Spring outfits and accessories

PUBLISHED: 17:01 14 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:02 20 February 2013

Yellow leather flap-over zip top bag, £150, Barnstaple by Radley

Yellow leather flap-over zip top bag, £150, Barnstaple by Radley

Fashion is waking up to the new season with fresh colours, frisky styles and fabulous fabrics

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Fashion is waking up to the new season with fresh colours, frisky styles and fabulous fabrics

Spring is here and Easter is upon us too its a double cause for celebration as we look forward to the scrumptious clothes in the new seasons collections.

With the winter chills and snow a fading memory, this is the time of year that gives a wonderful boost to the fashion scene. It brings fresh trends, glorious colours and fabulous fabrics as well as updated versions of tried and tested favourites we all love and adapt according to our own tastes.
Spring and summer 2010 offers a wealth of goodies from lip-smacking ice cream shades to heaps of crystals, shimmering fabrics, all sorts of glitter as well as some slightly risqu dressing.

For instance, if your undies are too good to hide, itll be easy to follow one of the main trends of the season in which pretty bras, sexy corsets and bodies are worn as outerwear. Shorts, as in knicker-style pants, are up there in the outerwear stakes as well.

Frills, ruffles, tiers, draped fabrics and the like come into play as designers portray femininity at its best, a welcome break after last seasons masculine edges and sharp shoulder shapes.

However, if a meringue frock doesnt quite hit the right button, style experts suggest layering denim over a frilled dress or a chiffon skirt and T-shirt to create an individual image. The aforementioned denim, by the way, is another major story in the new collections, though with a much softer feel and lighter shades.

There are prints galore too, in fact more than you can shake a stick at.
Apart from painterly and graphic prints, the choice seems to fall heavily on floral patterns like roses, mimosa, orchids and spring meadow blooms. The seasons flower power look is also reflected in the lingerie world where designers have scattered roses and suchlike on bras
and briefs.

Look out for the LWD (little white dress) as opposed to the LBD (little black dress), the latter always a favourite in the autumn winter months. White frocks (and separates) for the coming weeks are very much to the fore in cool cotton, slinky jersey and chiffon.

On the colour scene in general, sorbet tones are predominant with lots of mint, lemon, lilac, rose pink and the palest of buttermilk. The same shades have been used in accessories such as bags and shoes. Designer accessory brand Radley, for example, has fresh colours inspired by the British seaside and the well-loved television series The Good Life. The latest collection of handbags and other accessories has been created in a palette of colours taking in, among others, pale lemon, aqua blue, ivory and rose pink.

Dents, another leading name well known for accessories including hats, bags, gloves and scarves, offers a wealth of colours from vivid purple and ocean blue to citrus shades of tangerine and lemon. Design themes include animal patterns along with heaps of detail such as deck chair stripe prints, scalloped and perforated leathers, sequins, ribbons
and bows.

In general terms, the spring and summer collections actually throw great emphasis on detailing with metal studs, double-ended zips, origami folds, embroidery and lace.

The collections create a feeling of dj vu to a certain extent in that several trends are making a reappearance albeit with a fresh twist or two. The tribal image, for instance, makes a big comeback with many labels offering safari-style pieces in both traditional animal prints and plain khaki.

Spanish label Hoss Intropia is among the brands taking the safari trail via soft tailoring, printed dresses and accessories for daywear, while designers at Irish brand Gold by Michael H have also sought inspiration from Africa with the use of prints and tribal beading details.

Meanwhile, Hamburg-based Olsen has a mix of contemporary jungle and animal prints with the shade chart featuring taupe and soft beige with lilac, mauve and lagoon tones in cotton and cashmere pieces. The collection highlights extravagant decorations that complement cargo influences on trousers and simply styled jackets created from metallic fabrics.

And talking of metallic and all things shiny, one of the most welcome trends after the gloom of winter has to be shoals of shimmering fabrics in silver, bronze, purple and so on in everything from special occasionwear to daywear.

Please note the prices quoted are approximate. The clothes featured are sold in and around the county and are subject to availability. For details contact virginia.heath@ntlworld.com

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