It's hello to a season of contradictions and craftsmanship
The autumn/winter 2015 fashion season is full of refreshing contradictions, offering the enthusiastic style maven the opportunity to sidestep trends.
There are florals and monochromes, masculine and feminine, midis and minis, retro and futuristic.
If the girl loves her mammy, she might take the lead from Dolce and Gabbana, who were on course to steal the show at the Brown Thomas new season fashion preview at the Grafton Street store yesterday. Their yellow 'Viva La Mamma' slogan top (€1,170) and eight-button, powder blue skirt (€1,580) were quirky.
But for sheer spectacle, it was hard to pass the luxurious, rose-appliqued cape with gold sequin script (€4,840) and matching dress (€2,450).
A set of pearl-encrusted headphones, worn as a hairband, set hearts beating fast. And while we swooned at the customised treatment of fabrics, it was mother-of-four, the talented Mrs Beckham, who ultimately nailed our affections.
The show closed with a stunning series of monochrome pieces in ivory, cream, black and navy.
The turtle-necked ivory dress (€2,995) quickly tipped the scales in Victoria's favour, and she won even more love for her honeycomb-textured wool dresses and tops and diagonal striped skirt.
Shelly Corkery, fashion director of Brown Thomas, praised Victoria's apparent skill at moving away from the glamorous hourglass "into another world of fashion which is much more directional".
There were lots of swoons for Valentino's impossibly chic, cream caped evening dress.
It was a collection of two halves because interspersed with the long, lean blocks of colour came a very girly, botanical story. The cream midi dress covered in sprigs and plants (€3,980) was styled with matching floral boots (€1,300). The frilled Alexander McQueen pink dress (€3,695) was one of the 'crush' dresses of the morning.