Guest Blogger: Noelle Reno

 

In the month of March, clocks Spring forward and so must we. Now in April, we are enjoying longer (even sunny) days proving against doubt that Spring has arrived. If Fall is the time to reinvent oneself, Winter a time to prioritize oneself, then Spring is a time to de-dust/energize oneself.

This can sound like a lot of effort just out of winter (TGH, ie- tan, gym, highlights) but luckily for you my job forces me to try out new styles before the season actually arrives. Meaning, I have test driven the hottest warm-weather fashions for a couple months now and compiled for you the must-have essentials. I will show you how to get these designer looks for less at House of Fraser so you can spend less time and money on clothes, and more time and money on the other things like TGH or – even better – a holiday.

LOOK #1: METALLICS

At the Rodial Beauty Awards

 

In ES Magazine

I wore this shimmering metallic Boudicca dress to the Rodial Beauty Awards at the Sanderson hotel a couple weeks ago. With the likes of Elle MacPherson, Yasmin Le Bon, and The City’s Whitney Port picking up awards, my frock had to be a show stopper. Tamara Ecclestone and Kate Hudson seemed to be reading from the same crib sheet (see ES magazine insert). Further, Britian’s most influential young designer, Christopher Kane, showed a bevy of metallics in his Spring/Summer 2012 collection as well:

Christopher Kane

My tip to avoid looking like a disco ball is to keep accessories minimal and in a solid colour. Therapy’s Metallic Sleeveless dress is a steal at £30. This number is so timeless you will be using it for seasons and seasons to come.  It’s styled here with a belt which is the same trick I used to break-up the look.

LOOK #2:Prestine Prints

Prints and colour are always in for Spring but good news; they are very in for Fall as well! I covered London Fashion Week AW2012 for Channel 5 and was bombarded by a sea of prints even from designers known for more minimal work. Now is a good opportunity to invest in a print dress that will carry you til Fall. I particularly like this Karen Millen tropical print Cunga dress . It may be £160 but it definetily will be a go-to frock for the Fall so it is worth investing.

 

Karen Millen

 

Remember to have fun with yourprints! Take for example the Vanessa G design I wore to a charity event held by restauranteur extrodinare Richard Caring (yes, those are pink flamingos). Muicca Prada did an equally fun number  in her SS2012 collection which showcases American 1950 hot rod cars. Loves it :)

Prada

LOOK #3: Shorts

What a nice alternative to a skirt! There is no more comfortable and chic way to show of your pins in the warm weather. With or without tights,floaty top or tailored blouse, this is a boy-meets-girl trend I love.

For the Blackberry party last night I went poolside chic in a pastel Jaeger short-suit that was both fun and glamorous. At Asprey’s event last week I wore new designer label Hedonia’s silk floral print blouse with a denim trouser.

Whether you want to dress up or dress down this trend, these adorable House of Dereon shorts have double the value by also carrying Spring’s Floral trend for just £45.00 Wear with flats for day or heels for night.

House of Dereon

 

LOOK #4: Fearless Florals

As Meryl Streep (aka Vogue’s Anna Wintour) says in The Devil Wears Prada, “Florals for Spring…groundbreaking”. So it is no shocker florals are back but they are back in a really big way. Head to toe floral prints are all over the runways, such as this petal explosion on the Blugirl runway:

Blugirl

Here I am sporting my softer side in a Caroline Herrerra full length number with my TV presenter girlfriend Louise Roe. I chose a structured Aspinal of London bag to off-set the floaty design.

With Louise Roe

 

Good buys from HoF include the Ariella red boat neck dress for £140 or the day-to-night Therapy green print frock for £42.

Ariella Dress

Therapy Dress

 

Now that your sorted for Spring fashion let’s just pray the British weather holds up.

Til next time,

Noelle xx

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