Tuesday 12 December 2017

Clever couture: Luella from catwalk to high street

Dress, €54, at River Island; Red frill shoe, €155, at
Dress, €54, at River Island; Red frill shoe, €155, at Buffalo

London-based designer Luella Bartley is always up for a bit of fun. Her current collection is a lot more minimal than in previous seasons but the quirky hair bows, Queen Mum handbags and fresh-as-a-daisy colour palette keep it girlie as ever. Lemon yellow, cornflower blue, ruby red and candy pink come with a dose of bold polka dots.

Channelling a 1960s silhouette with nipped waist and panier skirt, the retro edge adds personality. Make-up is nude bar a heavy slick of bright colour across the lid. This look is about dressing-up box chic, taking a trend from the past and bringing it back up to date with playful styling.

Despite the fact that her label has now ceased trading, Luella's influence lives on.

Irish Independent

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