Best holiday reads 2014

Whether you’re loading up your Kindle or squeezing paperbacks into your suitcase, taking a great book with you can be the finishing touch to packing for a perfect holiday.

Best holiday reads 2014

Best holiday reads 2014

Take a look at who’s recommending what this year to help inspire your choice.

The Guardian – Best holiday reads 2014

The Guardian has brought together a selection of writers from Jeanette Winterson and Colm Tóibín to Ruth Rendell and Ian Rankin to tell readers what they’ll be reading this summer. Highlights include:

  • Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys by Viv Albertine, the memoir of Albertine’s punk musician days
  • A God in Every Stone ¬by Kamila Shamshie, a compelling story of history and the people who live in it.

The Observer – Best holiday reads 2014

The Observer has lined up a stellar cast of authors, historians, screenwriters and journalists to give their guide to what to read this summer. Highlights include:

  • Prince’s Boy by Paul Bailey, set in the 1920s a Romanian looks back at his time in Paris as a young man from the writer of Gabriel’s Lament.
  • A Bad Character by Deepti Kapoor a novel about a young Indian woman’s struggle for freedom and desire.

The Independent – Summer reads 2014: 10 best memoirs

The Independent shines its light on the many compelling autobiographies out this summer and runs down its Top 10. Highlights include:

  • Hard Choices by Hillary Clinton, a fascinating insight into the workings of the mind of the woman and statesman that is Hillary Clinton.
  • Carsick by John Waters, a lively, highly entertaining read, this book follows Waters’ journey hitchhiking across America in 2012.
The perfect location to embrace your next novel?

The perfect location to embrace your next novel?

Esquire – The high-brow beach-read round-up

In an attempt to avoid the summer blockbusters and political potboilers of most summer reading lists, Esquire takes a look at what’s available for those looking for something more substantial. Highlights include:

  • The True American by Anand Giridharadas, New York Times columnist Giridharadas, traces the story of Raisuddin Bhuiyan a survivor of a revenge shooting for 9/11 by delusional Mark Stroman. Bhuiyan not only forgives Stroman and rebuilds his life, he also tries to save Stroman from the death penalty.
  • In Paradise by Peter Matthiessen, a novel about how we should write and think about the holocaust set at a Zen retreat in a former concentration camp.

Vogue – Summer’s buzziest beach reads

Vogue bases its summer reading list on the ‘if you liked that, you’ll love this’ approach. Highlights include:

  • I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum, a comic story of a fading Brit Pop artist trying to win back his wife.
  • The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon, a thriller set in a future in which society is rendered unable to speak by digital technology.

Red – The best summer reads

Pulling together the best of the new releases and classics from the past the Red team give their recommendations for this summer. Highlights include:

Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald, set on the French Riviera in the 1920s this is typical Fitzgerald jazz age glamour and heartbreak.

Half A Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, this Orange Prize winner is a compelling tale of the Biafran War as seen through the eyes of its characters.

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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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Vogue recommends a trip to Le Prince Maurice this winter

Vogue magazine has recommended Constance Le Prince Maurice to readers looking to escape the European winter.

Vogue recommends Spa de Constance

Vogue recommends Spa de Constance

The Wonder of Winter supplement in its December issue describes:

‘Le Prince Maruice is a luxurious but laid-back resort, where you can relax in solitude, catch local bands in the bar and swim under the stars after a long dinner at one of the many restaurants.’

It goes on to advise readers to visit the spa, where guests can revive winter skin by having the Sisley Phyto Aromatic Radiance Facial during their stay.

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Best sunglasses for Summer 2013

Shield your eyes from the sun without compromising on style. Taking inspiration from Vogue, here’s our guide to the best sunglasses for 2013.

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

1. Best Aviators

Ray-Ban Aviators

Ray-Ban have taken their classic Aviators and given them a new twist this summer with new colours not just for the frames but for the lenses too. Colours include funky blue, pink, green and brown.

2. Best round frames

Linda Farrow Luxe – Perfect Teashades

These 70s-style round frames make a fun stylish statement for summer.

3. Best for retro-cool

Emporio Armani

Round shades are hot right now and the retro appeal of these 60s inspired wood-effect frames put these bang on trend.

Cutler & Gross

Cutler & Gross

4. Best for geek chic

Dolce & Gabbana

Trust Dolce & Gabbana to bring some fun to the current trend for heavy, thick-rimmed glasses with shades in a number of vibrant colours including pink, plum and powder blue.

5. Best for oversized

Victoria Beckham – Metal Drop Temple

Arguably the queen of oversized eyewear, Victoria Beckham has created these beautiful handmade silver frames with dark rose lenses. Perfect for hiding behind, pretending to hide or just shielding from the sun in style.

6. Best for making a statement

Cutler and Gross – Mother of Pearl

These 70s inspired frames are an inspired blend of fun and style with mother of pearl octagonal frames.

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

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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.