louis vuitton ss13 checkerboard
When Louis Vuitton‘s Spring/Summer 2013 checkerboard print descended down its Parisian escalators, each look was met with mixed reviews. Though there may be an absence of chess fans in the fashion community, it – natch – took two point five seconds to trickle down to the high street as a trend.

That, my lovelies, means you can now follow in the checkered footsteps of Kristen Stewart, Kerry Washington, and Jessica Alba…for less. Here are a few of my favourite pre-season picks:

1. Mika Checkerboard Dress, £19
2. Richard Nicoll bustier dress, £49 (rental)
3. Bolongaro Trevor Tala dress, £97
4. Marc Jacobs Prussian Blue skirt, £164
5. Kelly Wearstler Alo Sheath Dress, £100
6. Checkerboard socks, £3.50 (or 3 for £8)

Jen Kao SS12
Though Jen Kao didn’t continue on last year’s outer galaxy theme for her Spring/Summer 2012 collection (a little bit of nonsensical disappointment here!), she more than made up for it by crashing back to Earth and expressing her vision through the flora and fauna of the Hawaiian islands.

The start of the show was carefully constructed; a model stepped out onto the runway with a sweetly-hued beachfront sunrise behind her and a paper art fascinator atop her. A sun ray orb – which was projected onto her chest – quickly grew and grew into full-on ‘daylight’ to welcome you to a pastel-packed and lucidly layered collection. Don’t let the Hawaiian theme fool you, however. Kao showed off her creative flair with fine checkerboard knits, obi belts, fringe, embroidered lei flowers, capes and much more. There was an Edward Scissorhands effect to many of her garments – in the most chic way possible – and an ombré kimono trench in rip-stop fabric that exquisitely explained her Leonardo DiCaprio inspiration (Baz Luhrmann’s sunset scene in Romeo + Juliet, hello). Creative turn-on, that Jen Kao. View Post