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WHITE HEAT

As the sun starts to peek out from the clouds, and temperature forecasts hit the twenties this week, my inspiration for today is all things WHITE. High summer collections have also begun to hit the shops, and dreams of sun drenched deserts, scorching sands and warm palm breezes have filled up my Sunday afternoon. From crisp clean cuts, sharp and structured tailoring, to wind-swept chiffons, lace and linens, I have been transported to the Riviera, Grecian Coast and heart of Mexico…

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Versace SS12

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Chanel SS12

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Mango lookbook Summer 2012 with Anna Selezneva

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Monsoon SS12 lookbook

Other inspiration:

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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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IT’S TIME FOR TEA…

Tim Burton’s long-awaited Alice in Wonderland finally hit our cinemas this week, leaving film fanatics in a frenzy. The modern adaptation tells the story of Alice’s return to the magical world in a quest to end the Red Queen’s reign of terror. However fashion houses and high street stores also seem to have gone a bit crazy for fantasy inspired collections, jewellery and make up.

To celebrate the films release let’s get out the dressing up box and host our very own Alice tea party…

The Dress

Versus A/W 2010

http://nymag.com/fashion/fashionshows/2010/fall/main/europe/womenrunway/versus/

Versus was born out of a fusion between Christopher Kane and Versace, highlighting the key techniques from both labels. Black, red and blue were the key colours (your perfect Alice colour palette) for the Versus fall 2010 collection this year which saw futuristic detailing mixed with fabrics such as satin, chiffon and velvet, emphasising femininity with a twist.

ASOS

http://www.asos.com/Women/Features/Alice-In-Wonderland/Cat/pgehtml.aspx?cid=10217&affid=1231

Get dressed up and pampered with ASOS’ key tips on shopping for Alice’s look, or read an interview with Colleen Atwood who designed the film’s costumes.

You can also pick up Paul & Joe’s limited edition Alice In Wonderland compact for £25.

Miss. Selfridge are also in the early stages of launching their own t.shirt and vest Alice In Wonderland collection, visit http://www.missselfridge.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/StaticPageDisplay?catalogId=20555&storeId=12554&brdcrmb_trail=&identifier=mscat1%20alice%20in%20wonderland%20competition&intcmpid=HPTILERIGHT for more information and to put your name down for the chance to win a shopping spree, makeover and photo shoot.

Tea And Cake

Lorraine Pascale used to work alongside Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, however the former face of Versace and Donna Karen is now the official celebration cake supplier for Selfridges for the festive season. Ranging from mini, regular and couture cupcakes to vanilla, chocolate, and carrot cakes, all with equal frosting, you are unlikely to go hungry.

Please visit http://ellasbakehouse.co.uk/ for tips and tricks.

The Accessories

Why not follow the white rabbit down to Claire’s? The queen of party accessories has just launched a quirky new collection with cute feathered top hats, heart design hair clips, head bands and lockets, all perfect for fancy dress or everyday wear.

Visit http://www.claires.com/europe/ and click Follow The White Rabbit for more information. You can also put your name down to win a private film screening.

Pick up some treats and take away some magic before it’s too late!

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