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June 4, 2009

Opposites Attract

You like to spend your weekends schmoozing and shopping, he prefers heli-skiing and hiking. You wanted to check out the ice festival in Harbin last winter, he booked a cruise to the Galapagos. You decided to go vegan, he simultaneously chose to start Atkins. But even with all your differences, when you’re together fireworks go off and magic happens. The same goes for this summer’s trends. Whether it’s cropped motorcycle jackets worn over glam evening dresses, rocker chic studded bags and shoes paired with ballet-inspired skirts, or boxy blazers worn with demure silk rompers, this season’s style is the ultimate proof that opposites attract. Here are some of our favourite summer love stories. . .

The Cream Ruffled Dress & The Gold Snakeskin Heels
Nothing shows off a luscious bronze tan like an ethereal palette of creams and whites. Make a statement this summer by pairing this season’s lighter than air ruffles and tiers with heavier metallic accessories like chunky beaded necklaces, sky-high snakeskin heels or shimmering gilded clutch bags.
We Love The: Shoshanna Zigzag Ruffle Dress and Giuseppe Zanotti Open Toe Cork Platform Pumps in Gold Snakeskin

The Silky Top & The Distressed Denim
Save your perfectly cut, sleek and dark skinny jeans for next fall. This summer’s denim is destroyed, slouchy and distressed in styles that run the gamut from boyfriend to boot cut. The perfect pairing for these tattered bottoms is a silky, feminine top in a bold colour to add a uniquely glamorous edge. Blues, pinks and yellows are gorgeous, but this summer’s hottest colour is emerald green.
We Love The: Current Elliott Skinny Jeans (HK$2,100) and Anlo Natalie Silk Top in Fuschia (HK$1,800) at Indigo, 32A Staunton Street, SoHo, 2147 3000

The Starlet Dress & The Biker Jacket
Vintage movie star glamour is back with elegant gowns and intricately detailed dresses. To add a distinctly modern edge, these flowing frocks are being paired with none other than the cropped leather motorcycle jacket. Perfect for warming you up and making sure you stay cool!
We Love The: Rebecca Taylor Dance With Me Dress and Miu Miu Rosette Leather Jacket

The 70′s-style Romper & The Boxy Blazer
You remember your mom wearing them when you were little, now it’s your turn! The 70′s-style romper is back on the scene with all its comfort and cuteness, plus, updated modern touches like gold accents and asymmetrical shoulders. Strapless silk versions are perfect for beachside evenings while more structured styles can take you from the office to a cocktail party. Both can be paired with a boxy blazer and heels to add a touch of city chic.
We Love The: Black Halo Rihanna Romper and Pencey Silk Blazer in Ivory

The Ballerina Skirt & The Studded Bag
If you’ve longed to delve into your childhood closet and break out your tutu, this season’s ballet-inspired designs can help you live out your fantasy. But the style for summer is definitely not child’s play. Fluttering skirts in a wide variety of colours are being paired with rocker chic accessories like studded handbags or bold cutout booties that take this look from the ballet barre to your favourite bar.
We Love The: Elizabeth and James Celia Skirt and Temperly London Star Studded Bag,

The Ethnic Printed Tunic & The Preppy White Jeans
If you’re one of those travelers who buys gorgeous indigenous pieces every time you go on holiday, it’s time to start shopping in your closet. Many of this season’s most exciting styles feature bold ethnic prints, beading and embroidery inspired by exotic locales from Rio to Marrakesh. In an interesting twist these bold printed tunics and dresses are being paired with preppy summer staples like white jeans, striped sandals or structured straw clutches.
We Love The: Tory Burch Tory Tunic and 7 For all Mankind Straight Leg Jeans

Let’s hope these styles can stay together longer than your last relationship!

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