I always buy overseas magazines to keep abreast of international trends and to see how different countries interpret fashion in different ways.
I especially liked the 40s pin up spread in the French Elle. Womanly, seductively grown up.
Enjoy the beautiful photos and my Pin Up Style recommendations!
Above picture: Muslin flouncy ruffle dress from Alexander McQueen.
Bubblegum pink tube lace dress with ruffles at the hem from Valentino.
Full skirt like a flower field: Black skirt with printed pink flowers from Blumarine
Peplum, jacquard pink Yves Saint Laurent vest
Black, flowery printed Bandeau top, skirt and bolero jacket from Marc Jacobs
Les 40s sont tres sexy! Pin up shoes with satin and woven straw detail from Geox
Pink satin peplum shirt and pencil skirt from H&M
Cream coloured lace dress with puff sleeves from Zara
Ruffles are all around: White flouncy cocktail dress from DKNY
A flowery field of poppies: Colour explosion from Carven
…is the white dress, also known as LWD. White is an ideal choice for every skin tone as you can wear the individual shade to flatter your skin tone from cold crisp white to warm off-white and champagne. It looks best to show off a light tan!
You can’t go wrong with a classic white shift dress as seen at Blumarine SS 2012. White is like a canvas so you can add accessories in your favourite colour.
This gorgeous, embroidered shift dress with black contrasting belt is from Max Mara SS 2012.
White embroidered dress from Max & Co. I added a splash of colour with yellow Pretty Ballerinas. Nothing is more feminine than a dress in broderie anglaise and this year is the season to buy it. Invest in a quality one to add a classic piece to your wardrobe that only gets better with time.
Laetitia Casta in a white dress at a film premiere.
White Broderie Anglais dress “Tiffany” from LK Bennett SS 2012 in a classic, simple shape and a relaxed rope belt for a summary feel.
…never dissappoints! No matter what trend other fashion retailers push, you can always rely on the classic, fresh East Coast look from GANT: Bright and pastel colours, gingham /Vichy /dots and marine stripes on Chinos, shift dresses, capri trousers and skirts!
I’m wearing a quintessential Gant blouse with pink gingham checks and puff sleeves.
Above: Gingham Capri trousers from GANT SS 2012 collection. Sexy teamed with espadrilles wedges.
The GANT gingham Poplin dress SS 2012.
Timless cut dress and bold fresh colours – synonymous with Gant’s signature look
Comes, of course, in pastel colours, bold prints or in minmalstic white and nude, made from light materials such as cotton and polyester mix. Perfect to complement this seasons dresses and pencil skirts or skinny jeans with high heels as shown above by Cameron Diaz.
Pink coat in A-line shape by Tara Jarmon
Flower power from Tara Jarmon
Classic straight shape and round neck, coat from Zara
Bold printed coat from Miu Miu
Raglan sleeve coat from Zara
Danish and family owned high street giant Vero Moda managed to get Alexa Chung, Britain’s coolest girl inspired by French pop, to embody their brand. And their is plenty of Alexa-ness in the collection:
- cream coloured Peter Pan Collars
- Flat brogues in socks teamed with dainty dresses
- Alexa’s trademark hair style: tousled, out of bed hair
This cute cream cherry mini dress is also available in black
My favourite in the Vero Moda store was this petrol blue, stretchy pencil denim skirt and the blouse with printed mouth watering watermelons and sliced oranges!
Parisian chic a la Ines de la Fressange: The boyish shorts and parker style is softened with the delicate lace blouse and Peter Pan collar
Alexa doing clean chic with a white blouse
Spring is already in the air here in London: Longer days, milder temperatures, friendlier people.
How much more fun is it to eye up your new favourites key pieces for the new season when you feel summer is near! Here are my top picks of ballet flats for the spring wardrobe:
Above: Sweet as petit fours, Pretty Ballerinas in sugary colours such as sweet pink, lush purple, refreshing mint and honeyed lemon. Play princess and team them dainty with 50s skirts, be rocky and pair them with a leather jacket or add some colour to mix up a classic office outfit.
Femme fatale: Dainty lace Pretty Ballerina
Woven leather Pretty Ballerina a la Bottega Veneta
Letting my feet dangle in lemony Pretty Ballerina at the Zurich lake, Switzerland
This spring and summer 2012 is all about oh-so-pretty pastel colours on swining 50ies dresses. And a great way to rock this trend is to inject some colour in a classic Chanel Bouclé Jacket. Think lemon yellow as see at Chanel’s Spring / Summer 2012 collection, or petit-four-pink, or fresh mint!
My pink sunglasses complement the 50ies trend perfectly. They are from Fossil, Model “Jacky Berry”, PS3897649
Swinging A-line dresses and nipped-in waists, pencil skirts, floral pattern and Vichy checks teamed with pastel make-up – Fashion’s 50ies / 60ies inspired summer 2012 is an ode to femininity .
This trend resonates with so many women as it eminates decorum and understated, elegant sex appeal in a Kardashian world.
Make a bold statement and differentiate yourself from the obvious Kardashian style with glamourous 50ies dresses, fitted pencil skirts and big prints as seen at Dolce & Gabbana.
Louis Vuitton’s new collection in petit four colours ranging from baby pink to pistachio and yellow in delicate materials such as lace and broderie anglaise will wake up your inner Princess.
Fruit printed Capri trousers and blouse by Riani
I’m wearing an A-line dress in chalky pastel pink by Max Mara.