Sunday 22 April 2018

Peter O'Brien: Movie star looks that won't break the bank

Lizanna wears a navy silk dress with black velvet sandals.
Lizanna wears a navy silk dress with black velvet sandals.
Yomiko wears a black polo neck sweater and satin skirt from Peter O’Brien’s collection at Arnotts

Bairbre Power Fashion editor

Couturier Peter O'Brien launched his second fashion collection for Arnotts of Henry Street last night and showcased a capsule wardrobe of 26 pieces, costing from €110 for a merino-wool top to €450 for wool/cashmere blend coats.

The Finglas-born designer, who rose to the top of the French couture scene at the House of Rochas, takes delight at seeing his designs now being sold at a fraction of the price they would have commanded in Paris years ago.

His Barbara Stanwyck-inspired pink, pleated gown would have cost thousands in 1993, but his new 2011 version, a navy chiffon shirtdress with double layered skirt, exquisite bouillone pleating, retails for €425 at Arnotts.

The designer -- who started out his career as a window dresser at Arnotts -- is pleased about making his haute couture aesthetic accessible and affordable in recessionary times.

"I love to see people wearing my clothes and telling me they have it for five years," said O'Brien.

He has moved on from his 'fit and flare' coats last season -- his new Victorian-style swing coat with peplum wrapping around the hips (€450) comes in black or navy or a pinkish-putty shade.

"I know Irish woman have resisted volume below the waist for some time, but I liked the idea of newness and this has a new modern feel, great with flats or heels," he said.

O'Brien resisted cutting too tight to the body and his horizontal-cut, colour- blocked cream-and-black patch pocket coat (€435) is, he says, "pure Duchess of Windsor 1963 from Mr Balenciaga".

All eyes were on his very beautiful single-button black coat with navy hemline which is separated by a luxurious band of corded guipure lace (€450).

The tux story with four core pieces will appeal to those who want a multi- tasking wardrobe.

Core is the short jacket with duchese satin under the collar and bound button holes which can be worn with a satin skirt (€210) or wide-legged, high-waisted crepe pants with turn-ups (€185) or a bucket--shaped skirt with deep pockets (€165).

Meanwhile, over at Brown Thomas, Grafton Street, model Christina Toal showcased a selection of glamorous lingerie looks.

This month the store is paying homage to the golden age of Hollywood glamour and and is inviting customers to channel their inner Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich or Ava Gardner in a series of make-up and lingerie masterclasses.

The masterclasses will offer cosmetic advice on how to achieve that Hollywood siren look at home and expert fitters will advise on the perfect silhouette during a ten-day lingerie event in which Calvin Klein launches its Naked Glamour collection.

Irish Independent

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