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Posted Dec 28 2012 7:06am
Spring has finally arrived. And so has the time to shed our winter woollies, replacing them with something lighter for the warmer season ahead. The only question now is what? The Spring/Summer 2008 catwalks (in all the fashion weeks) poured forth a plethora of looks. At first I thought the eagerly anticipated summer sun had gotten to my head. There were so many colours, so many shapes, and so many trends to choose from. My inner fashion control freak (previously undiscovered) started to prickle with anxiety. What will the key looks be for this season? What will I report back on? But then, slowly, it dawned on me, and a liberating feeling descended upon me, as I realized our release from the stringent key looks usually offered to us from the catwalk. Before, if you didn't like the looks, or they didn't suit you, tough but this season however, will be all about choice. Despite the variety of looks, a few strong themes have emerged. Florals, the spring perennial, are back; only this time, thank goodness, with an edge. Balenciaga's acid bright florals, straight from the archives but digitally recoloured, have put a much needed modern spin on traditional flower prints. If, however, you prefer a more traditional flower print, try something like those seen at Luella, who used pretty Liberty style sprigs on 40's inspired tea dresses. One word of advise though to avoid looking like a pair of curtains, try mixing a floaty north face outlet floral with a cropped leather jacket (a full Laura Ashley comeback in not on the cards for this spring). This will give you a real mix of sweet versus street a definite look for the season to come.Also making waves this season is the nautical look, but do stay well away from a full Captain Pugwash get-up. Try only the mearest hint of seafarer - perhaps a nautical style cropped jacket, layered with a chiffon blouse, dirndl skirt (the full skirt is back this summer), or even a pair of high waisted jeans for a more pin-up appeal. Headscarves, anchor prints, splashes of lipstick red, sunflower yellow, and French blue will give your look a nautical twist and steer us all away from those winter blues. Additionally, you could also try giving the old stars 'n' stripes a cheap north face jackets go - as seen at Chanel. Stars are set to be the new must have emblem, but please, for your sake, only in moderation.And finally, Boho, although firmly confined to the bargain basement, has made a comeback - only not as you know it. Art has clashed with fashion, as splashes of dip dyed colour bleed over layers of bold Aztec prints. Go utterly global (I loved the look at Etro's S/S show) and mix techno brights with traveller chic. Try wearing waistcoats and shrunken jackets over voluminous ombre (colour bleeding) kaftans, or embellished ikat tunics draped over turned up shorts and faded grey denims. The boring boho hippy of the past has finally stepped into cheap north face for women the future.So there we have it, a short run down of a few of this season's many looks. It may all sound totally overwhelming, but the underlying message it definitely a positive one. Be who you want to be, and wear what you like. Street has mixed with catwalk this season, so adapt the trends to suit you and don't be afraid to mix and match.  



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