Sunday 21 December 2014

New season style

Bairbre Power, Fashion Editor

Published 17/07/2013 | 10:40

Li Ann rocking the runway
Li-Ann Small rocks the runway for Brown Thomas' A/W '13 collection
Li-Ann Small
Eve Connolly
Li-Ann Small
Eve Connolly
Laragh McCann
Li-Ann Small
Thalia Heffernan
Yomiko Chen
Laragh McCann
Karen Fitzpatrick
Thalia Heffernan
Faye Dinsmore
Faye Dinsmore

Victoria Beckham, Alexander McQueen, Celine...oh my! Get your first look at what you'll be lusting after for this autumn/winter with our exclusive sneak peek of the Brown Thomas collection here.

Watching proportions and introducing volume , colour and textures gives you a head start to achieving a hiigh impact, hard working wardrobe for AW 2013.

The Brown Thomas press preview this week showcased a rebellious look where punk meets grunge and a boy-meets-girl look which Irish designer J.W Anderson does brilliantly.

The grown up Ladylike vibe is a key look next season, but the feminine aesthetic is not lost when  you play with proportions and the volume is pumped up.

Just look to Victoria Beckham who played up volume on the rounded shoulder which accentuated the narrowness of the waist in her grey wool, below the knee dress  €1,465) which was accessorised with the designer’s favourite Manolo Blahnik patent and leather black ankle boots.

Adding volume leads to a silhouette update and you can use it all over the body, on the shoulder like Mrs Beckham or on the waist, the bottom of your skirt or in mannish and voluminous ‘boyfriend’ pleated trousers.

Reds and brights like orange are a big  new story and go from red right through to pink, explained Brown Thomas Fashion Director Shelly Corkery.

And on cue, Dublin model Laragh McCann , a former teenage model sensation in Paris, took to the catwalk in a Christian Dior orange ruffle dress, with peplum to one side(€1,880) and accessorised with the ‘shoe du jour’, the Valentino Rock Stud shoes (€670) in pink and nude. Fans of the Kardashians reality show will know that Mammy Kris is rarely seen without her Rock Stud shoes and appears to own them in every colour combination. Fast on Laragh’s heel ca,e model Faye Dinsmore, back to the catwalk after completing her college exams and she wore a Christian Dior hot pink wool crepe coat (€2,700) and the same ‘must have’ Valentino shoes in black and nude.

Internationally, there is an waiting list for the matching Valentino Rock Stud bag costing €1,650 (and there’s a cute smaller one for €1,320) so when a nude one appeared on last night’s runway, it triggered a frisson of excitment and and immediate texting. The ‘IT’ bag phenomenon that somewhat disappeared with the Celtic Tiger is clearly making a return.

According to fashion guru Shelly Corkery, “the biggest investment for this season is the new coat, whether it is cocoon or whether it is cinched at the waist with a voluminous skirt, the coat is key to get the look for the whole  season.”

“The skirt is the new focus as opposed to the dress. We’ve had the dress for the last few seasons and while the dress is still very key, we are really more focused on the skirt with longer lengths.”

The show at the Brown Thomas Grafton Street store opened with Saint Laurent Paris who handled that perennial favourite, the leather jacketed Rock Chick, with a modern twist, studded biker boots with subtle fishnets. Hard v soft was perfectly captured in a black chiffon capelet over chiffon blouse.

New labels to love include The Row, the New York label from the Olsen twins, Ashley and Mary- Kate and their supremely bodycon dress in green leather sent hearts beating fast. Other new labels to watch out for are Sacai, S from Max Mara and ALC in womenswear. Manolo Blahnik

Good news for ‘Sex And The City’ fans who watched religiously to glimpse Carrie Bradshaw’s Manolos,there’s good news! The King has returned to the Brown Thomas shelves this season and other new shoe ranges in store include  Tom Ford and McQ with Valentino, Marni and Furla new to the handbags department.

Dolce & Gabanna’s offering includes a drop –dead-gorgeous cream dress and coat with double breasted sparkling buttons, a go-to winner for a Mother-of-the Bride looking for a real treat. Their swing 7/8 length wool coat caught my eye as did the Dior coat in hot lipstick pink wool crepe.

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