Bright, bold and beautiful colours on display as Arnotts herald the arrival of spring
There's nothing like a floral fuchsia suit by a still relatively new designer to perk up the dreariest of weekdays in January.
Arnotts, the iconic department store on Dublin's Henry Street, hosted a VIP preview of its incoming spring/summer collections in a converted space on the third floor for fashion journalists, stylists and bloggers.
Guests were treated to a floral paradise in keeping with the springtime theme as floweres from Appassionata featured as table centrepieces and dangled as ceiling hangings.
The show is famously inclusive, this year featuring six models of all ages and shapes, addressing the Arnotts customer head-on.
Lorna Britton (73) sashayed in colour block combinations alongside Seana Sweeney, a size 16 model from and relative newcomer Raiane Borges. 24-year-old Laura O'Grady, who made her name travelling the world as a rising supermodel and walking exclusively for Saint Laurent, brought her signature walk to the show during a brief return home.
Arnotts' aesthetic is a refreshingly practical one - beautiful clothes for 'real' women who like to dress well. It sounds simple, but it's a mantra that has carried the store through 175 years of business and is constantly evolving with new brands across womenswear, accessories, shoes and its ever-expanding beauty hall.
Staple brands like Marella and Caroline Kilkenny were featured as part of the display showcasing the store's four big trends for the coming season: Desert Spirit, Crayola Brights, Garden Party and Tropical Havana.
Sprinkled among the familiar lines of Tara Jarmon suits and Jigsaw coats were new addition designers like Millie Mackintosh, who launched her collection in store last year, Michael Kors, Armani Exchange, Tommy Jeans and Thought.
And Irish design still has a home at the forefront of the womenswear section with crepe dresses by Roisin Linnane, soft pinks and shell tops by FeeG and dress coats by Niamh O'Neill.