Hottest trends bright as candy

Life & Style Weekend - - CLOSET - With Sarah Barnes

SPRING into a sea­son of bold colours, stripes and cool out­er­wear. The lat­est col­lec­tions at Fash­ion Week have of­fered us trends in abun­dance.

Pat­terns: Cast your mind to nostalgic sum­mers at the beach with lined um­brel­las and striped deckchairs in candy hues of or­ange, red and green. This sea­son has set us on the straight and nar­row, with bold stripes a jolt of energy in a rain­bow of pri­mary colours. Elon­gat­ing any sil­hou­ette, de­sign­ers Banana Re­pub­lic and Valentino have clev­erly de­sired us to dress like stylish walk­ing hel­ter skel­ters. A sec­ond ver­sion of the spring stripe has been cooled off by Self Por­trait and DKNY. Rem­i­nis­cent of Wall Street dressers, blue pin­stripes an­drog­y­nously cover de­con­structed dresses and over­sized shirts.

Colour: The sea­son of sprout­ing daf­fodils sees the same vi­brant yel­low dis­tin­guish­ing col­lec­tions on the run­way. A Mar­mite colour to some, yel­low is adorn­ing dresses and skirts at Kate Spade and Ja­son Wu and be­com­ing a sunny sta­ple. Af­ter some­thing a lit­tle more neu­tral? Cam­ou­flage your­self amongst the daf­fodils in khaki green. With a some­times-util­i­tar­ian feel, de­sign­ers J Crew and Carolina Her­rera brought nipped waist jack­ets and ruf­fled skirts to re­de­fine street wear with khaki.

Out­er­wear: The tran­si­tion of weather calls for light, stylish lay­ers. Trench coats are back in ex­tended sil­hou­ettes and slouchy fabrics. Ac­ces­sorised with big buck­les at the Tibi show, wel­come the new-so­phis­ti­cated dust jacket. Ur­ban sports shapes are also preva­lent at Joseph and Stella McCart­ney. The parka has been rein­vented with para­chute pleats and plen­ti­ful move­ment.

PHOTO: SARAH BARNES

Model Ge­orgie Griggs wear­ing a striped Top­shop top.

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