Colour blocking and prints were key among the Paris contemporary show’s strong separates-led offer.
Beautiful prints, strong jersey pieces, tunic dresses and long-line cardigans make for a strong, separates-led offer from Virginie Castaway. Nude and muted tones are brightened by flashes of royal blue and eye-catching prints, while metallic shorts and sequins lift the collection further, although these are less commercial than the core pieces.
Prices: average ¤80 (£71)
Contact: 020 7831 1625
Prints and bright colour blocking in lemon, mint, orange and porridge tones stand out at Taboo. Silk tunic dresses and tops are teamed with cotton and silk mix cardigans and light jumpers, while basics come in the form of cotton vests and long-sleeved jersey tops. Brightly coloured shorts and trousers also feature.
Prices: average ¤26 (£23)
Contact: 00 33 04 91 48 82 82
This cute, quirky knitwear brand serves up a selection of dresses, light knits and pullovers, plus a handful of linen T-shirts. Colour comes through via pink, orange and blue appliqué stripes on cream jumper dresses and knits. Pockets, collars and bow prints bring a fun element to dresses while Lurex yarns add shine.
Prices: ¤14 to ¤30 (£12 to £26)
Contact: 00 33 01 48 06 10 16
If you’re looking to cash in on the chino trend, then it might be worth taking a look at trouser brand Renhsen. Rolled-up, slim-cut chinos come in yellow, terracotta and cream, with skirts and shorts in similar colours. Jeans also feature in high-waisted and slightly flared silhouettes, with coloured options. The brand also offers menswear.
Prices: ¤59 to ¤65 (£52 to £57)
00 33 06 99 82 94 73
Pretty, pleated tea dresses and tops with cut-out backs stand out for spring 12 among Pomandère’s collection of easy pieces. Loose tunics, shorts and slim-cut chinos also feature. The palette is largely made up of muted tones of grey and taupe, with splashes of orange accents. Cotton and silk mixes and 100% cotton are key fabrics.
Prices: ¤30 to ¤120 (£26 to £105)
Contact: 020 7831 1625
Olive & Orange
Now in its fourth season, Orla Kiely’s cheaper Olive & Orange range delivers a strong dress collection for spring 12, from knitted to shirt styles, to tea dresses. Most are cinched at the waist and key colours include coral, lemon and green. Skirts are also in abundance with a silk pleated style demanding attention. Repeat floral prints and stripes add interest.
Prices: ¤70 to ¤120 (£61 to £105)
Contact: 020 7819 0125