The Most Wonderful Time of Year...
We're now in the month of March, a gracious month signifying the approach of the new spring season and a triumphant goodbye to the winter. I'm not a big fan of Winter and as much as I love layering, beautiful coats and elegant boots, I'm more of a fair-weather Autumn girl. My favourite time of year is without question, spring....as a shopper and a retailer I've always enjoyed seeing the new brighter colours, florals and prettiness appear. Add in Easter, daffodils, tulips and lambs and it's cheery on a level only Disney could beat.
Spring Summer 2017 feels incredibly optimistic and bold compared to seasons past and boy do we need it following the trials and tribulations of 2016. Florals are brighter and bolder than ever before, block colours are more dramatic and confident and we experience the beauty of design across the clever deployment of tulle, tailored shirting and the high-octane eighties.
I've scoured the catwalks, blogs, magazines (print and online) and the stores and pulled together my top five trends of the season along with some tips how you can introduce these into your wardrobe.
Trend 1: Exaggerated by the Eighties
The eighties have been lurking around the collections for a few seasons now but for SS17 they've really exploded. It's more evening and party looks this time around focussed on huge ruffles, metallics and sexy silhouettes. The logo tee has also made a return if you're not ready for a Madonna party moment. Say what you feel and say it proud!
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Trend 2: Full-On-Fuchsia
It's pink but not as you know it. It's not about pretty, girly charm but a more grown-up, sophisticated and powerful take on this hue. If you're brave go top to toe with a dress, coat or top and trouser. Keeping the pieces themselves simple and tailored will really nail this look.
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Trend 3: Floral & Fauna
Every time I see floral print appear for the Spring I can hear those immortal words from Miranda Priestly ringing in my ear! However, contrary to Ms Priestly's savage attack, SS17 really does seem groundbreaking when it comes to this ever-present spring pattern. The colour, the scale and fabrics are all strong and unapologetic and the styling seen on the catwalks was fantastic - florals from head to toe, literally (accessories and shoes included).
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Trend 4: Shirt-Sleeved
Deconstructed shirts were a plenty on the catwalks this season and the best part was the vastness of creativity seen across the different takes and designs. Off-shoulder and sexy at Victoria Beckham, sporty and clean at Alexander Wang and the best sleeves (in my opinion) came from Jacquemus - the most beautiful drop shoulder waves.
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Trend 5: Ballet Power
Time to feed those inner ballerinas and enjoy the swathing loveliness that is tulle. Molly Goddard's collection led the direction of this trend here in London before Paris Fashion Week picked up the baton with a sporty take from Christian Dior and citrus blends at Rochas. Style this loose,