The ES Shopping Shortlist: What to shop, know and see in April 2022

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 (Olivia Bennett)
(Olivia Bennett)

Can you feel it; the vibe shift creeping all over London?

It may just be the fact that BST is finally here (hello daylight, we missed you), but there’s a feeling of optimism stealing over the capital.

Everywhere, people are heading out, seeing friends, making plans. It finally feels like things are returning to normal. This means pressing play in all areas, not least your wardrobe. If your OOO looks like it could do with a seasonal update, don’t miss our roundup on the best of the fashion sales to shop right now.

April usually dominated by one big chocolate-covered event, but this year, as well as Easter, the UK’s Muslim community is observing Ramadan ahead of Eid-al-Fitr on May 1. Whether you’re on the hunt for the best chocolate eggs or fancy a non-edible treat to help keep you motivated through fasting, we’ve got the lists for you.

Shopping-wise it’s a bit of a bumper month as brands launch new collections for the season. From personalised biker jackets and sustainable jeans to an Italian-style aperitivo feast for just a tenner, here’s our hot take on what to spend your money on.

Ready, set - shop!

Kitri x Amuse la Bouche launch homeware

It seems like more and more fashion labels are flexing their design arms into the world of homeware.

The latest to join the house party is playful womenswear brand Kitri. It's teamed up with indy sustainable homeware label Amuse La Bouche for a summer collection that promises to transport you straight back to the 70s.

Consisting of 'grammable cushion covers, napkins, table runners and tea towels, there are two designs to lust over: a green and white stripe with splashes of pink, and a red and pink number to add some jazz to your interiors.

Prices from £20.

Buy now, Kitri

Nail festival style with The North Face x Naomi Otsu collection

It's no secret that we're fans of a good collab here at ES Best, and North Face's latest tie-up with illustrator Naomi Otsu is ripe for summer festival dressing. The colourful collection spans women's jackets, insulating trousers and accessories all in bright and beautiful patterns inspired by North Face's muse, Mother Nature. Whether you're dancing in a tent at 3am or traversing the countryside on summer walks, it's just the thing to get you noticed.

Prices from £30.

Buy now, The North Face

Net-A-Porter launches sustainability capsules

Whoever you are and whatever your style, denim is a universally loved wardrobe staple. Now Net-A-Porter is helping shoppers become greener by adding three sustainable exclusive capsule collections from denim brands to its Net Sustain offering. The brands, Citizens of Humanity, Agolde and Goldsign, are made with organic and recycled fabrics, natural dyes and washing techniques to get that true denim look. We think this Citizens of Humanity jumpsuit is ideal for work as well as the weekend, £580.

Buy now, Net-A-Porter

Hello boys! The Outnet launches mens collection

Net-A-Porter’s sister site The Outnet has long been a place to pick up designer labels at up to 70 per cent off the RRP, and now our menfolk can get in on the action too. Expect high end brands such as Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana, Sandro, Acne Studios, Joseph, Marni and more. No excuse to avoid a wardrobe refresh.

Buy now, The Outnet

AllSaints x Harrods customisation pop-up

The hunt for the perfect leather jacket is in line with finding the ultimate pair of jeans or crisp white shirt. Your search may be over soon; until April 16, AllSaints is opening a leather customisation pop-up in Harrods, Knightsbridge.

Shoppers can bag the leather biker jacket of their dreams by choosing from a curated display of classic and new designs in various colours, styles and textures.

Personalisation options include: hand-painting, stencils and a choice of five limited edition pin badges. It’s only available in-store but you can peruse AllSaints collection at Harrods here.

Buy now, Harrods

Nobody's Child joins the occasionwear party

Nobody's Child has smartened up its act with a new occasionwear collection that we're bookmarking for a summer of parties and weddings. At a glance, the collection is mainly midi dresses in block colours and fun prints (with a few mini's thrown in for when the heat truly rises) plus coordinating checked suits and jumpsuits in sizes from 6 - 18.

Buy now, Nobody’s Child

Good American launches The B Project

In need of a sartorial spring refresh? Kardashian-owned fashion label Good American is extending its offering with a new initiative aimed at empowering women through clothing.

The first drop focuses on 100 per cent cotton jumpers in bright and bold shades finished with uplifting, powerful slogans. Just like the rest of GA’s line, it’s size inclusive, ranging from XS – 5XL and prices start from £94.

