Trend Report S/S 2012: Paisley

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Paisley, the Indian heritage print of swirling curling shapes finds new style currency this S/S 2012 season.

Silky pyjama pieces present an alluring eveningwear option as seen at Stella McCartney.

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Paisley-print shirt by Stella McCartney

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Paisley-print silk pants iconby Stella McCartney

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Matthew Williamson retained a boho air to his paisley pieces with beautiful embellishments in vibrant colours while Haider Ackermann added coolness to the classic print.

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Embroidered feather-trimmed silk-organza dress iconby Matthew Williamson

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Jil Sander was the master protagonist of the paisley trend, stamping swirls across demure, tailored shapes for a fresh way to wear the print. The neon-style colours are a fresh addition to your summer wardrobe.

Emilio Pucci famed for its swirls of pattern, splashed psychedelic paisley on floor-sweeping skirts.

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Lunetta paisley-print woven dress iconby Jil Sander

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Appliquéd cotton-blend voile maxi skirt iconby Emilio Pucci

Stay tuned for an upcoming post with me wearing paisley-print pieces.

LoL, Sandra

Guide to Your New Season Wardrobe

Hello BeachSummer is on its way and it’s set to be the most sensational yet. Today, I would like to spotlight the definitive trends, hot new designers and must-have pieces for your new season wardrobe.

Day to NightKick-start with a high-voltage dress by Diane von Furstenberg. Maxi lengths are a laid-back way to work shimmering sequins for day – finish with Musa’s decorative sandals. After dark, look to master craftsman Vineet Bahl, the upcoming Indian designer. His beautifully embellished gowns are perfect for sultry nights.

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Next up, Diane von Furstenberg’s icongraphic summer collection ticks two trends in one – power prints and ladylike cuts. Whether you go for a demure knee-length dress or pair up your prints in a contrasting top and skirt, channel the runway girls and keep hair and makeup fuss free.

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When it comes to accessories, have fun and experiment. Do the bold shoulder with Christian Louboutin’s Artemis bag icon– the editors’ favorite and this year’s must-have.

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Victoria Beckham

And don’t forget to update your sunglasses. Victoria Beckhamicon’s oversized frames will lend a fashion-forward edge to any outfit.

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This season’s style rule for jewelry? More is more. Hervé van der Straetenicon is the new need-to-know name. The Parisian jeweler’s sculptural gold cuffs are the perfect partner to neutral tailoring. Semi-precious stones also take a starring role: Rosantica’s lapis lazuli collar necklace iconor Erickson Beamon’s colour-pop pieces iconwill instantly dress up a simple tee and blazer.

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Dive into swimwear in the latest ready-to-wear one-piece – it’s not just for the beach! Be inspired by the Peter Pilotto runway and choose a sporty style for day, finished with a dramatic full skirt iconand heels.

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Or perfect your poolside pose in bloom-adorned swimsuit iconby Australian label Zimmermann.

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Tara Matthews

As the sun sets, switch effortlessly from pool to bar in Tara Matthews’ stylish cover-up, exclusive to NET-A-PORTER.

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Complete the look with candy-striped wedges by Spanish shoe label Paloma Barcelò.

Happy Shopping!

LoL, Sandra

Trend Alert S/S 2012: Print Pants

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The S/S 2012 collections deliver us explosions of prints and ladies, get ready to throw any sort of caution to the wind. Your summer pants should be all about wild prints in bold colours, in cuts from slim to palazzo
Here are the best ones to shop at the moment, directly from the runway:

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Printed stretch-silk straight-leg pants iconby Roberto Cavalli
Paisley-print silk pants iconby Stella McCartney
Printed wool and silk-blend straight-leg pants iconby Prabal Gurung

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In the the ’80′s wearing floral print trousers was absolutely trendy. This summer, the floral fashion legacy is leading the runways and the streets. Designers plunged into a garden of Eden and have started to infiltrate our wardrobes with the most beautiful flowers.

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Printed silk crepe de chine tapered pants iconby Gucci
Printed silk straight-leg pants iconby Tucker
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During fashion weeks, silk print pants have already been seen on the most stylish fashionistas all around the globe. Punchy prints rendezvous with standout shades this season.

