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Fashion News & Trends for April

The hottest new collections and trends from top fashion brands – just in time for those essential spring wardrobe updates


Amid the block colour tunics and hexagonal cut-outs featured in Marni’s S/S16 collection are leaf motifs, botanical prints and dark green hues, which might explain the theme behind its latest campaign.

Shot by photographer Tom Hunter, the campaign sees Finnish model Suvi Koponen literally swinging from the trees while modelling the label’s latest line of primary-coloured dresses, wide-legged trousers and co-ords.



Chloe’s S/S16 collection came as somewhat of a surprise when it debuted in Paris last September, when the typically bohemian brand presented a line of tracksuits, sweatshirts and sporty vests alongside its usual offering of floaty dresses.

Its new accessories collection, on the other hand, is decidedly more on-brand, with fringing, suede and bright shades.

The label’s signature Faye and Drew bags (pictured) have been redesigned in a patchwork print, a cheerful striped design and a classic suede and python combination, while wedge sandals are treated to a rainbow palette and the Hudson saddle bag has more fringing than a cowboy’s jacket. We approve. 

From a selection, www.chloe.com


Horizontal, vertical, diagonal and zigzag; name a stripe, Missoni’s new summer 2016 collection has it. The laidback line of lightweight knits is typical of the fashion house, which made its name with its signature chevron motif in rainbow hues.

The latest range is no different, featuring wide-legged trousers, maxi dresses, oversized tops and cardigans in monochrome and multi-coloured designs. 


Charlotte Simone

When we first set eyes on Charlotte Simone’s new line of jackets we couldn’t help but be reminded of Big Bird, albeit a pastel-toned and altogether more stylish version. The collection certainly sits at the more daring end of the fashion spectrum, but the designer has never been one to toe the line – not if her popsicle scarves are anything to go by, anyway.

Five jackets are available in candyfloss shades of baby pink (pictured) and light blue, but we’ve got our eyes on the dusty grey version with striped sleeves. Sesame Street, eat your heart out.

From £475, www.charlottesimone.com

Viktor & Rolf at Moda Operandi

Fascinated by the way clothes sculpt the body, Viktor & Rolf chose to explore this in depth in its Haute Couture S/S16 Performance of Sculptures collection, incorporating geometric and graphic volume into the garments.

The range has also been recast into an exclusive three-piece capsule collection: a piqué polo dress, tunic and polo shirt, all of which are now available in black or white on the Moda Operandi website. 

Available at www.modaoperandi.com

Mansur Gavriel

Handbag designer Mansur Gavriel shot to fame with its highly-coveted black leather bucket bag, seen on the shoulders of Miranda Kerr and Emma Watson.

Now, the New York City-based label has launched its first ever footwear collection, comprising four styles of slip-on mules in suede and vegetable-tanned leather. Choose from black, plum, brick red, camel, royal blue and light pink. 

From £315, www.net-a-porter.com

Olivia von Halle

If there were ever an excuse to get an early night, it’s Olivia von Halle’s new range, the Talisman Collection. Named after the location of the campaign shoot, London’s Talisman Gallery, the collection makes a nod to the golden age of Hollywood, and is inspired by Elizabeth Taylor and Lauren Bacall.

Take your pick from ivory two-piece sets, jewel coloured nightshirts with matching shorts in leopard print and floral designs or silk nightdresses for a duvet day with a difference.

From a selection, www.oliviavonhalle.com

Konstantin Kakanias for Orlebar Brown

Award-winning Greek artist Konstantin Kakanias has been churning out illustrations for the likes of Vogue and The New Yorker for some time, but it was his drawing of Orlebar Brown’s Bulldog swimming trunks in The New York Times that caught the swimwear label’s eye.

Now, the two have joined forces to create a collaborative collection for S/S16. Update your summer wardrobe with bikinis, sunhats and beach cover-ups in Kakanias’ botanical and butterfly prints. 

From a selection, www.orlebarbrown.com

Jimmy Choo

If there was an award for a luxury footwear brand’s leading role on the red carpet, it would go to Jimmy Choo. While this title may have once been held by the likes of Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik, in recent years Choo has taken the lead, with its celebrated Minny sandals being one of the most popular styles for Hollywood ladies at awards ceremonies.

In tribute to its 20th anniversary this year, the brand has created a capsule collection of shoes and accessories dedicated to its historic red carpet heritage, called Memento. Comprising 20 pieces, this will include signature styles such as Minny and Lace, which have been suitably embellished to mark the occasion, along with new designs. 

Memento collection, available from April at www.jimmychoo.com   

Shanghai Tang

It is thanks to brands like Shanghai Tang that China is now firmly on the fashion map. Having effortlessly fused its eastern sensibility with western tastes through its collections, the brand’s latest campaign is no exception.

Shot in Seville, which serves as the perfect backdrop, the range reimagines Miao fabrics in layers of graphic shapes and embroideries. The ‘60s has also been revived in giant floral pop-art prints, which blend perfectly with the accompanying line of pastel accessories.

6A/B Sloane Street, SW1X, www.shanghaitang.com