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Where summer styles can come to life

PUBLISHED : Friday, 03 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 03 June, 2011, 12:00am

Hip and Hot: Colour blocking

Surveys indicate that boys prefer girls wearing 'solid colours'. They may be onto something. Solid colours scream confidence and youth. They are also 'in' during this spring/summer fashion season.

One reason the trend has taken off is that everyone can play with the trend. Shy and introverted people will prefer a darker, muted colour palette, while bubbly fashionistas will go for the bright and colourful.

As a bonus, you can follow the trend on the cheap. Simply ransack your closet with a fresh eye to mix and match clothes in unexpected new ways. Whenever you are in doubt, just look at Gucci's catalogue for inspiration!

(for the adventurous)

My green top paired with my maroon jeans makes for a cheerful outfit ideal for hanging out with friends. Add gold accessories and wedges to amplify the cheery summer vibe.

(for the more conservative)

Colour blocking does not have to be overwhelming. Rock this trend at school or workplace by wearing something demure, like this skirt from Zara.

The Interview:

Michelle Lai from Mischa Design (mischadesigns.myshopify.com)

I am... aesthetically oriented. I love beautiful things, good food, travelling, and meeting people.

I smell like... Hermes' Jardin du Nil during daytime. It has a light and fresh aroma. I use Sensi from Giorgio Armani, a richer and more feminine scent, during evenings.

My wardrobe palette has... a lot of Little Black Dresses (LBD) or solid-coloured dresses, which I like to match with crazy-bright shoes, like pink or mint-green. I don't have many black shoes.

I am wearing... an LBD from Zara, patent leather heels from Japan and a bracelet from Marijoli.

The story behind... my Mischa Travel series bags. I've been designing my own print for a more casual line than the original Mischa Vintage Couture pieces. I love the hexagonal shape there is on some of the vintage kimonos I use for my evening collection. Hexagons look like the back of sea turtles, which are a symbol for longevity in Japan. I have created interlocked hexagons, hiding my brand name in the design.

I shop at... Zara and Gizzy Nacho, an online store selling brands from the US, including my favourite, Hero Crane.

Designers I look up to... are Roger Vivier because of his gorgeous shoes and his invention of the stiletto heel for Christian Dior; Nathan Jenden, a friend of mine who was creative director for Diane Von Furstenberg; and Jean-Paul Gaultier for his theatrical and costumy designs.

Trendy shops

Maple

Spotted by: Natalie Chui

Filled with electric tops to simple breezy blouses, Maple is your ultimate summer store. Its collection includes dainty bags and tough leather skirts. It is sure to cater to all styles and tastes. We particularly like their broad selection of summer bags and bright skinny jeans.

Shop 049, 1/F, Uptown Plaza, 9 Nam Wan Road

Cozy

Spotted by: Olivia Chavassieu

For the coming rainy season, we need cute water-proof shoes, colourful umbrellas and trendy raincoats. Cozy has them all - and all manner of accessories down to hair clips and headbands. The Japanese-owned shop has a regular supply of the latest fashion items from Tokyo at great prices.

Shop C, 149 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai (Call 2116 5513 for other branches)

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