Our Brown Thomas AW15 Preview

Smart, GROWN-UP DRESSING is the order of autumn/winter, if the BROWN THOMAS AW15 preview is anything to go by – and we can’t wait

Smart, grown-up dressing is the order of autumn/winter, if Brown Thomas‘ a/w preview is anything to go by – and we can’t wait.

Muted tones, midi skirts and sharp pantsuits came down the catwalks; mood boards mentioned terms like ‘Couture Construction’ (in real life, this means voluminous, stiff outerwear from Balenciaga; careful cutouts in dresses by Victoria Beckham; precision tailoring by Stella McCartney).

Texture played a huge role in the show – velvet shoes, heavy tweed, knits of all textures – and sequins in the most unexpected places.

It’s that juxtaposition that we love this season – unabashedly glamorous metallic embroidery combined with utilitarian cotton from Dries van Noten; ribbed poloneck knit dresses, completely backless, by Celine; oversize acrylic jewellery pared with luxurious, soft knits from Marni.

Speaking of, Marni is our workwear dream – you might have seen one of our favourite picks if you were following the show on our Instagram.

And that wardrobe anchor, black, has been turned on its head by Alexander McQueen – the colour still reigns supreme but has been whipped into sheer, feminine lace and frills. For night we can’t wait to slip into a glamorous Valentino gown, its billowing volume matched perfectly by a low v-cut in the back.

Accessories are always the easiest way to update our wardrobes – and standouts were from the shoe department. Style Editor Aislinn Coffey and I agreed, the knee-high, wide-leg suede boots by Lanvin (the perfect counterpoint to a structured miniskirt) are now firmly on our wish lists – as well as a pair of heels in any fabric, as long as they are green.

Natasha Sherling