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Spring and Summer trends: Explosion of colour and Sweet delights

Propel yourself out of winter and into summery thoughts with these bright candy shades, says Bairbre Power

Published 10/01/2011 | 08:13

Viola blouse, €40; violet harem pants, €40, and flower corsage, €27, all River Island
Viola blouse, €40; violet harem pants, €40, and flower corsage, €27, all River Island
Gia boob tube, €33.50; harem pants, €40; belt, €33.50, and cuff, €20, all River Island
Red silk cap-sleeved top, €24.99; silk wide-leg trousers, €37. 99, and sunglasses, €9.99, all New Look
Coral goddess dress, €100, Vera Moda at House of Fraser
Jumpsuit, €109; belt, €35; earrings, €11, and bangle, €16, all M&S
Lanvin: Dress, €3,085, Brown Thomas
Gucci: Dress, €1,500, Brown Thomas
Fendi
Camilla stripe top, €36.99; Holly midi skirt, €33.50, and red-bow platforms, €94, all River Island
Skirt, €53; blouse, €61; bag, €91, and shoes, €99, Topshop
Bag, €40, River Island

After a grey winter, a wonderful vista greets us for spring-summer 2011 with a virtual explosion of colour heading for our wardrobes. Colour blocking, neons and the dual use of rich jewel colours will lift your spirits.

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Tangerine is a shade that get's bad press here, largely due to the false-tan brigade, but Lanvin made wonderful use of it on the haute-couture catwalk. If nervous, introduce it as a pop of colour on the accessories front.

Personally, I'll be concentrating on other 'best friend' colour combinations such as coral and fuchsia, and coral and turquoise. Marc Jacobs excelled in delivering covetable looks executed in gorgeous satin, silks and chiffons, and they have the power to transport you into June -- even if it is only January.

Gucci's use of coral and fuchsia was tantalisingly powerful, and filtering down to the high street my first fashion crush of the season has to be a fuchsia jumpsuit from River Island, which shouts old-style dressing-up glamour, followed by the M&S 'luxe for less' jumpsuit with contrasting obi belt.

You can expect lots of white, too, after Dolce & Gabbana eulogised the shade with lots of cutwork and broderie anglaise.

After a season of 'Mad Men'-esque curvy women, this season Miuccia Prada made a statement in colour blocking, but she appeared to have most fun with her sweetie story.

And Prada wasn't the only one to be inspired by candy colours reminiscent of Bassetts Allsorts. Take blocks of liquorice-black and white, and slice them through with stripes of pink, blue, lime and yellow.

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