Timeless beauty... iconic model Olivia in catwalk return
THE blonde hair has turned to silver, but little else has changed for model-turned-actress Olivia Tracey.
She received a triumphant reception when she returned to the Dublin catwalk last night, 27 years after winning the Miss Ireland contest.
With an enviable hourglass figure and a sassy attitude to match, the 51-year-old Terenure native proved that life in Los Angeles has treated her well and the iconic blonde was the talking point of the M&S autumn-winter 2011 fashion show at The Warehouse in Barrow Street.
Popular, wallet-friendly looks on the night included a woman's tuxedo jacket (€80) and the heavy rain outside meant ladies were looking to the Autograph Weekend check cape (€95) with appreciative glances.
For glamour there was a very covetable leopard print faux fur coat (€170) and an uber-useful slimline navy crombie coat with leather trimmed pockets for €199.
Meanwhile, Warehouse also rolled out great affordable pieces for autumn-winter with a glimpse of what Christmas will have to offer, with key pieces for the party season arriving as early as October. They include a feather skirted leather dress (€195), a strong biker's leather jacket (€190) -- the perfect hard versus soft asset for a stunning red maxi (€104).
Sequinned shorts in silver and gold beckon but the showstopper will be the asymmetric playsuit with two-toned sequins costing €117.
Dads may worry about their daughter's short skirts resembling pelmets but that's exactly what Warehouse are calling their leather mini, priced at €104, a perfect playmate for a rhinestone studded black cardi costing the same.
The high street chain celebrates 35 years of directional and effortless design and they certainly have a unique style. Looking back in time, simple tailored pieces embody the spirit of the Teddy boy but girls chasing a more feminine look should glance no further than the strong pieces in a glorious shade of grenadine.
Fashion rules in Dublin this weekend with a jam-packed schedule starting with Vogue Fashion's Night Out at Brown Thomas tonight; while celebrated Irish designers, Louise Kennedy and Pauric Sweeney meet their fans and showcase new collections.
The Dublin Fashion Festival runs from today until Sunday. Events include free catwalk shows, style schools, a blogger's bash and a model search, with the winner getting a three-year contract with 1st Option Model Management.