Speed read: Fashionistas go beyond the sea


Speed read: Fashionistas go beyond the sea

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23:29 GMT, 11 April 2012

This summer, fashion has entered new depths with designers taking to sea-inspired motifs and prints.

Sarah Burton stitched gowns with shards of coral at Alexander McQueen and Karl Lagerfeld transformed Chanel’s catwalk into a marine bed with giant crustaceans and coral, while Florence Welch sung What The Water Gave Me from inside a clamshell.

Mary Katrantzou opted for dresses decorated with prints inspired by the seabed, while Versace worked with pastel tones and shell-covered separates.

Making waves: Chanel had a marine themed catwalk show, left, while Florence Welch embraced the theme to perform What the Water Gave Me

Making waves: Chanel had a marine themed catwalk show, left, while Florence Welch embraced the theme to perform What the Water Gave Me

Making waves: Chanel had a marine themed catwalk show, left, while Florence Welch embraced the theme to perform What the Water Gave Me

The High Street has waded in, too. The best sea-fare comes from Topshop and New Look with their simple, iridescent tea dresses.

7 MILES
The depth of the deepest part of the ocean, situated at the Mariana Trench in the Pacific

HOW TO WEAR
Fish, starfish or anchor prints will all look fresh and fun while the sun shines. Just don’t go overboard.Opt for shimmery silver and gold metallic pieces to lift an evening outfit.For a gentle nod to the trend, try a fishy necklace or starfish brooch.SHOPPING LIST

Coral metallic dress, 24.99, New Look

Coral metallic dress, 24.99, New Look

Metallic pleated dress, 32, Topshop

Metallic pleated dress, 32, Topshop

Kenneth Jay Lane shell ring, 70, Net-a-porter

Kenneth Jay Lane shell ring, 70, Net-a-porter

Fish necklace, 14.99, Mango

Fish necklace, 14.99, Mango

Half-moon clutch, 35, Asos.com

Half-moon clutch, 35, Asos.com