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This week: statement bags from Valentino, plus how to style the season’s 1990s trend.Words by Josie Ayre and Georgia Leitch.
A NINETIES SUMMER
Tap into the season’s prevailing trend with chunky shoes, boxy jackets and minimal accessories. Look to Saint Laurent’s SS16 runway show for inspiration and pair Hillier Bartley’s slip dress with heavy boots or flatforms for the ultimate grunge look. An oversized camo, leather or distressed denim jacket is the essential 1990s cover-up.
Valentino’s Rockstud leather clutch in chalky blue is perfect for summer events. Pair with the label’s diaphanous pastel gowns, or a Missoni shawl and jeans for an alternative day look.
2. PLAY WITH PROPORTIONS
Ready-to-wear designers are reworking jeans shapes this season. Try a new take on the cropped cut with a wide-legged style from Marc Jacobs. A nod to SS16’s Americana trend.
3. REVISIT FASHION’S PAST IN PARIS
Fashion Forward: Three Centuries of Fashion (1715-2016) opens this month at the Musée des Arts decoratifs in Paris. The exhibition will showcase 300 pieces, including the archives of Cristóbel Balenciaga and Elsa Schiaparelli, dating back to the 18th century. lesartsdecoratifs.fr
4. STAY IN LUXURY IN MALAYSIA
The luxurious St. Regis Langkawi hotel will open its doors in early April to travellers looking to explore the rainforest and sandy white beaches of Southeast Asia’s first UNESCO Global Geopark. starwoodhotels.com
5. TURN TO TURQUOISE
With their embellished heels, these Cleopatra suede pumps by Aquazzura will elevate any outfit, from work wear to casual denim.
ACE & JIG
Buzz label Ace & Jig brings bright colours, bold patterns and sustainable fashion to your summer wardrobe. From wide-legged, high-waisted shorts to balloon-sleeved tops and woven dresses – think louche silhouettes and natural fabrics made for sunny city breaks.
Positioned on the coast of the Pacific Ocean and boasting a mild climate year-round, San Diego is the perfect spot for a spring getaway.
EAT Bracero Cocina de Raiz (bracerococina.com) is San Diego’s newest hotspot for contemporary Mexican food. Head chef Javier Plascencia has roots in Tijuana, so expect amped-up versions of Baja street food accompanied by an extensive collection of tequilas served shaken, stirred or dropped into a craft beer.
DRINK Perched on the 14th floor of the Courtyard San Diego Gaslamp/Convention Center hotel, rooftop drinking den The Nolen (thenolenrooftop.com) offers stunning views of the city skyline. Grab a spot by the fire pit to watch the sunset, cocktail in hand.
STAY The Palomar (thepalomar.co.uk) is an arty boutique hotel in the heart of San Diego’s thriving Gaslamp Quarter. Boasting bright and airy rooms, a rooftop pool and a Jurlique spa, it’s the perfect base from which to explore the city.
VISIT Balboa Park (balboapark.org) is the cultural heart of San Diego, hosting a sprawling collection of beautiful gardens and historic attractions. Take a sushi-making class in the Japanese Friendship Garden (niwa.org), or discover the vibrant culture of the indigenous Chicano community at the Centro Cultural de la Raza museum (centroculturaldelaraza.com).
EXPERIENCE Between December and late April, the grey whale migrates from Alaska along the coast of California, as the warm waters create the perfect conditions for raising new-born calves. Be sure to take a boat trip to witness them up close – a truly unforgettable experience.