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Pure Spirit

Trend-led young fashion brands served up shots of colour and eye-catching prints for autumn 11 and spring 12 

Little Mistress

Quirky prints and vintage-inspired dresses are the focus for short-order label Little Mistress’s autumn 11 daywear, while eveningwear features jewel shades with embellishments adding interest . Lace and printed lace patterns are used in both day and evening styles, while body-con and bandeau-style dresses are also strong.

Prices: £10 to £50

Contact: 020 7436 8332

Forever Unique

Embellishment is core to Forever Unique’s autumn 11 offer in the form of jewels, beading, sequins and mirror detailing. Neutral colours such as beige and light pink are key as are jewel shades like purple and jade. Dresses include draped chiffon pieces and fitted body-con styles. Chunky knits are new for autumn 11.

Prices: £26 to £165

Contact: 020 8616 4558

Vera Moda

Vero Moda embraces a Rio carnival theme for its spring 12 pre-collection, with vibrant block colours such as yellow, pink and cobalt blue alongside statement prints. Key pieces include brightly coloured jeggings, midi-skirts and printed blouses. A pleated bright yellow midi-skirt of varying length in a light chiffon material stands out.

Prices: £12 to £50

Contact: 01763 846080


Spanish brand Desigual has teamed up with Cirque du Soleil for spring 12 on a range of prints inspired by the stage show, as well as continuing its collaboration with designer Christian Lacroix for a second season. Pieces in the Lacroix range (pictured) are priced 20% higher than the mainline and include 1960s-inspired shift dresses and wide-leg chiffon trousers in bright prints.

Prices: £22 to £120

Contact: 00 34 68 79 81 611

Ruby Rocks

Quirky prints including feathers, hummingbirds, Martini glasses and cameo brooches (pictured) dominate the autumn 11 collection at Ruby Rocks. Dresses come in a variety of styles including fitted body-con, strapless bandeau, lace-up back corset style and shift dresses. Shirt dresses are also available in a range of colours including black and grey.

Prices: £14 to £22

Contact: 07973 718301


Short-order brand Love focuses on navy, brown, burnt orange and yellow shades for autumn 11 across its range of dresses. A snakeskin print stands out. Key pieces include shift dresses, playsuits, jumpsuits and cross-over wrap-style dresses. Vintage-inspired tea dresses come with floral or feather prints.

Prices: £10.80 to £26.80

Contact: 020 7637 5050

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