Spotlight on style as 2011 takes it to the max
There's one thing certain -- the spring/summer 2011 fashion season isn't going to be boring.
Brown Thomas (BT) yesterday rolled out its new style offerings and is clearly feeling optimistic, introducing 59 new labels into the Dublin store, 19 in Cork, 15 in Limerick and 14 in Galway.
New arrivals in Grafton Street include Dannii Minogue whose Project D range, with Tabitha Somerset Webb, has proved a runaway success for the Aussie singer turned TV style icon.
A mix of glamour and rock 'n'roll, Dannii's 12-tiered black evening dress shouts 1970s glamour.
"There is a huge amount of newness this year through fashion, accessories and shoes," said Shelly Corkery, head of fashion direction at BT.
The store is also opening a department on February 14 devoted to the crimson soles of recognised shoe king, Christian Louboutin.
Other new arrivals include 'Red', the more affordable, diffusion range from Valentino, while, for daytime style, the Vince label is already well known to Irish style watchers.
Mum-to-be Victoria Beckham has moved on from the hourglass, bodycon silhouette and her SS11 range features looser, softer shapes.
But she hasn't waved goodbye to long zips snaking down the back of her frocks.
BT's 120 VB frocks include the skater skirt in cream and a soft terracotta, and there are just two of the black evening dress (€3,500).
One of the most talked-about young designers coming to the fore, Mary Katrantzou's collection features deliciously artful graphic prints.
And forget the bad-boy image of punk, this season Balenciaga and Givenchy have made it pretty, with an accent on leather and leopard prints.
Stella McCartney, meanwhile, is all about the leg and her botanic and flower print dresses are full of surprises and skirts are split right up both legs.