Mid Century Muse at Dorothy Perkins

In amongst the sea of sales we are currently drowning in, there are still some fab new collections hitting stores at the present time. One of the nicest (in my humble opinion) is the Mid Century Muse collection from Dorothy Perkins.

Taking inspiration from the 1950s and 60s (hence the rather lovely name), the Mid Century Muse range harks back to more ladylike times, when we took our style cues from the likes of Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, The Queen and Jackie Kennedy. Think full skirts, floral prints, t-bar court shoes and lots of lace. But this is a new collection, so it is starting to look towards Autumn, and the colours we will be wearing next season. So the pretty pastel shades are giving way to deeper shades of pink, plum and purple, although there are still hints of blush, pale blue and rose to add a little summer balance.

I think this whole collection is just gorgeous – I would buy the whole lot if this was possible (dream, dream!). What are your thoughts?

Magenta Mesh Pleat Maxi     Price: £26.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Magenta Mesh Pleat Maxi
Price: £26.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Pink floral cotton dress     Price: £38.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Pink floral cotton dress
Price: £38.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Fuschia Scallop Lace Sleeve To     Price: £20.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Fuschia Scallop Lace Sleeve To
Price: £20.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Printed high T-Bar court shoes     Was £29.00     Now £23.20 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Printed high T-Bar court shoes
Was £29.00
Now £23.20 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Fushcia Butterfly Print Tee     Price: £22.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Fushcia Butterfly Print Tee
Price: £22.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Light Blue Crepe Trim Shell Top     Price: £28.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Light Blue Crepe Trim Shell Top
Price: £28.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Blush ponte fit and flare dres     Price: £20.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Blush ponte fit and flare dres
Price: £20.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Stone Section Short Necklace     Price: £14.50 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Stone Section Short Necklace
Price: £14.50 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Magenta Crepe Tux Jacket     Price: £35.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Magenta Crepe Tux Jacket
Price: £35.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Plum Midi Flute Skirt     Price: £25.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Plum Midi Flute Skirt
Price: £25.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Ivory rose midi dress     Price: £28.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Ivory rose midi dress
Price: £28.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Blush Wideleg Trousers     Price: £25.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Blush Wideleg Trousers
Price: £25.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Plum Daisy Burnout Tee     Price: £16.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Plum Daisy Burnout Tee
Price: £16.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Petite dogtooth skater dress     Price: £28.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Petite dogtooth skater dress
Price: £28.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Floral Cami Top     Price: £18.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Floral Cami Top
Price: £18.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Pale blue tote bag     Was £26.00     Now £20.80 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Pale blue tote bag
Was £26.00
Now £20.80 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

To view the complete Mid Century Muse collection at Dorothy Perkins, click here.

 

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Dorothy Perkins – Pretty Pastels and floral prints

Spring/Summer fashion has just gone all girlish and pretty on us with the latest drops at Dorothy Perkins. Pastel shades and floral prints are dominating the designs, giving a real feel of all things ‘Summer’ – garden parties, sorbet ice cream and pretty seasonal blooms, with a dash of blue skies and sunshine yellow scattered throughout.

This is an over-whelmingly feminine collection, full of ladylike, full skirts and maxi length dresses.  The inspiration seems to comes from glamorous icons of the past who never looked less than ladylike – Grace Kelly in her full skirts, Jackie Kennedy in her boxy, pastel coloured jackets, and Diana, Princess of Wales in neat pencil skirts and shift tops.  The effect is of sheer elegance, with a collection of pieces that would cover your summer occasions from A (Ascot) to Z (A trip to the zoo maybe in the fab kimono jacket – just add jeans or denim cut-offs on a super sunny afternoon.)

The accessories are also pretty special too. I have highlighted a couple of my faves, including a sensational statement necklace. It .resembles a piece from Butler and Wilson, and far belies its £15 price tag. I also really like the perforated clutch bag in that most versatile shade of white. I just took one clutch bag on holiday with me last year (packing requirements and all that), and I chose a white one because, it would, quite simply. go with everything. This super pretty design would do just the same, and, as £15, I really think this is a no brainer.

What do you think of the current collection from Dorothy Perkins?

 

Blue Sparkle Bead Necklace     Price: £15.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Blue Sparkle Bead Necklace
Price: £15.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

White Perforated Cut Out Clutch     Price: £15.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

White Perforated Cut Out Clutch
Price: £15.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Blue Floral Georgette Maxi Skirt     Price: £28.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Blue Floral Georgette Maxi Skirt
Price: £28.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Ivory rose print dress     Price: £28.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Ivory rose print dress
Price: £28.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Ivory rose maxi dress     Price: £40.00 clcik to visit Dorothy Perkins

Ivory rose maxi dress
Price: £40.00 clcik to visit Dorothy Perkins

Peach Crepe Dome Jacket     Price: £35.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Peach Crepe Dome Jacket
Price: £35.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Lilac PU Pencil Skirt     Price: £26.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Lilac PU Pencil Skirt
Price: £26.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Blue Crepe Trim Shell Top     Price: £28.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Blue Crepe Trim Shell Top
Price: £28.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Blue Quilted Full Midi Skirt     Price: £28.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Blue Quilted Full Midi Skirt
Price: £28.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Blue Daisy Pephem Pencil Skirt     Price: £20.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Blue Daisy Pephem Pencil Skirt
Price: £20.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Tall Dusty Pink Mesh Midi Skirt     Price: £22.00  click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Tall Dusty Pink Mesh Midi Skirt
Price: £22.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Oriental printed kimono     Price: £16.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Oriental printed kimono
Price: £16.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

To view all current new in at Dorothy Perkins, click here.

 

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Duchess Kate wears Prabal Gurung in Singapore

Just a day after I said that Prabal Gurung was perfect for Kate Middleton, she only goes and wears the designer during the first day of the tour of the Far Eat. Kate chose to wear the Singaporean designer during the stop in Singapore, a beautiful purple flowered design in Prabal’s classic long sleeved shape. Kate now joins the stylish ranks of Prabal fans that include Sarah Jessica Parker, Mila Kunis and Lana Del Rey.

I love that Kate, who doesn’t have a stylist, does her research and pays tribute to the places she visits by wearing a homegrown designer. And although some journalists and bloggers criticise this as style by numbers, it is, in fact, a mark of respect for the host nation, something she has picked up from her late mother-in-law, Diana, Princess of Wales. The original design was much shorter than the one worn by the Duchess, but other than that, the design was pretty much the same, and was, quite frankly, gorgeous!

This sort of long sleeved shift dress is actually a perfect transitional piece from Summer to Autumn. Smart enough for work, dressy enough for a wedding, and edgy enough to attract attention, this is a great look that has a multitude of uses and so is a great item to have in your wardrobe. This is a look you can easily adapt with a variety of similar designs available on the High Street.

Blue and Green Swirl Dress Price: £38.00 click to visit Wallis

Clements Ribeiro for John Lewis Silk Lace Printed Shift Dress, Print £129 click to visit John Lewis

Hoss Intropia Print Tunic Dress, Multi £210 click to visit John Lewis

Desigual Printed Dress, Red £84 click to visit John Lewis

Linea Paisley print tunic dress £60 click to visit House of Fraser

Linea Oversize floral print tunic dress £60 click to visit House of Fraser