – masculine than the lace that’s been floating around.
Seen all over the catwalk, here are our stripy three of the best:
At Prada stripes were paired with another key trend – colour blocking. During both their womenswear and menswear shows, stripes were thick, bright and in one solid tone. The models wore flirty flamenco style dresses in citrus tones of bright orange, blocked with purple and black; or in azure and turquoise. Even accessories were striped – the key theme running through a fun collection.
Meanwhile, at Celine, stripes were less of a focus, but still present. Angular, structured tunics were shown in vertical and horizontal stripes in block, yet muted tones. The collection as a whole was much calmer, with the focus on nudes and neutrals, with stripes providing a pop of colour to break up the classic pieces. Wear your stripes the Celine way by pairing with classic shapes and pale tones.
If there is a bright trend to be found, you can be sure it will be seen at Marc by Marc Jacobs. Far from Celine’s French chic – stripes at Marc by Marc Jacobs were the calmest offering in the collection, mingling with 70s style big hair, ruffles and neon brights. Once again, stripes popped up in block rainbow tones, ranging from sunflower yellow to cool grey, on summery maxi dresses.
We recommend wearing your stripes in bold and bright tones for true summer sunshine style.
Kate Fearnley’s name is growing bigger and bigger. First off, she nabs Cosmopolitan’s 2009 award for Ultimate Young Fashion Entrepreneur of the year resulting in a mad rush of celebrities hastening in to snap up her clothes, and now she is set to kick off the beginning of Middlesbrough Fashion Week at the end of May.
The show, which is strictly invite only, will be exhibiting her S/S 11 collection, as well as her newly launched bridal collection and her forthcoming A/W 11 collection.
Kate, 34, said: “I am delighted to be involved in Middlesbrough Fashion Week. I look forward to showcasing my designs; meeting the guests; and hopefully dispelling some misconceptions: you don’t have to be a celebrity on the red carpet to want to look fantastic! This event will be very inclusive; very up close and personal; and very exciting”.
Kate’s Middlesbrough boutique opened its doors in 2005, and has since gone from strength to strength. She has picked up a number of awards including the Cosmopolitan award named above. Her style is indefinitely girly and chic, and is adored by the likes of Pixie Lott, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Zoe Salmon and members of Girls Aloud. As well as Tellusfashion of course!
There’s a new trend in town, but it’s only for the brave! Bananas, oranges and other exotic fruit were splashed across the catwalk for summer, showing that fruit patterns really are the print du jour.
Henry Holland gave a typically quirky offering, but one that was fairly reserved compared to other fruity motifs. His models walked in high waisted trousers and crop tops covered with banana leaf print. While this head to toe jungle print works best on the runway, he also offered leafy accessories for a wearable look.
Stella McCartney also embraced the full body fruity style, with models in structured shapes covered with large leaf, lemon, and juicy grapefruit prints. Teamed with neutral accessories, the prints were less vibrant than those at Henry Holland, but still daring.
One of the biggest fruit fanatics this summer was Prada. An oversize top covered entirely in bananas – the most popular fruit to wear, by the way – gave a gypsy, hippie-esque feel. The collection also showed these fruity favourites in ways we are more accustomed to – by using shades of tangerine and other fruit tones as block colours.
If a full-on fruit print is a little too much for you, consider the fruity accessory. Start small with banana shaped earrings, or go Carmen-Miranda-bold with Charlotte Olympia’s fruit heels. Shaped like a banana with watermelon and grape toes, the fashpack have gone head over heels for these.
Take a look around the high street for fruit inspired pieces which are more wearable, or if you’re ready to embrace the trend, go bananas and wear your juicy pieces with confidence!
It seems that nowadays, the fashion lookbook is heading for a new and more creative direction. Brands are seeking for new ways of communicating the essence of their collections through fashion filmography and TellusFashion are embracing it fully. It’s creating a new outlook on fashion communications and is a much more intriguing and inspirational way to enhance the collection.
Below are two of my favourite fashion films so far…
Marc Jacobs – SS11. A Film by Kalvin Lazarte. This one is so lovely and light-hearted. It really captures the essence of the collection.
Gareth Pugh Pitti – AW’11. A film by Ruth Hogben. This is stunning.
It’s official – florals are big news for SS11. From teeny tiny intertwined flower prints to bold punchy sunflower brights, choose your bloom at will, with this ultra feminine trend.
Some of the best floral looks were seen on the catwalk at ladylike supreme-o Erdem. Presenting a collection packed with florals and lace, the designer sent his models down the runway in silk and sheer panelled pieces with appliquéd flowers on a white background. Jil Sander offered another approach with a more contemporary twist. Her girls walked in trademark maxi skirts and dresses, with large, graphic, vivid flower prints as the order of the day.
As florals are always a strong look for summer, the high street is as colourful and full of flower power as any good English country garden tea party. We especially love the collection from Matalan, who have a great offering that really hits the nail on the head. From pretty as a picture soft pastel prints, to Jil Sander-esque jewel tone brights, these pieces are ideal for a sunny summer day.
Our favourite is the 70s inspired jumpsuit with ruffled neckline – wear with wedges to elongate legs and channel festive chic.
Pair the softer pastels with classic basics, or for real style points wear floral on floral – mismatched prints are big for summer, and Matalan’s great collection will elevate your style with ease.
This season much has been made of neon brights, but if these punchy colours aren’t for you then fear not, because pastels are still big news for SS11.
Get your designer fix from Hussein Chalayan, who has consistently showed pastels for the last decade, or even Chanel with their stunning range of classic two pieces, revamped in pastel tones.
This summer wear your jeans in shades of sorbet, from lemon to raspberry, and anything in between – as long as it’s not blue. I love the Current/Elliot range which are also a flattering mid calf length. Even a muted grey is part of this light tone palette, or to ease the transition into these summer colours, start simple with MACs SS11 collection.
Create the look with Whistles and their shades of pastel pink – we particularly like their dusky pink and silver slouchy jumper. Mix with white and grey tones and gold jewellery for easy chic, or try with those brights if you’re feeling daring. These great shades can be dressed up or down – just make sure to wear them now to bring a bit of sunshine to your wardrobe.
Belgian born Olivier Theyskens has returned from his sabbatical with his new, highly anticipated collection for Theory. Launched last month online and in the stores, rumours of the collection preceded its arrival and it did not disappoint.
On the runway, the designer mixed floating soft skirts with oversize leather outerwear as he eased Theory away from their typically monochrome, structured palette.
Halfway between sulky statement oversize dressing and English country garden, other Theyskens’ additions included a dash of muted red and a nod to the 70s trend with models covered up in flares and polo necks.
The collection has hit the stores in the form of more wearable pieces in reliable shades of black, white and grey. Highlights include a super soft leather tuxedo jacket, Alexander Wang-esque luxe white tees, a cowl neck silk dress and a cotton waistcoat decorated with bent hammered metal coins and tulle fringing – all almost exclusively, classically, black and white.
If the popularity of this collection is anything to go by, it is fair to say Theyskens is back with a bang. We look forward to seeing what he will do next.