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Author: Val Starr, Posted: Tuesday, 26th March 2019, 09:00

No fashion column could ignore the passing of the icon Karl Lagerfeld – creative director of the French fashion house Chanel. He will be missed by a great many, in particular the company he worked with for 36 years. Karl was the first of the top designers to do a range for the high street so mere mortals could afford a little of his style.

Karl made headlines when he decided to do a range for H&M, which of course sold out immediately. That was back in 2004 and now many designers have followed suit. His fashion shows were the stuff of fantasy and anyone who’s anyone vied for a front row seat.

Chanel is of course recognized for the interlocking Cs found on their handbags where the prices are eye watering, but for those who are lucky enough to afford one, it certainly is a hand-bag for life.

Chanel’s famed tweed jackets, dresses and suits never date with their amazing designs displaying the famed fringed lapels, hem and sometimes cuffs. Famous names, young and old, have all been seen in Chanel – Princess Diana was a big fan.

If you want to copy the iconic Chanel look, race to Zara where you will find a good selection of jackets made to resemble the Chanel style, which they certainly do for a mere fraction of the price.

Boiler suits

Oh yes – jumpsuits and boiler suits are everywhere again! I’m often asked what the difference is; boiler suits are more utility style because of pockets often found on the legs. They’re also baggier and simpler in style. Jumpsuits therefore are probably the smarter version, and can be dressed up for special occasions.

For either option, every colour and fabric can be found so you will be spoiled for choice from the high street who have copied the key designers including Stella McCartney and Hermes.

Maxi dresses

Jumpsuits will, however, have to compete with maxi dresses, which are back in vogue this spring and often have high necks and uneven hems. Animal print is still everywhere, and you will find a lot of horse prints, which at least make a slight change from the leopard print we are so used to. Many of them have a 70s vibe which transcends to skirts, blouses and jumpers. At the time of writing, M&S have a super animal print shift dress in red (pictured) for £45 which ticks all the boxes.

Trousers

For those tired of the slim cigarette look, skinny jeans and culottes, you will be happy to see lots of wide legged and baggy type trousers. Prada showed some recently with maximum fabric and very draped style-wise. All this fabric can occasionally appear overwhelming, so it is best to make sure you have it nipped in at the waist to balance the look. A great belt will also help in breaking up the look, as will any top that is tucked in.

My advice is to buy a classic new spring item that will last, and avoid the throwaway, fast fashion craze.

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