Saturday 21 January 2017

Snug looks for autumn inspired by times gone by

Bairbre Power Fashion Editor

Published 31/08/2010 | 05:00

Main, Yomiko Chen and Sarah Morrissey model a selection of clothes from A-wear’s new autumn
collection in Dublin. Sarah wears leopard-print swing coat, €70; tamarind bow shift dress, €35 to
€45; Yomiko Chen wears red woven duffle coat, €60; shorts, €30; Aran knit jumper, €35. Inset, lace
shift dress, €40; coral bow coat, €50; peak cap, €15. JAMES HORAN/COLLINS PHOTOS
Main, Yomiko Chen and Sarah Morrissey model a selection of clothes from A-wear’s new autumn collection in Dublin. Sarah wears leopard-print swing coat, €70; tamarind bow shift dress, €35 to €45; Yomiko Chen wears red woven duffle coat, €60; shorts, €30; Aran knit jumper, €35. Inset, lace shift dress, €40; coral bow coat, €50; peak cap, €15. JAMES HORAN/COLLINS PHOTOS
Coat, €50; lace tunic, €40; quilted bag, €30. Shoes, stylist’s own
Coat, €60; skinny jeans, €35; peaked hat, €15
Shift dress, €50. Shoes, stylist’s own
Duffle coat, €60; pin-tuck blouse, €30; shorts, €30
Swing coat, €70; shirt dress, €35; bag, €25. Shoes, stylist’s own
Bow-detail shift dress, €45. Shoes, stylist’s own
Shift dress, €50. Shoes, stylist’s own

You'd be surprised what you come across when you go for a pint of plain in your local! All talk of Down's square goal and Padraig Harrington's call-up go straight out the window when these girls arrive into your snug and want to talk fashion trends and the purr-fection of leopard prints.

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Models Sarah Morrissey and Yomiko turned heads when they sashayed up Grafton Street yesterday in the new season's offerings from A-wear.

The total spend for the two outfits and back-to-college satchels was a conservative €290, leaving savvy shoppers with change out of €300, enough for two lattes. Skinny, of course.

Colour gives you the edge this season and tamarind is a new star on the shade palette worth taking note of. It's a glorious warm red, not too scarlet, with lots of coral undertones -- perfect for giving Irish complexions a lift as the autumn nights draw in.

While trousers are back making a play for our affection this season after languishing in the doldrums, the dress still has the upper hand. This season it comes in every shape and form, from the mini to midi and yes, the maxi dress and long skirt are there for the autumn too.

"There really is a dress for every girl," said Annemarie Flood, brand CEO at A-wear. Faux fur leopard is a big look, worn glamorously with a 60s-inspired shift dress "or equally fabulous over jeans and a knit jumper", said Annemarie.

The basic-look Bainin Aran shimmers with a glint of gold thread through the cables and bobbles, and the shift dresses feature pretty bow detail at the neck, and an exposed zip at the back. A nod to Victoria Beckham's designing stranglehold.

Ali McGraw's iconic duffle coat look from 'Love Story' (circa early 70s) is recreated in a camel version with large leather tabs, while the red tweedy one (€60) worn by Yomiko is thoroughly modernised with shorts, brogues and a satchel that Alexa Chung would look twice at.

It's about modernised proportions and clean lines and if you liked Carey Mulligan's look in 'An Education,' or Sienna Miller as Edie Sedgwick in 'Factory Girl', you'll be happy. Chanel your 60s style kitten with leggy looks!

The Irish company, formerly a sister company to Brown Thomas, are pushing their advance on the British market with a 'magalogue' -- a cross between a magazine and catalogue -- which is distributed with subscription magazines like 'Grazia' and 'In Style'.

This is helping them achieve market penetration with only three stand-alone high street stores in the UK, while they have 36 in Ireland including two in the north. A major coup came when style bible 'Vogue' pinpointed their cape detail mac as a key piece for the season, but the real excitement hits next month when their €60 fur gilet features in the magazine.

Irish Independent

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