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March 1, 2012

Style on the Scene with Divia Harilela – Top 5 Looks for Spring

Exclusively for Dim Sum & Then Some, Divia Harilela, Hong Kong’s premier international fashion editor, Senior Fashion Correspondent for SCMP and creator of leading luxury and fashion blog The D’Vine (http://www.the-dvine.com), brings you an up to the minute update of her personal favourite hot off the runway styles, trends, lusts and loves, plus a few “must have” pieces for your wardrobe now…

The trends for spring/summer 2012 probably read longer than most people’s grocery lists. Lace, sporty accents, metallics, pastels – you can get away with almost anything this season. So instead of telling you what’s hot, here are my favourite looks and some tips on how to work them.

Retro GoddessRetro Goddess
Everyone is talking about Gucci’s jazzy 1920s look, but I don’t know many women who are brave enough to walk around Central in a drop-waist flapper dress. For that reason alone I am advocating the more wearable 1950s look instead. Before you start thinking Happy Days, it’s more about recreating the feminine hourglass silhouette with a modern twist. Try full skirts and dresses with pleats as seen at Chloe and Prada, or high-waisted pencil skirts matched with a crisp cotton blouse for a more elegant look. For hot summer days, try high waisted shorts and a shirt tied at your navel a la Marilyn Monroe. Finish off the look with dainty T-bar sandals, a retro box bag and pearl earrings.
Hot tip:
Go all-white for a contemporary summery look
Some suggestions:
Cynthia Dress by DVF, Edie purse from J. Crew, Fravel Pumps by Aldo

Modern MermaidModern Mermaid
Designers dove into the ocean for a sea of inspiration (pardon the pun). My favourite dress by British designer Mary Katrantzou was decorated with tropical fish swimming around the body, while Versace’s sporty dresses came covered in starfish and shell prints. While prints are all well and good, experiment with more subtle references. Mermaid style dresses evoke waves in the ocean as do scalloped trims, as seen on Stella McCartney’s tight mini dresses. When in doubt go blue – there were so many rich shades ranging from deep teal to electric blue. Finish off the look with iridescent sequins, pearl accents or shell clutches which had editors swooning at Chanel.
Hot tip:
Peplums (ruffles) at the waist mimic the ocean while adding a feminine touch
Some suggestions:
Peplum dress by Zara, Starfish print pumps by Yves Saint Laurent, Fish motif top by Sandro

Sporty SpiceSporty Spice
Ok so I am the last person in the world to advocate wearing workout gear or trainers outside of the gym but there are other ways you can embrace the sporty trend. When done right it can actually look quite edgy – the trick is to choose well-cut separates made from sporty fabrics such as mesh. Or you can try more casual looks with sporty accents such as utility straps, exposed zippers, racer backs or drawstrings. Pops of neon colours like blue and yellow add to the sporty vibe.
Hot tip:
Try luxe track pants a la Lanvin
Some suggestions:
Utility track pants by Alexander Wang, Kiara shoes by Phillip Lim, T-shirt dress with zip back by Asos

Tribal Princess
Tribal Princess

African beats were felt over the catwalks. It started in New York at Proenza Schouler where raffia was woven into backless black dresses. Then Burberry Prorsum sent out elegant 1940s silhouettes decorated with artisanal beading, crochet and African-inspired weaves. In real life, the look should be more global traveller than African warrior, so choose separates with handcrafted details in the form of appliqués, beading, woven fabrics and even fringing. Dip into the trend with a fun tribal print dress. Texture is key so don’t be afraid to pile it on. When it comes to accessories choose raffia, wood wedges with beading and handmade ethnic jewellery.
Hot tip:
Invest in a colourful exotic skin handbag for a luxe tribal style
Some suggestions:
Tribal dress by Cut 25, Woven raffia clutch by Burberry Prorsum, Kibo wedges by Rupert Sanderson

Prints CharmingPrints Charming
Florals are a springtime favourite, but this season designers added more to the mix including vegetables (Dolce & Gabbana); paisleys (Jil Sander); snakes and geckos (Lanvin, and Loewe); and fast cars (Prada). A few words of advice – if your print is super busy, then choose a silhouette that is well-tailored and clean. While designers like Stella McCartney showed head-to-toe clashing looks, I would suggest one printed item matched with something plain and simple. If you want to mix it up, opt for printed trousers instead of a dress. If all else fails, a fabulous printed shoe or handbag will do the trick.
Hot tip:
Pile on the jewellery, especially necklaces to create a chic clash
Some suggestions:
Printed scarf by Topshop, Shirt dress by Carven, Paisley shopper by Etro



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