True romance shoulders in on power dressing
EIGHTIES power dressing is out and romanticism is in -- but hold on to your lederhosen for the fashion season ahead.
There's still a chill in the air but forward-thinking fashion mavens are already plotting their wardrobes for the coming months.
Last night, more than 200 of them perused the latest designs on a rose petal-strewn catwalk as Brown Thomas unveiled its spring/summer 2010 collections in Dublin.
While florals were out in force, with designers such as Stella McCartney, Dolce & Gabbana and Jason Wu getting in on the act, leather was also on show for those sticky summer months. Leather shorts are an emerging trend for those long of leg and brave of soul.
Victoria Beckham, the WAG turned designer, once again won over the critics with a head-turning collection. Fashion commentators said the highlights of last night's runway show were a structured nude dress, a floor-length black number and a cut-out grey dress.
The watch-words for the season are colour, pattern and femininity, with draped fabrics and layering.
And for those who despaired of Melanie Griffith in 'Working Girl' the first time around, take heart that the fashion world's love affair with the 1980s is over. Instead, it's all about "modern neo-classicism" -- translation: structured jackets, mini-dresses and high-waisted trousers and skirts.