Indian Summer at Miss Selfridge

One collection I’m truly loving at the moment is the Miss Selfridge collaboration with Cosmopolitan’s Shelly Vella. The ‘Inspired By‘ collection has it roots in sun soaked India, with jangling jewellery filled with silver charms, heavily embroidered pieces in purest white and rucksacks that make you think of that young ago Gap Year trip. This collection is a nostalgia tinged trip through true bohemian fashion, by way of Talitha Getty and Hideous Kinky.

This collection is full of beautiful pieces that could be your summer wardrobe, whether you are taking a vacation or a stay-cation. Delicate dresses, tiny denim shorts and black suede boots are the story of your festival wardrobe, whilst the embellished tops will take you into Autumn when worn with your skinny jeans.

Enjoy an Indian Summer with these pieces.

INSPIRED BY Studded Tier Dress Price: £69.00 

INSPIRED BY Embellished Vest Price: £47.00 

INSPIRED BYRucksack Price: £100.00 

INSPIRED BY Gold Embellished Jacket 

INSPIRED BY Black Floral Embroidered Short Price: 

INSPIRED BY Metal Bag Price: £40.00

INSPIRED BY Black Bead Dress Price: £95.00 

INSPIRED BY Embroided Top Price: £35.00 

INSPIRED BY Suede Black Boot Price: £89.00 

INSPIRED BY Coin Tassle Chain Price: £60.00 



Art Deco styling from Next

A good friend once said to me that Art Nouveau was all about summer – pretty colours, swirls and florals, but that Art Deco was Winter – a stark palette of black, white, cream with a few bright primary shades thrown in. I would take the metaphor further and say if Nouveau was day, then Deco was most definitely night. And maybe that’s what makes Art Deco styling so perfect for glamorous festive evening wear.

Next have taken the Deco trend that has been such a key story in recent seasons and have reinvented it for Winter 2012. Taking all those stark, contrasting colours – the black and white, or black and cream, and then adding a dash of gold or red or green, Next have made the Art Deco palette strong and modern. Dresses are shorter than they would’ve worn in the 1930s, but the elements of Deco are all there, with geometric shapes and cutaway details and intricate beading that could come straight from vintage sources.

Next have shown that you can add Deco style to your wardrobe with a few accessories, the stunning Pyramid effect bracelet would be the perfect talking point against a little black dress. And there are also nods to daytime wear – just how incredible is the black and camel day bag that would hold everything, but needs 30s style tweeds to show it to its best advantage.



Black And Camel Colour Block Textured Bag 

Black And Gold Embellished Clutch 

Berry Sequin Stripe Dress £50 

Stud Dippy Hem Dress £55 

Green Embellished Dress £60 

Gem High Neck Top £32 

Embellished Vest £32 

Black Beaded Peep Toe Shoes 


Mid Heel Peep Toes from £28 c

Crystal Effect Pyramid Expander Bracelet