Volcano of colour without splashing the cash
Caitlin Leckey wears a Sonia Rykiel blossom blouse with zip detail, €260, and cherub shorts, €225. Anthony WoodsJennifer Foley wears Mary Katrantzou silk digital print dress, €688, at the Harvey Nichols spring/summer fashion show 2010. Anthony Woods
IN cash-strapped times even the most devoted designer-clad diva will opt for bargain buys from the high street -- just look how profits at Penneys have soared.
High-end retailer Harvey Nichols has responded swiftly to this trend by snapping up more affordable, yet still eclectic, looks for their spring/summer 2010 rails at their Dundrum Town Centre store.
Last night's fashion show reflected this label-lite approach, with artist Helen Steele decorating the catwalk with splashes of random paint.
In keeping with the theatrical theme, the show highlighted volcano-print dresses in silk by Christopher Kane. A silk digital cocktail dress by Mary Katrantzou set the trend, followed by a soft snake-print dress by Peter Pilotto .
Preppy, colour-striped jumpers by Sonia Rykiel were teamed with printed shorts and peep-toe sandals. Many of the blouses featured heavier zips along the neckline and down the front.
A funky pair of Alexander McQueen striped slingbacks hit the €540 mark, but there were lovely wedge-heel sandals by Steve Madden for €140, too.
Chic slouch pants by DKNY (€181), a fun navy playsuit by Paul and Joe Sister, and a Juicy Couture velvet jumpsuit for €175 romped out along the ramp.
Harem pants are still a design favourite this season, despite the fact they have enough leg room to accommodate a hippo.
Aspiring footballers' wives with spray-on tans and matching smiles might have been dazzled by the silver sequinned mini-dress. But more muted designs were on offer too, from sleeveless white linen dresses by Armani to Chloe's Hawaiian silk dress.
A shapely D&G rose-print dress for €378 and Louboutin shoes were the very essence of springtime.
Another winning number was the Vivienne Westwood Red label with a gorgeous soft pink jersey dress with open-neck collar. Her gold and white brocade jacket impressed, too. There's a waiting list for them already as her remarkable talent shines through.
Finally, guests were dazzled by an Amanda Wakeley pleated chiffon dress, while the Irish guys heading to the Oscars might like to snap up a cool D&G T-shirt with bow-tie detail, along with a black waistcoat with velvet trim.