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Sunday 21 September 2014

How to beat those seasonal chills - wrap up warm in a 'coatigan'

Bairbre Power and Danielle Stephens

Published 04/09/2014 | 02:30

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Sarah Morrissey wears an Avoca Anthology Flinders Coatigan(€129) and Avoca Anthology Gooseberry Print Dress (€119)
Leinster Rugby players, from left to right, Noel Reid, Rhys Ruddock and Jack McGrath model Best menswear in Clerys Store in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

September is the month that causes havoc with your wardrobe.

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Cue the 'coatigan' - a hybrid fashion innovation which delivers the perfect solution for the seasonal chills as 'transition' pieces take on a whole new importance.

Coatigans turned up in two AW14 fashion collections showcased yesterday.

Warehouse, the British high street chain, delivered knitted coatigans that resembled chain mail while Avoca, the Irish-owned fashion and lifestyle brand also factored in the 'Flinders' coatigan into their Anthology collection which is celebrating 11-years in business.

Designed by Amanda Pratt, there is a very definite passion for coats in the new Avoca collection which was unveiled in the company's Fern House restaurant in Kilmacanogue, Co Wicklow.

Coats run from the relaxed 'Banksia' boyfriend shape in tweedy blends to cosy, raglan sleeved silhouettes in punchy pink and urban tweeds which can be worn with skinny jeans and boots.

The memorable 'Skyline' mohair coat €210 features two block colours, duck egg blue and teal, sitting on top of each other.

The 'Skyline' coat has a neat, set in sleeve which will appeal to shoppers who like defined shape in their coats as opposed to the more cocoon, relaxed 'duster' shapes which have been in vogue of late.

Highlights in the Avoca show yesterday included a memorable Merry-Go-Round horse print which has been made into a variety of flattering shapes. The attention to detail is acute, right down to the tiny, vintage-style buttons and the metallic trims on neckline. The Warehouse brand has a reputation for solving workwear dilemmas and this season, it is clear that they have progressed towards achieving a more luxe-feel but without losing the focus on affordability.

Meanwhile, the stars from Leinster rugby are teaming up with Best Menswear to show a dapper side to the burly sport.

Jack McGrath, Noel Reid and Rhys Ruddock suited up at the launch of the new Style Look Fit Hub at the Best Menswear concession in Clerys, Dublin. As part of Dublin Fashion Festival, the initiative allows customers to visit the store to be measured for free as well as get style advice from trained staff members.

Irish Independent

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