The sun has finally returned after its long vacation, and it’s now time to drive off into the sunset with the man of your dreams. Adorned, of course, either in Prada’s cartoon Cadillacs or Ardis’s arty car prints. The designers at Prada and Akris are ready to drive away for the summer, and their cute collections are the perfect addition to your wardrobe for this season, for a print that’s new and current for Spring. Rather than working those familiar florals or this season’s aquatic trend, opt for a bit of metal with a colourful car print.

Prada’s catwalk reflected everyone’s desire to drive away somewhere sunny with pastel midi-skirts covered in colourful Cadillacs that are perfect for lazy days with your boyfriend in the sun. Car covered bandeau tops clashed with 3D florals made an impact, and Prada went Grease with A line leather skirts with car and flame motifs that catch the eye. So, to be the one that Danny Zuko wants, embrace Prada’s recurrent motifs and vivid patterns. For a look that’s more abstract and arty than cartoon cute, look to modern designer Ardis. Ardis’s spring/summer 2012 collection made use of distorted photographs of cars and roads to add abstract detail to otherwise simple dress. It’s a cool look that’ll make you look as though you belong in an art gallery, but it’s guaranteed to catch that cute guy’s eye (so make sure you know your Cadillacs from your Bentleys!). If you want to keep your look girly, but with an edge, girly goddess Mary Katrantzou and her floral prints have taken a dark turn this season, as she mixes florals with crushed metal patterns – perfect for wearing with smoky eyes and metallic accessories!

This is certainly a print with a difference for summer 2012, so think Herbie, Cadillac and colour when shopping for your summer wardrobe rather than pink, petals and pastels. For a festival look that’ll distinguish you from a sea of shorts and vest tops, try a silk car-printed crop top with a high waisted skater skirt and a pair of biker ankle boots and a small handbag just big enough to hold your phone and a few coins in a colour matching your crop top – our Small Deep Red Genuine Leather Bag With Shoulder Strap (£45.00) is perfect for festivals! To impress with your knowledge of cars on a first date, try a Prada-esque midi skirt in a pale colour that gives your car prints space to make a statement, paired with a simple white collared shirt. Accessory wise, team with a fabulous pair of wedges such as our Silver Wedge Sandals with Low Heel for only £14.99 to be able to look that guy in the eye, then pair with a great new bag to give you that extra va-va-voom, our Balenciaga Style Maroon Patent Croc Effect Handbag With Long Shoulder Strap is a perfect choice in its vibrant shade of red for only £23.99!

We all want to drive away into the sunset with Prince Charming, with our hair blowing in the wind… This summer take inspiration from Prada, and impress in cute car prints to steal that guy’s heart and drive away in his (hopefully nice) car!

By Meg Dixon - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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