Get­ting ready for au­tumn

Com­bine tra­di­tional fab­rics with flo­rals and prints in con­tem­po­rary ways, writes Deirdre McQuil­lan

The Irish Times Magazine - - FASHION -

Mag­a­zine Oc­to­ber 6, 2018

The re­cent au­tumn/ win­ter show at Arnotts showed how to man­age stylishly some of the sea­son’s trends and in­cor­po­rate them seam­lessly into ex­ist­ing wardrobes. Got a tweed jacket? Put it over a long flo­ral skirt, but watch the pro­por­tions. How to wear the longer lengths? Try match­ing a skirt with a chunky sweater but again note lengths of both. It demon­strated how blaz­ers are use­ful both trans- sea­son­ally and for win­ter and in­tro­duced the fresh new au­tumn shades – rus­set, rust, or­ange, sap­phire and of course red, to brighten up dark days.

Buyer Va­lerie O’Neill has brought in two ex­cit­ing new Bel­gian brands to the store to whet the ap­petite – look out for Es­sen­tiel An­twerp and DMN whose af­ford­able prices match their off­beat but ac­ces­si­ble mod­ern styles. Es­sen­tiel An­twerp was founded by a model and a fash­ion agent who joined forces to start a t- shirt range which even­tu­ally grew into a ready to wear col­lec­tion and now in­cludes knitwear, jackets, dresses and trousers with uni­ver­sal ap­peal. To­day it is known for its graphic and flo­ral prints and mixes of colour. DMN is a Bel­gian brand that orig­i­nally was called Mer du Nord and re­launched with a whole new look last year. It was one of the high­lights of the Arnott’s au­tumn show with its green and navy vel­vet blaz­ers and pants, pin­stripe suits and fresh white shirts that were cool, con­tem­po­rary and sharp, clothes for work and day­wear.

The out­fits shown il­lus­trate how to com­bine tra­di­tional f abrics with f l orals and prints in con­tem­por a r y ways drawn from the new brands.

Other pop­u­lar brands in­cluded Pablo, the so- called “lit­tle sis­ter” of the well known French la­bel Ger­ard Darel along with items from the new Ir­ish Col­lec­tion Edit at the store that in­cludes Magee and Tri­ona Done­gal tweeds with knitwear from Fish­er­man out of Ire­land. When it comes to coats, there are choices from a wide spec­trum from ¤ 360 for a sim­ple black tai­lored num­ber by Karen Millen to ¤ 690 for a re­laxed check coat from DMN.

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