By Gillian Brett
This season Monsoon has been going to great lengths to embrace the seventies trend: long floaty maxi dresses, slinky jumpsuits and floor-skimming flares are all key pieces in their spring/summer 2011 collection.
Channel Seventies Siren Farrah Fawcett with a a cute cami and a fringed waistcoat (€102), tucked into wide leg jeans (€85), flaring over towering platform heels, topped off with a wide brimmed hat (€30.50) and accessorized by a macramé bag (€54), stacked bangles (€30.50) and a pair of Perspex framed sunglasses (€25.50).
Modelled by face of the moment, Lily Donaldson, the new collection oozes a carefree approach to summer styling, in which just one or two pieces are needed to make a big sartorial statement.
Take for example the stunning ‘Delano Jumpsuit’ (€161, pictured on Lily above right). Shrinking violets look away now, as this palazzo pants style all-in-one features a flower bed of botanical prints. Florals are a wardrobe essential this season and you’ll look like a walking Monet in the adorable water lily print shift dress (€203, pictured left) from the Monsoon Fusion range (a partnership with Topshop).
The blurry, floral print is very like those favoured by Erdem in his spring/summer 2011 collection. The British-Turkish designer’s digital print dresses have been the toast of the fashion scene since Michelle Obama flaunted his frocks throughout the American presidential election.
Prada also appeared to have played an influence as the kitschy banana earrings from their spring/summer jewellery collection (as seen sported by Miuccia Prada herself) were reincarnated in Monsson as a juicy little necklace (€10.00). Coming in at a mere fraction of the Prada-version’s price, it’s the perfect way to add a dash of fun and some high-fashion know-how to your summer wardrobe.
Other highlights of the collection included Studio-54 inspired, maxi dresses (€238) in a vibrant colour palette of hazy pink, orange sunset, sky blue and fizzing fuchsia and a variety of prints from paisley and stripes to tie dye. Teamed with pretty flip flops (€59.00) and a statement necklace (€30.50) from Accessorize, these are the perfect dresses to take you from afternoon barbeque to night-time glamour—just pack a pair of platforms in your bag for later.
A little birdie told us that the fashion scenes’ youngest and savviest stylista Willow Smith (the nine-year-old daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith who sat front row at Dolce & Gabbana and Armani this year) was spotted buying the Amalfi Map Weekender on a recent trip to Dublin, so be sure to pop that at the top of your bag wishlist!
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