How To Wear It: Water World


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Fashion treasures from the ocean (from top left, clockwise): Versace S/S 12, Kenneth Jay Lane Coral Necklace, Charlotte Olympia shoes, Mary Katrantzou S/S 12, Chanel Conch clutch, YSL starfish sandals and Jimmy Choo surfer clutch.

The past few weeks I have been so busy talking about autumn/winter fashion, that I’ve completely ignored the fact that spring is here (that’s if yesterday’s sunny weather is anything to go by).

One of my favourite catwalk trends is definitely “under the sea,” which saw designers take inspiration from the ocean, both literally and figuratively. Here are some tips on how to work the look into your everyday wardrobe.

Try and experiment with:

Various shades of blue: The easiest way to dip into the trend is to wear colours of the ocean from sea foam and emerald to turquoise.

Iridescent embellishments: Both Givenchy and Chanel decorated their jackets and dresses with translucent sequins that  recreate the glimmer of the sea. Use it as an accent though, otherwise you may end up looking like a Christmas tree.

Sea embellishments: Choose items decorated with treasures from the ocean such as coral or pearls in the form of beading or embroideries.

Peplums: This extra bit of the fabric at the waist mimics ocean waves to create a feminine look. Or opt for maxi skirts decorated with ruffled tiers or scales – you’ll look like a modern ocean Goddess!

Scalloped trims: This simple detail on items such as dresses and tops, as spotted at Stella McCartney, resembles the movement and  shape of waves.

Aquatic prints: Take cues from Versace where Donatella featured shell and starfish prints, while Mary Katrantzou decorated her dresses with colourful tropical fish. Opt for digital effects to make the look contemporary.

Neoprene: This fabric, traditionally used for scuba suits, has become a favourite with designers thanks to its sporty vibe and mouldable shape. Go for dresses and tops to make it more feminine.

Accessories: There’s so much out there from shoes with coral heels and flats decorated with starfish to shell minaudieres at Chanel. My favourite is Christopher Kane’s water gel clutch that is modern and edgy.

Try and Avoid:

Mermaid skirts – they are far from flattering and a nightmare to walk in (just ask Beyonce). Ditto on clothes that closely resemble scuba gear (as sexy as Lisa Marie Fernandez’s separates are). There’s also nothing inspiring about seaweed – so no slimy sea creatures, thank you.

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