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Trend Alert: Pastels

Pardon the hyperbole but, after the piercing cold temperatures brought about by ‘The Beast From The East’, it feels as though London has survived an Ice Age. As the mercury slowly starts to rise and spring’s warmth no longer feels like a hopeless dream, we’re getting our wardrobes ready by embracing the season’s trend for pretty pastel shades.

From the lightest wash of lavender to a mere blush of pink or delicate baby blue, the spring 2018 catwalks were full of innocently romantic sherbet shades, from Miu Miu and Emilia Wickstead to Bottega Veneta and Michael Kors. Even Roberto Cavalli, which is known more for sex appeal than sweetness, presented fairy floss shades in Milan.

Wear the one shade head-to-toe, with a coat over a trouser suit (another key trend) or a pretty dress, or make like Bottega Veneta and colour-block with pieces in different marshmallow shades.

Keep your accessories on the paler end of the spectrum for tonal uniformity but if you want your shoes or handbag to pop, choose cherry red like Louise Trotter did at Joseph. It’s a confident colour combination that looks both sophisticated and playful. Buttery shades work well, as do metallics for the evening. Just avoid black – we’ve had enough of that.

Victoria, Victoria Beckham dress, £550 at Harvey Nichols
Oscar Tiye shoes, £590 at Harvey Nichols
Valentino top, £1,020
Valentino shorts, £795
Prada heels, £510
Emilia Wickstead dress, £1,535
Versace blazer, £2,120
Tod's loafers, £380
Valentino bag, £1,800
Tod's loafers, £380
Zimmermann dress, £795 at Harvey Nichols
Miu Miu skirt, £1,060
Red Valentino dress, £875
Julia Mays heels, £359 at Harvey Nichols
Tom Ford bag, £2,180
Prada skirt, £2,195