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Prêt à Porter

Young labels to established names delivered a mix of colour, separates and luxe fabrics at the mainstream show

Cuss Cuss

For indies looking to inject next season’s colour and print trends into their stories, French brand Cuss Cuss could be just the ticket. Clashing colour blocking, floral prints, stripes and polka dots all feature on dresses and tops, with orange, green and navy dominating the palette at this three-year-old brand.

Prices: ¤18 to ¤36 (£16 to £32)

Contact: 00 33 06 62 22 15 72

Mademoiselle Sarong

Created by a women’s collective in Cambodia, Mademoiselle Sarong epitomises feminine dressing, with pretty, washed silk dresses and strappy tops in coral and yellow, as well as some paisley prints. Taupe cotton shorts and suede skirts are also on offer, as is a bikini range. Basics include jersey and cotton tops.

Prices: ¤18 to ¤60 (£16 to £53)

Contact: 00 33 06 16 55 76 47


Picked as a label to watch by legendary French buyer Maria Luisa, spring 12 is Nue’s third season. A sharply edited collection, its signature is nude colours and construction details, with draping and zips the focus. Crêpe de chine, silk georgette, leather and silk chiffon put this at the higher end of the market.

Prices: ¤60 to ¤400 (£53 to £352)

Contact: 00 33 06 47 55 22 98

Betty Janis

Another favourite of Maria Luisa, French label Betty Janis – which is manufactured in its homeland – is inspired by a combination of Japanese influences and 20th-century couturier Madeleine Vionnet. For spring 12, this translates as geisha and bohemian themes, with billowing sleeves and draping on pretty floral dresses cut on the bias.

Prices: ¤78 to ¤210 (£69 to £185)

Contact: 00 33 06 26 99 15 81

Marc Cain

A separates-led collection of easy, day-to-evening pieces makes up Marc Cain’s spring 12 offer. Stripy tops, lightweight knits and outerwear, coloured denim and shirts are the staples, with trend-led pieces including jumpsuits and maxi dresses also featuring.

The palette is predominantly muted with pops of yellow, orange, coral and royal blue.

Prices: ¤49 to ¤499 (£43 to £440)

Contact: 01704 823005

Lauren Vidal

With one of the most complete collections, Lauren Vidal’s key stories include the 1970s, white and nautical. The 1970s trend includes tiered maxi skirts, smock tops and tie-dye floral prints, with the midi-length on skirts and dresses smartening up the trend. The nautical theme is also smarter – only navy and white are used, with different-sized stripes on dresses.

Prices: average ¤45 (£40)

00 33 01 48 10 84 00

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