BOLD, CHEEKY AND FUN – WE BRING YOU THE SPIRIT OF THE MONTHS AHEAD
SPOILED FOR CHOICE: MUST HAVES FOR SPRING-SUMMER 2018
The sun is out but it’s raining temptation at Excelsior Milano. The vibe here is playful and irreverent, with a healthy dose of utilitarian thrown in for good measure. It’s summer – we say bring on the sparkly sweatbands! Gucci to the rescue with its sequinned ‘Guccification’ headband, inspired by ‘80s sportswear. Fun, retro and tongue-in-cheek – what’s not to love? It wouldn’t be the holiday season without gorgeous swimwear. Beach sirens, look no further than the Medusae marine-blue swimsuit from On the Island. With self-fastening ties up one side, this number is all about sensual femininity.Also running with the deep-blue theme is Balmain, with its midnight-blue and white jersey sweatshirt. Silver embossed buttons on the shoulder and a heritage crest on the front make this one of the year’s most desirable leisure tops. Women’s tops come in all shapes this summer. Short, long, flowing, boxy – nothing is left out in the cold. Self-Portrait is all about playfulness and celestial wonder. Cut from star-printed satin, the brand’s printed star frilled top is a one-shoulder marvel with lace trim, dreamy sleeves and an exaggerated asymmetric hem. Young and fearless is the black and off-white knitted top from MRZ – we have good feelings about this cropped, off-the-shoulder top and predict we’ll be seeing this daring little number at parties up and down the Mediterranean this year. If you’re looking for colour to brighten your closet, you can’t beat the red-wine splash of the Livvi Floral Embroidered Cropped Shirt from Acne Studios. We’re loving everything about this top with its cropped, boxy fit and Cuban-inspired embroidery. Bring back the layering – poppered bodies are back! The Paco Rabanne adaptation is red and sporty, with adjustable straps and a ribbed band beneath the bra-line. A very different version comes from GCDS – bold and long-sleeved, the black body is contrasted with striking white script and a brassy kangaroo on the arm. The jumpsuit department also has plenty on offer this summer. Check out the stretch denim interpretation from FRAME. Utilitarian yet tailored for the female form, Le Pleated Jumper will add a gorgeous dash of laid-back vintage to your everyday wardrobe. Rebellious and spirited, the oversized stripe mechanic jumpsuit from R13 is another all-in-one that no self-respecting tomboy can afford to overlook. There’s a lot going on also in the field of shoes this season, and a good place to start is the glossed-leather white ballet flats from Jil Sander. Delightful in their simplicity, these cuties come with a detachable gold-band that loops around the ankle for that extra dash of poolside shimmer. Men are going to love Gucci’s Queercore brogues with the studded tiger-head buckle across the front. More desirable footwear for men comes in the form of OFF-WHITE’s black industrial belt sandals. With their criss-cross industrial straps, ankle buckle fastening and moulded leather footbed, these gorgeous, hard-wearing shoes will be a challenge to peel off and box away come Autumn. We’re also mooning over The Volon lunchbox handbag, with its panels of textured goat-skin leather, brogue details and front flap. This bag is becoming a firm favourite among major bloggers, so be sure to grab yours while it’s still in circulation.As a final word, have you picked up your Be@rbrick figure yet? Crafted from PVC and painted using a water-print technique, these delightful bears designed and produced by the Japanese company Medicom Toy are fast becoming the summer’s most collectible toy. Best of all, you can be the owner of a truly unique cartoon character, as no two bear are the same.