Playful frocks bring out animal in fashion lovers
Vogue Williams in an animal print dress (€78) and, left, in a retro, halter dress (€63) at the preview of Warehouse's summer 2011 collection. James Horan/Collins
WE'RE taking more 'staycations' than vacations these days, but summery colours and exotic prints are still firmly in fashion.
Balinese prints and Far-Eastern patterns straight from the set of 'Eat Pray Love' are a key trend in the 'go anywhere' wardrobe rolled out by high street brand Warehouse yesterday.
The one-shouldered dress has returned and Warehouse executed the look in affordable silky prints and a playful, animal-print chiffon dress with extended batwing sleeve.
Well-priced at €78, it was a hit with fashion writers and model Vogue Williams.
Whatever the weather, the glorious colours are uplifting, none more so than the tulip-head print maxi, which resembles a powerful, floral canvas by artist Georgia O'Keeffe.
Add a floppy hat and your halter dress places you straight into the summer of love. Re-adjust the styling and it morphs into a contemporary gown, perfect for wedding guests chasing that elusive buy for under €130.
Girls seeking out that 'notice me' frock in bold and beautiful colours will not be disappointed by Warehouse's take on colour popping. The short, ottoman dress in raspberry or vivid yellow is fast becoming the 'hero' of the collection and, at €90, the price should please.
However, the big news from Warehouse is the launch of their new 'Luxe' collection. Costing 25pc more than the average buy, the collection is studded with luxury -- investment pieces, featuring premium detailing.
The stand-out winners are the sequinned leather dress, priced at €208, while a matching cropped jacket costs €227.