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Irish designers lead the charge for Autumn/Winter at Arnotts

Bairbre Power, Fashion Editor

Published 23/06/2015 | 02:30

(L to R) Models Maria wearing an Orla Kiely black crepe cape, M Missoni black white knit dress & Teo wearing a Raoul pleated dress, Blanche in the Brambles burgundy collar, Furla multi way bag during the launch of Arnotts new Ladieswear and Menswear Collections for Autumn/ Winter 2015 at Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
(L to R) Models Maria wearing an Orla Kiely black crepe cape, M Missoni black white knit dress & Teo wearing a Raoul pleated dress, Blanche in the Brambles burgundy collar, Furla multi way bag during the launch of Arnotts new Ladieswear and Menswear Collections for Autumn/ Winter 2015 at Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
(L to R) Models Maria wearing an Orla Kiely black crepe cape, M Missoni black white knit dress & Teo wearing a Raoul pleated dress, Blanche in the Brambles burgundy collar, Furla multi way bag during the launch of Arnotts new Ladieswear and Menswear Collections for Autumn/ Winter 2015 at Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Maria Wears Stills grey alpaca cardigan €600, LK Bennett Knitted top €160, LK Bennett floral prom skirt by €295 at Arnotts
Maria wears Orla Kiely black crepe cape €630, M Missoni black white knit dress €730, Arnotts
Model Maria wearing Umit Kutluk Cape dress during the launch of Arnotts new Ladieswear and Menswear Collections for Autumn/ Winter 2015 at Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Maria Wears Raoul wine rosette dress €500, Gala leather gloves €95, Olga Berg tassel bag €115.Teo Wears Tara Jarmon burgundy texture weave coat €580, Goat round collar blouse €375. Tara Jarmon burgundy texture weave skirt €210, Coccinelle pony skin bag €470. Darren wears Gagliardi Camel coat €399, Selected Homme turtle neck jumper €79.95, Topman trousers €70, Gagliardi pocket square €20
Teo wears Caroline Kilkenny gold star dress (€230) with Lulu Guinness black clutch (€150) and Blanche in the Brambles faux fur collar (€100)

The captivating canvases and striking colours at the Dublin City Gallery, which houses the foremost collection of Irish and international modern art in the country, provided the perfect backdrop for Arnotts as it rolled out its new Autumn Winter 15 collections.

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Being Monday, the gallery, which is home to the Hugh Lane collection, was closed to the public and the Henry Street department store took over the space to introduce us to the winning looks in its new season's offerings which, appropriately, contain a deft sprinkling of Irish offerings.

Caroline Kilkenny's bodycon gold star dress was awesome in its simplicity and the flattering, glittering fabric drew gasps of admiration, not just for its sexy silhouette and metallic impact, but for the nicely tailored price tag of €230, accessorised with a Lulu Guinness clutch (€150) and a €100 faux fur collar from the label Blanche in the Brambles.

Natalie B Coleman is the newest recruit to join the stable of Irish designers at Arnotts, which includes names like Peter O'Brien and Liz Quin and new names like Caroline Matthews.

Maria Wears Raoul wine rosette dress €500, Gala leather gloves €95, Olga Berg
tassel bag €115.Teo Wears Tara Jarmon burgundy texture weave coat €580, Goat round collar blouse €375. Tara Jarmon burgundy texture weave skirt €210, Coccinelle pony skin bag €470. Darren wears Gagliardi Camel coat €399, Selected Homme turtle neck jumper €79.95, Topman trousers €70, Gagliardi pocket square €20
Maria Wears Raoul wine rosette dress €500, Gala leather gloves €95, Olga Berg tassel bag €115.Teo Wears Tara Jarmon burgundy texture weave coat €580, Goat round collar blouse €375. Tara Jarmon burgundy texture weave skirt €210, Coccinelle pony skin bag €470. Darren wears Gagliardi Camel coat €399, Selected Homme turtle neck jumper €79.95, Topman trousers €70, Gagliardi pocket square €20

Natalie's grey organza dress (€1,000) found a perfect mate in an Emma Manley grey embellished coat (€595).

After a sensational first season trading at Arnotts, Umit Kutluk returns with some seriously impressive tailoring including a fuchsia caped dress (€1,065), the epitome of modern feminine dressing with a nod to the 1950s.

Prices at the show oscillated from designer luxe to the impressively affordable Selected Femme label.

The face of retail on Dublin's northside has changed big time this month with the closure of Clerys, and Noel Smyth's Fitzwilliam Finance Partners winning the battle for control of Arnotts by reaching agreement to acquire its rival US group Apollo's 50pc stake.

Teo wears Caroline Kilkenny gold star dress (€230) with Lulu Guinness black clutch (€150) and Blanche in the Brambles faux fur collar (€100)
Teo wears Caroline Kilkenny gold star dress (€230) with Lulu Guinness black clutch (€150) and Blanche in the Brambles faux fur collar (€100)

Ray Hernan, CEO of Arnotts, said yesterday that the real positive for the retailer was that it would have one owner in Noel Smyth and could now finally move forward with plans to develop the iconic store.

"Noel wants to invest in it and develop it as a one-stop destination for retail. He is not looking at this as just property, he sees this as a huge opportunity to really develop and push forward the Arnotts brand within the city."

Mr Hernan said: "The current structure and management teams stay in place and Noel says he is the owner."

He added Mr Smyth was "very categorical on that."

(L to R) Models Maria wearing an Orla Kiely black crepe cape, M Missoni black white knit dress & Teo wearing a Raoul pleated dress, Blanche in the Brambles burgundy collar, Furla multi way bag during the launch of Arnotts new Ladieswear and Menswear Collections for Autumn/ Winter 2015 at Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
(L to R) Models Maria wearing an Orla Kiely black crepe cape, M Missoni black white knit dress & Teo wearing a Raoul pleated dress, Blanche in the Brambles burgundy collar, Furla multi way bag during the launch of Arnotts new Ladieswear and Menswear Collections for Autumn/ Winter 2015 at Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Maria wears Orla Kiely black crepe cape €630, M Missoni black white knit dress €730, Arnotts
Maria wears Orla Kiely black crepe cape €630, M Missoni black white knit dress €730, Arnotts

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