Saturday 3 December 2016

Spot-on . . . New feline styles are purr-fect for any season

Published 06/08/2010 | 10:58

Model Jennifer Foley wears a Manoush leopard-print top (€310) and Dr Denim Black Jeans (€75)
and newcomer Naoise Tan shows Sonia By Sonia Rykiel Leopard Faux Fur coat (€395) and black
leather leggings (€70). Photo: Collins
Model Jennifer Foley wears a Manoush leopard-print top (€310) and Dr Denim Black Jeans (€75) and newcomer Naoise Tan shows Sonia By Sonia Rykiel Leopard Faux Fur coat (€395) and black leather leggings (€70). Photo: Collins
Naoise wears a Gestuz Velvet sweetheart dress (€80) and Jennifer is in a Lipsy jacket (€125) and dress (€72). Photo: Collins

LEOPARD print, faux fur and practical casualwear set the tone for BT2’s new autumn-winter 2010 offerings yesterday.

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The fashion calendar this season knows no boundaries, and transseasonal is the buzzword whereby you work favourite pieces in your wardrobe 12 months of the year.

Shorts are not just for summer, they are for deepest winter too, and even the sunshine yesterday won’t put the brakes on the style squad rolling out their new faux furs, especially if they are in leopard print. Yes, Bet Lynch's favourite work attire is back in vogue again and for autumnwinter, the feline animal print works 24/7. It's not just for the glamour boxes at night.

Sleeveless faux fur and leopard-print gilets twin brilliantly with black, skintight leggings with feather trim for daytime, and for breakfast time, leopard rocks with green parka coats for yummy mummies on the school run. Army surplus was the fashion zone of teenage boys years ago, but now it's their fashion-conscious mums that want some of that parka vibe to achieve the utilitarian chic look.

The dress has dominated the fashion world for the last few seasons but now it’s time for the guna to make room for leg-lengthening trousers, worn extra long over giant wedges. Separates are very big this season, reports Karen Higgins, womenswear fashion buyer at BT2 who says “wardrobe staples are given a new lease of life with structured detailing and luxe fabrics”.

“Faux furs and vintage military are key this season and collections are pared back with a less-is-more attitude,” she said.

The season pays homage to many exciting eras, from the 1950s through to the 1970s. Jackie Kennedy, who has been a style icon from the instant she walked out of the White House in her chic, Oleg Cassini wool suits and pillarbox hats, features in a cute homage dress from the Andy Warhol for Pepe Jeans range. The prints also include Marilyn Monroe brillo pads and the Campbell's soup can.

Digital prints are a major fashion trend this season, so realistic looking, you could be mistaken for walking art. The Manoush label at BT2 features a desirable shift dress with a hunting scene and Lipsy have great ones too.

A word to the wise: new labels worth checking out because of their quality and price include Just Female and Mink Pink, while the keenly price Selected is moving across from sister store Brown Thomas.

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