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!
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.
All the fashionistas in the world where probably jumping up and down of joy this morning when Swedish budget clothing chain H&M announced that their next designer collaboration will be with none other than the classic French brand Lanvin.
Previous designers which have done collections for the swedish store includes ; Stella McCartney, Karl Lagerfeld and Sonia Rykiel among others.
The collection will be released in November this year.