WHAT’S IN FOR SPRING

The clocks have gone for­ward, mean­ing the days are longer, of­fer­ing up all sorts of pos­si­bil­i­ties. But we know there's re­ally only one ques­tion on your lips: ‘What’s hot for spring?’ Well, let us tell you…

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#1 THE ASOS COL­LEC­TION CHANG­ING LIVES

If you were look­ing for an ex­cuse to jus­tify your lat­est on­line shop, we’ve found it. The brand-new col­lec­tion from ASOS Made In Kenya isn’t just beau­ti­ful, it’s also im­prov­ing lives around the world. Much has been writ­ten about the high street’s com­mit­ment to sus­tain­abil­ity of late. H&M’S new Con­scious Ex­clu­sive range is set to launch in a few weeks, while Mango’s Com­mit­ted col­lec­tion was a huge suc­cess, with many pieces sell­ing out within a few days. But there are some brands com­mit­ted to sus­tain­abil­ity through­out the year, like ASOS, which has its own Eco Edit ded­i­cated to pi­o­neer­ing sus­tain­able fash­ion and beauty items.

One of the most im­pres­sive la­bels in the Edit is ASOS Made In Kenya. In­spired by the lo­cal African land­scape and its wildlife,

it’s de­signed by ASOS’S in-house team, then cut and man­u­fac­tured by African cloth­ing work­shop SOKO Kenya, which pro­vides fair and safe em­ploy­ment and train­ing for some of Kenya’s poor­est com­mu­ni­ties. Over the last six years, it’s grown from four to 50 em­ploy­ees.

Mar­ry­ing ASOS’S trend-led aes­thetic with tra­di­tional African mo­tifs and prints (in­clud­ing some drawn by lo­cal pri­mary school chil­dren) there are ethe­real, floor-sweep­ing maxi dresses with cutout de­tails, frill-front sweaters and seem­ingly con­ven­tional from the front denim shirts that boast del­i­cate ruf­fles and ties at the back.

The col­lec­tion is drop­ping in two parts, the first of which is avail­able right now. The sec­ond will land in May.

With the most ex­pen­sive pieces in the col­lec­tion only £70, there isn’t a bet­ter way to spend your hard-earned cash right now. You’ll be scor­ing some in­cred­i­ble ad­di­tions for your wardrobe and sup­port­ing an amaz­ing ini­tia­tive si­mul­ta­ne­ously. You can’t ar­gue with that.

# 2 the ruf­fles gone vi­ral

H&M has re­ally been dom­i­nat­ing our In­sta feeds this year. With a whole host of It buys from which to choose, it takes some­thing se­ri­ously spe­cial to stand out among all these sar­to­rial trea­sures. That’s why, when we saw the world and his wife wear­ing this pink ruf­fled blouse, we knew we needed to talk about it. It looks ut­terly sensational with jeans and is, ob­vi­ously, in one of this sea­son’s hottest hues. If your size isn’t in stock (and there’s a good chance all those blog­gers have beaten you to the check­out), don’t fear, this beaut also comes in blue.

#3 The Sell­out San­dals

It’s April, so it’s of­fi­cially OK to start think­ing about san­dals. And when they’re as good as these, it’s a must as they’re sure to sell out fast. Miu Miu set the ball, or should we say pearl, rolling with its slides for SS16, shortly fol­lowed by Gucci and Emilio Pucci. Now the high street has caught on with slip-on and strappy ver­sions at a frac­tion of the price – £700less than Miu Miu’s pair. Amp up a floaty frock and bas­ket bag combo, or wear with a pleated skirt and prim blouse. For more for­mal oc­ca­sions, they’re just as fancy as heels but way less painful. Pearl­fect.

#4 FASH­ION’S FAVE NEW LA­BEL

Not since the ar­rival of Fin­ery Lon­don has a new high-street re­cruit gen­er­ated so much ex­cite­ment. If you’re in the mar­ket for the sorts of clothes you won’t see on ev­ery other girl, which tap into the big­gest trends while also hav­ing a time­less ap­peal, new Bri­tish la­bel KITRI ticks all the boxes. From puff-sleeve blouses and ruf­fle-back tops to glo­ri­ous twists on classic shirt dresses and pin­stripe jump­suits, KITRI is the brain­child of 30-year-old Haeni Kim, who was frus­trated with ‘not be­ing able to find well-made, dis­tinc­tive de­signs without break­ing the bank’. The most ex­pen­sive pieces cost £145, with tops sit­ting around the £70 mark, mean­ing this is one slice of lux­ury our wardrobes can af­ford.

The Gucci Diony­sus has been a ma­jor part of the brand’s re­ju­ve­na­tion, with just about ev­ery fash­ion in­sider tot­ing one of the dec­o­ra­tive, bold bags. Primed and ready to up­date even the plainest of out­fits, Blake Lively and Bey­oncé are fans, which is good enough for us.

Ori­en­tal print was big last sea­son, but this time it’s all about up­ping your game with ac­ces­sories. For for­mal oc­ca­sions, keep the rest of your out­fit muted and let the bag do the talk­ing, but when the oc­ca­sion per­mits, clash your arm candy against an equally out-there #ootd.

Gucci’s own arm candy might ex­ceed the £1,000 mark, but the high street has de­cided to get on board, so we can all col­lect com­pli­ments without break­ing the bank.

It’s roomy enough to fit all your es­sen­tials (phone, keys, make-up) and then some (emer­gency chocolate). Plus, just look how pretty it is: it’s ba­si­cally made for the Gram. Get ready for those fol­low­ers to come pour­ing in…

Shirt, £35 Jeans, £40 both ASOS Made In Kenya Slid­ers, £35, ASOS

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Dress, £6, ASOS Made In Kenya

Sweater, £3, ASOS Made In Kenya

Dress, £45, ASOS Made In Kenya Boots, £0, Of­fice at ASOS

4 1 Shirt, £35 2 Cu­lottes, £40 3 Dress, £6 4 Jeans, £40 all ASOS Made In Kenya

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T o p , £ 3 4 . 9 , H & M

T o p , £ 3 4 . 9 , H & M

£9.99, H&M

£38, River Is­land

£39, CHARLES & KEITH

Laura Jackson is al­ready a fan Dress, £85, KITRI

Top, £75, KITRI

Dress, £145, KITRI

Shirt, £69 KITRI

£59.99, Mango

£19.99, New Look

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