Through the Kaleidoscope

Mimi ON Apr 01, 2010 AT 9:45 am

Belle Sauvage Blue Dress - £290, Olivia Rubens Pink Opie Dress - £230

By Holly Barder

Emotional, exhilarating, exhausting, oh so fun and too often infuriating – words befitting our relationship with fashionland. And a relationship it is; lest we forget we have to work at it (most weekday mornings if I’m honest) and we find ourselves about to commit a heinous style crime. 

And boy is it work when twice yearly, we are presented with a ‘new’ batch of trends to honour and obey. Like a biannual 7-year-itch, the arrival of each new season can be a testing time.

Spring has supposedly sprung and with it comes, amongst many other things, a rainbow of colours to play (or contend) with. The catwalks were awash with allsorts of (liquorice) hues, with super-sweet pastels at one end of the spectrum, Spring’s new nudes (variations of beige that we must now refer to as mocha, latte and toffee) somewhere in the middle and bold primary shades at the other.  So are you going to be joining the sugary-shade parade or marching along to the beat of eye-popping brights?

Minni's Closet Blazer with Lace Trimming - £295, Havva Nude Shoes - £385

Sugar-shop pastels are surprisingly easy to wear, even if your complexion is more cloud than sun-kissed, and I find myself gravitating towards these soft washed-out hues again and again. There is no better way to bid farewell to black this spring than with a refreshing palette of pretty ice-cream shades. From Burberry’s cool pastels to Versace’s sugar-coated glamour, designer’s were screaming ‘Spring’ with charming pastel tones. Appealing to the little girl in all of us, a mesmerising display of baby blue, pastel pink, pale yellow, mint green and the softest lilac took to the runway.

Feather-light tulle and ruffles add even more girlish charm to the candy floss look as seen at Fendi; or do like Christopher Kane and subvert the sweetness ever so slightly with sheer panelling and nude chiffon. Vintage finds give these soft hues just a bit of edge, while chunky jewellery can add glimpses of grown up glamour

Late 30's Lemon Floral Dress - £285, John Rocha Shorts - £135

On dull, damp days however, (we will undoubtedly have the pleasure of a few) eye-popping brights are just the ticket to lift your spirits. Counter the clouds with electric blue, warm orange and hot pink.

It’s easy to embrace Spring’s entire colour chart thanks to the fashion elite’s current love-affair with neutral tones. This season’s new nudes are subtle and sophisticated and go with just about everything. Nude heels are number one on my must-have list. Creating longer looking legs, they can be teamed sugary shades and brilliant brights.

Avoid a new season tiff with fashion and take a look at these hot picks from Spring’s colourful offerings.

All these pieces are available at the My Sugarland boutique, which can be found at 402-404 St John’s Street,  ECIV 4NJ.

Click here to read Holly’s last Style Guide…

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