‘The Flack is back’ as Love Island has returned to our screens – an announcement that I know will be met by hurrahs and boos in equal measures (I’m in the hurrah camp btw) and this can only mean it’s nearly summer holiday time…

While this news is indeed welcome, it is not as welcome as the fact that series two of Rivierais currently airing and available for binge watching on Catch Up! For those of you who have been living under a rock since 2017, Riviera is a stylish holiday for the eyes. It is one of Sky’s biggest success stories, with series one drawing in 2.3 million viewers an episode and racking up more than 20 million downloads, making it the most-watched original series on Sky. Aside from the on-screen drama, one of the most striking things about Riviera that really makes it stand out is the glamour.

Set on the French Riviera (clue is in the title) the show follows the ultra glamorous, if somewhat perilous, lives of a billionaire family. It is positively dripping in luxury. From the designer clothes to fast cars, yachts, palaces and private planes, the series is complete escapism at a time when, let’s face it, we all need it.

From dramatically oversized sunglasses and chic pastel playsuits, to the endless parade of day dresses and elegant jumpsuits from Chanel, Celine, Stella McCartney and Victoria Beckham, Georgina Clios has hands down the best wardrobe on television. It is simplya masterclass in more-is-more summer dressingand has made me cast a very critical eye on my comparatively dull wardrobe and covet a more Cote d’Azur style this summer. But how to achieve this look?

The Shirt Dress

Main character Georgina (Julia Stiles) has a style that can only be described as everyday (even if it is somewhat expensive) and key to this is her weapon of choice – the humble shirt dress. In episode one of the show she wears three! The style staple takes her from Villa Carmella (now my dream holiday home) to stitching up Interpol and the art world and escaping the baddies; (yes, I still reduce all TV shows and movies to goodies and baddies – doesn’t everyone?). The High Street has some fantastic options for those who can rock a shirt dress – heels optional obviously.

A Tailored Jumpsuit

In an art gallery scene we are introduced to one of themost chic one-shouldered cream jumpsuits I’ve ever seen. With clean lines and a flattering shape, this Ralph Lauren piece, which Melania Trump also wore for Donald’s victory speech after the US election, may just be my standout outfit from the show.

Summer Hats, Chic Sunglasses & Comfy Sandals

In the French Riviera, you would usually ditch those mile-high killer stiletto pumps for chic comfy sandals – not in this Riviera. Vertiginous heels are an absolute must however, for those of us who actually want to walk around this summer, a classy compromise is the wedge! Cross-body bags and even basket-woven bags are totes obligatory… as are totes come to think of it! Wide-brimmed fedoras and straw hats are everywhere at the moment, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find one just right for you. And, of course the finishing touch – a pair of designer shades will instantly make any kind of outfit summer-ready and stylish.

Bon voyage!

Steph x


Heather Black

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