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STUDS, SPIKES AND EMBELLISHMENTS: FASHION GETS TOUGH

Studs, spikes and all types of metal embellishments are the best way to add some grunge to your wardrobe for Summer 2012. If you’re worried about drowning in a sea of pastels or suffering death by flower, this is the best way to stay on trend this summer - and you won’t have to worry about accidentally getting your pale pink dress muddy at your festival of choice, studs just wipe clean! Lady Gaga famously had spikes inserted into her face, and Kesha took the shaved side hair trend to shocking new levels with studs replacing her hair! But luckily there’s ways to wear your studs that aren’t quite so headache inducing, so if you’re tough but not that touch turn to Versace’s spring/summer 2012 to match your metals to the catwalk.

Designer Donatella Versace gave us a refreshing twist on the grungy rocker girl look with entire outfits made from dazzling white leather with golden studs adding that much needed attitude. Using embellishments in fun shapes like stars, lines and fish gave the line a softer edge, and for those leather virgins, Versace sent models down the catwalk in brightly coloured chiffon dresses with stud detailing that proves that less really can be more. So, although you may quake in your pink ballet flat shoes at the thought of adding metal to your wardrobe, you can still be a total girlie-girl with a slight rocker side. Queen of the rock chicks lady Gaga is rarely seen in anything but studs, and spikes, and superstar Rihanna has been sighted in a denim jacket with fierce looking spikes - that’s one way to stop people falling asleep on you on the tube home! Denim is a great choice if you want to keep your look casual and cool. To keep things a bit less scary for you and those around you, invest in a pair of studded high heel shoes like Dakota Fanning, or wow like January Jones in a sky blue chiffon dress covered in swirly metallic embellishments - stylish and so pretty!

You no longer need to steal your man’s dirty leather jacket, as fashion means that you can be that cool girl in the leather at the gigs. Sparkle in front of that lead guitarist as your studs catch the light, or for a night out with the girls, try studded accessories with a girly outfit to add a bit of edge - no pink frilly floral clutch bags allowed! For a handbag that makes a big studded statement but is small enough to dance with, try our White Leather Effect Stud Embellished Purse With Card Slots - Sale was £4.99, now available for less than the cost of a round at only £3.49. To spice up a plain outfit and add a bit of rock, try adding a metallic cuff for a stylish twist. If you’re a girly-girl, try the beautiful Silver Vintage Style Embellished Diamante Owl Wrist Cuff - Sale was £19.99, now only £9.99. Or if you style is more rocker girl already, our A-SHU Gold And Silver Stud Embellished Wrist Cuff With Laced Tie - Sale Was £4.99 can be yours for only £2.99 and also comes in just silver so you can match to whatever you wear.

To toughen up all those sickly sweet summer trends, add a stud here or a spike there to be summer 2012’s hottest rock chick at those summer festivals!

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

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