The North East's independent fashion stores predict what will be hot this season

PUBLISHED: 10:40 02 March 2012 | UPDATED: 21:09 20 February 2013

Shoes to complement the pastel palette

Shoes to complement the pastel palette

The North East's independent fashion stores predict what will be hot this season

Best foot forward
The SS12 collections are drenched in the palest shades of a pastel palette from spearmint green, lemon and rose, say the buyers at Newcastles Daniel Footwear. To complement this pastel palette Daniel has opted for nude colour court shoes, sandals and wedges. The collection is also inspired by prints and exotic skins like reptile prints as seen in Gucci, Chloe and Mulberry.

And watch out for cowboy boots inspired by Marc Jacobs which will be a big look this summer especially when teamed with white summer dresses.

Pretty pastels
Colours are in two parts this season, says Nicola Loudon, head of ladieswear for Cruise. Its strong, popping contrasts with orange being a key highlight, alongside candy-inspired hues of lemon, lilac and sherbert pink.

At Cruise we have the very exciting launch this season of numerous key, headline brands across the ready-to-wear and accessories departments. We are introducing Victoria Beckhams mainline collection which offers striking, body-skimming dresses and tailored coats alongside Roland Mourets elegant collection, both of which are exclusively available in Newcastle.

Prints charming
Printed denim is a hot look this season says Julie Ellis, womanswear buyer for Jules B in Newcastle. Were introducing the leopard stiletto jean, which looks fantastic with the loose chiffon shirt of the season and brogues. They are in store already and getting a brilliant reaction. The printed denim look will be taken further from this month onwards with other brands following in these footsteps with floral and print spot varieties.

The lace effect
Lace with a twist is one of the biggest trends for Spring/Summer 12 says Van Mildert buyer, Deborah Gayle. In previous seasons weve seen lace as the main fabric used in bodices, dresses and skirts, but this year its being used in a more eclectic way. Designers are combining several fabrics in one piece, for example, Alice by Temperley is using lace with chiffon of sateen to create beautiful shirts, Marc by Marc Jacobs is mixing mesh and lace for structured tunic tops. Lace is being used as an accent, for example in this Almost Famous top where it is used to add a subtle but beautiful twist to a classic style. Van Mildert have stores in Durham and the MetroCentre.

The finishing touch
Jewellery should match the delicate and very feminine look this season. Richard Sinton Jewellers in Newcastle say this seasons must-have is this George Jensen sterling silver neckring 465 and double ring 230 from its Alliance Collection, which feature delicate and seamless strands that gently twist and turn.

The print version of this article appeared in the March 2012 issue of North East Life

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