Colour is the new black for autumn season
There is a world beyond the colour black and new labels arriving onto the fashion firmament possess the power to turn heads and trigger new retail love affairs.
The modern shapes in the new at season BT2 contrasted perfectly with the Georgian nuances of the stylish party venue, Number 25, Fitzwilliam Place.
The mousey-grey walls were the perfect backdrop to showcase the gorgeous blue hues which are making strides for wardrobe supremacy in AW15.
There was lots to love and desire, from punchy teals, classic French navy and inky blues that pony up with noir like a dream team. Add a pair of snakeskin ankle boots and denim culottes and the look is almost complete.
One thing was certain at the photocall yesterday and that was just how much the Self-Portrait label which shot to fame as the preferred go-to label for special occasion wear and party dresses over the last two seasons has moved on very nicely but without forgetting it strength with lace.
Designer Han Chong plays to his strengths, mixing pretty, Victoriana lace with sports-luxe. A case in point is his inky blue jumpsuit with divine, rich-lace sleeves.
The striking contrast of a high-necked lace top twinned with an inky blue, mid-calf skirt with leg-revealing slit up the front earmarked a €365 dress as 'the one' to bag ahead of your pals.
New labels at BT2 stores this season include Finery London, which was started by three pals who used to work at Topshop and ASOS.
Their prices are exceptional and the unlined contemporary coats from Harris Wharf London have raw edges which add to the youthful tailoring story they tell.