In comparison to last years raunchy bondage-gear as outerwear sported by Marc Jacobs models, harnesses at Alexander McQueen and seductive snakeskin at Prada, this season’s style has paralleled into the P word. That’s right; from provocative to pretty, pastel colours to prints, silk pyjama suits to peplum skirts, Proenza to Preen this summer we see a reinvented woman.
A fashionable ice cream cone: pastel peaches, iced blues, sugary pinks and erm- minty mints, this summers ‘candy-girl’ fashionista is pleasantly palatable. With her own wearable palette this modern chic is a spring day in her own apparel. From simple, clean cuts in silk, chiffon or polyester to those Louis Vuitton lace dresses, the pastel colour has been implanted into various designers work for this Spring including Philip Lim, Marc Jacobs and Diane Von Furstenberg. But fear not the expensive labels; the high street has been efficient over the recent months, eagerly introducing the candy floss colours earlier than expected. River Island has a selection of candy coloured jeans from light lemon to cloudy blue whilst Topshop has a selection of sugary shades including the scallop vest at only £15.00 in an array of colours.
Whilst pastels are a more reserved fashion statement, prints are a big fashion ‘HELLO’ for any man-repeller out there. This is an ice-cream you’ll never forget; a mixture of flavours which should have you frozen at the spot. From the ever-so-trendy paisley print to oriental patterns to digital flower prints, do you mix these flavours for an undeniable brain freeze? From the undisputed princess and indubitable prince both Mary Katrantrzou and Christopher Kane we are permitted a flower print galore, whilst the wonderful Dolce and Gabbana presents us with a fruit bowl of prints which would make any fashionistas mouth water. A Sportmax printed bomber jacket to a star-fish print wedge courtesy of Yves Saint Laurent, print is a powerful plus for your wardrobe. Again, optioning for a cheaper buy River Island is here with a printed bang, stocking floral, aztec, scarf and tribal print clothing whilst topshop offers a wide selection of printed shorts.
The classy version of last years devilish underwear-as-outerwear has been adopted and changed into a more feminine elegance yet masculine comfort, my personal favourite: the pyjama trend is huge this season. Stepped straight out of the bedroom onto the runways slouchy sexiness is in. Embrace the silky feel this summer as you walk to your local store in a striped cotton button up shirt, polka-dot elasticated waist trousers and your favourite spongebob slippers. I joke. Heels are a must- for Stella McCartneys sake. But perhaps a 3 inch will do the job, after all, relaxing is a must, after Alexander McQueens SS2010 collection the 12 inch armadillos were lets just say- excessive. Seen on fashion icons including Mary Kate and Ashley, Rihanna and numerous fashion bloggers including Rumi of fashiontoast and Susie Bubble, this seasons inner-wear as outer-wear is a must-wear-NOW. This seductive style has been seen on catwalks including The Row and JW Anderson and high street stores including Zara, Warehouse and online store Asos. Zara’s selection of printed trousers from the slouchy masculine tie print trouser to the silk striped blouse is a comfort heaven.
Finally, the last P is the peplum. This sexy piece appears in various forms including a skirt, dress or skirt adding a new perspective to a woman’s silhouette keeping with the idea of feminine- but with a soft edge. One for a woman of business, this smart alternative to a knee-length skirt or dress adds sex to the office (and maybe to the bedroom). Definitely a man-getter, this beautifully structured piece has been seen on celebrities including Emma Watson sporting Jason Wu and Miranda Kerr in Peter Pilotto. This alternative is a must for anything from a dinner date to a school-run to a job interview. Available from high street stores including Next, Topshop and Zara this waist defining skirt is a definite for your wardrobe. Take the metallic peplum top from Asos, add a pair of leather skinnies and you’re a feminine flair