Thursday 23 March 2017

Step back in time

Fashion-forward vintage on the high street

Earrings, €27.50, River Island; feather collar, €39.95, printed T-shirt,
€16.95, A-line skirt, €49.95; shoes, €89.95, and leopard-print gloves,
€39.95, all from Zara
Earrings, €27.50, River Island; feather collar, €39.95, printed T-shirt, €16.95, A-line skirt, €49.95; shoes, €89.95, and leopard-print gloves, €39.95, all from Zara
Earrings, €27.50, and necklace, €33.50, both from River Island; wool dress, €79.95, tan cape, €129, belt, €29.95, and clutch bag, €39.95, all from Zara; vintage brooch, stylist's own
Couture sequin dress, €60; pearl-trim cardigan, €30, and high platform shoes, €25, Savida at Dunnes Stores
Pleated silk blouse, €72, and Champagne pearl necklace, €30, both Untold; tiered faux-fur jacket, €77, Therapy; metallic tweed pencil skirt, €144, Episode, and snake- print 'Moxley' zip clutch, €150, Michael Kors, all from House of Fraser
Janet Reger vintagestyle plunge bra, €28, and silk hipsters with lace trim, €15.75, Debenhams
Vintage-look sequinned jacket €111.49, Simply Be
Stranded pink pearly necklace, €30, Untold at House of Fraser
Garroway navy dress, €308, Monsoon
Zena brown croc-and-suede shoe, €130, Dune
Heeled loafer, €80.50, River Island
1920s Art Deco marcasite and rhinestone brooch, £75, lovemissdaisy.com
Pearls of Charm brooch, £15, glitzysecrets.com
Fur snood, €33.50, River Island
Blue goldstone, freshwater pearl & gold-filled earrings, €38, www.clarehynesjewellery.com
Feather cape, €62, Accessorize
Twilight velvet shoes, €85, Office
Titania flapper-style dress, €235, Monsoon
Velvet pearl strand, €15, New Look
'Helena' emerald-green velvet blouse with ruched sleeve and lace detailing, €70, Monsoon
Pink cropped pearldetail cardigan, €35, alwear
Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power

If there are any vintage fiends sick of emulating Peggy, Betty and Joan from ‘Mad Men’, then I suggest you roll back the years a decade or so, because the high street is full of fabulous 1940s and 1950s-style, vintage-inspired pieces.

Our shoot looks very authentic, especially with the shiny motor, and I bet you will be surprised to learn that the wartime look came from Zara, with lovely accessories from River Island — a company with a sterling reputation for trying to bring the past into modern dressing.

Supermarket fashion has come on in leaps and bounds too. Savida at Dunnes Stores is so fashion- forward, yet with a nod to vintage styling and those retro values that everyone loves to add to their wardrobe, such as velvet, which works year after year. Tesco is also proving that it competes on the style front, with a very strong Christmas line and a hero velvet dress which, at €30, is a selfgift purchase if ever I heard of one.

With my passion for shoes, I couldn’t resist the Zena croc and suede pair from Dune — perfect for teaming with some tweed shorts and socks or a great country jacket. For evenings, Falke’s seamed, stay-up stockings add a very authentic touch to a LBD travelling back in time. Janet Reger is a legend in lingerie circles, loved by women who appreciate the art of dressing from the inside out. Janet’s latest collection for Debenhams carries the whiff of wartime drama and passion.

Photography: Lee Malone. Stylist: Sara O’Connor. Make-up artist: Amanda Sharkey. Hair: Sian Sharkey. Model:Alyson Boyle @ Assets

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