50 shades lingerie
Excuse me while I pour a glass of Veuve Clicquot and cheers it with my next glass, but I feel like waxing lyrical about lingerie. It seems that while I have treated most after-effects of 50 Shades of Grey like a bullett to the head (because ‘Shades’ is to literature what Pop Tarts are to gourmet food), the book has done great things for the lingerie industry.

Earlier this week I previewed the Spring/Summer 2013 collections from five luxury independent lingerie brands (Playful Promises, Maison Close, What Katie Did, Kiss me Deadly and Paolita) and fell in lust with the variety of styles and creativity they are able to retail in comparison to previous years. Maison Close – who’s most risque and expensive collection, Belle de Nuit, happens to be their best seller – have become a real champion for body suits and underwear as fashion pieces of their own while Playful Promises have built a flirty and extensive collection of beautiful pieces that extend all the way into womenswear. While What Katie Did are the one-stop-shop for corsets, Kiss me Deadly have the vintage thing down to an art, and Paolita know swimwear like the back of their hand, each brand has something for everyone.

I can’t wait to see how the industry continues to develop.

prints fashion week
In the fashion world, Spring offers the perfect opportunity to bite the bullet, be brave with your colour choices, and inspire the weather to follow your lead. This Spring is certainly no different: the floral print trend dominated 90 percent of the Spring/Summer 2012 runways. Numerous designers – including Diane Von Furstenberg and Mary Katrantzou – have been flooding the catwalks with various eye popping prints, from pretty paisley and checks to the more abstract and unique.

mcqueen prints

Alexander McQueen dress from matchesfashion.com
For the classic Spring look, a safe bet can always be placed on a floral print. That being said, it doesn’t have to be all daisies and pastels. By choosing something a little different, like the McQueen (above), you can add a little unexpected sophistication to your ensemble. If you decide to opt for something a little more abstract and playful, like the Mary Katrantzou dresses (below), you have a very haute way to add drama (and a Tyra-approved level of fierceness) to any occasion.

Mary Katrantzou Prints

Collection of Mary Katrantzou dresses from matchesfashion.com
With the sun almost shining, it is the perfect time to introduce a little something special beyond your fifty shades of grey. The perfect way to wear this trend is to not be afraid and wear it head to toe. Get feminine, get whimsical, and mix and match your prints to make a bold statement!