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Saturday 10 December 2016

Heatons' new season designs bring Paris to heart of Viking Dublin

Published 11/08/2016 | 02:30

Abby wears a blouse (€18), wool jacket (€32), grey jeans (€25) and boots (€30) and Thalia wears a boucle dress (€29.50) and boots (€29.50) at the launch of the Heatons AW16 collection in Smock Alley Photo: Leon Farrell
Abby wears a blouse (€18), wool jacket (€32), grey jeans (€25) and boots (€30) and Thalia wears a boucle dress (€29.50) and boots (€29.50) at the launch of the Heatons AW16 collection in Smock Alley Photo: Leon Farrell
Abby wears a suede skirt (€18), jumper (€15), cape (€20) and boots (€30). Photo: Leon Farrell
Thalia wears a lace trimmed dress (€22.50), satchel bag (€18) and ankle boots (€25) Photo: Leon Farrell

Sometimes new season collections throw up some pleasant surprises and such was the case at the Heatons AW16 press day yesterday.

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We were in the heart of Viking Dublin, on the banks of the River Liffey, but inside the Smock Alley Theatre, it all felt decidedly Parisian with gorgeous household pieces and childswear.

A breakfast catwalk show featured a very fine take on the iconic, collarless, edge-to-edge jacket which every French woman sports with typical aplomb.

The styling had an almost Karl Lagerfeld feel - sheer, cream blouse with attractive black neck tie detail (€18) worn out over grey skinny jeans (€25) and flat black suede ankle boots (€30), while the star of the show was the black, grey and white boucle wool jacket with stylish trim on the neck and front (€32).

Thoroughly modern, it was a compelling, dressed-down look but with the whiff of the chic, confident Parisian girl who likes to do the classics, but on her own terms.

The boucle fabric was also used in a well-cut dress with clever use of the weave in a chevron cut on the upper torso. Perfect for the office, it was worn with ankle boots, both priced at €29.50.

The collection marked out a strong return for the cape and poncho.

Heatons is introducing new men's brands including Lee Cooper, Firetrap and Pierre Cardin.

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