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30 of the most fashionable things to do, see and wear this spring

By Harriet Walker

1. Mother of Pearl and Pierre Hardy Maia Norman's label Mother of Pearl collaborates with artists to produce off-the-wall pieces every season.

This spring, she has worked with none other than Pierre Hardy, Parisian cobbler to the stars, to create a sports-luxe high-top for her range. £405,

2. Maria Nilsdotter

Nilsdotter's gorgeously gothic jewellery includes bat-winged rings, cuffs that look like scaly claws and spiky talon necklaces. Wildly classy.

3. Christian Louboutin 20th Anniversary

The man who revolutionised not only the high heel, with his signature hidden platforms and vertiginous stilettos, but also the red carpet with that trademark red sole, celebrates his 20th year of business this month by releasing an anniversary capsule filled with some of his most iconic styles. Above, £765, 020 7491 0033

4. Acqua di Parma Colonia Intensa

Calabrian bergamot and Sicilian lemon combine in this classic fragrance for men, reissued this month in a limited-edition wooden coffret by cult perfumerie Acqua di Parma. £100,

5. Scarf prints

From porcelain to paisley, nautical to psychedelic, the way to wear your prints this season is on a scarf. A scarf that has become a blouse, skirt or shoes, that is: the traditional silk foulard was twisted and knotted into all of these at the final show for D&G this season.

6. A new silhouette

Forget those dresses with a helping-hand hourglass etched on – there's a new silhouette in town, courtesy of Phoebe Philo at Céline and Nicolas Ghesquière at Balenciaga. High-waisted and broad-shouldered, it's not the easiest look to pull off, but that's the point. Perfect it now – because it'll be around next season, too.

7. 'Shop MAC Cook MAC

'Make-up trends follow the same hyper-feminine directive that clothing does this season and MAC's spring colours are a case in point, inspired by deranged and Technicolor 1950s housewives.

8. Essie

The long-standing salon staple for those with nail know-how. Essie nail varnishes will soon be available over the counter in Boots and Superdrug, so the limitless range of shades will be that much easier to get your hands on. From May, £8.99, available nationwide

9. Vogue festival

The Vogue Festival promises to lift the lid on some of the industry's secrets, with talks from the likes of Mary Portas and Christopher Bailey, as well as shoots and makeovers on-site. 20 to 21 April,

10. James Perse

This Californian label is quietly influential for its reliable basics and wardrobe staples. Understated separates in soft cotton, draped jersey and cosy cashmere are its USP, and the first stand-alone store will open in London's Westbourne Grove in April.

11. Pink hair

As sported by model du jour Charlotte Free and most of the line-up for Thakoon's spring show. Forget Amelia Lily's X Factor makeover: pink hair is a dead cert this season as long as you go bright and bold. Temporary colour is advisable, professional help is a must. Bleach London, tel: 020 7275 9500

12. Peplums

A peplum is that frill you sometimes get on skirts or jackets – and it's the big thing for spring. Atop pencil skirts at Jason Wu, curling round dresses and trousers at Dries Van Noten, it's a fuss-free feminine note for separates to thrill even the most frill-phobic.

13. JW Anderson

The name on everybody's lips at last month's London Fashion Week. His nostalgic, sportswear-informed, sharp and modern garments have made quite an impact in menswear and womenswear. For spring, he offers an on-trend paisley print, blown up and zoomed in on so as to look like squiggling amoebas.

14. Cutler and Gross X Pollini

Footwear genius Nicholas Kirkwood has taken the reins at Italian shoe brand Pollini this season, and releases a collaboration with opticals label Cutler and Gross. These hexagonal shades won't be around for long, so make them your sunnies this summer. £250,

15. bare Midriffs

A trend for the brave. But if Miuccia Prada gets behind a bare midriff, there must be something in it. Approach with caution; abandon as soon as you return from hols.

