Spring/Summer 2012: Walk Like An Egyptian

Fusing the decadence of 1920s Deco with Egyptomania, hieroglyphic imagery and techno Deco prints, our next style for Spring/Summer '12 is a look of pure, uncompromising glamour that captures a retro Egyptian style and the adventurous spirit of tomb raiders... Scroll down to explore our key pieces or shop the whole collection here.

The glamorous side of this style takes its cue from the 1920s, where dresses with drop waists, sequin detailing and flapper shapes provide the ultimate party look for Summer 2012. The rest of your wardrobe takes inspiration from the one of the decade's biggest artistic movements, so look out for tops and accessories with Deco detailing, as well as sequinned and embellished items with hints of Egyptian style.

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Embellishment is the signature detail to this look and we're not embellishing the truth when we say there's no such thing as too much - jewel encrusted, metallics, gold, silver, jewel colours, Egyptian details, wild cats, sparkle and glitter - anything goes and they go with anything.

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The '90s remained strong on the  SS '12 catwalks, where designers played with Hieroglyphic prints alongside a resurgence of the decade's love for the Ankh symbol. Adapt the look for the streets with Versace-esque prints, gold and embellished detailing.

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A more ladylike take on the theme is inspired by Ralph Lauren's SS '12 show, which was in turn inspired by The Great Gatsby. The modern version takes soft pastels, dropped waistbands, straw cloche hats and soft, body-revealing fabrics to create an exquisitely beautiful look that paves the way for 2012's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, due out at the end of the year.

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The Tomb Raider side of the story combines elements of our Tribes Vibes and Traveller trends to provide an adventurous Summer look of leathers, suede, belt pouches and exaggerated gladiator sandals in desert safari pallets.

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