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Into the blue
7:00am Saturday 23rd June 2012 in NewsXtra
The style world takes inspiration from the sea. Lisa Haynes looks at the underwater treasures worth diving for.
The weather may have been wet, wet, wet recently but don't let that put you off summer's standout aquatic trend.
From shimmering fish scale prints to aquamarine colours, this season belongs to the underwater world. Think starfish, coral, seashells and vibrant fish aplenty.
The spring/summer catwalks were full of sea-inspired prints, ranging from exotic fish at Mary Katrantzou, shells and coral at Holly Fulton and iridescent mother-of-pearl shimmer at Chanel.
Our scaly friends may not seem like the most obvious fashion inspiration but don't be afraid to take the plunge...
Channel your best mermaid impression and go fishing for inspiration on the high street.
:: Fish frock Photographic style prints are hot this summer and Primark's under-the-sea dress looks like a magical snapshot with an underwater camera, £17 (0118 960 6300).
:: Scaly chic For a subtle nod to the underwater world try The Rodnik Band's fish scale print jacket, £160, which features a sea-inspired scallop print design (www.asos.com).
:: Star attraction For statement jewellery, dive for buried treasure with Guess's Starfish necklace, £175, with dazzling aqua crystals worth splashing out on (0160 467 8940).
:: Make waves Echo the aquamarine colours of the sea with Damsel in a Dress's Pucci-esque Santorini pleated maxi skirt, £139 (020 7697 2735/www.damselinadress.co.uk).
:: Underwater love Whether it's ocean, pool or sunlounger, make a splash this summer in Matalan's Under the Sea print bandeau bikini top, £6, and briefs, £5 (0845 330 3330/www.matalan.co.uk).
:: Shell top For a stylish shape, you can't beat a shell top, but Next goes one step further with seashell-inspired embellishment on this scallop vest, £45 (www.next.co.uk).
:: Maxi-mum sealife Hit the beach in Marisota's Sea Shells print maxi dress, £60, featuring coral, shells and starfish all on an oceanic blue backdrop (www.marisota.co.uk).
:: In the swim Water babes should look for a swimming costume that will make them feel at one with the ocean, like the shimmering blues of LS Schmidt's one piece, £85 (www.peterhahn.co.uk).
:: Seashell chic Print queen designer Olivia Rubin has used deep blue sea references for her collaboration with Dorothy Perkins, like this gold shell stretch cuff, £12.50 (0844 984 0261/www.dorothyperkins.com).
:: Aquarium adventure No need to put on your diving equipment to experience the tropical delights of Tee And Cake's Fish Tank print tee, £25 (www.topshop.com).
Get the look Nude shoes were 'the' accessory of the Jubilee royal party. Eugenie and Beatrice both shopped for theirs at Kurt Geiger wearing Eden, £75, and Elliot, £195, courts (www.kurtgeiger.com).
Buy it now Think Fifties, think pin-up. Ms Curves, aka Kelly Brook, has launched her first clothing collection for New Look. Taking inspiration from her favourite decade, expect kitsch prints, feminine colours and waist-cinching silhouettes. Prices start from £14.99, available online and in 100 selected stores (www.newlook.com).
Fashion flash :: Fashioning thoughts Clothes, shoes and bag on the brain? Hold on to your handbags, young British women think about fashion a whopping 91 times each and every day. There's a style musing on average every 11 minutes and 23 seconds, according to a new survey by online retailer Very. "Fashion is so ingrained in our culture nowadays, from billboards to magazines, to TV and the internet, not to mention the rise of celebrity and reality culture," says fashion expert Mary Heyes.
"What's more, thinking about fashion more often means we're likely to dress better - and in my eyes that's a good thing!"
:: H&M hire Another season, another designer collaboration for H&M. Expect long queues of fashionistas in mid-November for the launch of Maison Martin Margiela's collection. The French fashion house is celebrated for its avant-garde, unconventional style. "The democracy of our fashion has always been at the centre of our creativity and the collaboration with H&M allows us to push this instinct further," said a statement from Margiela. The collaboration will include womenswear, menswear and accessories.