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Whether you’ve got a punk rock attitude or a rose tinted view when it comes to Cupid’s Day, there’s no shame in dropping very obvious hints to your S.O.!

Valentines Gifting

Clockwise from top leftYazbukey Le Live Fast Clutch Bag £550, Charlotte Rouge Ornament Bra $49.50, Bijules Black Onyx Heart Midi Ring £310, Alina And T Black Feather & Skull Earcuff Earring £18, Michael Kors Gold Plated Chronograph Watch £229, Nicholas Kirkwood Pearl Embellished Wedge Sandal Shoes £525, Saint Laurent Monogram Leather Clutch £710, Coast Avis Bracelet £15, Warehouse Sparkle Cube Stud Earrings £6, Sophie Hulme Monster Keyring £115

Valentines Gifting List

Clockwise from top left: Cleo B Rabbit Fur Pom Pom Shoe Clips £52, Maria Francesca Pepe Heart Earcuff £43, House of Holland Mr Men Mr Messy Clutch £180Maria Francesca Pepe Kiss Me Drop Earrings £220, Topshop PU Scrunchie £4Dirty GRL Valentines Heart Soaps $30Aamaya By Priyanka Pearl Bunny Earrings £195, Maria Black Rose Gold Hero Midi Ring £60, Wunderkind Cat-Eye Sunglasses £280Topshop Mermaid Bodysuit £35

It’s official! Prom season is here, and it’s had me thinking again about my own High School prom experience. I was still living in New York and we had our prom at the Marriott hotel in the heart of Times Square. It was an evening that included pink taffeta, a black stretch limo, one crashed party and midnight bowling in a ballgown…

Prom Queen

By the time I was a High School senior, it didn’t matter that we were a class of predominantly female students, we wanted our prom night to be magical, and we wanted it to be everything we’d heard and seen how middle-America proms were supposed to be. Unlike most traditional American teens, I went to a vocational High School in Manhattan and started studying fashion at 14. And much like how you’d find in any High Street head office today, it was mainly us girls and we dressed for each other. But we did have a prom king and queen that year, albeit naturally went to one of the actual few couples that existed in our small class at the time.

When I think back to my pink dress, it was so unlike me. From the delicate colour right down to the styling; it was strapless, floor length with a voluminous skirt supported by a gathered net slip underneath, but this was my night to be Cinderella (even though there was no Prince Charming but, my Dad did want me back home by midnight!).

We didn’t have a High Street then (not that New York does now either), you bought your prom dress in a department store and it wasn’t a stylish one like Selfridges, so if I had the chance to do it all again, I’d like to hope that I could be arriving in…

THE “MAN REPELLER”

Giles Sable DressGiles Pink Lip Sleeve Sable Dress Dress £865, Maria Black Oxid Snow Single Earring £50, Lulu Guinness Perspex Lips Clutch £245, Coast Ariel Shoes £65

THE ‘ALL AMERICAN‘…

House of Holland Trench Dress

House of Holland Embroidered Trench Dress £595, Kate Spade Sailor’s Knot Earrings $48, Kurt Geiger Anja Court Shoes £199, Charlotte Olympia Jukebox Clutch £325, Topshop Love Bar Ring £6.50

THE ‘SPLURGE‘…

Lanvin Lurex Skirt

H&M Circular Top £30, Lanvin Lurex Skirt £1,280, Elvira Sazesh Multi Metallic Bracelet £95, Faith Clancy Shoes £50, Piers Atkinson Pucker Up Lipstick Headband £225

THE ‘HAPPILY EVER AFTER‘…

Victoria Beckham Dress

Victoria Beckham Oversized Drop-Waist Dress £855, Topshop Double Knot Headband £10, Chelsea Doll Crown Bangle Set £6, Tamara Mellon Addiction Metallic Pumps £475

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There’s a phenomenon in the digital retail world more headache-inducing than any Christmas campaign (as it happens twice a year) – it’s the launch of new season! The make-or-break for brands as they set the stage for what the next few months will look like – until Mid Season Sale I suppose, when everything doesn’t really work anymore visually against acid bright pink, red or yellow signage.

Brands can either go down in case study history with all things tech, editorial and social for their new season launch – or simply position themselves into new season with a change of graphics and a look book. But where’s the fun in that? In either case, it’s all hands on deck graphic designers and content editors!

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For me, one of the best things to come from the January blues, besides Clearance, is that the wait isn’t too long after to see all of what new season brings. Much like Christmas sales, ‘new season’ starts earlier and earlier every year. As Spring/Summer ’14 starts to show its merit, the early birds this year – Whistles, Coast, Monsoon – so far haven’t disappointed.

And if all else fails, there is nothing like stripping back to the bare basics, literally – asking your team, what do we want this website to do? Shop? Check! Have a simple navigation? Check! Maybe some delivery info too… Check!

Antoni & Alison may have the answer with their brave, no-frills-yet-all-thrills minimalist design. This could be my favourite website redesign of the year! There simply are no words…

Antoni & Alison