The bold and the beau­ti­ful

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When out and about this sum­mer, make a bold colour state­ment while keep­ing the look re­laxed. Dresses are ro­man­tic, and bright prints and flo­ral pat­terns are full of fun. Short cropped jack­ets or sim­ply-tied cross­over bal­let tops will dress up or dress down the look.

Where bet­ter to show­case this cel­e­bra­tion of colour than at the re­cent Alex Katz ex­hi­bi­tion at the Ir­ish Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art? His bold, bright por­traits per­fectly com­ple­ment this sum­mer’s fash­ion high­lights.

Stand out from the crowd on long sunny days by mix­ing flo­rals with stripes and pat­terns with print. If you’re feel­ing dar­ing, fin­ish your dress off with a pat­terned bag or a big sum­mer hat. Though the over­sized bag is bang on trend, smaller, pretty bags suit smarter oc­ca­sions.

For the not-so-bold, strong colours can be grad­u­ally in­tro­duced through ac­ces­sories. A plain dress can be made fab­u­lous with some colour­ful shoes – wedge, stack heel or flats, any­thing goes – or a strate­gi­cally placed cor­sage.

Pho­to­graphs: Bryan O’Brien Styling: Catherine Con­dell Hair and make up: Chris­tine Lu­cig­nano us­ing Chanel cos­met­ics Model: Cathy Coyle @ As­sets

Shot on lo­ca­tion at the re­cent Alex Katz ex­hi­bi­tion at the Ir­ish Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art, Royal Hospi­tal, Kil­main­ham, Dublin. Tel: 01-612 9900, email: info@imma.ie Spe­cial thanks to Pa­trice Molloy at IMMA

Left: Mul­ti­colour flo­ral cot­ton dress with rope belt ¤495 by Philip Lim; Sparkle shoes €345 by Jean Mickel Caz­abat; Flow­ers in hair from €35 each by Cherry Chau. All from Har­vey Nichols, Dun­drum Town Cen­tre

Above: Em­broi­dered green satin cropped jacket €140, match­ing hand­bag €52, cream vest top €37 and green satin skirt ¤110, all by Coast branches na­tion­wide

Above: Coral linen shawl col­lared jacket ¤69.90 by Zara at Dun­drum Town Cen­tre;

Flower cor­sages ¤17 each at Ac­ces­sorize; Navy cot­ton skirt with em­broi­dered flo­ral ap­plique ¤95 by Mon­soon. Branches

na­tion­wide

Right: Cerise pink jer­sey shrug ¤59 and mul­ti­colour maxi dress ¤399 both from LK

Ben­nett at Dun­drum Town Cen­tre. Gold thong san­dals from a se­lec­tion at

Ac­ces­sorize branches

Above: Multi-colour striped hooded cardi­gan ¤11 at Pen­neys na­tion­wide; Flo­ral print cot­ton dress with smocked bodice ¤46 at Top Shop, St Stephens Green and branches; Pink flower cor­sage (in hair) €35 by Cherry Chau at Har­vey Nichols; Teal suede wedge san­dals €99 by Nine West, branches na­tion­wide

Right: Ap­ple-green flo­ral print fit­ted dress €130 by Linea at

House of Fraser. Two-tone flower cor­sage €35 by Cherry

Chau. Striped leather hand­bag €685 by Paul Smith,

both at Har­vey Nichols.

Be­low: Printed linen mix smock jacket ¤100.50 from

River Is­land, branch­es­na­tion­wide

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