Coast A/W 2011: Ladies in red take a step back in time for new collection
High-street brand Coast takes a fashionable walk back in time for its new autumn-winter collection, which takes ladies through the decades -- from the decadent, playful 1930s through to New York's Studio 54 in the '70s.
Iconic style queens like Jerry Hall, Bianca Jagger and Faye Dunaway are recalled and nostalgia rules at the high-street chain, where the collection is strong on dressy daywear and elegant eveningwear.
There is a polished mix of chic dresses, eye-catching blouses and sharp tailoring, all topped off by luxurious statement coats.
The palette is ever so appealing, with tasty, warm caramels and rich tones of merlot and burgundy, executed in soft, wool flannels. And to complete the tactile experience, there are sumptuous wool velours to ensure you dress stylishly whatever the temperature.
Favourite looks at the photocall yesterday included the 'Mimi' black halterneck jumpsuit (€250) worn under the 'Cameron' white tuxedo jacket (€230), which carried a Bianca Jagger charm.
Top model Aoife Cogan, whose rugby-playing fiance Gordon D'Arcy is otherwise engaged in New Zealand, created a very 1930s look in a merlot-coloured jersey maxi with long sleeves and a dramatic, deep V at the back (€195).
She later switched eras to look like a '70s babe in the 'Florissa' short, strapless evening dress (€205) with gold and black sequins.
If you have the legs, flaunt them, and there's plenty of opportunity in the 'Tia' long, red, halter maxi with slits at the front and back (€225) There are also billowing maxi dresses in rich, autumnal shades and sweeping hemlines.
Coast makes the colour-blocking trend interesting this season with punchy red and orange accents -- very evocative of Mary Quant and Carnaby Street in the '60s. Romantic lace is used effectively in curvy shift dresses seductively cut to the knee, slashed to reveal the leg.
Celebrating 15 years, Coast has created a capsule collection of seven limited-edition dresses, one for each day of the week. The dresses are named after the occasion they will be remembered for: the first-kiss dress, the danced-all-night dress, the lucky dress, and so on.