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Brides say 'I do' to bargain showstoppers

Published 17/02/2011 | 05:00

Sarah Morrissey wearing a Rosa Ribon Dress Strapless Karen Fitzpatrick wearing a Lily Anna dress (White Lace) at the Coast Spring Summer 2011 collection i Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Sarah Morrissey wearing a Rosa Ribon Dress Strapless Karen Fitzpatrick wearing a Lily Anna dress (White Lace) at the Coast Spring Summer 2011 collection i Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Coast bridal range
M&S communion collection
Karen wears a clare colour block top, coralle maxi skirt at the Coast Spring Summer 2011 collection in Number 15 St. StephenÕs Green, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Sarah Morrisey Dasha one Shoulder Dress Karen Fitzpatrick wearing a Madison Dress (Corai) at the Coast Spring Summer 2011 collection. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

M&S launched the 'Autograph' communion collection of three hand-finished dresses for girls, from €59, and sharp suits for boys costing from €45, available in ages seven to 10 years.

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And just around the corner, Coast unveiled their latest fashion hit, a bridal range bound to bring a smile to the face of recession-hit brides, with prices from €380-€695.

The 'To Have and To Hold' collection features 14 different styles. And to spare the bride's blushes, Coast -- who have 16 stores and concessions around the country -- are limiting sales to just one Irish store, their branch in Dundrum Town centre. Availability will be capped at eight pieces per style when the gowns arrive in Dublin at the end of next month.

The short-sleeved Vecaria dress costs a wallet-friendly €380 and features a frilled jabot neckline and three flirty tiers of feathers on the hemline.

The one-shouldered, pleated chiffon Monique dress looks exceedingly elegant at €575.

But the real showstopper was the Veronique, a fairytale, strapless gown in tulles. The bride's narrow waist is emphasised with a cream satin bow, and a sprinkling of diamante stones toward the hemline add a touch of romance. With its designer feel, the price tag of €695 will surprise many.

At a time when many brides are waiting to see what Kate Middleton will wear to walk down the aisle with Prince William, the savvy shoppers will be out there, trying to bag themselves a cutprice dress.

Irish Independent

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