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    Yolke is the young lifestyle brand whose designs I find utterly irresistible.

    Ella Ringner and Anna Williamson met in 2006 when both working for Alice Temperley. Seven years later they launched Yolke together; pyjamas too chic to sleep in, uncomplicated cotton jumpsuits and an array of cushions and homewares in jewel colours.

    For Spring/Summer 2015 the prints were inspired by a trip taken by the girls to the west coast of Mexico; the emerald forests of Careyes, the colour pops of brightly painted houses, and a chilli yellow, "which we imagined wearing whilst having our sundowners each evening," explains Anna.

    Back in Blighty and the collection is ready to burst. Bold, bright silks just waiting for a sunny day. Or to wear at home whilst thinking wishfully. 


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    For nearly 15 years, Queene and Belle have been making cashmere cool. 

    With creator and designer Angela Bell at the helm, the Scottish borders-based design studio has been delivering crush-worthy sweatshirts, beanies and dresses emblazoned with motifs using intarsia techniques (a bit like inlaid marquetry) some of which take up to 12 hours of knitting.

    After years working at Pringle of Scotland, Bell decided she wanted to work with cashmere in a witty, youthful way. And now she's turning her humorous needles to homeware, as this seasonQueene and Belle launches a collection of cashmere cushions featuring Hawaiian flowers, Native American chiefs in feather headdress or leaping bunnies. There's also the opportunity to work with the design team, creating bespoke cushions using Queene and Belle's extensive archive. A fine and unique way to stay cosy.

    Queene and Belle bespoke service, from £295


    Queene and Belle offers all Vanity Fair A-List subscribers the chance to win a bespoke cashmere cushion designed alongside the Queene and Belle design team and on completion monogrammed with the winner's initials (total worth, £295). 

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  • What to wear

    "It's Isa Arfen," girlfriends would whisper, when asked about their look.

    So, after the third mention, it was time to discover the story behind the label beloved by Alexa Chung, Tennessee Thomas and Charlotte Dellal, with a studio visit to meet Italian designer Serafina Sama in her lofty North Kensington atelier. 

    After graduating from Central Saint Martins, Serafina put in the groundwork with internships at labels including Marni, Lanvin and Marc Jacobs before working at Chloe for two years.

    She returned to London in 2008, got married and had a baby. But the desire to design flared up. So in 2011, Serafina made a small collection of summer dresses for her friends, inspired by the photographs of Slim Aarons. Every last one was sold. It was the beginning of a label she named Isa Arfen - an anagram of her name.

    The new Spring/Summer collection is inspired by David Hockney's 1960s paintings of Palm Springs; colours include a well-irrigated emerald lawn green, Hollywood wife pink, Campari red and swimming pool blue with playful and exotic raffia trims and voluminous sleeves.

    Gamine and enchanting, Serafina is the kind of girl who embraces Italian high-society eccentricity, designs the perfect evening trouser and effortlessly transforms her daily uniform of jeans and a t-shirt by slinging on a cape or coat. My kind of girl.