Sunday 21 January 2018

Bairbre Power: a collection for all ages

Style icon Twiggy's line for M&S lands in Ireland

Twiggy wears ikat printed shirt, €47.50 and matching trousers, €47.50, nude pump, €74.
Twiggy wears ikat printed shirt, €47.50 and matching trousers, €47.50, nude pump, €74.
Twiggy olive suede biker jacket, €270, denim jeans, €40 and shirt, €59.
Twiggy's linen coat, €120, all items from the Twiggy SS16 collection at M&S now available at their Liffey Valley store,
Ladies brogues, €88.
Twiggy's textured navy biker jacket with wool, €95.
Natalie B Coleman
Natalie B - white cotton t-shirt.
Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power

If there's one topic that Twiggy, the iconic '60s model loves discussing, it's her biker jackets. They are very much part and parcel of her own daily look and I think there should be a fanfare for the olive green suede one (right) in her latest collection for M&S.

Immortalised in Andy Warhol prints and having worked with the iconic David Bowie, Twiggy (66) has spent 50 years at the forefront of fashion and as we sit down to chat about her SS16 collection, Twiggy has something to celebrate: an Irish first.

The powers that be at M&S have finally introduced the Twiggy collection onto the shop floor here. Up until now, her clothing line was only available online but now you can now buy it at the M&S branch at Liffey Valley and I sincerely hope that they expand its availability to other branches around the country.

Finish, colour and cut are right at the top of Twiggy's agenda and you know from the way she discusses the clothes that she has been across the design process from start to finish.

The pure linen cream coat (right) was cut boyfriend-style, explains Twiggy, so it's designed to be worn loose, but if you prefer a slimmer fit, you can try one size down. The navy wool biker (right) is an ideal summer lightweight take on a rock chic favourite and possesses that invaluable smart casual look that lifts a stripey tee and jeans to a whole new level. Twiggy is a big fan of brogues and has an enviable collection of her own. Interestingly, the ice blue/grey and white styles (right) are endorsed by the UK College of Podiatrists and feature Insolia Flex® soles.

"I'm not allowed to have favourites," Twiggy laughs, but she concedes she is very taken with the ikat print shirt and trousers which can be worn together, or separately, and then there's the biker. "I love it because suede is gorgeous and I love the colour, that's where our colour palette for this collection started from.

"It upsets me when people put an age on what women should wear. I think people should find their own comfort zone, and sometimes be a bit more adventurous and try new things. I think age is irrelevant today. My collection is based around the things I love to wear," says Twiggy, adding "I'm not obsessed with this age thing of clothes. I don't design for my age group particularly, I just design clothes that I think are beautiful and that women will love. My daughter is in her mid-30s and she wears a lot of my clothes and my friend's 23-year-old daughter wears my biker jackets. Age is all in the mind."

New from Natalie B 

Natalie B Coleman

Irish clothing designer Natalie B Coleman who hails originally from Co Monaghan, sure is one busy woman. She is about to become a mum for the first time and has reprised her hugely popular 'All the jewellery I never got' slogan print into a number of cute pieces. Exclusive to Arnotts, the range includes a T-shirt, frilled T-shirt dress and sweatshirt in old-school grey - just the thing for glam-meets-dress down at the weekend!

Support your local girl gang

Natalie B - white cotton t-shirt.

White cotton T-shirt, €55, grey sweatshirt, €125, from Natalie B Coleman's new casual collection, exclusive to Arnotts


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