Sunday 18 February 2018

Bright, bold and beautiful colours on display as Arnotts herald the arrival of spring

Models Thalia Heffernan & Lorna Britton at the launch of the Arnotts Spring/Summer '18 collection. Thalia wears: Strenesse print silk blouse; Marella Floral pencil skirt; Kate Spade Floral box bag and Ted Baker Floral Sandals. Lorna wears: InWear pink floral shirt; Marella print trouser and Vince Camuto shoes. Picture: Anthony Woods
Models Thalia Heffernan & Lorna Britton at the launch of the Arnotts Spring/Summer '18 collection. Thalia wears: Strenesse print silk blouse; Marella Floral pencil skirt; Kate Spade Floral box bag and Ted Baker Floral Sandals. Lorna wears: InWear pink floral shirt; Marella print trouser and Vince Camuto shoes. Picture: Anthony Woods
Thalia Heffernan at the launch of the Arnotts Spring/Summer ‘18 collection. She wears: Strenesse print silk blouse; Marella Floral pencil skirt; Kate Spade Floral box bag and Ted Baker Floral Sandals. Picture: Anthony Woods
Thalia Heffernan at the launch of the Arnotts Spring/Summer ‘18 collection. She wears: Luisa Cerano lime pleated dress; Coccinelle pink box bag and Dune red boots. Picture: Anthony Woods
Models Thalia Heffernan & Lorna Brittain at the launch of the Arnotts Spring/Summer ‘18 collection. Thalia wears: InWear coat soft pink; Fee Gee soft pink shell top; Fee Gee sheer embroidered skirt; Furla grey box and Kurt Geiger shoes. Lorna wears: Caroline Kilkenny nude jumpsuit; LK Bennett nude shoes and Michael Kors clutch. Picture: Anthony Woods
Laura O'Grady walking the Arnotts SS18 show wearing a Tara Jarmon suit
Seana Sweeney walking the Arnotts SS18 show wearing a Roisin Linnane dress
Seana Sweeney walking the Arnotts SS18 show
Model Lorna Britton at the launch of the Arnotts Spring/Summer ‘18 collection. She wears: Tara Jarmon coral blazer and trousers; Claudia Strater lemon knit; Michael Kors fuchsia envelope clutch bag and Vince Camuto stiletto heels. Picture: Anthony Woods
Laura O'Grady walking the Arnotts SS18 show wearing Michael Kors
Laura O'Grady walking the Arnotts SS18 show
Laura O'Grady walking the Arnotts SS18 show wearing a Ganni dress
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

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.

Model Lorna Britton at the launch of the Arnotts Spring/Summer ‘18 collection. She wears: Tara Jarmon coral blazer and trousers; Claudia Strater lemon knit; Michael Kors fuchsia envelope clutch bag and Vince Camuto stiletto heels. Picture: Anthony Woods
Model Lorna Britton at the launch of the Arnotts Spring/Summer ‘18 collection. She wears: Tara Jarmon coral blazer and trousers; Claudia Strater lemon knit; Michael Kors fuchsia envelope clutch bag and Vince Camuto stiletto heels. Picture: Anthony Woods

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.

Seana Sweeney walking the Arnotts SS18 show wearing a Roisin Linnane dress
Seana Sweeney walking the Arnotts SS18 show wearing a Roisin Linnane dress

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.

Laura O'Grady walking the Arnotts SS18 show wearing Michael Kors
Laura O'Grady walking the Arnotts SS18 show wearing Michael Kors

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