What to pack for a luxury beach holiday

Planning a luxury escape to a far-flung beach this year? Here’s our pick of the top beach chic recommendations from style gurus Net-a-porter and Vogue.

A luxury beach holiday at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

A luxury beach holiday at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Net-a-porter

Spring/Summer trends 2014

Bang on trend for spring/summer 2014 are exotic prints inspired by far off places and used in light, flowing kaftans, maxi dresses and tunics. Etro looked East for its wrapping designs while Valentino and Chloé use the colours and patterns of Morocco. Perfect beach and day wear for exotic locations.

Net–a–porter highlighted Maiyet’s silk-chiffon batik maxi dress as embodying the trend.

Poolside chic

In a roundup of poolside chic, Net-a-porter have chosen bold prints in light materials such as Dolce & Gabbana’s printed silk-chiffon tunic.

Meeting the current trend for wedge sandals is Kenzo’s palm tree-print leather version.

Serious swimmers and water sports enthusiasts can mix this year’s monochrome style with streamline practicality in the cut-out swimsuit from Adidas by Stella McCartney.

While those who’s priority is sunbathing and glamour will love the vibrant colours and patterns of Mara Hoffman’s Ganesh printed bikini.

Poolside chic

Poolside chic

Vogue

In it’s run down of trends for Spring/Summer 2014, the fashion magazine Vogue also highlighted the tribal influences in the ranges of many of the designers.

Other trends to look out for this season include logo and slogan emblazoned summer t-shirts, floral patterns, lots of exposed midriffs and a new wave of old school athletic wear. Monochrome is back but colour lovers shouldn’t despair as there are still many glorious colours on offer in rainbow hues.

This month’s beach must-haves

As the weather heats up Vogue is already preparing for summer with a list of the best ‘Ugly-Pretty Sandals’ which it describes as this ‘summer’s must-have shoe’.

The magazine also highlights the Beach Flamingo bikini in its March ‘We Want This…’ collection. The bikini merges sporty and boho with a tasselled patterned top and sporty bottoms.

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Top beauty secrets from Net-a-Porter

Beauty editors have the very latest products and research at their fingertips, so who better to give us the best beauty secrets on how to look after our skin.

Beauty secrets

Beauty secrets

In its latest issue Net-a-Porter Magazine’s Evie Leatham got the lowdown from some of the highest profile beauty editors in the business to find out what they do to protect their skin in the sun.

Here’s a look at some of the best:

Sigourney Cantelo – Beauty Editor for Vogue Australia

Because of high skin cancer rates in Australia, Sigourney takes protection very seriously. She takes a Niacinamide supplement to boost her UVA and UVB resistance from within.

Valerie Zhang – Beauty Director for Vogue China

In China the fashion is for pale skin so high factor protection is vital. Zhang uses Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protector Extra Mild SPF30 because not only does it protect skin from the sun but shields against heavy city pollution.

Christina Han – Beauty Editor for The Cut, New York

Han reminds us that UVA can penetrate glass and cloud so we need to be careful in the summer months and always wear a hat outdoors. She uses Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen SPF50+ or Shiseido Extra Smooth Sun Protection Lotion SPF 38 because they absorb without leaving a white residue.

Sally Matthews – Fashion and Beauty Director for Harper’s Bazaar Arabia

Matthews recommends Chanel’s UV Essential Complete Sunscreen SPF50 because it can be applied over or under make-up. She also uses Crème de la Mer’s new Reparative Body Sun Lotion SPF30 because its extra moisture helps to lessen the effect of the dry desert air in Dubai.

Read the article in full on Net-a-Porter: Beauty Sun Secrets

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Summer 2013 holiday swimwear guide

We’ve trawled the net to bring you a round-up of the very latest guides to what’s hot in swimwear for summer 2013.

Constance Moofushi

Constance Moofushi

Dive in – Vogue’s guide of 45+ swimsuits for summer

This definitive guide of what’s new in swimwear from high-end designers includes the styles String Bikini, High Waist, The Maillot, Bra Top and Rash Guard. Highlights include the summery Dolce & Gabbana lemon and foulard–print string bikini, and the retro but contemporary Miu Miu swimsuit.

