Homage to '70s gives old-school style without breaking the bank
THE M&S homage to the '70s was the highlight of their spring/summer 2011 show at Dublin's City Hall last night, where a €135 white trouser suit kickstarted a new love affair with Bianca Jagger.
The white tailored jacket and trousers came in at a price-conscious €88 and €47.50 respectively. Whatever about the rule that guests don't wear white to weddings for fear that they upstage the bride, you can forget political correctness this summer as shoppers go for affordable, high impact suits like this.
Wallet-watching style queens will be pleased with the nautical sailboats dress for €30, accessorised with a per una navy cardi/ jacket trimmed with a navy-and-white check on the lapels and pockets.
Stylist Catherine Condell added a cute touch, cinching in the waist with a man's spotted tie and finishing off the look with €20 leggings and red patent heels.
There was note-taking by ladies-who-lunch, who have re-positioned their shopping habits and were pleased to see the Coney Island-inspired '50s theme included an Autograph floral prom dress for €95.
Key fashion looks straight from the set of the new M&S adverts grabbed the limelight and while adverts featuring Twiggy and Dannii Minogue only air next month, Irish customers enjoyed their chance to get an early preview of long, chiffon maxi dresses for between €67 and €135.
Fans of Victoria Beckham's tailored silhouette zoned in on fitted dresses for €60. The show ended with a serving of Liquorice Allsorts, inspired by layered-up 'flouro' stripes that Prada made so popular. However, instead of designer prices, the separates in stripes of black, pink, lime and lemon range from €24 upwards.