Life and Style

Feeling the effects of an over-indulgent festive season?

In the round: scenes from the Pradasphere installation on the fourth floor of Harrods, London

Style file: Brave Miu World at "Pradasphere"

Miuccia Prada’s all-encompassing fashion vision takes centre stage in a new installation at Harrods. Rebecca Gonsalves visits her stylish sphere

Footloose: Lanvin spring/summer 2014

Style file: Toeing the line in sandals

Whether or not you trust the weatherman, it’s time to choose a new pair of sandals to put a spring in your step, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Phillips Lumea Precision Plus, from £349.99

Style file: Home is where the spa is - facial toning, face cleaning and laser hair removal

The bizarre beauty devices of old have been relegated to the recycling bin. Explore the world of modern-day DIY pampering, says Emma Akbareian

Crew collection

Style file: Crew’s Caribbean-inspired collection

Get into the spirit of summer with Crew’s  Caribbean-inspired collection, writes Lee Holmes

Chanel spring/summer 2014

Style file: The return of the backpack

The Nineties revival may just end up on your back.  The accessory that defines the spring/summer 2014 season is the backpack, says Emma Akbareian

Prada s/s14

Style file: Season liberally

Fashion seasons and meteorological ones have never seemed more out of sync. What has caused this stylistic climate change?

MUTHER OF ALL THINGS
From £129, urbanoutfitters.co.uk

Style file: Pool position swimwear

Holiday packing doesn’t have to be a chore: shop off the beaten track with these up-and-coming swimwear labels, writes Emma Akbareian

£110, KG Kurt Geiger, kurtgeiger.com

Style file: Slide & Glide with these pool slides

The once-humble pool shoe is breaking out of the changing room and on to the street, courtesy of very fashionable feet, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Inès de la Fressange for Uniqlo, uniqlo.com

French dressing: Getting the Paris look

Paris has long been the undisputed capital of style. As Uniqlo launches a collection with a Gallic accent, Emma Akbareian examines the essence of the bon chic, bon genre look

Style file: Hawaiian shirts: Totally tropical taste

The loud, lairy and slightly scary Hawaiian shirt is a man’s best friend for spring/summer 2014. Best keep it cheap, and cheerful, says Alexander Fury

Style file: Bright heels for an instant lift

Give an everyday outfit an instant lift with a bright and beautiful pair of shoes. There’s a heel height to suit everyone and colour combinations aplenty, says Naomi Attwood

Model wears tank £65, polo £65; Lyle & Scott 140 and The 1960 Collection, available from Lyle & Scott 1-2 Carnaby Street, London W1, 0844 244 7000; lyleandscott.com

Style file: Great (Lyle &) Scott!

Golfing brand Lyle & Scott is celebrating its 140th anniversary with the launch of two new collections inspired by the archives, writes Lee Holmes

T-shirt, £90, houseofholland.co.uk

Style file: Word on the street

Whatever the message, say it loud and proud with slogans this season, says Naomi Attwood

Bombs away: Jonathan Saunders Spring/Summer 14

Style file: Take flight in a bomber jacket

The sun may be out, but there’s still a nip in the air. A bomber jacket is the perfect piece to see you through to summer, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Jumper £50, shorts £32; Adidas Originals for Topshop in stores today, topshop.com

Adidas for Topshop collection: Ready, Set, Go! The Sportswear Revolution

Forget your gym kit – sportswear has never looked so stylish, thanks to a new high street collaboration, says Emma Akbareian

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