If you want to renew your wardrobe for the coming spring, go to Santa Eulalia and you'll find the season's coolest trends in essential garments and accessories designed by Lanvin, Stella McCartney, Balenciaga and Chloé.
Rewind to the 1970s because the decade's free spirit and disco culture will be reinterpreted this spring with a sophisticated touch, combining prints, hippy dresses, leather coats that hug the waistline and block-heeled boots. The film "Saturday Night Fever", which popularised the hustle (a fusion of Latin dances such as salsa with the New York night club beat) and nostalgia for the legendary era of "make love not war" are the inspiration for the most 70s collections by Etro and Chloé.
One essential item is the airy maxi dress made from flowing, vaporous fabrics, incredibly comfortable to wear on during the hot days of summer. Also take a look at Lanvin's plain coloured halternecks, Etro's hippy prints and the patchwork effect using transparent fabrics achieved by Stella McCartney.
Denim reigns supreme this summer, more than ever and in its most chic version, seen in jacket suits, unexpected patterns, combinations with other fabrics and the king of the 1970s, slim flares.
And if we go further back in time we can even find monastic references combined with Zen in natural fabrics such as linen, garments with handmade finishes, tunics (by Céline) matched with trousers and folds in fabrics reminiscent of Japanese origami. In accessories the bags are architectural in shape while leather thong sandals are a mixture of monastic austerity and Greek sinuosity.
If your thing is more military, this season sees a more sophisticated take. The Romantic Regiment is lining up khaki jackets and maxi bags with sparkly sequins, such as those by Rodarte, and sahariana jackets with gilt buttons and linen jackets with satin pockets and collars, such as those designed by Marc Jacobs, as well as ad hoc accessories such as kitbag-style bags or Chloé's gladiator sandals.
This summer the omnipresent sporty chic will be essentially glam and its guru par excellence is Alexander Wang, for his own firm and also in his collection for Balenciaga. Bermudas, shorts, sports zips, jumpsuits, cool mesh... But the chicest fashion this summer is to enjoy the night in revamped pool sandals, made with heaps of colour and state of the art materials.
The most ladylike trend for spring is brought to us by the 1950s and early 60s with super-feminine dresses, shirts, Vichy check, trapezoid miniskirts, pumps with buckles and laces and coquettish handbags.
Pyjamas are still on the up, worn as a total look or separately, and the star print is undoubtedly floral: Scandinavian, Provençal, Liberty plus abstracts in chiffon and organza, followed by black and white motifs. The spectrum of colour for this summer's wardrobe ranges from yellow, orange and powder or pastel tones to navy blue (the new black), petrol blue (especially in leather and suede) and olive green. Block colours this summer should be worn as an uncoordinated mix and match.