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Rock chic

Bairbre Power on rock 'n' roll style

Published 11/11/2012 | 06:00

Blouse with embellished collar, €39.95, H&M Trend, exclusive to H&M Dundrum Town Centre; jumper, €275, Theory, at BT2; gilet, €75, River Island; PU skirt, €52, Warehouse, at House of Fraser, and tights, €4 for a pack of three, Penneys
Tartan jacket, €199.95, Esprit; denim shirt with metal-tipped collar, €47, Oasis; red brocade jeans, €385, J Brand, at BT2, and black studded creeperstyle ankle boots, €72, Urban Outfitters
Navy coat, €35, and socks, €4 for a pack of four, both Penneys; cotton shirt, €95, Helen McAlinden, at House of Fraser; tartan trousers, €250, Gerard Darel, at House of Fraser, and suede creepers, €116, Urban Outfitters
Leather jacket, €179, H&M Trend; shirt with embellished collar, €18, Limited Edition, Penneys; brocade mini-skirt, €175, Pinko, and bracelet, €63, Low Luv, both at Harvey Nichols
Mohair coat, €129, H&M Trend, exclusive to H&M Dundrum Town Centre; silk shirt, €49.95, H&M Trend; mohair jumper, €144, Urban Outfitters, and leopard-print cords, €69.95, Esprit
Sleeveless shirt with studded collar, €17, Limited Edition, Penneys; jumper with leather shoulder patches, €138, Whistles, at House of Fraser; antelope ring, €31, Sakdidet Road, at Harvey Nichols; leather trousers, €645, Sandro, at BT2, and wine suede creepers, €116, Urban Outfitters

The leather biker jacket is a timeless trend, but this season it has truly hit the big time as a key wardrobe player, working with everything from jeans to evening events worn over a ball-gown -- and everything in between.

Stylist Roxanne Parker explored different rock-chick looks for our shoot, taking inspiration from Dundrum Town Centre. It is hosting its second Shop & Rock event next Thursday, November 15, from 8pm until midnight, and there will be discounts after dark. I wanted the looks to be a softer, more sophisticated and wearable interpretation of this trend, rather than the clichéd chains and black leather that spring to mind when you think of rock chicks.

"This season, there are gentle references to this trend that whisper, rather than scream, rock 'n' roll," says Roxanne.

"French brands such as Sandro at BT2 took inspiration from the cut of a biker jacket and used zipper detailing to fashion a winter coat from heavy wool.

"So you have the elegance of a day coat that cleverly references the biker-jacket style, with its zipper detailing and subtle use of leather piping trim, but with the added chic factor of a winter wool coat that you could easily wear to work," she adds. Other subtle features help achieve the look, Roxanne explains.

"Leather shoulder and elbow patches on winter knits add a touch of biker chic to your winter woollens.

"These can be cleverly layered under pieces such as River Island's woven tweed, biker-style gilet -- the perfect trans-seasonal garment that can be worn over knits or a denim jacket to add a lightweight rock-chic touch to your outfit," she says. Roxanne has also added a new twist to rock-chick style.

"I also wanted to touch on the Mod and rockabilly looks, which is a fresh way of interpreting rock," she says.

"Cropped or rolled-up pants in tartan, animal or brocade finishes, worn with socks, creepers or brogues and coordinated with prim, button-up collared shirts, reference Mod and rockabilly style perfectly.

"Silk finishes or embellished-collared shirts add a luxe touch to your look, and dress up the biker look for after-hours," Roxanne continues.

"You don't have to wear a biker jacket to get the rock look -- a fuzzy mohair coat styled with leather accessories and Mod-tailored cropped pants gives a really stylish, minimal take on it."

For more information about Shop & Rock, check out There will be West Coast Cooler and live music provided by the Camembert Quartet and Sean Boland

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