16. Seven veils

Experimental fragrance house Byredo has turned its attentions to classical antiquity with its latest launch: a perfume said to imitate Salome's Dance of the Seven Veils in its heady and spicy mix of vanilla, pimento and Indian sandalwood. £88, k

17. Miu Miu plongé bag

One of many It-bags of the season, Miu Miu's plongé is elegant but roomy and comes in a wide variety of colours with a detachable strap, so you can choose between using it as a tote or satchel. £795, 020 7409 0900

18. Hermione de Paula

You might recall that her swan-print blouse was worn by Florence Welch (of the Machine) recently. Or you might already know that designer Hermione de Paula cut her teeth creating prints at Alexander McQueen. Clearly, she's one to keep an eye on. Swan-print blouse, £685,

19. Jigsaw menswear

This spring sees the relaunch of the chain's menswear line, in punchy colours and citified brights. Spanning the gamut from smart to casual, it's a collection for stylish gents of all ages and budgets.

20. Monki

One of the most exciting high-street launches for a long time, Monki is a Swedish concept store from the H&M stable, offering brilliantly cool design at eminently accessible prices. And it has just opened its doors on Carnaby Street.

21. Candy colours

There's no getting away from the fact that spring 2012 is girly: fondant colours and delicate material abound, such as the lemon- and mint-tinged broderie dirndls at Louis Vuitton. Still, it doesn't hurt to be a bit saccharine while the sun is shining, does it?

22. Bill Cunningham & Diana Vreeland

Catch industry greats on celluloid this summer with films focusing on the careers of the original street style photographer, Bill Cunningham, who travels Manhattan looking for the sleek and the chic to fill the style pages of The New York Times, and the one-time editor of US Vogue Diana Vreeland, the fashion legend who told a fledgling Manolo Blahnik that he should design shoes rather than clothes. 'Bill Cunningham New York' and 'The Eye Has To Travel: Diana Vreeland' from April/September, available to pre-order now at

23. Dolce & Gabbana: the make-up

Celebrate summer the Sicilian way with Dolce & Gabbana's make-up line, launching this month. Inspired by the rustic glamour of its spring collection, based on an archive Sophia Loren film and featuring tomato-print bikinis and pasta-shell earrings, the accompanying cosmetics will boost your natural radiance and up your femme-fatale levels. Available nationwide

24. Cycle chic book

No longer just pedal and push, there's some preening involved in cycling these days, too, as testified by the new book Cycle Chic, which catalogues one man's journey to find the most stylish cyclists. Published in May by Thames and Hudson, priced £14.95

25. Pyjamas

You can't move for silken separates this season, printed in a variety of nostalgic patterns – some may call them pyjamas, others prefer "two-sie". Either way, it's a matching top and bottom that look a bit like something you'd sleep in, but are in fact the pinnacle of chic.

26. Stella McCartney for Team GB

No look-ahead would be complete without mentioning the Olympics, so here's the chic angle on London's big PE festival: Team GB's kits are by Stella McCartney. And you can buy them, too. Above, £26,

27. Liberty X Nike

This spring's unlikely hero: the wedge trainer. Shown first by Parisian designer Isabel Marant, the elegant hybrid has been taken up by Nike and Liberty, with a pair in adorable paisley. From 1 May, £95,

28. Topshop lipstick crayons

For a quick and easy image update, Topshop's Lipstick Crayons, in a range of pretty pinks, add a flash of colour in moments and won't break the bank. £6,

29. Designing 007: Fifty years of Bond style

If you're the louche sort of cool cat who models his style on 007, why not catch some tips at the Barbican's exhibition in homage to 50 years of his studied nonchalance? From 6 July,

30. Prada/Schiaparelli & Hollywood at the V&A

May sees the annual star-studded ball at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art to celebrate the opening of Prada and Schiaparelli: Impossible Conversations, an exhibition that will explore the symmetries between these two ingenious female designers. Opening in early autumn, the V&A's fashion programme this year looks at the importance of costume and dress in Hollywood, featuring outfits from The Wizard of Oz and the Indiana Jones films, among others.


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