Divine idyll

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Lighten the load from bulky win­ter lay­ers and start anew — spring has ar­rived, or at least in re­gards to fash­ion’s cir­cle of life. De­liv­er­ies are trick­ling into stores for the new sea­son and it’s an op­por­tu­nity to at least preview what you could be wear­ing as the weather warms up — if not right now — as you es­cape to more trop­i­cal climes. But never mind the su­per­flu­ous fab­rics of gaudy ki­monos or muumuu dresses – think Palm Spring in the 50s or ex­actly what Mag­gie Smith’s busy-body char­ac­ter Mrs Cas­tle wore in Evil Un­der the Sun. It’s a crisp, mid-cen­tury take on re­sort dress­ing con­sist­ing of well-cut sum­mer dresses in crisp cot­ton and struc­tured palazzo pants that slip on eas­ily over togs. It’s the way to look pol­ished even when you’re off duty and, like New Zealand de­signer Emilia Wick­stead’s stun­ning re­sort 2018 col­lec­tion (shown at Syd­ney Fash­ion Week in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Matches), it’s a chance to con­tem­plate hol­i­day-wear in 2018. You can never be too nos­tal­gic for those sim­ple days in the sun­shine with a straw boater and a hard­back novel.

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