Friday 30 September 2016

Stick your polo neck out to be on-trend in the season ahead

Published 01/10/2015 | 02:30

Abbey Harris wears an embellished coat (€163), mustard blouse (€103) and pleated skirt (€220), all from Biba at House of Fraser, with Clarks shoes (€90).
Abbey Harris wears an embellished coat (€163), mustard blouse (€103) and pleated skirt (€220), all from Biba at House of Fraser, with Clarks shoes (€90).
January Winters wears an M&S dress (€68), a House of Fraser Scribe blazer (€295) and Clarks shoes (€95)
Ursula Kelly (left) wears a skirt (€289), matching jacket (€155), green jacket (€431) and polo neck (€153) all by Pinko at Harvey Nichols, with Sisley boots (€155). January Winters wears a shirt (€65), dress (€175) and poncho (€305) from French Connection

If in doubt, "polo neck it out" - that's the advice of international fashion stylist Colm Corrigan, who yesterday presented his AW15 edit of favourite pieces available at Dundrum Town Centre.

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The Dubliner, who works in the US and Europe styling for the top glossy magazines and commercial shoots, recommends "putting a polo neck under absolutely everything and you are already on-trend. It's multi-wearing, functional fashion this season".

Among the key trends he handpicked was the 'New Opulence' story, with its eye-catching shimmering brocades, jacquards and layered lace.

Feeling regal this winter won't be difficult, says Colm, who enthusiastically mixed up luxe textures with golds, coppers, burnt oranges and pinks.

He recommends we "gild the lily - and don't be afraid to be the 'Quality Street' wrapper and take it up a notch".

Using clothes from among the fashion brands at Dundrum Town Centre, Colm liberally mixed bejewelled or feathered embellished lace, tapestries, faux fur collars, paisleys with crazy prints, devore velvet - and a lurex polo for good measure.

It's the season where you can borrow too, whether from the boyfriend or the granny, to put a modern twist on heritage looks.

"Rich burgundy will be your best friend this season, and keep accessories on a similar palette," advises Colm, who last year worked with the legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz when she shot for the American 'Vogue' shoot in Co Kerry.

"Cue the rise of the modern geek," added the designer, who blends checks and tweeds with leather and PVC in bold styles.

When it comes to hemlines, he believes in going for "great lengths" - and options include just under the knee, mid-calf or full-on ground grazing. Have fun with boots, whether you opt for sexy thigh-high, knee-high, mid-calf or chunky ankle styles in leather, suede or printed patents.

For the first time ever, Dundrum showcased a menswear edit at its press day and featured looks from brands such as Nicole Farhi and McQueen.

Irish Independent

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