Cover Shoot: Spring trends at Walden boutique Blue

A new season is cue to press refresh. Promising to put a spring in your wardrobe, Velvet’s contributing fashion editor Rohiny Belani showcases looks from the SS22 collection at Saffron Walden boutique Blue

Whether you’re soaking up the sun during your first holiday in what feels like forever or continuing the trend of a staycation for the Easter holidays, if the spring/summer 2022 trends are anything to go by, the new season is set to be a scorcher.

All in the Details

Post-pandemic, detailing and drama are the order of the (every)day. Staples - such as everyone’s favourite jeans-and-a-top fallback - are elevated with rich embroidery, bold motifs and contrasting colours.

Greek Kori top in Teal, £120

Mos Mosh Bradford Dust jeans, £129

Shoe The Bear Valentine boots, £130

Anna Beck earrings and necklaces, from a selection

Dress it Up

With dialled-down palettes and androgynous styling topping the trends for several seasons now, super-feminine pieces are finally having a moment this spring/summer. Think pretty pinks, flowing fabrics and playful details like frilled hems and shoulder bows.

Fanya maxi dress, £249

Shoe The Bear Valentine boots, £130

Anna Beck gold choker, £195

Anna Beck long Scallop necklace, £365

Anna Beck bracelets, from a selection

Future’s Bright

Bright, block colours and billowy silhouettes are here to stay. To bring the look right up to date, go neon and go head-to-toe.

Devotion Twins Kalimnos dress, £269.95

DATE Energy trainers in Pink Neon, £140

Smaak Amsterdam Joelle bag, £259

Mishky bracelets, Anna Beck bracelets and Pajarolimon necklace, all from a selection

Timeless Styles

SS22 promises pieces which, while embodying the new season’s trends, promise to be a timeless addition to the wardrobe. Luxury fabrics and finishes are key: a pair of leather crop trousers, a silk top and jacquard jacket work seamlessly both together and as separates.

Oakwood Loft leather trousers in Khaki, £199

Herzen silk blouse, £259

Mos Mosh Saige jacket, £199

Shoe the Bear Saga Boots in Khaki, £130

Anna Beck chandelier earrings and elephant necklace, from a selection

On Location

Part of the Chestnut boutique hospitality collection - which has 16 (and counting) properties across East Anglia, including Moulton’s The Packhorse, The Northgate in Bury St Edmunds and The Rupert Brooke in Grantchester - Saffron Walden’s The Eight Bells is a 16th Century timber framed pub where the olde-worlde exterior gives way to a fabulously fun and modern interior, setting the scene to enjoy a great ambience and great food.

With menus ever evolving to showcase the best seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, expect both timeless classics and innovative specials for all tastes and requirements, from meat-loving to gluten-free to plant-based. With four-legged companions welcome, there’s even a doggy menu too.

Meet the Team

Model: Rohiny Belani - @asweetrohmance

Photographer: Alice May Photography - @alicemayphoto;

Hair and makeup: Pav Kooner - @byamaii

Clothing/footwear/jewellery/bags/sunglasses: Blue, King Street, Saffron Walden - @bluesaffronwalden;

Location: The Eight Bells, Bridge Street, Saffron Walden - @theeightbells_saffronwalden;

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