With each fashion season there are mainstream looks, and then there are niche trends.
The latter start off small, with individual pieces becoming so popular they can end up like collectors’ items.
Which is rather apt, as the burgeoning china blue trend is inspired by expensive things.
Fashioned in porcelain-esque chinoiserie designs, these intricate prints look like something out of your gran’s prized crockery collection, or even a museum of fine art.
It’s not the first time fashion has flirted with porcelain. Victoria Beckham grabbed the red carpet headlines back in 2005 by wearing a Roberto Cavalli gown that resembled a Ming vase for Elton John’s summer ball.
Thankfully, this season’s blue and white tributes are more understated in contemporary silhouettes - see Alesha Dixon for a modern-day masterclass.
Pretty florals, farmhouse motifs or Oriental style prints - anything goes as long as it’s blue accents set against an ivory backdrop.
And the high street is following suit.
It’s a blue and white takeover for high summer at Miss Selfridge. Achieve a laid-back summer vibe in blue vintage floral jeans, £40, or embroidered summer dress, £65, (www.missselfridge.com). A statement take on porcelain prints requires a simple shape. See ASOS’s embroidered dress, £45, available May (www.asos.com).
If you prefer lace to prints, reverse the blue on white look with Topshop’s China Blue lace skater dress with placement bodice design, £65 (www.topshop.com).Your casualwear wardrobe requires a blouse with a print that packs a punch. There’ll be hours of entertainment studying Marks & Spencer’s action-packed china blue knot front floral shirt, £20 (www.marksandspencer.com)