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Thursday, 23 February 2012

Spring Awakening: A Trend Report

The dawning of springtime exudes in its wake an optimistic energy and renewed enthusiasm at what the new season holds,  and so I’m allowing myself to start to think about my spring wardrobe. Dressing for spring always brings about an air of simmering excitement as we begin to think about the new fashion possibilities that the new season presents to us. There are four trends in particular which are fresh, new and going to be big, big, big this spring: pastels, peplum, the ‘50s and vintage prints.

There have been murmurings for a while about pastels being around in a big way this spring, and now is definitely the time to embrace this versatile trend. Ralph Lauren showed a lot of very soft, silky and muted pastel tones in their spring/summer collection, which speaks of quiet class and elegance, whilst also being fresh, fun and bright for spring rejuvenation.

If you don’t want to brave a full pastel-on-pastel explosion, charcoal grey is a great neutral backdrop on which to add a few key pastel pieces, and is also a good solid colour base which avoids fairer skin tones looking washed-out. This dress from Prada is a perfect mix of pastel brights and muted tones, which gives it a summery brightness without being too sickly-sweet.   

The ‘50s are also big news this season, so ‘50s shapes in pastel tones are a key look of the season. Think vintage American diners and candy-pink ice cream; waistlines are high and tops are cropped, which is a look that can be tailored to make the most of any body shape and make anyone feel like they’ve just stepped out of Grease. Of all the seasons, spring is definitely the time that you can get away with experimenting with candy colours and fresh brights.

One trend which has had a great presence on the runways which we did not anticipate is peplum. A flirty twist which can speak for itself has presented a variety of opportunities in jackets, skirts, dresses and tops. The look can be dressed down with ankle boots or used as a show-stopping statement when dressing to impress.

One more thing that is brand new and exciting for this season that Prada have been championing in a big way for spring is vintage Americana print. It may sound odd, but old American muscle cars printed on skirts and blouses are the fresh innovation that the fashion world has been unknowingly lacking. It’s a fresh and edgy look which is a great way to update wardrobe staples; dress down with a printed blouse tucked into denim, or steal the show by teaming with pencil skirts or fine tailoring. This is a trend that you have to see to believe. 


Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Rumour has it...

Ever wondered what it is like to win six grammies and be on the cover of US Vogue? Adele could tell you. Turn on your radio, open a magazine, and there she is. Fans of the soulful beauty have been collectively holding their breath as the singer has been under the radar for the last couple of months whilst she recovered from vocal cord surgery. But this week has seen her resurrected, and back with a bang. No less than six grammies- she won every single category for which she was nominated- is something most music megastars never dream of in a lifetime, let alone a single evening. One cannot help but give a little smile and feel a twinge of pride that Britain’s finest, home grown talent has captivated an American audience on such an astronomical scale. Adele’s voice is enchanting in two very different ways; when she is performing she can make her audience feel every heartbreak and loss that she has ever felt as she tells her story, yet having a conversation with the woman is like chatting with an old friend. Her frank North London charm and tendency to say it how it is is completely contrasting with her heartbreakingly breathtaking onstage persona. But there is one thing for sure, onstage and offstage Adele can both definitely hold their own and have captured the attention and adoration of a whole generation of music lovers.

 Adele is on the cover of US Vogue this month, and the pictures released are a breathtaking homage to everything that is Vogue. Adele owns the front cover, looking every inch the Hollywood Starlet in black lace, looking straight into the camera and laying bare her soul. Other photos released show her looking like something from a twenty-first century urban fairytale with a haunting backdrop and bright red lips. Karl Lagerfeld is probably feeling quite foolish round about now.

Adele spoke out this week and quashed any media misinterpretations that she is taking time off from recording, saying she intends to be back in the studio as soon as she can. And we can’t wait to hear the story she has to tell this time.