It's all to play for

Once you have gath­ered in­spi­ra­tion from the fash­ion spreads, it’s time to head for the high street and have some fun, say Elisa Cowen and Zoe Wino­grad

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SPRING IS a great time to ex­per­i­ment with colours, tex­tures and prints. At Ro­nen Chen, stripes and mono­chrome take cen­tre stage. The col­lec­tion’s fo­cal pieces are not only de­signed for their abil­ity to take you from cold win­ter months into spring and be­yond, but also for ease and com­fort. Check out the Queens dress (£179), which can be paired with Man­hat­tan jacket (£89) for a com­fort­able work or oc­ca­sion look. The di­ag­o­nal stripes and body­con style are flat­ter­ing on all shapes and will take you from day to night. Try the Soho top (£95) with Hud­son pants (£125) and play with a pop of colour in your ac­ces­sories.

With the same re­laxed vibe, Ro­nen Chen’s jersey dresses come in spring colours such as fuch­sia, turquoise and elec­tric blue. Our favourite is the An­drea dress (£152) with deep v-neck and three-quar­ter­length sleeves, plus ruch­ing de­tail across the front and back. Pair with heels or pumps and add some pretty spring ac­ces­sories. Hay­den is sim­i­larly flat­ter­ing; Ta­nia in­cor­po­rates soft cross-body drap­ing to dis­guise any “guilty se­crets”, while Sasha’s cross­over de­sign will ac­cen­tu­ate the waist and a soft jersey skirt that skims past the hips and legs to flat­ter and cre­ate a de­fined shape. Vera is a sum­mery style, per­fect for garden par­ties and pub lunches. The knot de­tail at the cen­tre un­der the bust cre­ates a de­fined waist, com­plete with fuller skirt and cute cap sleeves — great with san­dals or party shoes.

Up­date last spring’s pieces with Ro­nen Chen scarves. Be play­ful with colour and tex­ture.

PLUS POINTS

MG Hair­dress­ing, in Stan­more, can now make your nails look as gor­geous as your hair, with man­i­cures, pedi­cures, Gel­ish and fi­bre­glass tips all avail­able. And for your hair — as one of Wella’s pre­mier sa­lons, MG is now of­fer­ing

the Nanok­er­atin smooth­ing sys­tem, de­signed to cre­ate soft, shiny, blow dried hair, as well as Great Lengths hair ex­ten­sions, which not only add inches, but vol­ume and tex­ture. March 17 is the date for MG Hair­dress­ing’s fund-raiser for Ham­mer­smith Im­pe­rial Col­lege Re­nal Unit. More de­tails on page 83.

IN THE SWIM

Boudica has a big year ahead. The Mill Hill lin­gerie and swimwear busi­ness plans to open a women’s fash­ion em­po­rium, as well as a new wax bar pro­vid­ing quick-fix beauty treat­ments in­clud­ing spray tan­ning and hair re­moval.

Owner Har­riet War­ren says: “Shop­ping for un­der­wear can some­times be tough, so we have al­ways tried to make Boudica an easy and en­joy­able shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence. We of­fer pro­fes­sional fit­ting ser­vices, like a per­sonal shop­per, so cus­tomers won’t be pestered.”

Un­der­wear and swimwear brands stocked in­clude Marie Jo, Prima Donna, Aubard, Moon­tide, Sea­spray, Fan­tasy and Huit. Boudica also or­gan­ises lin­gerie par­ties, in store or at your home.

C’EST CHIC, ST AL­BANS

For a fix of French chic with­out Eurostar, zip to St Al­bans, Hert­ford­shire, where Sim­ply French lives up to its name. Spring col­lec­tions fea­ture knitwear with me­tal­lic de­tail­ing and dresses in bright block colours and high-end lux­u­ri­ous fab­rics. Look out for Ital­ian brand Ri­nesci­mento, with its quirky mono­chrome print dresses and state­ment jack­ets. Also avail­able on­line at www.sim­plyfrench.me

STYLE SE­CRET

Dress dilemma? Very spe­cial party in­vi­ta­tion, busi­ness event or host­ing a sim­chah? You need a topse­cret, made-just-for-you dress. Why not sneak off to Laura B, in Yeo­man’s Row, just around the cor­ner from Har­rods? Laura B cre­ates around a hun­dred dif­fer­ent de­signs each sea­son, which can be made to or­der in your size and in your cho­sen fab­ric. Ap­point­ments are ad­vis­able.

