The Wild Side
Published 23/08/2013 | 05:00
FASHION is about innovation, but sometimes you just can't ignore the powerful influences of nostalgia and yesteryear.
Heritage is a trend that just won't go away and renewed respect for traditional craftmanship was laced through the A-Wear collection launch in Dublin's Liberties.
Old world tapestry is the perfect case in point.
Interiors-inspired floral needlepoint has made a giant leap from hardworking curtains and sensible winged armchairs to sexy skater dress and cool separates for this autumn and winter.
A-Wear interpreted the catwalk trend with a €50 belted dress and a €45 skirt, and their colour palette ranges from sage-infused woodland greens to an upcoming navy and orange.
'Intarsia' is the buzzword when it comes to knits featuring patterns in different colours.
This collection displayed a fondness for pet images like foxes and owls, big blousey rose blooms that top gardener Dermot O'Neill would be proud of.
The home-grown high-street brand was sold to the Luxembourg-based Jesta Group a year and an half ago for an undisclosed sum.
A-Wear head designer, Vanessa Macey, said: "This season, we've gone back to our roots by focusing on a wildlife nature themed collection with faux fur across coat collars, heavy leopard print on coats, animal intarsia on key knitwear pieces and heavy blanket style winter woollies."