Buy now, Good American

Spring cleaning? It's no Bother with Mrs Hinch Bundle

It's time for the annual deep clean of your home: yes, spring cleaning season is well and truly underway. If you've gone into your cleaning cupboard only to find supplies have run dry, help is at hand from purveyor of those 'boring basics', Bother. The website helps you skip supermarket trips for those big, bulky and heavy items by delivering them all to your door - including home cleaning products. Save yourself even more time and money by getting the Mrs Hinch 11-piece cleaning bundle which includes the cleanfluencer's favourite things for getting the home spick and span.

Buy now £24.99, Bother

New limited edition Aesop drop, courtesy of Rick Owens

Fashion designer Rick Owens is the latest name to collaborate with cult Australian skincare brand Aesop. The limited-edition collection includes a candle (available in three sizes), a travel kit curated by Owens and a specially created EDT called Stoic, with notes of black pepper and coriander seed.

Buy now, Aesop

Can you cut it? Harris Reed x Klarna launch a fashion designer competition

Calling all budding designers! Think you’ve got what it takes to make it in fashion? Now’s your chance to prove it. Retail bank Klarna has teamed up with designer Harris Reed to find emerging talent for the runway. Championing LGBTQIA+ communities and sustainability, the winner will have a golden opportunity for a mentoring session over lunch with Harris Reed. Think you’ve got what it takes?

Buy now, Enter now

Crodino presents aperitivo for £10

Now that daylight is lasting well past 7pm, aperitivo hour is back and raring to go. The Italian tradition of finishing the day with a cold glass of something and a selection of small plates is something we Brits have gallen upon with glee. If you’re one of the many people embracing the art of mindful drinking, there’s no reason to miss out - thanks to Crodino. The non-alcoholic drinks brand has launched Endless Aperitivo with Theo Randall, which includes the drink and - wait for it - 12 small plates to enjoy for the unbeatable price of just £10pp. Taking place in Hackney on April 5, 6 and 20 (tickets here), it’s the perfect way to welcome spring.

Can’t make the event? We say stock up on Crodino (£5.95 for six bottles) and throw your own party.

Buy now, Amazon

Ladies who lunch: FELT x Eliza Hopewell launch Sensuous Ceramics range

Get your tableware game ready for the new season with fresh pieces made in collaboration with a south London-based artist. Home of contemporary crafts, FELT has teamed up with ceramicist Eliza Hopewell for a range of Hot Girl Summer-themed plates, platters and jugs that celebrate the female form and the great outdoors. Each is a unique piece perfect for gifting or a little self-treat splurge and promises to bring arty vibes to any meal.

Buy now, FELT

Deliveroo x Love of Huns Alison Hammond Easter Hunny

Deliveroo and Love of Huns have teamed up to create the ultimate treat this Easter. Instead of an egg, they've come up a new design celebrating the nation's favourite hun, one Alison Hammond.

The daytime TV presenter, which one fan described as 'brain medicine', has had her likeness immortalised in raspberry flavoured vegan chocolate, complete with a pair of bunny ears on top.

They're being sold on Deliveroo from April 15 in London, Manchester and Bristol for the pretty bargain price of £6.63 with all proceeds going to Acorn’s Children Hospice. They'll be on sale while stocks last, so hop to it before they sell out!

Find more delicious chocolate eggs in our dedicated roundups here.

Buy now, Deliveroo

KFC in the bag

The Colonel is a smart-looking man, but we're more used to seeing buckets from him rather than bags. However to celebrate the launch of the chicken chain's Twister Wrap meal, the brand has released new merch in the form of arm candy. Behold, the Wrapuette, riffing off Carrie Bradshaw's favourite Fendi Baguette bag.

Styled in tribute to the Y2K look that seems to be everywhere at the moment, the ketchup-red ‘The Wrapuette’ features an insulated layer to store a delicious Twister Wrap, ensuring you have a snack on the go at all times.

Sales from the limited edition bag will go to the KFC Foundation, which supports grassroots organisations and empowers young people across the UK.

Like all IT bags, there is of course a waitlist, which you can join on the link below.

In more finger lickin’ good news, Just Eat is offering free portions of KFC Zinger Popcorn when you spend £20 on a KFC order on the site - the deal is available until May 15.

Buy now £198.00, KFC

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