The bold and the beautiful
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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