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Style Around the World: Barcelona

Barcelona. A seaside city of culture, beauty, late night suppers and 'faff-free' styling. Londoner-turned-ardent-Barcelona-fan (and resident), journalist Gemma Askham, lets us in on the city's style secrets. The labels to shop, the Instagrammers to follow, the joy of jumpsuits, eschewing a bra if it doesn't suit an outfit...…

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Style around the world: How to dress like a Swede

Ever since we started our Style around the World series, I’ve been desperate to find someone to give us an insight into Swedish style. And now (drum roll please) we’ve found one…Born and raised in Sweden, but based in London, Gabrielle Spang is the founder of ScandiMini, a fab online boutique (and shop in Brook Green) focusing on the kind of super-stylish Scandinavian childrenswear that we love (we’re talking laid-back, relaxed, age-appropriate…) As someone who has lived in both countries, we thought Gabrielle was the perfect person to talk to about the differences in Swedish and British style, not to mention give us her thoughts on why Brits are just so Scandi-crazy at the moment. From the quintessential Swedish look to the top children’s Scandi brands, Gabrielle opens her little Swedish style book……

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Style around the world: How to dress like a Norwegian

As so often is the way, I first discovered Marte Frisnes‘ beautiful jewellery on Instagram. And whilst, there may be a lot of things to look at on Instagram, her stunning tasselled bracelets stopped me in my tracks. They are so ridiculously gorgeous, they should come with a health warning. And then there’s everything else. From star bracelets to single tassel bracelets, her charm necklace and fab earrings, it’s almost too hard to decide on a favourite. When I discovered that Marte is Norwegian, but based in the UK, I was instantly intrigued. Both Natasha and I (and I think a lot of people) have a fascination with Scandinavian style and having already covered Denmark in our occasional Style Around the World series, we were desperate to know more about style in Norway. Is it completely geared around the weather? Are Norwegians trend-led or more classic in their approach to fashion? And what about the Norwegian attitude to the body? Thankfully, Marte could answer all our questions and more……

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Style Around the World: The Bermuda Triangle

We’re nearly through the biannual sartorial merry-go-round that is the Fashion Week season – can you imagine dressing for that? (Kudos to my friends who do it with such aplomb.) But let us imagine, for one fleeting minute, we live somewhere with a sub-tropical climate. Where summer lasts nearly all year and frost (let alone snow) is but a vague concept. Rebecca Hanson [above, in Halston Heritage dress and hat by Making Waves] lives this life. Having grown up in Bermuda, she moved to the UK for school and worked in London for several years. In 2012, she moved back to Bermuda (why wouldn’t you?) to start up her company TABS selling authentic Bermuda shorts in a fabulous rainbow of colours – thus combining her twin aims: to start her business and “embrace island life…and now my husband!” You can follow her on Instagram (tabs_bermudashorts); Twitter @TABS_BDA and Facebook (TABS.BermudaShorts). But how do you dress when sunshine and tropical temperatures are the norm? We asked the super-chic (and very inspiring) Rebecca to share her secrets……

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Style around the World: South Africa calling

What do you know about South African style? I have to be honest, I don’t know much. Which is why I was so interested to read Philippa Allen‘s take on it. As part of our Style around the World series (we’ve also covered Sydney and Paris), we thought Pip, a treatment writer and creative consultant, who spends six months of the year in London and six months of the year in Cape Town (jealous? moi?) was the perfect person to ask. Here she talks us through the differences between British and South African attitudes to style, health and beauty. We’re betting the weather has a lot to answer for……

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Style around the World: French Dressing

Paris. It’s the city of fashion, non? Yes, there are the three other traditional catwalk capitals – London, Milan and New York, not to mention fabulously chic new style cities like Stockholm, Copenhagen, Sydney and Mumbai, but Paris, well, it’s just the original when it comes to haute couture, legendary design houses and the very essence of chic. But, what’s it really like when it comes to style? As part of our Style around the World series (read our first on Sydney, Australia here) we’ve asked Sarah Pearce, a British lawyer who has recently returned to London after 4 years living and working in the City of Lights to spill the beans on French dressing. Are Parisians really as chic as reputation says they are? Do French women eat? Just how do they have such great skin? We asked her all this and more……

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Style around the World: Aussie Rules

A few months ago I was thinking about how a lot of cities have a signature style. Paris is classic, New York is all about grooming and London is regarded on a global scale as slightly eccentric. And yet, is this really true? Parts of London are experimental when it comes to fashion, but take a stroll around Clapham, Kensington or Kew and I’m betting you’ll be looking at a more restrained style of dressing. Similarly, Paris so celebrated for it’s classic looks also has it rock’n’roll quirks, just think of Emmanuelle Alt (the tres feted Editor of French Vogue) and Isabel Marant, whose boho luxe look makes headlines around the world. So, what better way of really getting under a city’s style skin than to ask someone who lives there? To make things even more interesting, we’ve asked British ex-pats for their thoughts, so we get the real low-down on Brit v. international style. Kicking off our new irregular series is Charlie Boyce, Founder and Director of Portobello PR, a fashion and beauty PR company based in Sydney, Australia. If there’s anything that Charlie doesn’t know about Aussie fashion, well, you could write it on a postcard……