Faux fur and luxe lace set the mood for AW16
Published 07/07/2016 | 02:30
Irish designer names sprinkled with European trophy brands and affordable fashion and accessory labels marked out the Arnotts Autumn/Winter 16 collection for special attention.
The Henry Street store, which has been part of the Selfridges Group since last November, unveiled its new season offerings with a breakfast show in-store in Clodagh's Kitchen, which was transformed into a metallic space for the showcase.
New names for your Little Black Style Book include the faux-fur brand Bandits, which is owned by Ana Konder, who formerly worked at Chanel.
Tactile, luxe-feel and long enough to battle the winter rain, the ombré colour effect was very eye-catching.
The grey faux-fur coat (€495) pictured here is one of several colour combinations in stock. In the show, the grey was twinned with Ganni, the new Danish label at Arnotts, and the long, bohemian dress was a crowd pleaser at €199.
Meanwhile, Irish designer Liz Quin set hearts beating faster with her luxe lace top in rich burgundy (€169).
The show stylist, Sinead Keenan, had us at "hello" with the opening look, a cream coat by French tailoring whizz Tara Jarmon.
However, it was the daytime chic look of the Tara Jarmon blush coat (€580) and cream trousers (€240), pictured right, with a sheer, flower-embellished top from new Paris label Cacharel (€170), and a bag from Irish print queen Orla Kiely (€290) that stole a lot of hearts.
This season's key look, the silky pyjama suit, can so often look tragically boudoir in the urban great outdoors.
However, the Arnotts showcase revealed a gem of a look with a plum and navy brocade jacket and trousers by another new label, Rodebjer. Founded in New York by Swedish designer Carin Rodebjer, it is an exciting new fashion label to explore when it arrives in-store next month.
The show highlighted the 'Opulent Voyager' trend, which sees a return to eclecticism and individuality. There's rich tones, especially on the hosiery front, and deep, saturated hues with luxurious fabrics that hint at indulgence.