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May 10, 2013

Style on the Scene with Divia Harilela – Top 5 Spring/Summer Trends

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 (, 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…

While designers tend to return to tried and tested favourites each season, this summer’s offerings come with a 2013 upgrade. Here are our top catwalk looks for spring/summer 2013.

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While you can’t beat traditional sailor stripes (the look is tres Parisian, n’est pas?) designers have added more shapes to the mix for spring including windowpane checks, triangles and psychedelic zig zags. Leading the way is Louis Vuitton where checks cover 1960s inspired maxi and mini dresses. Unfortunately a look this bold isn’t always the most flattering, so the easiest way to work the trend is through accessories, namely shoes and handbags. If you want to stick to classic stripes that’s fine too – just spice it up with colour, different widths and new directions.
Hot tip: Choose a striped blazer or pair of trousers instead of a top.
Top picks: Asos Shift Dress
Sergio Rossi Shoes

Monochrome Mania
Colour is overrated, and I for one am thrilled that black (and white) is back. This enduring and elegant colour combo goes hand in hand with spring’s 1960s mod and tuxedo dressing trends. Let’s be honest – there’s nothing more classic than a woman wearing a black tuxedo with a crisp white shirt underneath.  It’s also super flattering (remember Stella McCartney’s illusion dress?) although it can border on masculine. If you want to create a more feminine look then choose black and white prints featuring playful motifs such as polka dots. Don’t be afraid to break up the look with a metallic accessory or pop of colour.
Hot tip: Invest in a black and white silk blouse – you can use it all year round.
Top picks: Roger Vivier Handbag
J Crew Colourblock Pants

Ruffle My Feathers
Newsflash! The peplum has finally been dethroned by its much more flattering cousin, the ruffle. The look this time round is more modern and less ladylike as designers have created sculptural styles thanks to techno fabrics and sharp cuts.  That being said, not everyone can pull off Balenciaga’s stiff flamenco skirts so balance is key. Less is more, so pairing two ruffled items together is a definite no-no. Instead choose one ruffled piece and keep the matching item simple and streamlined. If you are going for bold styles, choose lightweight fabrics like silk and organza to soften the look. Ruffle placement is integral so be sure to avoid highlighting parts of your body you do not like.
Hot tip: Go for unexpected drama with a dress featuring ruffles cascading down the back.
Top picks:Gucci Tunic
JW Anderson Ruffled Tank

Shine On
This season’s metallics are a far cry from the garish 1980 prom dresses that gave them a bad rap in the first place. Shiny materials have gone from cheap to chic thanks to brands like Dior and Burberry. In this case, less is more so that means no mirrored leather or Barbarella-inspired outfits. Lighten the look with streamlined silhouettes (think maxi skirts and draped dresses) in iridescent fabrics. While gold and silver are great neutrals, embrace colour from candy shades (a la Burberry) to holographic effects, as seen at Stella McCartney.
Hot tip: Hologram-effect accessories are bang on trend.
Top picks: Stella McCartney Hologram Clutch
Comme des Garcons Metallic T-shirt

Been Around The World
Summer is all about travel and this is the season to incorporate multi-cultural references into your wardrobe. But be warned that this look is more Chic Afrique than backpacker. Forgo the turbans and animal prints and instead incorporate subtle ethnic elements into your wardrobe such as a fringed skirt (a la Bottega Veneta) or statement accessories made from natural materials such as Raffia (Dolce & Gabbana’s controversial earrings are top of our list). I am also loving the Oriental touches in the form of Japanese inspired floral prints and appliques at Prada. Kimono style jackets are also cool and easy-to-wear. But please no dragon motifs!
Hot tip: Modernise an ethnic print by matching it with something neon.
Top picks: Zara Kimono
Trina Turk Necklace

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