Monday 22 January 2018

That 70s show reigns at Monsoon

Lily Donaldson’s ‘au naturel’ look has raised some eyebrows.
Lily Donaldson’s ‘au naturel’ look has raised some eyebrows.
Model Lynn Kelly at Monsoon on Grafton Street in Dublin wearing a turquoise floral jumpsuit for €169. LEON FARRELL/PHOTOCALL IRELAND


There's no escaping 70s nostalgia at Monsoon this spring where billowing Ali Baba jumpsuits, floral maxis, fringed waistcoats and flared jeans rule the day.

Forty years on, Monsoon are reworking the look to give the grand-daughters of the original 70s flower children a fresh take on macrame fringed waistcoats and floppy hats.

But into the mix comes a London supermodel who has a very cheeky take on marrying in white.

Lily Donaldson, Monsoon's new celebrity poster girl, posed in the Los Angeles canyons wearing this season's hero dress, but dispensed with the usual under-slip, preferring to go 'au naturel'.

Indeed, some critics might dub the 'Claudia' dress a giant 'doily frock' or compare it to a table cloth they saw at their aunties. But the crochet aesthetic is returning to vogue.

Internationally acclaimed designer John Rocha has made it a badge of honour to revisit Irish crochet and knitting skills every season and the spidery stitches are filtering right down to the high street.

As for saying 'I do' in a draughty, revealing dress like this, rest assured, Monsoon's 'Claudia' dress comes with a slip. Well priced, the fluted sleeved dress comes in a long version for €180 and the shorter version costs €90.

The Kip dress, which became a best seller in navy for Monsoon last season, has returned in aqua this season, with luxurious stone work on the right shoulder.

Irish Independent

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