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Blaze of colour: sparkling Spring/Summer collections arrive in rooftop catwalk at Arnotts

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Stunning skyline: Models Thalia wears a red tiered dress by Essentiel Antwerp, (€285) and Emily wears a blue maxi dress by DAY Birger et Mikkelsen, (€245) from Arnotts SS20 collection. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Stunning skyline: Models Thalia wears a red tiered dress by Essentiel Antwerp, (€285) and Emily wears a blue maxi dress by DAY Birger et Mikkelsen, (€245) from Arnotts SS20 collection. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

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Stunning skyline: Models Thalia wears a red tiered dress by Essentiel Antwerp, (€285) and Emily wears a blue maxi dress by DAY Birger et Mikkelsen, (€245) from Arnotts SS20 collection. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

The skyline of Dublin witnessed a Scandi fashion take-over yesterday as Arnotts showcased their new Spring/Summer 2020 designer collections.

International designer names and Irish fashion talents featured in their 90s-look, breakfast catwalk show in the Henry Street department store.

However, the action then moved on to the rooftops overlooking Middle Abbey Street where many of the vibrant looks shared one common thread - from Scandinavian brands.

Maybe it's a northern European light thing, but they all delivered strong, saturated hues and the show yesterday showcased streamlined styles inspired by far-away destinations.

There's a big focus on fashion coming out of Copenhagen this season and three out of four of the new labels at Arnotts come from the Danish capital.

Storm & Marie, which may be new to shoppers, focuses on responsible design and clean silhouettes. It is named after the children of founders Signe Elizabeth Vedel and Kim Vedel Hansen.

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Timeless: Models Mary, Bronwyn and Appiok wear clothes from the new collections at Arnotts. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Timeless: Models Mary, Bronwyn and Appiok wear clothes from the new collections at Arnotts. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

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Timeless: Models Mary, Bronwyn and Appiok wear clothes from the new collections at Arnotts. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

DAY Birger et Mikkelsen was founded by Keld Mikkelsen and offers contemporary silhouettes with elegant tailoring.

Sanne Sehested wanted to create a brand inspired by her own wardrobe so she started Gestuz.

The fourth new label to the Dublin store is Ghost London. The breakfast-time showcase opened with a blue-and-white ditsy floral print dress, full of boho cutenes with its generous puffed sleeve and high neckline.

Irish designers were not forgotten and the show included versatile occasion wear by Aideen Bodkin and Fee G, who fuse intricate detailing with blooming floral prints in a spectrum of soft delicate tones.

Queen of the soft drape, designer Roisin Linnane is working with a romantic champagne silk this season.

For sheer wow factor, prize of the day had to go to red ruffle front dress from the Sisters by Caroline Kilkenny label. The knee-length dress, pictured left worn by model Appiok, costs €200.

The demand for lean and sleek suits continues and model Mary, who works in fashion at Arnotts, wore a dark pink Fabienne Chapot trouser suit and shirt which in total €520 in price.

Model Bronwyn wore a Claudia Sträter orange blazer (€259.95) over a Ghost London dress (€150), Jaeger wide-brimmed straw hat, (€70) and LK Bennett basket (€115).

Buyer Mary Claffey said they were very excited to introduce new brands that are chic, modern and emblematic of a new era. "This summer is all about introducing bold colours and updated silhouettes to your wardrobe while still maintaining a timeless sensibility."

Irish Independent