From diving bells to seashells, from seaweed to seahorses, designers this season are struck with an extreme case of underwater love. The sub-aquatic love affair revealed itself in rainbow hued paillettes that shimmer like fish scales; little bags encrusted with deep sea pearls and a great barrier reef colour palette washed with waves of glimmering saltwater.
The mermaid fantasy reached its climax the moment Florence Welch emerged goddess-like from the giant clamshell at the Chanel show; Queen of a watery dominion where we all want to play courtier. From Alexander McQueen to Mary Katrantzou and Sergio Rossi to Christian Louboutin, everyone has their own take on the life aquatic. How to wear it? Starfish rings and tropical fish prints pair up with splashy metallics and spidery coral for a look that Neptune would be envious of.