Tuesday 25 October 2016

Bairbre Power: The AW16 wishlist

From bombers to shirt dresses, the new season has much to offer

Published 18/09/2016 | 02:30

Osaka bomber, €85; Osaka embroidered tee, €51; pleated lace trim skirt, €64, Oasis
Osaka bomber, €85; Osaka embroidered tee, €51; pleated lace trim skirt, €64, Oasis
Leather bag, €290, Covet, at Stella & Dot
Jasper Conran dark red grid print shirt midi dress, €90, Debenhams
Twiggy silk-look viscose belted dress in claret, €67, M&S, available online only
Terezita Bardot dress

If there was one piece of clothing that served me faithfully this summer, it was my embroidered, black satin bomber from Zara. It saw active duty at formal dinners, workwear and casual BBQs alike. Now that we are back in that trans-seasonal weather - when the temperature is climbing back into the 20s and doesn't want to match autumnal expectations - I was eager to find a new AW version.

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One of the pleasures of the annual AW16 fashion go-sees with the high street brands is that you get intelligence on what's coming into store, right up until Christmas. Arriving into the Oasis presentation at House, I fell immediately in love with the embroidered Osaka bomber (pictured right). The excitement doubled when I saw it with its matching tee on a mannequin at the event.

Most girls' favourite jacket right now, the bomber has been a toyboy staple, but re-imagined, it looks fab when embellished. Add jeans for a relaxed, smart-casual look, or for a formal occasion, add a decorative black lace skirt like the one Oasis did for their campaign shots. The two embroidered pieces feel gorgeous in the hand and they will be in store from September 26. Defo one for your little black book.

I came back from holidays in France resolving to do the whole dress and trousers combo, and also to find that smart-casual secret, the shirtwaister dress. I found dressy and workday options at M&S and Debenhams.

The biggest single trend in the jewellery world of late has been the popularity of fine jewellery. The big news this week is that Stella & Dot has introduced Covet, a luxury line of jewellery, handbags and wallets featuring premium materials, handcrafted details and superior design.

Stella & Dot is a boutique-style jewellery and accessories line available exclusively through in-home trunk shows, hosted by independent stylists, and online. The fine jewellery line includes some genuine diamonds set in a 14-carat yellow or white gold.

Two years in development, the luxury line has a range of timeless pave-set diamond initials, horn, arrow, chevrons or cross necklaces. All diamonds are ethical and conflict-free. The white or yellow gold necklaces can be worn at four different lengths. Prices start at €140 for wallets, €290 for leather bags and €290-€350 for diamond necklaces.

Coast's star power

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It’s six years since reality TV show The City wrapped, but the two main female stars continue to attract style interest. After launching her own label, Whitney Eve, Whitney Port has a nicely-paced lifestyle blog. Her chief rival on the show was Olivia Palermo who maintains serious style-crush credentials. Her Best Dress Ever was undoubtedly the Carolina Herrera outfit of cream cashmere sweater with scattered ostrich feathers and chic white shorts with a full tulle skirt overlay, cinched at the waist in layers of satin and silk, that she wore for her wedding. A much in-demand gun-for-hire, Olivia’s latest collaboration is with Coast. She hand‑picked her favourite pieces for AW16 to recreate her effortless chic look. Highlights include the Terezita Bardot dress, €129 (pictured above), which is currently in store. I love the flattering drop peplum frill skirt detail and those three-quarter-length sleeves. Be sure to keep your eye out for the Nastazia coat which she wears in the adverts. It won’t land into stores until November. coast-stores.com


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