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White shirt Wednesday: rainbow nation

classic white styled with bold color

If the European style set has taught us anything, it's that big and bold is never a bad thing! Inspired by creative designs seen on the streets and the red carpet, a carnival of colour is in full swing as even the most risk-averse of fashionistas give black the boot for SS16!

Fizzing with a creative energy that feels more Rio than Rome, prêt à porter received a colour injection as designers from Gucci to Chloé showcased star burst designs in stark hues from bubble gum pink to ocean blue. Embracing a rainbow palette with statement outerwear and mouth watering accessories, fashion influences like Alexa Chung and Pandora Sykes followed suit with wearable interpretations of runway style cues.

A rare moment of optimism sees an inherent 'joie de vivre' take back the streets as prêt à porter embraces vibrant designs and creative colour blocking for ensembles that ooze with confidence. Keep it casual this season and claim the style spotlight with this character-driven ensemble.

Using the perfect summer staple to underpin statement colours, this Bettie sheer silk shirt with detail rolled sleeves is an elegant classic for any occasion. Ideal for summers on the Cape or hot stepping it in the city, this VAUGHAN classic in 'stark naked white' is a sophisticated essential that helps dissipate colour clashes with a fresh, high luxe aura.  

Using a singular bold colour to set the style narrative, these high waisted deep blue culottes are a fashion refresh that perfectly translates the trend to day-to-day wear. The ideal piece to pair for work or  play, these Armani front pleated cropped trousers elegantly flatter your curves without adding too much volume to this character-driven outfit.

Elevate the colour story with playful accessories that ooze with tropical allure and add a touch of Hollywood glam to this saturated look - tying hair up in a vintage turban for evenings on the town, or around the nape of the neck for busy meetings in the city. Offset the abstract print with playful colour-block mid heels and a sassy little clutch to really bring the message home.

From subtle tie dye destination pieces to colour block bright stripes, embrace a chromatic approach to high summer style and add a whimsical mix of colour clash madness into your seasonal wardrobe mash up. Taste the colours of the rainbow in this instant colour pick me up for SS16!

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