Bold prints are a must at any holiday destination. With beautiful views of the ocean and blue skies as far as the eye can see, it’s hard to convince yourself to wear any form fitting clothes (especially there’s the sweat factor to consider). Anything billowy just seems to be the right type of garment for paradise. But it’s also very easy to fall into blasé looks with no structure and style. A quick fixer for this dilemma is wearing prints that just pop. The James Lakeland tunic (which is long enough to wear as a poolside dress) is a perfect lifesaver for places like Santorini. The black x white print is sophisticated with an element of fun and the whimsical cut makes it ideal for hot weather. Add some chunky necklaces (like these vintage steels I found in New York) for a playful Riviera look.
(H&M crop top, Sister Jane slick scuba skirt,H&M slip on sandals, all vintage jewellery bought in New York)
Sister Jane’s new season scuba skirt is a girl’s dream come true. It’s black (which makes it super easy to coordinate), it’s scuba material (which makes it totally durable and a little waterproof) and it’s two length in one (which makes it sexy without having to flaunt too much skin). It must be the perfect all in one skirt for the summer season – very easy to dress up with a nice blouse and some killer heels and very easy to wear to the beach with a tropical crop top (like this awesomeness from H&M!). I also noticed it’s very comfortable in hot, desert conditions making it an unlikely but very cool candidate for a midsummer night festival. A total must have for the imminent (hopefully sooner rather than later) summer months.
(Georgia Hardinge Epitome print shirt, Georgia Hardinge Dawn skirt, Prada leaf sandals, H&M hand decoration, Topshop sunglasses)
We found this old church on the edge of Santorini’s caldera and decided to park ourselves there to take in the desert views. Even exposed stones seem to age gracefully in the piercing yet forgiving Mediterranean sun. The Georgia Hardinge combination was an unexpected match with the rustic mood which surrounded us. The Epitome shirt is beautifully printed which is perfect for any number of day to night look. I decided to team the shirt with the diamond pleated Dawn skirt for an all pink ensemble.
(Daisy Darche dress, Steve Madden sandals, Miu Miu suede clutch, H&M hand decoration, Finest Seven sunglasses)
Since a vast metropolis preserved under huge mounds of volcanic ash was unearthed near a village in Santorini, archaeologists have speculated that this could have been the lost city of Atlantis. The ancient city which vanished after an armageddon earthquake has fascinated the world since Plato described its demise in the 4th century BC. No one has ever been able to pinpoint the exact resting place of this eluding society, yet the romance of walking through narrow cobbled and marbled paths, witnessing the most wondrous sunsets and basking in the beaming sun on volcanic cliffs makes me more than half convinced that this was where Atlantis once thrived. Alas, the tale told by Plato is believed to have been a myth based on the ancient Minoan civilisation and the volcanic eruption of Santorini in 1,600 BC. Yet the picture perfect town of Oia and the encroaching dark blue sea have a mythical quality which tell a story of paradise just like the extraordinary world of Atlantis.
Daisy Darche’s beautifully printed A/W14 dress seemed like the perfect piece for a sunny stroll through the picturesque town of Oia. The rich gradation from dark blue to emerald green gives the dress an effortlessly chic look which matched the colour palette of Santorini. I tried to create a day to night Riviera look by teaming the dress with Greek sandal-esque Steve Maddens which are awesomely versatile and comfortable.
(Kate Moss for Topshop fringed leather jacket, Ruby Ray beaded scalloped dress, Acne Pistol ankle boots, Folli Follie Carma collection bangle and ring, Vintage bone necklace with coin, Ray Ban Aviator)
Unlike my image of a perpetually sunny island with white washed houses, Santorini was covered in a thick layer of cloud when I landed. “Did I bring the clouds with me from London?” crossed my mind, but I knew nothing was going to stop me from making the most of my few days in Greek paradise. As I reached my hotel, its white and blue facade cleverly dug into the volcanic cliffs of Oio, relaxation seemed to take control and my body switched into holiday auto-pilot. The end of the hotel premises led to a desert land of dried wild flowers, silver ferns and disheveled cacti – a perfect unkept place which seemed to nurture the wild things in the world.