Bairbre Power has bold, bright colours for the autumn
Bid adieu to black, and say hello to bold and bright, writes Bairbre Power
Last season we called it colour blocking. It's back again for Autumn-Winter 2011 but it's bolder than before, a headlong dive into the colour spectrum with Michael Kors leading the way.
The Brits, Americans, Italians and French fashion cognoscenti, such as Lanvin, all went for colour pops that you can mix and match to your heart's content.
Boozy colours such as cranberry, burgundy, claret and cider contrast brilliantly with cobalt blue, jade green and teal. (That's dark turquoise to the non-'Vogue' readers.) There should be no inhibition about layering a myriad of hues and the more jewel-like they are, the better. Just what you need when dressing in a hurry in the morning.
"Cool shades fight and flirt with warmer livelier [ones] to create a pleasing kaleidoscope of colours," says Shelly Corkery, fashion director of Brown Thomas.
And did I mention mustard tights are the must-have buy? Yes, full-on deep gold and not some watered-down mix. Mustard hasn't been one of our favourite colours in Ireland. But like it we will this season, when we see how it's served up. Warm and spicy like the condiment, it takes on an ochre hue.
Work it for daytime with a Penneys' homespun bobble jumper. The Irish high-street chain has excelled in work-day separates and terrific suiting, with short skirts in a stretchy crepe that really holds its shape well. The star of the show has to be its impressively authentic 'silk'-look fabric.
Team up your skirt or 1960s pinafore dress with a matching short, crepe jacket in uplifting tangerine and blue. Strong, sharp bursts of colour is what Paul Costelloe went for at London Fashion Week 2011, and while the Dubliner has parked production for the moment, fans can rest assured that he will introduce some pieces online and hopefully into stores by late Autumn.
But what of the moment? "You have to buy a spectrum of coloured tights, if nothing else this season," advises Penneys buyer Triona McGinley. "It's not about one colour for autumn, it's about mixing lots of them," says the Donegal-born fashionista.
I like this because you can update your look with a minimum outlay. We found an array of coloured tights in 50, 70 and 120 denier at New Look. Tempting colours included mink, chestnut, khaki, petrol blue and yellow. New Look has a very strong sequin dress in stock, and don't miss a matching blue coat and one in fuchsia which hits the shops in October. Oasis are also doing great blue coats with skinny leg jeans of the same hue, due in mid-September.
Fans of Promod, the affordable Spanish label, will find it at Athlone Town Centre, its only location in Ireland. It has great colours in stock and the same goes next door at Zara, which attracts huge numbers of Galway shoppers.
If you don't rock plain colours, try prints, another key trend for A/W11. It's flowers from Miu Miu while Stella McCartney has moved from foliage to broken glass. More of that anon.
Enjoy your colour pops.