7-day style diary: Carolyn Donnelly's The Edit
Carolyn Donnelly's The Edit has matured into a block-building, savvy collection that delivers the concept of stress-free dressing throughout the working week and beyond
It's not because we are all fixated with cookery in the magazine this weekend that I'm thinking about recipes here, but after systemically going through every piece of Carolyn Donnelly's new The Edit collection at the Dunnes Stores HQ recently, I was struck by the clever, almost culinary combination of tempting ingredients and feminine methodology that Carolyn applied to her new capsule collection which is, I think, her best yet.
The cocooning, wraparound light-weight coats are like coatigans really - ideal for this time of the year when you don't want a coat but you need more than a cardi. In shades of grey and a very attractive pale duck-egg blue, they lend themselves to that 'thrown on' layered look that I crave on Monday mornings when I don't want to step into the power suit after a weekend chilling.
I'm a fully paid-up member of the 'Gotta Have a Great White Shirt' club and Carolyn's very feminine one (pictured right) captures that whole male, long sleeves, tied at the neck conservatism coupled with a girly swing. It goes well with her tailored trousers which, in turn, work a treat with a skinny ribbed polo and a deliciously chunky, black belt.
And like a hostess craftily re-working dinner party successes, Carolyn hasn't forgotten what works for her customers, like a great tailored dress. This season, she devised a blue/chocolate/black print inspired by a photograph she took of patterns in the sand near her home in Howth. The dress features on the next page, worn under a light-weight camel coat, but there are also three wool coats coming through this season, including an androgynous, double-breasted crombie in black which would look seriously smart with leather brogues trimmed with grosgrain.
A new addition are jersey pieces, which have been described as "comfortable as pyjamas." Gently draped trousers with an elasticated waistband and matching short jacket (see next page) are perfect for a night out because they would literally spring into action when taken out of a bag and are ideal for anyone who needs to wear a black business suit and travels a lot.
No one buys wardrobe pieces in isolation so the idea that this week's dress will go equally well with the next purchase of a coat and shoes adds to the experience of building a capsule wardrobe.
My favourite is the black, hand-painted coat and it will arrive into Dunnes Stores next month.