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April 1, 2011

Style on the Scene with Divia Harilela – Spring Trend Update

Starting this month, Divia Harilela, Hong Kong’s premier international fashion editor, 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…

Spring is here and it’s time to update your wardrobe.  As with all trends, some will survive and others won’t (we’re still on the fence about matronly mid-calf lengths and chinoiserie). But here are my top picks for spring/summer 2011.

StripesStripes
If you don’t have a Breton (sailor) top in your wardrobe then this is the season to invest in one. Stripes were the most popular motif on the catwalks as seen at Prada, Celine and Fendi. If you don’t want to look like a jailbird, opt for one striped piece like a jacket or dress. Blue and white is a classic combination, but take a risk with some colour. You don’t need to go horizontal either – there are a myriad of patterns from vertical to diagonal.
Top picks:
Vivienne Westwood Red Label Top
Marc by Marc Jacobs Red, White and Blue Top

Bright ColoursBright Colours
It’s time to get tangoed! All the colours of the rainbow were present on the runways from bold yellow and vibrant red to chic coral and azure blue. Brands like Gucci, Jil Sander and Burberry experimented with colour blocking with head-to-toe looks featuring blocks of clashing-yet-complimentary colours. Neons also made a comeback at brands like Christopher Kane and Miu Miu, although the look was more chic than tacky. If going whole hog is a bit intimidating then match your bright piece with a neutral colour like beige or white (also big trends). Or pick a colourful accessory to update your look – the brighter, the better and pastels do not apply!
Top picks:
Furla Neon Jelly Tote, Furla, ifc Mall, Central, 2234 7148
Asos 2 in 1 Dress

1970s1970s
The ghost of Yves Saint Laurent hung over the collections in more ways than one. Designers pillaged some of his favourite colours and looks from the 1970s. Go boho as seen at Marc Jacobs where he featured Missoni style zig zag prints on halter style dresses and jumpsuits. Roberto Cavalli went for a more jet set look (think Jackie O) that will work well in a city like Hong Kong.  Of course it’s also a great excuse to invest in a pair of flares or wide legged trousers. Bell bottoms are the must-have style for jeans.
Top picks:
JBrand Love Story Jeans, Indigo, Staunton Street, SoHo, 2147 3000
Halston Silk Jumpsuit

PrintsPrints
I’ve loved the digital prints shown the past few seasons (designers in London such as Peter Pilotto and Erdem do them the best) but for spring things are lightening up with fun motifs ranging from juicy fruits at Stella McCartney and bananas and monkeys at Prada to stars and snakes at Miu Miu. Opt art and geometric prints were also everywhere. These statement pieces will add some life to your look – just remember once you’ve worn it, people will remember it a second time round!
Top picks:
Stella McCartney Citrus Fruit Print Dress, Stella McCartney, The Landmark, Central, 2877 5655
DVF Oblixe Mixed Print Dress, Diane Von Furstenberg, The Landmark, Central, 2522 8782

AccessoriesAccessories
If clothes are minimalist then shoes are maximalist this season. Over the top accents such as feathers, gold and other embellishments took shoes to a couture level. The days of XL bags are long gone – instead day totes have been shrunk down to fit in the palm of your hand (or worn crossbody).  The wedge also makes a comeback, preferably made using a natural material like cork, raffia or linen. Don’t forget a pair of sunglasses – preferably cat’s eyes frames in a nod to the 1970s.
Top picks:
YSL Gold Wedges, YSL, Alexandra House, Central, 2868 0092
Tom Ford Cat Frame Sunglasses, Tom Ford, ifc Mall, Central, 2234 7802

Photo Credits: net-a-porter.com, bloomingdales.com, neimanmarcus.com



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