Dublin joins elite of world's fashion capitals
Fashionistas feast on future trends as part of global event
DUBLIN was up there with 16 fashion capitals of the world last night as part of a global event organised by style bible 'Vogue' magazine.
In London, the glamazons queued to meet designers at cocktails parties, while in New York, the legendary Anna Wintour, editor of 'Vogue' USA, oversaw the Big Apple's biggest ever fashion show, with 150 models.
Irish fashionistas descended on Harvey Nichols in Dundrum where hardcore shoppers focused on the autumn-winter trends show, and later bought exclusive 'Vogue' merchandise including special edition T-shirts and tote bags designed by Sanna Annukka.
The show was a blaze of colour with clothes from the luxury emporium, set off by a colourful backdrop installation created by rock star-turned artist Helen Steele (35), and graffiti wall art by Raska Maser.
On the catwalk, models wore the best of autumnal capes, including a silver, shoulder-embellished navy cape from Alice + Olivia (€430), definitely a label to watch, while hearts were swiftly lost to Vivienne Westwood's Red Label black asymmetric coat (€620), which looked glossy yet functional and so appealing after that sudden turn in weather.
Best value on the night for star quality was 'Wild Card', a one-sleeved, black sequinned dress from the Project D by Dannii Minogue label. We've seen glimpses of the €270 dress on the TV show which charted the Aussie singer's collaboration with designer Tabitha. After the show, there was intense interest in the Harvey Nicks 'exclusive' from the label, a strapless aubergine, silk georgette 'Colt' dress costing €460.
Two new shoe labels, Opening Ceremony and Lara Bohnic, stole many hearts and Sam Edelman's studded platform ankle boots at €195 turned guests into shoppers.
The Sportmax pieces in the show shouted wearable luxury, the D&G pieces were seductively beautiful and Marcus Lupfer and American Retro ticked the younger, street-fashion box.
The finale was breathtaking and dramatic with a red and black colour theme, concluding with a special-order red Stella McCartney dress, short at the front, long at the back. A bargain at €920! Amanda Wakeley's red jersey and chiffon gown (€1,115) set hearts beating faster and so too did the towering double strap, nude Christian Louboutins priced at €705.
Top Irish model Lara McCann, who made it on the Paris catwalks aged 16, modelled the final piece. The sheer navy dress with feathers by Hakaan, the 'hot' designer in London, drew gasps of envy. So too did the price -- €2,000.
The London-based, Turkish-born designer is a protege of Corinne Roitfeld (55), editor-in-chief of French 'Vogue'.
The navy showstopper last night displayed Hakaan's genius at combining a strong architectural ethic with ornamental and organic details.