Karen Millen: Fashion designer makes her all-weather pitch
IF the weather won't make up its mind, our wardrobe choices will continue to be fashionably schizophrenic, oscillating daily between summer dresses and heavy winter coats.
It was definitely an Indian-summer frock day on Grafton Street yesterday when Karen Millen rolled out some seriously desirable autumn-winter 2011 numbers, including '60s nostalgia, '70s New York and a high-street homage to the couture catwalk.
Liberties belle, former Miss Ireland Sarah Morrissey wasn't even born in the 1960s but she looked a convincing Modern Mod in an orange and black '60s shirt dress (€199) with stretch knee-high boots (€299).
It was colour blocking with a Mondrian twist.
Stella McCartney stole the high-end, pret-a-porter limelight this season with her black dress, which featured a polka-dotted sheer panel snaking down the torso. A celebrity favourite, it dominated red carpets.
Karen Millen's take on sexy spots is opulent but infinitely more affordable at €260.
Strategically seamed, this black satin dress features a high neck with a twist knot, from which the lace drama begins, running down the arms and on to the back.
A graphite, stranded leather jacket is a girly alternative to the black biker jacket trend. Party wear includes tempting lacy shoeboots and faux-fur wraps. For the glitter brigade, scattered crystal peep-toe court shoes and a matching nude satin envelope, made with Swarovski elements, are just the thing for the Facebook fiend who doesn't want to leave her iPad at home.
The Karen Millen brand started 30 years ago when the designer and partner borrowed £100 to buy 100 metres of white cotton to make shirts. The company celebrates the benefits of her enterprising 1981 vision with a birthday collection of 30 lifestyle accessories.
They include a collection of covers for iPads and crystal cases for iPhones.
Meanwhile, with 62 shopping days left until Christmas, Tesco yesterday showcased the best of its yuletide offerings including F&F party dresses in size 8-22 for €21.
They also have 'True', a plus-size range for sizes 14-28. Key bargains yesterday were an Indian-style silver statement necklace (€14) and men's denim jeans from €5.
Party looks included a floaty tunic dress with embellished sleeves in either cherry red or black, and a red body-con bandeau dress (€21), very glam teamed with a cosy, machine-washable, 100pc cashmere cardi (€58), with diamante buttons.
The F&F clothing range is available in selected Tesco Extra stores nationwide.