There’s nothing quite like the excitement of a brand new season filled with fresh trends to experiment with. But when the key looks involve head-to-toe prints and mermaid inspired get-ups it’s hard to decide what to add to your wardrobe and which pieces are best left on the runway. Here’s our guide to wearing three of spring’s trickiest trends:
The reappearance of drop-waists, fringing and flirty flapper dresses has been perfectly timed to coincide with Baz Luhrmann’s remake of The Great Gatsby, due for release in December. But whilst the 1920s trend is great for glamour it’s hard to wear without looking like you’re attending a costume party. Gucci’s Frida Giannini solved this problem, bringing the iconic Jazz Age fashions into the 21st century with a bold palette of black, white and gold. It’s a style that River Island has been quick to adopt, so you can get the high fashion look on a budget. Pair your ‘20s style dress with a tuxedo jacket and a classic t-bar heels for an effortless evening ensemble Kate Moss would be proud of.
Under The Sea
“The shapes of sea life are ultra-modern, beautiful and timeless,” Karl Lagerfeld said at Chanel’s spring show, in Paris. That may be the case, but swapping your handbag for a seashell (as the models did at Chanel) probably isn’t going to work for the average girl. Instead hint to this trend with icy pastel shades and shimming fabrics, such as satin and silk organza. Topshop have a vast selection of cool pinks, mint greens and glistening metallics on offer, so they should be your first port of call for this trend. And although shell clutches are out of the question, pearl bracelets, shark-tooth necklaces, metallic sandals and delicate shell earrings all create a big impact but take little effort. Even paired with jeans and a t-shirt they’re sure to shine.
London Fashion Week has been championing vibrant “power prints” by the likes of Mary Katrantzou, Erdem and Peter Pilotto for a number of seasons now; but for spring the look finally crossed over to the runways of New York, Milan and Paris. If you were a fan of colour blocking last summer then this trend is perfect for you. Fashion daredevils should try mixing together two different prints at a time; or for a crisper style channel the JW Anderson and Stella McCartney shows, where paisley print trousers were worn with matching shirts. Dorothy Perkins have also gone for the head-to-toe look, producing a floral print suit that’s sure to be an instant sell out. Petite figures, and those less confident with print, should take inspiration from the Burberry catwalk, where bold tribal pattern dresses and trench coats were worn with bare legs and chunky heels.