Eating our 5-a-day fruit portions is never going to be dull again! Summer’s big look this year is based on citrus colours of lemon and lime, as well as fruity prints and designs. The banana, apple, cherry, strawberry, orange, lemon and lime trend is engulfing everything from jewellery to dresses, playsuits, bags and shoes.
Tatty Devine is one of the designers who have created fruity inspired jewellery that includes pineapple and banana necklaces. The colours remind us of a Caribbean island, brimming with excitement and cocktails! Les Nereides have also created fruit necklace designs that feature lemons, and Kate Spade New York has presented a pineapple-shaped locket necklace. I personally have fallen madly in love with the sparkling red stone pendant by Poppy by Coach.
Topshop recently did an apple playsuit that would be perfect with summer sandals or tan leather wedges. You can also find a black dress which features red cherries which was created by Illustrated People. High street department Debenhams are also stocking the fruity designs within their collections. Jumpers and vests feature strawberry and apple prints, which would look good enough to eat with denim shorts or white jeans!
High fashion is also getting involved in the fruit buzz with designer Miuccia Prada creating banana themed dresses, which have looked amazing going down the runways. The April 2011 issue of Elle presents many of Prada’s banana grouped designs, as well as showcasing Stella McCartney’s citrus fruits which have complimented the denim dominated season. McCartney’s zesty fruit collection and her Falabella Tote which features lemons have helped boost her labels profits. The vegan ‘it-bag’ has helped push sales up from £13.5 million to £14.6 million. Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez and Leona Lewis have all been spotted with the Falabella Tote!
Sergio Zambon has designed fruit-inspired heels, where the actual heel itself is in the shape of a banana! The banana designed shoes come in the two colours of black and white. Charlotte Dellal’s shoe label Charlotte Olympia cites the designer’s closeness with Brazil for most of its influence. Her recent design of the ‘Bananas is My Business’ fruit shoe in python features obviously the banana, but also watermelons, strawberries and a pineapple. The shoe is part of the “Blame it on Rio” Spring/Summer 2011 collection and is hand-stitched with a show stopping wooden heel. It identifies with the ultimate Carmen Miranda look! Dellal has also created the same design in flat ballet pumps, which when teamed with her banana bag create a freaky fruit look!
Fruits are definitely not only for eating, they are made for dressing also!