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From Catwalk to Closet

From Catwalk to Closet

What you saw on the catwalks doesn’t have to stay there. Here’s how to put the popular runway looks into your closet.

Reworked Classics
Denim never strays far off the fashion radar, and this season is no exception. The design powerhouses harked back to the 1970s and 1990s in their spring/summer 2010 collections: Ralph Lauren championed the double- and triple-denim trend with a dark wash denim blazer, waistcoat and boyfriend jean combination, and Stella McCartney’s interpretation told a pared-down tale of feminine and flattering denim pieces with a prairie-style button-through pinafore dress and skirt.

Not surprisingly, the high street has welcomed the reworked classic, so much so you’d be hard-pressed to find a store that hasn’t got a denim offering this season. We love the cute, 1970s wash skirts and Ralph Lauren-inspired blazers at Mango; River Island’s great summer sundresses and Warehouse’s versatile chambray, one-shoulder frocks. Even shoe guru Pierre Hardy has incorporated the age-old fabric into his footwear collection for Gap.

Whether you go for summer’s hot double-denim look or select single-denim pieces, team with tan accessories for a hip retro vibe.

The Style Soldier
For spring/summer 2010, designers brought out their secret style weapon to revive the stalwart military trend: khaki. Permutations of army green appeared on many catwalks -- think military coats and bullet-hole tees at Balmain, boxy utility jackets at Celine and capes at Alexander Wang. The high street jumped on the military hue, so now everyone can sign up to the trend.

The key to khaki is in the detail. For a luxe take, look for embellished epaulettes -- A|wear’s holey T-shirt looks uber-expensive and on trend thanks to its sequinned shoulder detail, and Debenhams’ jacket is updated with contrast fringing. Snap up H&M’s khaki jumpsuit to command instant style respect, or nod to the trend with a pair of New Look’s khaki clogs. Warehouse’s distressed skinny trousers provide the perfect backdrop for brave accents of tangerine or fuchsia.

Shift Into Neutral
White, tan and beige may have once ruled the runways, but designers and the high street have abandoned the classic narrative. It’s now time to bring your wardrobe up to speed with shades of latte, dove, mushroom and nude. Take your style cues from Akris’ crisp grey tailoring and sleek dresses, Chloé’s biscuit jackets and pants, and newcomer Phi’s body-con caramel pieces.

The new neutrals may seem tricky to pull off, but they are surprisingly wearable. Invest in fuss-free, streamlined pieces, like Asos’ louche trousers, or take a trip to H&M for work-wear staples. For a winning desk-to-disco style, wear a blush belted blazer over a peplum dress and switch from midi-heels to vertiginous courts afterhours. Add a textured or ruffled piece, like Topshop’s rosette waistcoat, for evening drama and complete the look with New Look’s espadrille wedges.


Lara Myall has over seven years’ experience in the fashion industry and has contributed to a variety of publications published by Express Newspapers and Conde Nast.


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