While pastels are hardly innovative, this season’s ice cream hues come in a range of sugary shades that look good on everything from tiers of ruffles to sharp tailoring.

Delicate sugared almond shades have shaken off their Hyacinth Bucket connotations and turned themselves into a fashion statement.  Preen’s standout show, inspired by saris and womens’ rights movements, was a masterclass in how to do pretty and powerful – with one-shouldered dresses and draped shapes in delicate shades of palest pink and green.  The big news: lilac, that most Queen Mums-y of shades, is set for a major comeback. Buy a lilac bag now. Or have yourself a scoop of Neapolitan, like Celine’s cream and pink combo.

Anything with an ice-cream hue is sweet for SS18 – Victoria Beckham, Chanel and Sies Marjan paved the way at the shows – and the high street has bought into it big time.

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