What Should You Buy From Brown Thomas This Season?

This morning fashion director Shelly Corkery showcased the SS19 collections at BROWN THOMAS and these are the top trends to know …

L – R: Roksanda, Dries Van Noten, Stella McCartney. Photographed by Jason Lloyd Evans

It’s difficult to get enthusiastic about spring dressing when we haven’t even felt the worst of winter yet. After this morning’s Brown Thomas SS19 show, THE GLOSS team, once we had dissected every last detail of the show, turned to the topic of the weather musing on the fact that winter still hasn’t really hit and wondering (hoping) if we will manage to bypass it completely? Wouldn’t that be nice, to enter straight into the new season, with new season wardrobes to boot? And though it might seem unlikely (though who really knows what is and isn’t possible these days with global warming and average temperatures gone haywire …) at least there is light at the end of the tunnel. That light comes in the form of bright, considered and wearable clothes from Brown Thomas’s SS19 collections.

This morning fashion director at Brown Thomas Shelly Corkery and her team showcased the pieces we’ll be wearing for spring/summer 2019. The season offers a range of trends to suit all tastes, from sixties inspired fashion to garden party florals, timeless minimalism and relaxed tailoring, to earthy tones and utility dressing. Corkery, who travels to New York, London, Milan and Paris to view the new collections each season, said Victoria Beckham and Valentino stood out, as did Jil Sander, a brand new to Brown Thomas for this season.

Neutral tones took centre stage at the show today, which was a transition from the abundance of colour seen in recent seasons. Natural shades from cream to beige and khaki to sand dominated in collections from Dior, Jil Sander, Loewe and Chloé, bringing a sense of renewed minimalism to the new season. Update wardrobe basics in earthy tones as a simple way to make an impact this season, and for extra polish keep your outfit to just one colour, adding interest with textures and varying shades.

In terms of key trends to look out for, according to Corkery, “A juxtaposition of both chic safari and modern utility, the utility theme is set to lead this season, with lightweight silks and smooth cotton trouser variations at Stella McCartney and Dries Van Noten.” Stella McCartney’s white boilersuit was a key piece, effective when paired with barely there sandals as seen both in the show today and at the designer’s Paris show last September. Though it is entirely versatile and would work with both trainers for weekend wear and boots to further reinforce the modern utility theme. The idea of a one-piece is quite appealing too, especially when busy mornings call for a throw-on-and-go, no-thought-required outfit. If a boilersuit seems all too much for you, dabble in the trend with cargo trousers which have been modernised this season in slimmer silhouettes, or Loewe’s khaki green wide sleeved button up shirt and matching skirt. Who can say no to functional fashion?

For style editor Aislinn Coffey an elasticated black leather skirt by Givenchy effortlessly styled with a white blouse caught her eye, while a voluminous leopard print coat by Irish designer Richard Quinn was the showstopper. Other notable pieces on show today included Roksanda’s simply exquisite silk dresses, the return of Bermuda shorts (yes, Bermuda shorts!) from Prada and Peter Pilotto, relaxed tailoring from Stella McCartney and Victoria Beckham, silk head scarves by Balenciaga and a fabulous floral seventies inspired kaftan by Richard Quinn.

In terms of shoes and accessories, Chloe’s lace up Ryley boots are a strong contender to be the boots of the season, and the only bag to wear now? Perspex, apparently, with Valentino, Versace and Stella McCartney among others showing logo-emblazoned transparent handbags. (Brown Thomas also currently stocks Instagram favourite Staud, whose PVC tote bags with removable pouches are an easy way to get in on the trend.)

All in all, Brown Thomas’s SS19 collections herald in bright new beginnings for the new season, which we can have to look forward to once we can just get through winter and out the other side …

Síomha Connolly

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