For the forth Very makeover I wanted to explore the hottest trends for SS12. Three of the biggest looks are Marina Couture, Print Clash and Pastels. Now, Marina Couture aka Nautical and Pastels aka Ice Cream colours generally come around most Spring Summers so they are definitely worth investing in. Print Clash is something of a new trend but really it’s all about the way the prints are mixed together ‘cos the prints on their own are quite commonplace eg. florals, geometric, animal prints, tropical. Most of us have elements of these looks in our wardrobes already and fashion is all about working with what we already have. By adding a new item of clothing or a new accessory the look stays fresh and bang up to date.
The plan was for me to style two of the trends on models and one on our beautiful competition winner, Nicky. The first thing I noted about Nicky when she undressed was what fabulous legs she has. Long, shapely and naturally tanned in that gorgeous honey kissed way. She said she doesn’t often get them out and I have no idea why. They are amay-zing! I wanted to put her in shorts, which steered me towards Marina Couture as shorts are key to this trend. As are stripes and the red striped top looked perfect on her and a little bit Parisian chic too. A cream tailored blazer gave the outfit some structure. I imagine many of us will already have a fitted jacket or a stripy top in our wardrobes too. Cream strappy sandals balanced out the cream jacket and the straps echoed the stripes in Nicky’s top. A spotty clutch gave a quirky new fashion twist to the outfit but I felt that something spotty was still missing. A pair of navy spotted palazzo pants hanging on the Marina Couture rail had a lovely skinny tie belt on them and so we nabbed the belt and turned it into a corsage with a few quick stitches. Job done!
Pastels can be quite a cutesy trend and I wanted to play on this while still keeping the look cool and a little bit edgy. Nicole, with her beautiful blonde hair and peachy skin, was the perfect model colouring wise. I liked the idea of mixing up different pastel shades, soft fabrics and vintage shapes like the twinset style cardigan in contemporary lilac lurex knit and the pleated chiffon on-trend midi skirt. I loved styling lacy pink socks with T-bar snake print platform shoes. I accessorised the look with a skinny snake print belt and a pastel and snake print clutch. The snake print toughened up the girliness of the pastel colours and soft fabrics and made the look so very now.
Print Clash was a great trend to do on Hayley with her gorgeous dark hair and olive skin. This was an evening look so I wanted some metallics and the bronze teardrop sequinned vest became the base colour. There was no print on it but the texture of the sequins has a print like quality. The snake print jeans echoed the same tones of brown plus they are the animal print of the season plus printed patterned jeans are having a bit of a moment, not seen since oooh, the eighties. The kimono style wrap-over jacket/top/dress (it is so versatile it can be worn in any of these ways) has a brightly coloured scarf print (very D&G) all over and it brought a bohemian decadence to the look. I went for some lovely chunky snake sandals (which V-Team Suzi also wore) to finish off the look, with a fabulous fluro orange and pink snake print clutch for extra Print Clash wow factor. It’s definitely a ‘more is more’ kinda outfit and I love it. In fact I love them all loads and I’d definitely wear them all out. Here’s hoping you feel them same!
Love Kirsty x