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Wednesday 20 November 2019

Style: Lying around, necklines and other adventures

Runway at Dries Van Noten
Runway at Dries Van Noten
River Island
River Island
Naomi Watts
Sophia Bush and Felicity Jones
Caitriona Balfe
Runway at Simone Rocha
Solace London dress
Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power

Lying around, belly laughing at Sharon Horgan in Catastrophe this week, I vowed to go out and get myself some decent lounging around clothes.

The holidays were all about sofa time in fluffy dressing gown and leggings with festive motifs but for 2015, I really want something a bit more chic - more loungewear than velour tracksuit. I see myself pouring my peppermint tea wearing an oriental-style, vintage kimono with silky, luxe-feel, teamed with wide-legged trousers and maybe a bamboo cotton top for extra comfort.

In an ideal world, I would lounge around wearing Dries Van Noten (pictured right) whose SS15 collection was a delicious mix of sumptuous fabrics layered up with contrasting prints and silky stripes. It was a collection steeped in romance but with that fabulous coat costing €1,075, it is not for lounging around in.

While I love kimonos - especially for holidays where they transform core basics for pool-to-dinner - it can be touch-and-go with the fringed ones. Too long and too wide, and you risk ending up looking like Miss Hannigan in Annie. And avoid at all costs the Gypsy Rose Lee kimono where your beaded tassels make you look more fortune teller than the hostess with the mostess.

And so it was that I went shopping to find something affordable which still carried some of the aesthetic of my beloved Dries Van Noten.

For weekend down-time, I'm interpreting my Japanese aspirations with a layered three-piece, high street look I discovered at River Island for a total of €153. The kimono (€73) ticks all the boxes - long, narrow with three-quarter length sleeves that won't catch on door handles as happens with the long sleeves of authentic kimonos. The pants (€47) kind of match yet clash, like Dries did, with the kimono, and the cute top (€33) has cut-away shoulders.

Interest in shoulders and clavicles (shoulder bone) certainly peaked on the Screen Actors' Guild (SAG)awards' red carpet last Sunday. I thought Felicity Jones' Balenciaga blush gown with cross-over neckline was utterly compelling. Loving navy, I looked twice (and then three times) at Naomi Watts' embellished strapless look only to discover that she was wearing Balenciaga too. When you fall in love with a designer, it's usually a total crush!

Could I emulate these two dresses on the high street too? Take a look to the right and see what I found…



Neckline drama firmly put legs onto the styling backfoot on the SAGs red carpet. The white Cara dress from Solace London creates a similar 'X marks the spot', wrap over neckline concept as Felicity Jones' blush Balenciaga couture gown. Solace London are all about defining 'modern graphic elegance' and do a range of easy-to-pack, maxi dresses, jumpsuits and separates. Thrilled with my detective work online, I'm happy to report that the off-the-shoulder maxi dress is also available in black, and is currently priced at €185.72 on By the way, the super flattering cross-over is replicated on the back too, for a snug fit.

Meanwhile, to capture some of that clean shoulder/strapless dress look with horizontal embellishment which Naomi Watts wore to the SAGs, I think Simone Rocha's new marabou-trimmed black satin dresses are picture perfect. Investment pieces for the future, there are several hemline lengths. Check out

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