Sheer luxury at Brown Thomas' Spring/Summer '15 preview
If you thought that Rosamund's Pike's cutaway dress at Sunday's Golden Globes was a one-off look for red carpets, think again.
The first audible gasp of appreciation at the Brown Thomas SS15 press preview fashion show yesterday was for a sheer, full-length Chloe gown in mellow yellow with plunging neck, cutaway sides, back and tiny spaghetti straps, so luxurious, it was price on request.
And so we stepped into a tardis in which 1970s hippy and sport glam - two of the key trends - find contemporary interpretation in the hands of Dries Van Noten, Stella McCartney and David Koma, a new label to the Grafton Street store along with Oscar de la Renta and Roksanda Illincic.
Irish shoppers can enjoy the prospect of tapping into a style serenity in the 'monastic zen' trend which is built around graceful layers and a pared back aesthetic, something Victoria Beckham excels at.
Peter Pilotto and Mary Katrantzou have taken their signature looks to a new level. Peter's bold graphic prints are edged with sequins and his top and skirt cost €720 and €1,240.
Peter delivered a slim silhouette while Mary's full skirted, sleeveless dress in a whimsical print (€2,575) was one of the hits of the show.
Shelly Corkery, fashion director at Brown Thomas, said: "The direction of fashion is definitely becoming much more 1970s, much cleaner, much more grown up, feminine and flirty. We've gone through goth and power dressing and we've left it all behind. I think this is a much more considerable way to go forward."