RING OF ROSES

Pink gold is the new must-have metal for wed­ding rings and House of Wil­liams, a fam­ily-run jew­ellery busi­ness in north Lon­don, has in­tro­duced a wed­ding-ring col­lec­tion in 18-carat pink gold. Also new is a large range of GIA Cer­ti­fied di­a­monds at trade prices, pre­dom­i­nantly round soli­taire di­a­monds from 0.50 carat to three carats.

PRICES TO SUIT

Hire or buy? That’s the big ques­tion with men’s for­mal wear. Now you can have a com­pro­mise. Buck­leigh of Lon­don has ex-hire men’s for­mal wear in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion for sale at af­ford­able prices. Buck­leigh also makes be­spoke suits to or­der and hires din­ner suits, morn­ing suits and evening tails in a large va­ri­ety of sizes, in­clud­ing chil­dren’s sizes. Ac­ces­sories stocked in­clude top hats and bow ties, Ox­ford brogues and patent shoes.

BEACH-WISE BUYS

With sum­mer hol­i­days on their way, choose your swimwear wisely. Buy from a re­tailer which of­fers spe­cial­ist fit­ting and stocks cup­size swim­suits and biki­nis. Pretty Things in Buck­hurst Hill, Es­sex and Cock­fos­ters, Bar­net stocks cup sizes A to GG in swimwear. Top-sell­ing brands in­clude

Le­jaby, Marie Joe, Panache, Fan­tasie, Mir­a­cle­suit, Chantelle, Body­wrap, Freya, Di­a­mon’t and many more. Al­ter­ations are avail­able.

Leibergs, in Tem­ple For­tune, north west Lon­don, has new swimwear in sizes 32 to 46, in­clud­ing younger-look­ing ban­deau-style biki­nis and swim­suits, with match­ing cover-ups from Emar. Pon­chos are in vogue for the beach, as are biki­nis with match­ing skirts and 100 per cent cot­ton sleeve­less sun dresses. Also just in are bra and brief sets by Amer­i­can de­signer Wa­coal and cool sum­mer nightwear.

FEN­WICK RE-FASH­IONED

Fen­wick Brent Cross has trans­formed its fash­ion floors and the spring col­lec­tions will be in store from Mon­day. New la­bels this sea­son in­clude RedValentino, Mint Vel­vet, United Colours of Benet­ton, Fenn Wright Man­son and Re­li­gion.

PREP THAT BODY

Boost your skin for spring at Bliss Beauty and Per­fumery in Hatch End, a lux­ury re­tail out­let and beauty sa­lon with an A-Z of fine fra­grances and sk­in­care.

Try a body mas­sage, fa­cial or other beauty treat­ment. Pre­pare your body for the beach with laser hair re­moval or try one of the other treat­ments com­bin­ing sk­in­care with sheer pam­per­ing.

PER­SONAL SHOP­PER

Daniella Marks, former lead per­sonal stylist at Har­vey Ni­chols, has launched a be­spoke per­sonal styling ser­vice for men and women. There are five “ex­pe­ri­ences” — sea­sonal shop­per, trend set­ter, strictly busi­ness, jet set­ter and oc­ca­sion­wear — from £60. Daniella has ac­cess to all the ma­jor Lon­don stores, but her ser­vice can cover any­thing from high street to haute cou­ture, ac­cord­ing to your bud­get. An un­usual ser­vice is the “vir­tual styling ex­pe­ri­ence” for on­line shop­pers. Gift ex­pe­ri­ences are avail­able too. A great way to give your wardrobe a sense of di­rec­tion. More info at www.daniel­la­marks.com

Vila lace over­lay dress at Fen­wick, £60

Primadonna Pom­padour Melba £117.95 from a range stocked at Pretty Things

Vivid Ro­nen Chen dress

Buck­leigh smok­ing jacket, made to mea­sure from £1,250

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