After a preview of the AW18 collections at BROWN THOMAS, SÍOMHA CONNOLLY takes a look at the SEASON AHEAD …
While the rest of the country has been enjoying the sunshine with Ireland’s heatwave, fashion director Shelly Corkery and her team at Brown Thomas have been in full autumn mode as they prepare to launch their new season collections. At the Brown Thomas AW18 show earlier this week we saw the trends, clothes and accessories that will form the backbone of our cold weather wardrobes, and while we’re not wishing away the summer anytime soon, let’s just say we’re excited for what’s to come…
While Prada made for an impressive opening walk, for style editor Aislinn Coffey the standout piece of yesterday’s show was a houndstooth check coat by Givenchy, simply styled with a brown highly-lacquered patent belt and what could easily become the boots of the season, Givenchy’s cone-heel slouchy leather mid-calf boots – they feature a zip so that they can fit either wide or tight on the leg, though wide appears to be the way to wear them as shown on the AW18 catwalks. Expect these boots to be everywhere (Isabel Marant also had a similar style), as well as a lot of Givenchy’s AW18 collection actually, Clare Waight Keller is doing some exciting things at the helm of the French brand.
Other looks that caught Aislinn’s eye included a burgundy cardigan by Erdem effortlessly layered over a yellow floral print dress with a full skirt belted at the waist with a matching burgundy leather belt, and an asymmetric red check dress by Calvin Klein with folded fabric – endlessly wearable for autumn/winter, we’d pair it with a turtleneck layered underneath and knee-high leather boots for colder weather.
Delpozo’s looks were another standout, particularly appealing was their intarsia sweater paired with high-waisted camel trousers with a neon pink side stripe, pulled together with a 3D leather belt (Delpozo’s creative director, Josep Font, was previously an architect which explains the sculptural shoes and accessories). Delpozo’s designs would liven up any winter wardrobe.
Roksanda’s bias-cut silk dresses looked fresh for autumn/winter paired with over the knee boots, while Gucci’s midi-length wool bouclé coat would make a great investment buy. Stella McCartney’s red printed dress paired with matching red trainers was arguably the most wearable look from the show. We’d also love to cosy up in Dior’s oversized slogan knitwear, while The Row’s asymmetrical tailoring is what our winter workwear dreams are made of.
Looking forward, we’re in for a season that’s as much about comfort as it is style. Longer hemlines on dresses and coats, loose-fitting trousers and skirts are the silhouette of choice and cone or block-heeled boots and shoes take the place of spindly heels. If Brown Thomas’s AW18 collections are anything to go by, we won’t be too sad to say goodbye to summer and welcome autumn, if only to let our new wardrobes shine.
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