The Wild Side

Sarah Morrissey wearing Faux Fur Collar Waffle Coat 90 euro, Tapestry Belted Skater Dress 50 euro, Tan Satchel 30 euro and loafers 40 euro, from the new A|Wear autumn winter collection.
Sarah Morrissey wearing Faux Fur Collar Waffle Coat 90 euro, Tapestry Belted Skater Dress 50 euro, Tan Satchel 30 euro and loafers 40 euro, from the new A|Wear autumn winter collection.

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."

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