Monday 19 March 2018

Colour Blocking: Colour me

Dress, €1,450, Prada,
Brown Thomas.
Scarf (worn as collar),
€95, Matt Doody.
Necklace, €25.50;
clutch, €42,
both Accessorize.
Cuff, €18, Warehouse.
Earrings, model’s own
Dress, €1,450, Prada, Brown Thomas. Scarf (worn as collar), €95, Matt Doody. Necklace, €25.50; clutch, €42, both Accessorize. Cuff, €18, Warehouse. Earrings, model’s own
Blouse, €42, Rare, Topshop. Vest, €40; trousers, ¤40; sandals, €94; bag, €42, all River Island. Necklace, €18; tassel belt, €24, both Warehouse. Watch, €30, River Island. Ring, €65, Matt Doody.
Dress with sash, €475, Matt Doody. Wedges, €225, Carvela, Brown Thomas. Hat, €110; corsage, €55, both Matt Doody. Gloves, €50, Lorens, Costume. bag, €490, Miu Miu, Brown Thomas. Earrings, model’s own
Blazer, €98; top, €40, both River Island. Skirt, €280, Armani, Brown Thomas. Shoes, €87, River Island. Necklace, €18, Warehouse. Corsage, €55, Matt Doody. Ring, €13.50, Accessorize. Clutch, €42, River Island
Dress, €1,350, Roland Mouret, Costume. Slingbacks, €695, Nicholas Kirkwood, Brown Thomas. Necklace, €24, Warehouse. Sash, €175, Helen James, Costume. Earrings, model’s own
Jumper, €230, Acne, Brown Dress, €130, Warehouse. Sandals, €94; watch, €30, both River Island. Ribbon (around waist), € Rubanesque. Earrings, model’s own

Photography by Emily Quinn Styling by Karl Patrick Smith fashion edited by constance harris

A fashion editor is supposed to love every fashion trend under the sun; that's the theory. But you can be sure that every one of us has our pet peeves.

I have quite a few. I hate clothes that make women ugly. You'd think designers would know women want to look good. But some are in the business for their own egos. I think neutrals, which are a huge trend this season, are boring and do nothing for women. Especially for those who are pink-skinned and from the northern hemisphere, such as us Irish.

And, although I do actually like prints, another trend this season, I think women have to step very carefully into them. Too easily, prints can result in women looking like Krystle Carrington circa 1982. The only prints to trust if you are over 25 are by Dolce, or Prada. Which is why I am a fan of colour blocking -- about the only trend all ages can make their own. Young women love to take it to Eighties-revisited, kitsch extremes, while older women, who can carry off dramatic, edgy design, love it because they cut a striking figure without looking like a parody of a fashion era gone by.

Dublin designer Richard Lewis -- who has not only had a long, successful career dressing women, but is also rated by men because they love how he brings out the feminine in women -- has always favoured colour blocking. He thinks it is much more flattering to women, taking stones off figures and years off faces.

Colour blocking is not a new trend. When giving a talk to the styling course in Crumlin Senior College recently, I showed them a stunning jewellery shoot our own Liadan Hynes did back in 2008 in which she used colour-block garments to highlight the drama of the jewellery.

Colour-block looks love accessories, as you can see from the shoot on our pages today. Footwear, gloves -- a trend next autumn -- headpieces and handbags all look striking when an ensemble is as disciplined as those on our pages.

Keep your make-up clean and strong with this look, especially lips, while hair should be in a simple style.

Colour-block fashion was once the domain of high-end designers, but the High Street has now embraced the look. Designer exponents of the trend include Roland Mouret and Stella McCartney and Irish designers such as Matt Doody, Eme Vandal, sphere one and couturier Jen Kelly, while ready-to-wear brands such as Daisy May and Gold, available nationwide, have the colour-block look down pat. I particularly loved Tyrrell & Brennan's floor-length riding coat teamed with funky Capris, so you can get in on the look while supporting our own.

Matt Doody, Ground Floor, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, D2, tel: (087) 232-2382, or see Costume, 10 Castle Market, D2,

tel; (01) 679-4188 A Rubanesque, Ground Floor, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, D2, tel: (01) 672-9243, see Photography by Emily Quinn, see

Styling by Karl Patrick Smith, email Make-up by Danielle Murphy, see Hair by Trudy Hayes, email Model: Rebekah McCreesh at Morgan The Agency Shot at

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