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Revamp Your Summer Wardrobe

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The summer’s hottest fashions have arrived, and with them comes the chance to upgrade your outfits. While you might not be able to start from scratch, there are a few select pieces you can choose to make the biggest impact on your wardrobe.

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Shoes

A new season means a new excuse to buy yourself some amazing summer shoes. This season’s go-to shoe is the platform sandal. Featured by Metro as one of the must-have shoes for summer, this ’70s-inspired style looks great in black or chestnut brown. The neutral tones make them ideal to pair with a variety of outfits.

Platform Sandal

The same thick heel is also popular for pumps. Continuing the ’70s trend with a modern twist, the pumps are especially eye-catching when they feature geometric patterns.

Lingerie

If you haven’t considered your lingerie as a significant part of your wardrobe, that probably means you’re in for an underwear drawer overhaul. As Adam and Eve states, “It’s what’s on the inside that really counts, but a little lingerie on the outside never hurts!” The right lingerie can make your existing outfits more flattering, comfortable, and help raise your self-esteem. A G-String will eliminate that panty line when wearing your favorite pencil skirt, and the right bustier can help you fill out the top of that tank better than ever.

Adam and Eve Pleasure Pet Halter

Rihanna may inspire you to go braless under your sheer top, but the rest of us can’t really pull it off as an everyday look. If you really want to feel sexy this summer, the secret of some hot lingerie under a boring business suit is sure to boost your confidence. However, you should still take the hot weather into account when choosing some new summer undies. If you plan on wearing them throughout the day, stick to a more breathable bra and panty set. Save the leathers and corsets for those special nights.

Dresses

The must have for any summer wardrobe is a great summer dress. Of course there are classic summer options that look good on almost any body shape, like a flowing dress with an empire waist or patterned maxi dress, but this summer’s unique styles are too hot to miss out on.

The warm weather has brought with it a stylish wave of high-waisted skirt and crop top look. Putting a spin on the typical summer dress, this look can be completed with two separate skirt/shirt pieces, or as a whole dress with strategic slits cut out from the fabric. It’s designed to show off what is typically the slimmest part of the female body, about one to two inches of the waist and lower ribcage. OK! caught Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon pulling off the look flawlessly while walking the red carpet recently for the Belle premier in London. Best of all, if you decide on the two-piece option, you can interchange the pieces with other pieces, creating multiple outfit options.

Alesha Dixon via OK!

There’s nothing quite like going out on summer night in a new outfit. Maybe you can’t afford an entirely new wardrobe this season, but these hot pieces are sure to help you create some unforgettable looks.

Elisa Palomino Spring 2012

Elisa Palomino • Photo by Christopher Dadey

Elisa Palomino’s latest collection, “A Fairy Dance” once again gave us a thoroughly thought-out, brilliant collection of exquisite feminine clothes.

Flowers were everywhere: bold huge crème roses on a luscious suede black coat; white roses and vines on a gorgeous cut-on-the-bias 30’s black silk gown; black perfect roses on a sheer black tulle flapper dress. From the black we moved on to a stunning red and bordeaux, then to the perfect robin’s nest blue and ending in the prettiest most girlish whites accented with light blue or pink. Adding to the decadence of the embroideries were the magical head pieces that topped each look: a wreath of colorful roses in metal; one gigantic rose in suede or chiffon; a red pagoda with trees made of what looked like pipe cleaners. Pure magic, pure delight!

These were clothes that every woman dreams of – dresses that dazzle, dresses that move, dresses that whisper, “now that’s a woman!”

I was lucky enough not only to see the clothes come down the runway in a dizzying display of beauty but to see the models backstage as they were getting ready. Everywhere I looked, I spotted another nymph as she came out of the makeup room and entered the changing room. It was truly a sight to behold as these fairies descended upon us, delighting us with their sheer perfection.
— Tziporah Salamon

Elisa Palomino • Photo by Christopher Dadey

See more images at Vogue.es

Giles Deacon

giles deaconGiles Deacon , one of  London ‘s leading fashion designers, presented selection of his favorite pieces in a series of free catwalk shows in the V&A’s Raphael Gallery in London.

After graduating from Central Saint Martins in 1992, Giles Deacon worked with Jean Charles de Castelbajac in Paris, at Bottega Venata and with Tom Ford at Gucci in Milan before launching his own label “Giles” in 2004. His debut received instant international acclaim and brought a renewed focus to London fashion.  His shows are now widely recognized as the highlight of London Fashion Week. For the last two years Deacon has been creating a line for hight street fashion shop, New Look, and in 2007 Deacon was awarded “British Designer of the Year”.

Deacon’s clothes mix high level craftsmanship with an imaginative design approach, often referencing pop-culture. His pieces feature dramatic proportions, startling prints and tactile surface finishes which combine to make his collection recognizable.

Giles Deacon said: “I am thrilled to be taking part in fashion in motion, as the V&A is one of the world’s most interesting museums and my personal favorite. I have been visiting it regularly since my teenage years and to see my work there is amazing.”

-Olga Lader