RULES FOR THE SEA­SON

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - FASHION -

1 dots

We were de­lighted to dis­cover that the fashion world went dizzy for dots, a fun, some­what retro-in­spired trend which the likes of Burberry, Sport­max and Moschino showed off proudly.

2 lace

We’re all about lace this sea­son; it’s sexy but de­mure, time­less yet mod­ern, ro­man­tic but also blessed with the per­fect amount of bo­hemian chic.

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back­packs

To­tally func­tional and in­stantly cool, for spring.

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slo­gans

Fashion has al­ways been about self-ex­pres­sion and what clearer way to do so than with a slo­gan tee. De­sign­ers said it all with their own ver­sions, play­ing up to their out­spo­ken, some­what re­bel­lious sides.

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fring­ing

Fring­ing has seen a lot of love on the cat­walk. From trib­a­lesque and leather-cut to hip­pie-chic, turn on your tas­sel de­tail this spring.

6 ca­sual tai­lor­ing

7 pas­tels

Look, they’re back again. Pretty pas­tels have be­come more of a sea­son staple than a trend but we love them any­way. De­sign­ers like John Gal­liano, Pra­bal Gu­rang and Marco Zanini for Rochas give us new ways to re­work the pow­dery hues, so there is no chance of get­ting bored at all.

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pre­cious things

De­sign­ers turned up the lux­ury fac­tor with added bling to pieces in their col­lec­tions, mak­ing gar­ments a lit­tle more spe­cial. Think jew­els, metal­lic ap­pliqué, bead­ing and over­sized se­quins.

9 sheer

Leav­ing a lit­tle to the imag­i­na­tion is im­por­tant for spring. Sheer fab­rics off­set white at Ba­len­ci­aga and Calvin Klein, bring­ing a much ap­pre­ci­ated, mod­ern cheek­i­ness to the cat­walk.

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per­spex

We adore the fu­tur­is­tic way ac­ces­sories are go­ing colourt­inted but still trans­par­ent and min­i­mal but far from bor­ing. Look to Per­spex for a fun take on ac­ces­soris­ing.

11 slit cos­tume

Noth­ing shouts sex ap­peal quite like a glimpse of leg. De­sign­ers were all about the leg, à la An­gelina Jolie.

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mesh

Get­ting ready for summer means prep­ping to show off some skin. Start with mesh, this sea­son’s sports-luxe staple – a sug­ges­tion of skin is sex­ier than bar­ing it all.

13 lamé

Bring a lit­tle bling to summer nights with flashes of metal­lic in the form of lamé. Tom Ford, YSL and John Rocha did this gleam­ing fab­ric from top-to­toe en­sur­ing a high-shine im­pact upon en­trance.

14 bralettes

Bare the midriff and pair the must-have bra top with a flat­ter­ing pen­cil skirt and light­weight cardi­gan. Abs were seen all over the cat­walks and even in mo­tif at Prada.

15 flo­ral

Flo­rals for the warmer sea­son are not go­ing any­where soon. Perk yours up and look to loud, graphic flo­rals, ap­pliqué and in­ter­est­ing tex­tures.

16 mono­chrome

Mono­chrome is once again a ma­jor look for the sea­son. Bold and graphic, it’s both time­less and flat­ter­ing.

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flat­forms

Multi-strapped, thick-soled and sporty, the chunky san­dal (the chunkier the bet­ter) is hot on our heels this spring.

18 sports luxe

The ath­letic aes­thetic makes a come­back with bold, pri­mary colours in satin, leather and mesh, turn­ing your gym gear into state­ment pieces you’ll need in your wardrobe.

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arty prints

The ma­jor trend that caught our eye on the S/S ’14 cat­walks was the theme of fine art meets fashion. From colour­ful brush­work at Cé­line to pain­terly pat­terns at Chanel, it was an art fair and feast for the eyes.

20 be­jew­elled ac­ces­sories

We have our eyes on ac­ces­sories with an added bit of shine and deca­dence. From gloves to clutches, what­ever the ac­ces­sory, make sure it’s dec­o­rated.

21 ten­nis girl

Game, set, match is our mantra for spring, es­pe­cially when it comes to wear­ing pretty, girly dresses in white cot­ton.

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