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I sprinkled seeds for things to get a little hot and tropical around here about a year ago, mainly spurred on by Maarten van der Horst's Hawaiian MA collection but now it well and truly is a hot tropic to consider for the summer, as the Hawaiian shirt agenda is firmly being pushed.  It was therefore only right that Maarten van der Horst, who very nearly gave up on the Hawaiian thing when he was at Central Saint Martins because of Prada's S/S 10 "Chiquita Banana" collection, to take the printforward once again with his first collaboration with Topshop.  The collection comprising of eight pieces due to drop in Topshop stores and online this Friday, include the exact same print and fabric used in his MA collection made up into a Hawaiian shirt of the highest order, a pair of Bermuda shorts and a tailored jacket, an assertion of van der Horst's love of tailoring.  I found it amazing that Topshop were able to resurrect that exact same fabric as the one van der Horst used in his MA collection and get the prices down to more than reasonable   

In addition, van der Horst has also delved into jersey and though it's difficult to see from the pics, the viscose/cotton combo of the fabric feels amazing when worn.  The hot pink jersey cycling shorts, oversized tee and cropped tank top fall in amongst van der Horst's prints like a cheeky layering device.  Finally, a few easy to wear hibiscus print silk dresses with friendly pockets and drawstring are the sort of pieces you want to be mooching around in all summer, drinking Tropicana by the carton and possibly welding a brolly because when you wish for hot tropics in a city like London, you're more than likely to get served up with summer downpour.  I'll also be thinking of 1950s postcards, Americana, summer longing, old men with too much chest hair on show and acid coloured drinks with umbrellas.          

Van der Horst may have moved on to Mills & Boons satin bedsheet roses and boyish pinstripes for his A/W 12-3 collection and it is possible he may never want to look upon a Hawaiian floral again after two initial season of buying up entire Waikiki souvenir shops, but it'll be a hard debut to shake off from collective memory.  Now this mini collection for Topshop will tie Maarten van der Horst with this association-heavy print further, and frankly we'll have a happier summer because of it.  

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(Maarten van der Horst for Topshop Hawaiian print shirt, pink jersey t-shirt and cycling shorts worn with vintage Gaultier Junior print sheer shirt, Christopher Kane sheer skirt, Karen Walker sunglasses and Miu Miu x Pop shoes)

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(Maarten van der Horst for Topshop Hawaiian print jacket and pink jersey tank top worn with bStore x Liberty bomber jacket, Versace x H&M fringed skirt, Meadham Kirchhoff x Topshop skirt, Miu Miu shoes)

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(Maarten van der Horst for Topshop Hawaiian print shirt dress worn with Topshop metallic pleated skirt, Issey Miyake long pleated skirt, Stella McCartney shoes, Boyy bag)

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(Maarten van der Horst for Topshop Hawaiian print shirt dress worn Maarten van der Horst MA collection frilly back shirt, Beau Coops sandals, MauStein x ASOS glasses)

Comments (42)

  1. i love the way how you add the black/white/pink stripes to the images…

  2. The Minx says:

    the shirtdress is wicked cool!

  3. lovely prints….great festival looks.
    blog.pretaportobello.com

  4. Joana Gomes says:

    Loving the colours and prints here, even though I’m not such a big fan of tropicana myself. You look crazy-lovely :D
    xo Joana

  5. Suzi says:

    I loved reading this post Susie. It’s so refreshing after a hard day’s work of teaching children to sit down upon my comfy couch to read your blog. Love this Hawaiian look! Enjoy the sunshine and, even if it does decide to rain cats and dogs, you’ll still look cool with those cute umbrellas!
    Suzi x
    For the Love of Audrey

  6. betty says:

    this is one of the best collaborations … hawaiian print for the grabs at top shop is incredible !! been looking for one for ages cept for the one i own that belongs to my uncle lol
    http://betty-freestylescraps.blogspot.co.uk/

  7. Haidee says:

    Lush I love the colours and amazing photoshop skills
    http://www.haideeandco.blogspot.com

  8. january says:

    i am in love with the shirt dress! but i do think i liked the prints in his latest collection better for myself.
    january, x jessicajanuary.com

  9. Monique W says:

    Gorgeous! :)
    IAmGuyanese

  10. La Lune says:

    Anything with a hawaiian print, is a good friend of mine! Absolutely love everything here.

  11. very pretty and tropical <3
    xoxo
    Roxalne's sisters
    http://www.roxalne.com/
    Email :info@roxalne.com)

  12. bellamoreway says:

    craving for the hawaiian printed jacket! much love <3
    xoxo,bella

  13. Joy says:

    the photos are incredible. can’t wait till summer!

  14. rhya says:

    This shoot is awesome. I love the use of these tropical prints and the aesthetic of the photos. Those ASOS sunglasses are killer as well.
    -Joliemacherie

  15. Nathan Niche says:

    u do know that these looks and prints and outfits are the symbol and essense of the susie bubble label! and god i love it!!!! wish u can be my stylist and dress me everyday.. which will include u raiding my closet but by all means, RAID! lol…
    lovely outfits dear, truly fab!
    xx nathan.niche
    -FIND YOUR NICHE-
    http://style-niche.blogspot.com

  16. Amy Rose says:

    Yes, as soon as I saw the prints (especially the palm) I immediately thought ‘Prada’! Great that’s he’s doing a collaboration with Topshop though!
    See my latest wish list and outfit at:
    http://lanvinmyman.blogspot.co.uk/
    -Amy Rose

  17. my god u always do it differently. yer a gem

  18. maya.autumn says:

    absolutely amazing…so creative and colourful and jut beautifulllllll!
    http://cottonmixblog.blogspot.com

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  20. LOVE IT! That jacket is just summer perfection!
    xoxo
    http://www.lolitainthemix.blogspot.com

  21. CUTE
    UMBRELLA
    PARENT TROPIC absolutly COOL
    You can check my ETRO scarf in:
    http://www.laviequo.com
    XOXO from MUNICH
    La Vie Quotidienne
    SHOP in:
    http://laviequo.blogspot.de/2012/04/laviequocom-shop.html

  22. I like the Hawaiian print shirt. Florals are on everything currently.

  23. karo says:

    love this outfits :-) Flower power :-)

  24. I’d totally buy this!

  25. Andrea says:

    I love to mix pattern dear … why not a short haircut sweety, it would look very sweet on you :)) … greets from Germany :D

  26. Peter says:

    i live for this kind of look. it’s like resort wear gone ironic.
    http://low–couture.blogspot.com/2012/04/sunglasses-ray-ban-jacket-vintage-store.html
    i have something like it, above
    x Peter @ http://low–couture.blogspot.com

  27. I can see a lot of great points here. This article is pretty interesting that I have read it two times, and I’ll advice my friends to read it too

  28. I’ve been wondering about this issue for a while too. You have done a great job describing

  29. looks great !! tropical flowers are surely in trend. check out my post on tropical florals http://www.ithinkfashion.com/blog/trends/trend-tropical-florals/

  30. Willa says:

    THESE ARE JUST ALL SO PRETTY I CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE. IT’S JUST ALL SO FABULOUS AND THEY ALL FIT TOGETHER SO PERFECTLY EVEN IF THEY DON’T LOOK LIKE THEY WOULD. WHAT IS THIS SORCERY???

  31. Charlotte says:

    these images are soooo beautiful susie! xxx

  32. I love the photography, the clarity, the colours, the focusing. It’s beautiful. Looks like a really fun day out!

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