WHY DON’T YOU ...

Try more than one of th­ese bright, new fash­ion ideas?

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1 PLAY MATCHYMATCHY?

Whether you’re dou­bling up on power pas­tels like Han­neli Mustaparta and friend; or cre­at­ing boldly graphic mono­chrome state­ments like Rumi Neely and Eva Chen, there’s no eas­ier way to en­sure all eyes on you than call­ing your buddy ahead of time and co­or­di­nat­ing your out­fits. Work around a colour, print or piece (leather biker, in­vest­ment sweater). No iden­ti­cal pieces, please, just per­sonal takes on a sim­i­lar theme.

2 RE­THINK YOUR HOL­I­DAY STYLE?

Think fur is only for win­ter? Marc Ja­cobs has a su­per light­weight fur top in Bre­ton stripes that’s easy, ca­sual but still su­per luxe – per­fect for early spring. As for shoes, ditch the stan­dard leather thongs and bal­let flats for Bot­tega Veneta’s woven brogues to in­ject a lit­tle edge into your off-duty en­sem­ble.

3 BE AD­VEN­TUR­OUS WITH DENIM?

Make denim the fo­cal point of your look, not just your fail-safe when you run out of ideas or as a coun­ter­point to a dressy top. Do ef­fort­lessly chic dou­ble denim like the French, or tonal patch­work for some­thing dif­fer­ent – over­alls if you dare. For the truly courageous (or skinny), over­sized boy­ish pieces like Edie Camp­bell’s will look fresh and to­tally cool.

4 DO FULL-ON MENSWEAR?

We’ve all bor­rowed from the boys be­fore (tuxedo jacket over an LBD or cig­a­rette pants with a silk blouse) but why not go the whole nine yards and rock a proper men’s suit – man­nish pro­por­tions, flat shoes and all? In­vest in fan­tas­tic fab­rics and a me­tal­lic shoe to jazz up the look. TOP TIP: Know a re­ally good tai­lor.

5 IN­VEST IN THE COMMA HEEL?

Dra­matic but still la­dy­like and el­e­gant, the comma heel, first in­tro­duced by Roger Vivier in the ’60s, is back with a vengeance – thanks to the house’s cur­rent cre­ative di­rec­tor Bruno Frisoni and Raf Si­mons at Dior, the very mai­son for which Vivier used to de­sign shoes.

6 WEAR A DRESS OVER TROUSERS?

A sur­pris­ingly grace­ful op­tion for for­mal evenings, trousers lay­ered un­der dresses lend the stiffest oc­ca­sions a sense of sporty ease. Choose a pair in slinky silks or elab­o­rate lace­work like Givenchy’s to heighten the sense of fan­tasy.

7 START YOUR OWN BLUE PE­RIOD?

Less se­vere and much more ver­sa­tile than black, blue (es­pe­cially navy) is the new magic hue that some­how pairs per­fectly with ev­ery other shade. Work dif­fer­ent gra­di­ents of the colour from head to toe via an over­sized sweater and fluted skirt or with a biker vest, pleated dress, and killer heels à la Gio­vanna Battaglia.

8 TAKE LEOP­ARD RETRO?

Yes, leop­ard print might have gained a rep­u­ta­tion for stay­ing up un­til 5am danc­ing on table­tops and stum­bling out of the club drunk, but it’s time to take the print back to its fem­i­nine, fe­ro­cious roots. Take your cues from Kate Moss and Gio­vanna Battaglia who gave big-cat spots a retro twist with long, slim sil­hou­ettes and time­less ac­ces­sories. If you find head-to-toe print over­whelm­ing, Dita Von Teese shows that a lush scarf wrapped around the neck would do very nicely. Fi­nal touch: scar­let lips.

9 WEAR A WHITE SHIRT AND NOTH­ING ELSE?

You’ve done the mas­cu­line white shirt/fem­i­nine skirt combo, now take it to the next level and forgo bot­toms en­tirely (okay, you can cheat with su­per-tiny boy shorts). Like Le­an­dra Me­dine’s look, this works best with bronzed skin, tou­sled hair, over­sized choker, and tow­er­ing heels. Do over-the-knee boots if you want to min­imise the amount of skin show­ing.

10 WORK A LONG SKIRT FOR DAY?

For the long­est time the full-length skirt has been rel­e­gated to evening-only sta­tus, but now street-style icons are slowly turn­ing it into a day­wear main­stay. Tone down the drama with a ca­sual-luxe sweater like Joanna Hill­man or off­set the glam­our of a full skirt with a bright cropped tee like Yas­min Sewell.

Rumi Neely (right) and friend in New York

Eva Chen (right) and friend in Mi­lan

Marc Ja­cobs Re­sort ’14

Shoes, from RM2,880 each, Bot­tega Veneta

As seen at New York Fash­ion Week

Denim over­alls and a leather biker screams down­town cool

Edie Camp­bell works over­sized pro­por­tions

Trousers, RM5,019, Michael Kors Cé­line Re­sort ’14 Shoes, RM880, Cole Haan

Dior Cruise ’14

Blazer, RM8,729, Michael Kors

Patch­work denim on a sleek sil­hou­ette looks pol­ished

Han­neli Mustaparta

Givenchy Re­sort ’14

A show­goer in Cé­line dur­ing Paris Fash­ion Week

Kate Lan­phear

Kate Moss Gio­vanna Battaglia Dita Von Teese

Yas­min Sewell Joanna Hill­man

Le­an­dra Me­dine

Shoes, RM2,500, Gucci

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