Runway report: Accessories and novelty footwear reigns supreme at Brown Thomas
Chunky runners, logo jumpers and headwear takes new shape as presented at the Brown Thomas SS19 Designer Collections Fashion Show
Twice a year, Ireland's fashion insiders - editors, influencers and stylists - gather on the second floor of Brown Thomas' Grafton Street store, hours before the store opens to the public, for one of the most anticipated events on the Irish style calendar.
This year, the upscale department store put 112 looks on show from its best-selling designers, a mix of well tailored pieces by muted Roksanda pieces and floral silk dresses by London-Irish designer Richard Quinn. This season, however, all eyes were downcast as the focus lay at the models' feet, whether it be in mules or a pair of leather platforms.
Heavy soled shoes like the chunky wooden wedges and leather platforms by Miu Miu reigned supreme, mixed among Balenciaga's Triple S runners and Prada's athleisure take on the gladiator sandal, a black nylon ankle length sandal with logo on display.
Headwear, including a double flap Prada hat, introduced the show, while a silk hairband, also by the Italian fashion house, was in keeping with Kate Middleton's new favourite accessory. This year's collections are a combination of colour, texture and print, with each presentation, comprised of an average of six looks, staying true to its respective label's core.
Models like Laura O'Grady, one of YSL's preferred faces in Paris, fresh from a stint in Hong Kong, joined Aine O'Gorman, who is taking a break from the international catwalkss, joined Sarah Morrissey, a stalwart of the show, alongside relative newcomers like Paula Pancer for a myriad looks to take inspiration from over the coming months.