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Girls, when it comes to your summer wardrobe, if Kuccia can't get you in the mood for sun, festivals and encouraging you to eat your five a day (bare with me), I don't know what will. A rainbow coloured collection of leggings, crop tops, dresses, playsuits and more has landed in high street favourite Topshop, covered in everything from juicy bananas and watermelons to aztec and palm tree prints. With a coveted spot on ASOS and heaps of stock in a number of shops across the country, the exciting clothing label has been putting a citrusy and playful kick into fashion already. Headed up by Devon girl Soraya Goggin, the Kuccia brand looks to do it's thing for girls of all shapes and sizes, keeping things flexible and flattering with their eclectic range of prints, cuts and fabrics.

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Not one to boast (but yeah, I guess I am) I've been a fan of Kuccia since July 2012 after clocking one of their cycling shorts playsuits being worn by a dancer from the Heatwave crew at last years Secret Garden Party. As well as having a great old time shaking my thing to Vybz Kartel, I made a somewhat hazy mental note that I had to at some point get my mitts on one of those banging all-in-ones when I got home. After some stealth hunting down, I found their Facebook page and a link to their online shop and admittedly, not feeling super confident enough to rock out the playsuit, I opted for a pair of the watermelon leggings instead. I couldn't have felt fruitier. Top banana if you will.

Here's a sneak peek at some of my favourite items from the collection:

Watermelon body con dress: £38

 

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Pineapple and watermelon crop top: £22

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Banana leggings: £30

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Geometric bomber jacket: £60

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So I'd get myself down to Topshop or onto their website before these sell out quicker than a £4 bottle of luke warm water at Glastonbury.

On first thought of all-American styled clothing, above the knee denim skirts, tight vest tops, and 'sweat pants' with huge A & F emblazoned on the bum spring to mind and I can't say either of those items have ever been up there for me...at any point. However, big US clothing J Crew, (a favourite of the First Lady Michelle Obama), is setting up shop over here in London and I'm feeling completely won over already.

While a main flagship store on Regent Street doesn't fling its doors open until later this year in November, a pop-up concept store will appear at the Western Transit Shed in King's Cross Central for a swift two days on 24 and 25 May. The store will get to show off and provide pre-prders for their summer collection, and give us a preview of their autumn line. Not finished there, a 'cashmere corner' dedicated to their finest Italian cashmere jumpers will be set up as well as a monogramming service while a selection of one of a kind hand jewelled collars will be up for purchasing.

With likening to high street favourite Zara, the brightly coloured collection shows off a mix of jazzy geometric prints, jewelled collars, neon coloured jumpers, and statement coats for the autumn.

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Making this visit extra special, the brand is also collaborating with Central Saint Martins College to launch an exclusive scholarship and design programme with the college's MA Fashion students. Jenna Lyons, President and Executive Creative Director of J.Crew, says: "Design students are the lifeblood of our industry. Their creativity and enthusiasm is a constant inspiration for all of us at J.Crew.’

The pop-up store will be open on Friday 24th May 10am – 8pm and Saturday 25th May 10am – 7pm.

Vintage LondonIf you get your nylons all in a twist over anything vintage they you're going to love a Rough Guide To Vintage London.

Written by Francis Ambler, Emily Bick, Samantha Cook, Nicholas Jones and Lara Kavanagh with Consultant-Editor Wayne Hemingway A Rough Guide To Vintage London is on pre order now at Amazon and will be released on the 1st May for £9.99.

Whether you're into fifties fashion or seventies furnishings, retro beauty parlours, Art Deco cafés or classic restaurants, The Rough Guide to Vintage London will show you where to find the very best of London's burgeoning vintage scene.

This book is an illustrated guide that casts a discerning eye over the entire city, from the East End hotspots of hyper-cool Hoxton and Shoreditch to the eccentric emporia of the West End. It highlights vintage buying, eating and drinking locations in each area, covering over 180 places to find the best bargains and the hippest hang-outs, as well as the pick of London's markets and the classiest vintage outlets north and south of the centre, all marked on full-colour maps.

The Lifestyle section covers a huge range of services now available to the vintage enthusiast including: where to hire (or buy) the ideal classic car, who can give you the perfect 1940s haircut, where to groove to timeless Northern Soul, or how to find a wedding dress like the one your nan wore. Venues, such as the amazing Wilton’s Music Hall, are also included, as are special events like the Blitz Party or the eccentric Chap Olympiad, plus those museums, hotels and lidos that might inspire the retro-minded.

Vintage London represents a different city to the one presented in our normal London guide. This is not the world of Harrods and Buckingham Palace but a parallel one: more fashion-conscious, cooler and with the East End, rather than the West End, at the centre of the action. So whatever your look or interest - blitz chic, beehive hairdo, forties screen idol, rockabilly, twenties flapper or Edwardian chap - The Rough Guide to Vintage London will help you discover a city that has vintage running through its arteries.

Raffaele Ascione is one of my favourite rising fashion talents. I included him in my 'Future Icons' editorial for Who's Jack magazine last year and have watched his collections get stronger and strong each season. Ascione is a passionate Italian designer who likes to contrast couture with luxury sportswear. He has a innate ability to produce hand crafted garments which focus on the use of lace and sequins - adorning immaculately sewn dresses, crop tops and flowing trousers.

This season the collection utilises fabrics created in house, such as the hand-cut lace, and wool tweed. The looks have a touch of romance juxtaposed by neon yellow and hard black materials - adding vibrancy.

Ascione draws on these contrasts when describing the collection, explaining that it, "is all about heavy contrasts...I really focused on creating items that would want to be worn. And I absolutely loved going back to my darker side."

For me the darkness in Ascione's work is always contrasted by a sense of fun -  this season deep blue baggy trousers are styled with layered neon tops and his trademark over-sized hoop earrings. A black and neon lace top is playfully finished with a bright orange zip. There are gigantic yellow sequins down the front of one jacket, followed by a show stopping black and silver gown which has a severe edge to it.

Romance, playfulness and a passionate love of the female form - Raffaele has truly gone from be my 'Future Icon' to being the designer of the moment.

Words: Faye Heran | Follow @epinettefiles

Image credits:

Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss
Styling: Emelie Hultqvist & Stelios Stylianou @ Un-Categorized
Make up: Oonah Anderson
Hair: Alexander Soltermann
Shoes: Claire Davis
Model: Kriss @IMG