Net-A-Porter – The Swimwear Edit

Browse and buy from the luxury fashion site’s list of this season’s must-have items. Swimwear to die for includes Missoni’s crochet-knit swimsuits and bikinis and Hervé Léger’s bandage bandeau bikini.

Net-A-Porter – Poolside Chic

Spreading the net a little wider this is Net-A-Porter’s guide to everything from sunglasses and beach bags to cover ups and swimsuits. Everything you need to know to look gorgeous by the pool or beach this summer. The site recommends bronze and gold in the sun so use the excuse to invest in the super cool, chunky Katie brass chain-link bracelet from Marc by Marc Jacobs and a pair of Musa metallic braided leather sandals.

The Guardian discovers Pret-A-Porter MD Alison Loehnis’ top tips for summer

In an interview with The Guardian’s Jess Cartner-Morley, Loehnis reveals her favourite swimwear this summer is a Mara Hoffman bikini.

Top fashion bloggers

  • Keep up-to-date with all the latest news about what’s hot in high-end fashion from blogger and Japanese Vogue’s editor-at-large Anna Dello Russo
  • Get the word from the street from street-style blogger Yvan Rodic at Face Hunter

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Top luxury gifts for Christmas 2012

Get inspired with our round-up of some of the finest luxury gifts available this Christmas.

Gift wrapping, photo by Mags Cat

Ribbons, photo by Mags Cat

Vanguards of luxury style, Harper’s Bazaar bring you the ultimate Christmas gift guide, featuring the sought-after soft tote bag by Victoria Beckham and a special bottle of Bollinger vintage 2000.

Condé Nast Traveller has filled its digital hamper with some of the most covetable and quirky travel accessories for this festive season.

Net-a-Porter comes up trumps with its fabulous new gift guide, edited by those in the know including supermodel Claudia Schiffer, fashion director Caroline Issa and personal trainer to the A-list, Tracy Anderson.

And if you’ve got somewhere to go and nothing to wear, head to Style by Kling produced by Elin Kling, one of the most influential fashion bloggers around right now.

 

 

Spring Summer 2012′s hottest accessories

Give your wardrobe an instant lift with this season’s most covetable accessories.

Woman wearing sunglasses

Key trends this season

Bags, shoes, shades and hats

Check out Stylist’s pick of the best spring accessories, from funky shades to killer heels by way of some fabulous totes and every style of straw hat imaginable.  

Shoes

The fashionista’s online bible, Net-a-porter, features the most desirable heels this season – big this Spring are sexy colour-block heels and evening flats.

Shades

With the sun shining, it’s time to reach for your shades. Take inspiration from Elle magazine’s round up of early season shades featuring the loveliest sunglasses in the shops right now.  

Jewellery

Fast track your way to instant chic with one of this season’s easiest trends to wear – chunky bangles. Vogue shows you how to work the look.   

Grown up glamour – Top 5 tips on what to pack

Each of our Constance resorts oozes grown up glamour and elegance. If you’re looking forward to jetting off to the Indian Ocean over the coming months, here’s a round up of the most gorgeous clothes and accessories for S/S 2012.

Constance Lemuria Resort, Seychelles

Walking on North Beach at Lemuria

1. Beach and poolside style

Pastels, neons and brights are all big news this season. Get the lowdown on fabulous beach vacation swimwear and poolside outfits from style gurus Net-a-Porter.

2. Evening glamour

When the sun goes down, it’s the perfect excuse to dress up a little. Take a look at this beautiful range of glamourous but wearable holiday eveningwear from Net-a-Porter.

3. Nail polish

Beautifully polished nails look uber-chic with a tan. Check out the 10 best spring nail polishes from Stylist magazine.

4. Underwater world

For 2012, designers have taken inspiration from the underwater world. Take a peek at the gorgeous sea-inspired Stella McCartney and Holly Fulton dresses, in Vogue’s designer feature on Waterworld.

5. Handbags

Accessories made from exotic skins are bang on trend right now, and available in some stunning colours. Vogue gives us the pick of the crop in Exotic Skins.