June Elle is here

Yay! That time of the month has rolled around again, strangely earlier than expected, that the new shiny ELLE UK arrives on the door mat. This months cover girl is Kylie Minouge, and I must start by saying her cover is exceptionally individual. Her last ELLE UK cover back in 2009, is of complete contrast to this one. I promise you, my photography skills have not been compromised, the cover is exceptionally blurred- almost beyond comprehension. 

Can I also  exclaim my delight at Keira Knightly's reappearance on the Chanel scene. Her Coco Mademoiselle campaign was exceptional, both in still format and her 'on screen' performances. Here she has joined the Fine Jewelry team at Chanel to create some stunning imagery, playing again on the idea of a boudoir from her Mademoiselle commercial.

As the sunny weather is becoming a regular occurrence, the need for a summer wardrobe is getting intense. Elle, thankfully, have created mood board pages to help readers on their way to a new fancy summer wardrobe. For example; work wear- why not rock the safari look. With an urban edge, and a little bit tougher styling than last years safari, this trend works well for both skinny minnies and bigger bodies. If your not fancying cotton shorts, or utility playsuits £145 by Gerard Darel, you can always try a silk jumpsuit (£282 DKNY), or suede trousers (£595, Amanda Wakeley). Of course, if like me the money is a little tight, the utility playsuit (£114 by Malene Birger) may be a little more realistic. 

However, if you're a bit braver and simply cannot wait to get the short shorts out then festival looks and californian girly dressing is right up your street. Crack out your torn denim shorts from last year, add a few buttons, patches or kooky embroidery and you have basically made yourself a pair of Topshop Unique shorts worth £45. Team with wooden flip flops, sandals or wellingtons (depending on where you are!). In terms of the beach, bikini tops and short shorts are all the rage. If your a more conservative lady, or afraid to get your legs out try embroidered silk trousers, £130 by Juliet Dunn, or maxi dresses £200 by Vanessa Bruno Athe.

An obvious summer need is sunglasses. Last year we lavishly splashed out on M A S S I V E Nicole Richie style specs, this season is a little different. With a focus on utility in our fashion, think more Horatio from CSI Miami- yes, the Aviator is back in full power. D&G are massive fans of the aviator sunglass (? is that the single for sunglasses). Speaking of Dolce and Gabbana, Madonna not only models but designs for the label now. Her new range of sunglasses, uncannily named MDG. The range features six individual designs, all bearing her crystal MDG logo. Retro, oversized and aviators decorate the collection and the waiting lists for these beauties are through the roof. (Available at davidclulow.com)

Summer in the City. We all work, or school at least, and sometimes the catwalk inventions aren't always practical for every day wear. Florals- OF COURSE- are massive this summer, but in very different ways to last year. Floral trousers are actually HUGE this season. Cropped, Harem or dungaree, they are unavoidable. Team with simplistic, pretty accessories, and plain tops that subtly complement the colours in the trouser. It gets hot in the summer, so you don't want to be weighing yourself down with heavy fabrics or accessories. Summer is all about being laid back, relaxed and at ease with yourself. The optimum word being cosmopolitan. 

As shown above, always keep ballet flats in your bag. They are hugely transferable to any outfit, formal, beach or party. You could call them this seasons biggest staple.



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