Bairbre Power: New season, new priorities
Some days you need a ball gown, next day, it's a cosy knit or faux fur
You'd be amazed who you will find shooting fashion in the natural beauty of Co Kerry. Annie Leibovitz came back twice she liked it so much and now it's the turn of Monsoon, the occasion-wear brand whose AW16 collection is a mixture of great coats and warming plaids. But with lots of debs talk and formal parties coming up, I immediately honed in on their evening wear, the photoshoot for which was done at Port Magee, along the Wild Atlantic Way.
What about that black outfit with its gorgeous contrasting fabrics (above)? That's a beaded georgette top worn with an uber cute skirt of clipped jacquard mesh over a soft satin lining - divine combo! Meanwhile, the 'Starr' pink embellished maxi is made from tulle and the gown is embellished with lustrous metal beads in vertical stripes which draws the eye down your silhouette. Lined for smoothness, this ethereal style has a flattering blouson bodice with a high neckline, and dramatic side splits on the skirt. The cut-out detail on the back reveals just a hint of skin.
Back in the world of Monday-to-Friday dressing, excitement is building about the arrival in Dublin of the Swedish store, & Other Stories. Pouring over an exclusive imagery of two AW16 collections from their ateliers in Paris and Stockholm, I was struck by how they reflected different aesthetics and ideas.
The Paris Atelier reinterprets the idea of retro futurism and their collection (which includes the faux fur coat, pictured above) aims to show that a new perspective on bohemianism is ascendant in 2016. Designer Philomene Tellaroli explains, "For us, this is a futuristic yet nostalgic season that speaks to women of today. Reinvented '60s-inspired elements tell an elegant and eclectic story of the past, present and future."
Meanwhile, in Stockholm, Marten Andreasson explains how their collection explored the intricate construction of modern Japanese culture. Mixing delicate details of traditional Japanese clothing, they embraced tailoring and created sophisticated coats and suiting. I loved how they factored in belts tied in intricate ways and jewellery took shape from folded sheets or paper or calligraphy outlines. The red dress and ankle boots (pictured below) are in this collection.
Reading the fascinating backstory to their designs only heightens the sense of anticipation to the Swedish store opening. In the meantime, I'm stalking their website, stories.com and this committed COS fan is happy out to see their little sister arrive in town.
Scent of a woman
I was in Cork earlier this week and there were celebrations as the new Charlotte Tilbury counter opened at Brown Thomas on Patrick Street. In addition to her make-up and skin creams (especially her high impact eye cream and night cream) there is a buzz about Charlotte's debut perfume, Scent of a Dream (€86/50ml), above - a floral chypre perfume which changes as your day progresses into night. It opens with invigorating top notes of lemon and peach followed by fleurotic heart notes which resonate over five hours and then come the 'pheromone' base notes of fire tree, Iso E Super and patchouli. To mark its launch, customers can book a complimentary 30-minute 'quick tricks' appointment to demonstrate the 'dreamy look' using Charlotte's new Legendary Muse palette of eye colours and her Hot Lips lipstick in Secret Salma, a muted, medium rosy mauve.
I was very taken by the trans-seasonal knits I spotted at the Mint Velvet shop in Dundrum Town Centre, including a collarless asymmetric zip coat (€259) and this cowl-neck cocoon knit (€109, above.