Thursday 30 October 2014

Victoriana brings a fashion fairy tale

Sophie White

Published 20/07/2014 | 02:30

Floral Fancy: Dress by Dolce&Gabbana from Brown Thomas A/W showcase (Photo: Leon Farrell/ Photocall Ireland)

What do the Victorians, a society of people known for their strict moral code and sexual restraint, have in common with Dolce&Gabbana, a brand known for boobs, bling and bold, brash patterns? According to their collection, this coming winter season unveiled at the Brown Thomas autumn/winter showcase last week, plenty.

Victorian hobbyists loved decoupage; the art of decorating lamps, boxes and books with elaborate images of flowers, cherubs and fruit. This season, the always opulent D&G are decorating us with their gorgeous version of decoupage - a Gothic fairy tale to take our obsession with florals on into the dark winter days ahead.

As we still revel in the summer wardrobe it was nice to see that colour, pattern and prints are going to be just as vital to our winter wardrobes with the likes of Peter Pilotto and Dries Van Noten making us sit up and take note with eye-catching hallucinatory patterns in striking colours.

We also saw a pleasing hint of Asian fusion from Victoria Beckham's stark Japanese-inspired silhouettes, with unexpected pleated panels softening the look, to Marc by Marc Jacobs' leather obi belts.

Despite the glorious weather outside, the offerings in outerwear also grabbed our attention, even, dare we say it, made us long for cold weather to don some oversized statement coats, like Prada's androgynous offerings and the thrillingly garish and embellished, satirical take on Chanel by serial spoofers, Moschino. The AW 2014 is definitely about covering up. The Victorians would surely approve.

Sunday Independent

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