The exciting new designer collections for the Spring/ Summer 2014 season have one prominent, common denominator -- and that's femininity, according to Shelly Corkery, fashion director at Brown Thomas.
Key trends include tribal influences and colourful florals. But one of the most appealing fashions was inspired by the world of art.
"There are multi-dimensional effects, a very strong focus on volume and proportion and hemlines are not fixed," says Shelly.
"This season there's the emergence of micro and macro lengths and a heavy use of pleats, frills, ruffles, fringing and feathers."
The incoming season is marked out for extra interest because of what Shelly describes as "an eccentric elegance".
This is a delicious fashion contradiction that will turn your wardrobe's clock on its head.
"Expect to see the use of metallics and embellishment for daywear, then sports luxe for eveningwear," says Shelly. "The time to sparkle in the spring is before the light goes down."
It's hard not to be smitten by this fashion irony, which offers great scope for individualism.
Colour-wise, our wardrobes' palettes are on the move, shifting from the navys, blacks and peeps of pink in winter to a love affair with brighter colours such as red and orange.
Pastels also come through with a very attractive peppermint green, and there is a "huge focus on summer whites", adds Shelly.
"Romance is in the air this year, and fashion flirts with overtly feminine looks, incorporating a pretty palette of pastels with a bouquet of floral prints and an evolution of retro, 1950s-fuelled looks," she adds.
And less is no longer more when it comes to floral fashion -- a trend that refuses to go away.
Blossoms have had something of a makeover this season, says Shelly. Vivid prints and floral adornment have sprung up across the four fashion capitals, so expect supercharged posies, tattoo blooms and 3D blossoms. There's always the option to explore them through embellishment and embroidery.
- All clothes featured available from Brown Thomas.