While the fashion industry is preoccupied with all things beige and neutral this season, Arnotts made a case for bright splashes of colour and graphic print at its SS19 show this morning. For the final walk, the cast of models paraded down the runway in a fully formed rainbow from turquoise blue to shades of violet and lavender, into scarlet red, rusty orange and right through to bright and brilliant sunshine yellow. It was certainly enough to brighten up a gloomy, grey March morning.
Looking to the season ahead, when bluer skies return and temperatures begin to rise again, there were a number of enticingly wearable looks spotted in today’s show. Trends tapped by Valerie O Neill and the womenswear buying department included florals, colour-block tailoring in Crayola bright shades, co-ords (particularly city shorts and tailored jackets) and lots of checks and plaid. Featured brands included Essential Antwerp whose bold prints made a splash, Samsoe & Samsoe, Marella and Inwear, to name just a few that stood out. Flying the flag for Irish design were Niamh O’Neill – whose elegant designs appeared in bubblegum pink linen – Fee G and Magee.
Of course beige had to appear somewhere considering it is the most talked about trend of the season. At the show we saw it in full tonal looks from Selected Femme and Caractère, who showed easy ways to transition your wardrobe for spring, not least through an updated trench.
The new name to know? Humility, the French brand known for its modern silhouettes, emphasis on simplicity and muted colour palette. The entire collection is created in Europe and is made using sustainable and organic fabrics such as silk, organic cotton, linen and wool. A simple yet elegant black and white gingham shirt was paired with a voluminous black cotton calf-length skirt, heralding Humility as a brand to watch this season for its understated, well-cut pieces.
After all is said and done (and after 64 looks walked down the catwalk) if there’s one thing to take from today’s show it’s that the future is bright – at Arnotts at least …
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