Two new launches from Irish designers and a storied French fashion house with modern verve. Here’s what’s piqued our attention this week …
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The everyday hero
Irish label Sinead Keary has expanded its offering of blazers: its much loved Tori blazer now comes in two new colours, dusky pink and French navy. The structured blazer ticks the box for staple wardrobe items – it’s perfect for both everyday and occasion wear. We like how the French navy hue (pictured) chimes well with light to mid wash denim. €189; www.sineadkeary.com.
The investment accessory
Simone Rocha’s recently-dropped Valentine bag is not just aptly titled because of the time of its launch – Rocha’s firstborn daughter also has the same name. The top handled leather bag is handcrafted in Italy using grain leather and boasts the most dainty of details – a daisy pearl magnetic clasp. It’s customisable too, coming with a choice of a crystal beaded floral bouquet charm or a pearl and bell charm crossbody strap. While the handbag isn’t exactly loud, the nostalgic shape, pearl details and sharp black or white colours are signature of the designer’s irreverent take on femininity. Consider it the quiet luxury antidote your wardrobe is craving. From £975; www.simonerocha.com.
The catwalk inspiration
Patou was one of the most buzzed about shows at couture fashion week in Paris last month. What’s the fuss about? The fashion house isn’t new – in fact, it’s steeped in French fashion heritage: founded by Jean Patou in 1914, it dressed ‘it’ girls of the day Louise Brooks and Josephine Baker. It also has been a training ground for some of French fashion’s finest names including Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Lacroix and, notably, Jean Paul Gaultier made his debut there. Since 2018, it’s been under the creative direction of Guillaume Henry, formerly of Nina Ricci and Carven, who has brought a new verve to the storied brand. Think crisp, classic pieces such as stripes, polka dots and great coats, fused with clean lines and unabashed pops of colour (the models’ bold red lips for winter 2024, pictured, were a firm favourite). Forget sequins and feathers, these are the kinds of statement pieces we’d like to have in our dream wardrobe. @patou