Thursday 14 November 2019

Bairbre Power on fashion, prom dresses, pastels and other adventures

Actress Charlie Murphy at the IFTAs
Actress Charlie Murphy at the IFTAs
Sunglasses, €64, Next
Earrings, €25
Carvela leather trimed runner, €125
'Mindy' blush scarf with a gold thread, 6€24.50 Costelloe & Costelloe
Limited Edition €82.00
Stella McCartney
Dirty Fabulous
Scarf, €24.50, Costello & Costello, Chatham Street

Fallen in love with pastels? As I step away from my monochrome wardrobe for summer, I find myself increasingly drawn to subtle pastels.

Designer Stella McCartney triggered my current intrigue with blush - and I'm not talking about wine here! After spotting Stella's deliciously luxe mac coat in a gleaming peach silk at Brown Thomas, I found myself experiencing 'blush synchronicity,' with every shopping expedition. Last week I went into M&S to buy peaches and discovered a fabulous blush, beaded bomber. I could only laugh at the peach/blush coincidence, and my good fortune, because the jacket  really looks far more expensive than its €82 price tag.

The interestingly named colour, ashes of roses, has too much putty in it to look good on all Irish complexions. Yet, all too often, I think we've ignored blush and reached for corals and apricots instead.

I'm not looking at the world through rose-tinted glasses. I like blue too, especially that pale blue hue worn by actress Charlie Murphy at the IFTAs last Sunday night. I'm sure lots of hearts skipped a beat when the Love/Hate actress stepped out in the exquisite ballet-length tulle, circular skirt and sheer veiling of fine lace over a bodice top. Charlie's vintage-style dress came from FairyGothMother who have a website and cute store in London's Spitalfields where they sell 50s-style wedding dresses and tea-length short styles.

It's no secret that I adore vintage and visiting the independent republic of Cork recently, I spied two floral 'glamorous housewife' gowns in Breda Casey's store, Miss Daisy Blue, which is tucked in beside the Patrick Street entrance to the English market.

I imagined our Weekend magazine gardening guru Leonie Cornelius (pictured on the cover), styled up like a heroine from an early Mad Men show. I'm never happier than when I'm plotting and planning a fashion shoot and, after calling in roses and blowsy blooms from top florist Ruth Monahan from Appassionata Flowers, Leonie Cornelius duly announced that she'd been a model before she took up gardening. I couldn't believe my luck. The gods were in alignment... and this was before photographer Mark Nixon sourced the wonderfully kitschy faux grass. It was style synchronicity, yet again.


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