Printed satin-jersey harem pants iconby Balmain
Sequin-print silk tapered pants iconby Lanvin
Pressage floral-print twill tapered pants iconby Sandro
Printed stretch silk crepe de chine pants iconby DKNY

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Tommy Ton, net-à-porter and style.com

S/S 2012: Twenty-first Century Twenties

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Designers took inspiration from the Roaring Twenties for their S/S 2012 collections, favoring elegant hemlines and intricate beadwork. The mood is flapper, but spring’s Deco dresses are about high gloss, loosening up the idea of evening. Fresh in stores now, explore the must-have pieces below encapsulating the highly coveted collection’s ’20s aesthetic.

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For a masterclass in tapping spring’s ’20s-inspired trend, look no further than Gucci’s stunning S/S 2012 collection. Art Deco motifs inspired Frida Giannini’s lavish designs. Those dropped-waist dresses adorned with exquisite fringing will definitely be on my shopping list.

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Double-layered silk-georgette dress with metal clasp iconby Gucci
Metallic-striped fringed leather dress iconby Gucci
Cracked-leather and suede sandals iconby Gucci
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The dreamy Etro S/S 2012 collection could have stepped straight from Fitzgerald’s pages. It was packed with fringes, intricate beading and embellishments that were colourful for a modern twist.

Bold printed silk-blend dress by Etro
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Romance was in the air at Alberta Ferretti with Gatsby-esque pieces, from beaded dresses to delicate lace and tulle fabrics. Seriously, what more could a modern-day Daisy need?

1 Bead-embellished tulle and silk dress by Alberta Ferretti
Papaya-hued beaded silk-chiffon and tulle dress by Alberta Ferretti
Lace and silk-georgette dress iconby Alberta Ferretti

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This S/S 2012 fashion trend is preparing us for the upcoming American film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s legendary novel set in the Roaring Twenties. It will be directed by Baz Luhrman and star Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan and Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby. It is said to be released on December 25, 2012.

LoL, Sandra

A Must for S/S 2012: D&G’s Final Scarf Prints

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Those tiered „scarf“ printed maxi dresses with colourful, intricate motifs recall the lavish decadence of the early Nineties. The time when Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s diffusion line D&G launched in 1994.

Those must-have gowns are your chance to invest in a piece of fashion history as the designer duo showed their final D&G collection for S/S 2012 with a masterful tribute to the label’s history reinvigorating archive prints to create a fabulously feminine collection.

Please click hereicon to shop those must-have looks.
Bye-bye D&G, you will be missed!

LoL, Sandra

Trend Alert S/S 2012: Underwater World

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It was an Underwater World at many of the S/S 2012 shows. Many of the designers took inspiration from the deep blue and created one of the most important fashion trends for the summer season.

I have outlined the most anticipated collections and pieces for you below, enjoy!

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Karl Lagerfeld took the underwater trend to a complete new level with his S/S 2012 collection for Chanel. The scenery of his runway show looked like a stage setting for Ariel’s World. Some of the fabrics shimmered like fish scales.

As usual at Chanel, the accessories played a big role, such as beautiful shell clutches (unfortunately extremely expensive) and wonderfully designed coral-shape heels plus sea world inspired fashion jewlery.

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Mary Katrantzou showcased a stellar take on the trend from under the sea with her scene-stealing prints, as seen on the Fishtank dress. Swarming with tropical fish and colorful coral reefs, this punchy piece is a fabulous way to play out your fashion fantasies.

Seashells for Mermaids

The Versace S/S 2012 collection was all about starfish and seashell embellishments and studded seahorse shapes. The look was a mixture of sweet pastels, ladylike elegance  and studded biker pieces. Those glittering sea goddess gowns will surely be seen on the red carpet.

A great low-budget way to get started on the look is this fun statement starfish gold-tone ring iconby Versace.

Jellyfish

Gigantic shark tooth necklaces were seen on the Givenchy S/S 2012 runway as well as many jellyfish inspired jackets and dresses. One of my favourite collections of the summer season.

You can shop a large selection of Givenchy at Matches and Farfetch.
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There are many wonderfully designed blue coloured pieces in stores now that really represent the fairytale world of the deep blue. Stella McCartney drew inspiration from the sea waves for her S/S 2012 collection.

Here are some of best pieces to buy for the upcoming summer (from top left to bottom right):

Candy printed acrylic clutch by Jimmy Choo
Printed scuba-style top iconby McQ Alexander McQueen
Joan silk crepe-de-chine and lace dress iconby Stella McCartney
Printed silk kimono maxi dress iconby Issa
Paillette-embellished silk-georgette dress iconby Roberto Cavalli
Fish-charm corseted strappy sandals by Tabitha Simmons

LoL, Sandra

Summer 2012: How to Rock Print

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S/S 2012 is all about print, especially floral and ikat print, but how far are you willing to go?

