BT A/W 2011: €3,000 will put you in the pink
IT WAS Victoria Beckham's 'frock du jour' for Kate and William's wedding, a trapeze dress in navy, but it took on a new life in magenta yesterday.
For a start, model Jude McNabney wore it with a smile and made full use of the generous amount of fabric.
However, it's a celebrity designer buy at a hefty price -- you'll get just €30 change from €3,000. It was part of the Brown Thomas autumn/winter 2011 fashion preview in Dublin.
Mrs Beckham clearly kept busy during her pregnancy and yesterday we saw just how far Harper Seven's mum has moved beyond posh handbags and slimline dresses with long zips.
She has broadened her brush strokes to include chic coating styles, featuring funnel necklines and strong knife pleating on a black coat.
However, Victoria lost her usual final slot in the fashion showcase's running order to Tom Ford, the new boy in store.
Devotees of the former Gucci and YSL creative director will pay between €500 and €6,000 to enjoy his provocatively stylish, ready-to-wear outfits.
Ford's black, tailored suit with bum-skimming skirt and satin, pocketed jacket allows you to bring feminine sexiness to the board room.
He hammered home next season's 'return to glamour' philosophy with an outre, slim-line, black dress with cap sleeves.
It was, at first glance, a ladylike creation.
However, on closer inspection, there was a secret weapon: circular stitching on the boobs that created a Gaultier-style, cone-effect landscape that had resonances of Madonna.
Executed in luxury velvet, the €2,970 dress was the height of restraint yet oozed sex appeal -- and only one will come into stock at the end of August.
Elsewhere, whatever your views about her TV show 'The Rachel Zoe Project', the LA celebrity stylist also proved that she has what it takes to produce a desirable clothing range.
Her tailored cream tuxedo jacket with tie-neck plunge blouse and bootleg pants come in at €975 in total.
The tight on the thigh, flared-leg trousers take their cue from tailored menswear.
The real star in Rachel's armoury, though, was the cream jacket edged with black bugle beads and worn with black, turned-up shorts and pumps.
From pretty botanical prints last season, Stella McCartney has moved to saucy spots. Her black, fitted dress features a completely sheer, spotted, net panel that snakes down the side of the torso and onto the leg, making underwear difficult to conceal.
"The only option is to go commando," quipped one fashion insider.