River Island Spring/Summer 2013

Summer had most definitely arrived at the summer 2013 River Island press day. Ice cream to my right, cocktails to my left and a couple of street dance crews straight head, battling every hour to tunes by everyone from Jay-Z to Run DMC. All that was missing was Channing Tatum in a vest.

I’m a huge fan of the Pacha collection, launched at River Island last year. Touted as ‘beach to bar’ wear, I would have been lost without my Pacha bright kaftans, embroidered waistcoats and lacy tops on my Ibiza holiday last year.

I’m already making my Pacha wishlist for this year – silk shorts, maxi pastel dress and bright bikinis. Key colours are turquoise, yellow, metallic gold and peach. This year also sees the launch of Pacha shoes: scarf tue sandals, beaded jellies and neons beaded flip flops. The full range is available from April, although some of the collection is in stores now.

Elsewhere, the collection is as on trend and funky as you’d expect at RI. From Aztec print tops and shorts, for men and women, to New York style caps with a touch of added bling. Look out for statement jewellery layered over print tops, metal fringing on dresses, Navajo print rucksacks and handbags and turquoise feathered accessories.

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