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The little mermaid…

I have always loved the idea of mermaids, despite the myths about their cruel and evil behaviour. In folklore, it is believed that mermaids would use their beauty and charm to lure sailors to their deaths. However I am still not the first to be seduced by the little mermaid, after all, although wicked, they also present confident, sexy, headstrong women (ok, half women) that could teach us all a small lesson or two. Now, I am not suggesting we start to spurn or spark revenge on the male form, but if we take at least one thing from these mythological creatures – it would be that we should all be more confident in ourselves.

Perhaps this is why the runways of S/S12 also took inspiration from the mermaid? Versace adorned dresses with diamante starfish and sea shells, Giorgio Armani used a pearlesque palette of navy, turquoise and silver, which was accompanied by patterns of swirling water and ripples, whilst Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen topped her collection off with a showstopping tiered fish-tail gown. Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel even set his show ‘under the sea’, sending models down a runway of oversized oysters, pearls and bubbles, with coral reef shaped ruffles and encrusted shell clutches.

Versace 

Giorgio Armani

Chanel

Alexander McQueen

This has to be one of my favourite trends of S/S12, because it instantly takes me away to the clear blue seas of summer, but unfortunately my bank balance isn’t going to stretch to a Versace dress, or Chanel clutch (one can dream). Instead here are my favourite purse friendly finds, so we can all get some of that mermaid confidence into our wardrobes this season…

GET THE LOOK

Lipsy stud detail corset £45

Topshop animal jacquard shorts in mint £30 (also available in silver and pink)

Accessorize clam shell chanelier earrings £6.00

Accessorize ballroom diamante clutch £40

ASOS cupchain and cord statement necklace £15

River Island scallop hem top £30

River Island cream sequin mini skirt £60

TO FINISH

Bourjois little round pot eyeshadow in BLEU CANARD £5.49, available at BOOTS

*Don’t feel brave enough for a dramatic eye? Just add a sweep of BLEU CANARD along your lashes to act as an eyeliner.

Topshop nails in MERMAID £6.00

Charles Worthington front row rough and tousled salt spray £6.29, available at BOOTS 

*Spray onto wet hair and scrunch dry for natural off-the-beach waves.

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The perfect little tartan dress…

I have been on the look out for the perfect little tartan dress (LTD) for a while now, and this A/W I have searched for one more than ever. Not only has tartan been big this season, featuring on the runways of Ashish and Paul Costelloe, but the McQ Alexander McQueen puffball tartan dress has been seen on celebrity after celebrity over the last few months. From Rihanna’s smash hit X Factor performance, to Katherine Jenkins, Chloe Moretz, Emma Watson and Cheryl Cole, the LTD isn’t leaving the spotlight anytime soon. Now, I cannot afford McQueen (one can dream), but finding a high street bargain and adding a personal spin to it is something I can do.

Rihanna on the X Factor, Katherine Jenkins and Chloe Moretz in the McQ Alexander McQueen puffball tartan dress.

Finally just as I was just beginning to give up hope, I tuned into my guilty pleasure The Only Way is Essex on Wednesday and spotted Lucy Mecklenburgh sporting a tartan high street alternative. I bought mine immediately direct from the brand Apricot for £25, but you can buy the same dress worn in the show from her online store LoveLucyx too. Boohoo also stock a similar dress for just £20, which is available in four different colours – coral, cream, pink and red.

Lucy Meck in her tartan dress.

Apricot’s RIRI tartan dress £25

Boohoo’s Monica tartan skater dress £20

I plan to wear my tartan dress with a chunky knit cardy, opaque tights and shoeboots or loafers for a casual look, and my leather jacket, black court heels and favourite red lipstick for an evening out.

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