Think head-to-toe as seen at the Matthew Williamson S/S 2012 show and add a colourful standout clutch for the ultimate fashion statement. 
If you nod to the look confidently, the compliments will be all yours.

Shop the look:
Floral ikat print blouse iconand floral ikat print trousers by Matthew WilliamsonFalabella fold-over clutch by Stella McCartney and textured-leather platform sandals iconby Rochas.

iconThe perfect outfit for a nice spring day.

LoL, Sandra

Trend Report S/S 2012: Red & Nude

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Red is a must next summer and in combination with nude and beige just irresistible
Clare Waight Keller, who has replaced Chloé’s Hannah MacGibbon, shows for her debut collection this colour combination in perfection.

If you are in the mood for shopping, have a look at this stunning outfit below, perfect for the cold temperatures now.

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I personally absolutely adore the colour combination of red and nude, so French and so chic!

This rosette-embellished silk top iconby Lanvin will be a great addition to your wardrobe. It works best partnered with a simple pencil skirt or this trendy pleated leather skirt by Marc Jacobs. Stay warm during winter time with a cozy cardigan by Missoni and the gorgeous red flared wool princess coat by Issa. Add a classic bag such as the nude vitello bow-embellished leather tote by Miu Miu and some killer heels like thestudded open toe sandals by Valentino and you will me make heads turn.

LoL, Sandra

Trend Report S/S 2012: Garden Party

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Good news for S/S 2012, everything’s coming up roses (and orchids, and daffodils, and daisies). Head to toe floral prints are one of the season’s biggest trends and were seen all over the runways.

My all-time favourite Mary Katrantzou who is known for her bold prints and vivid colors, showed this trend in perfection, flowers and print – the perfect combination of her strengths. Her runway was divided by a field of carnations. Please click here for the previous post.

Take a peek at the most fun garden party of the season! Floral prints, extreme edition!

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The colours range from fabulous bright colours reminiscent of a tropical vacation to soft neutrals and stunning pastels. Lilac and light green are among summer’s favourites.

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As if the floral prints weren’t enough, the designers went and attached 3-D flowers and embellishments to the fabrics. A season’s must! Best collection: Louis Vuitton!

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I’m betting it won’t be long before a style icon like Alexa Chung is spotted in this cool Chloé or Prada outfit!

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If you didn’t think you could wear a head to toe look printed with multi-coloured florals and still look cool, Erdem just proved you totally wrong.

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From the necklace, to the shoes, to the bags, to the earrings, this S/S 2012 trend is a complete floral explosion!
Stay tuned for more to complement this look…

LoL, Sandra

Fashion Days Zurich 2011: Talbot Runhof

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As the culmination of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Show Friday night in Zurich, Talbot Runhof showed their beautiful S/S 2012 collection.

The Munich-based label was born under Johnny Talbot & Adrian Runhof. The best way to describe their style is to focus on their attention to craftsmanship and detail and their exquisite couture cuts. A Paris Fashion Week regular and often seen on the red carpets, their billowing gowns and playful creations present a sophisticated, feminine glamour.

Talbot Runhof can be found in the best boutiques all over the world, including leading American department stores, such as Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and at Harrods in the UK.

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Before the fashion show, I went backstage to talk to the designer duo. Enjoy!

Adrian,  how does it feel to be here in Switzerland to present your collection?

I love Switzerland, I am often here. Therefore it is so exciting for us to have a show tonight. We have many fans among the Swiss and sell very well in Switzerland.

Please tell me something about your inspiration for the S/S 2012 collection that we are going to see tonight!

Christian Lacroix has designed the costumes for the Munich Opera recently. This has inspired us, not the costumes themselves, but the early stage of Lacroix. When we got started in the Nineties, Lacroix played such a major part in our fashion history. Later, he lost it, his creations became overloaded. His golden age was marked by his ability to mix and match patterns and fabrics, as well as his amazing colour combinations. And this has inspired us!

Do you have any Swiss woman that you would like to dress?

Actually yes and we dress her tonight: Sarina Arnold. She will open the show and will present the final look, too.

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What are your future plans?

(Both smiling.) Who knows? We have created for the first time bags and shoes and will take it from there.

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Below you can see my favourite looks from the show. I took some details shots of the fabrics and details backstage for you to see the wonderful craftsmanship. Have fun!

LoL, Sandra

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