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…
#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
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
T o p , £ 3 4 . 9 , H & M
T o p , £ 3 4 . 9 , 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
£19.99, New Look