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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 new animal print…

I love a statement animal print, as long as it is kept classy. Over the last few years we have seen the comeback of leopard, snakeskin and dalmatian prints, but it seems that zebra is the one to invest in this season after Michael Kors graced the runway last September. From dresses, jumpers, jeans, bags and even shoes, zebra prints (not real fur) have entered the shops sooner than you can say safari.

Michael Kors S/S12

Here are some of my favourite pieces I have spotted out and about in the last few days, and the best way to wear them:

For work:

Oasis zebra print dress £60 

Keep the dress smart with opaque tights, a tuxedo blazer, and loafers or courts.

A lunch date:

Oasis zebra print cardigan £42

This cardy can be worn as a jumper with all the buttons done up, or over one of your favourite tops, then pair with black skinny jeans and ankle boots to complete the look.

For a night out:

Lipsy zebra dress with belt £48

For instant glamour just add platform heels and an oversized clutch.

At the shops:

River Island brown zebra print tote bag £40

This shopping tote is guaranteed to make any daytime outfit stand out.

At the beach:

River Island black zebra print panel sandals £28 

Team these sandals with a tribal inspired bikini, maxi dress, beach basket and your signature sunnies.

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