A/W at Arnotts

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The Arnotts 2010 Autumn Winter Fashion Show took place in the contemporary setting of the Conran Shop on the top floor of Arnotts on Tuesday evening (14th September). The overriding message this season is one of a return to classic timeless looks and the new Autumn Winter collections at Arnotts and the fashion show itself reflected this. New Ladieswear brands to Arnotts this season include Aquascutum, Reiss, Boutique by Jaeger, NW3 and Coast. New male brands include Thomas Pink, Paul Costello, Sand and DKNY.

 Key tailoring trends for men this Autumn/Winter are also focused around traditional classic menswear with a timeless appeal. Shirting themes throughout the collections see traditional heritage checks and vintage detailing with pops of vibrant colour contrasts.

Deirdre Devaney, Fashion and Beauty Buying Director said, “Fashion is no longer about transient trends, but about the key items defining the season. Colours this season are almost timeless with classic camel, grey and navy forming the core, highlighted with winter white and cardinal red, aubergine and military green. With the level of sophistication of the Irish woman at the moment when it comes to fashion this season’s trends will be adapted into her wardrobe with great ease.”

 According to Valerie O Neill, Head of Menswear at Arnotts, “HeaHHHTailoring in Arnotts has been a traditional affair and we will continue to embrace our exceptional level of quality and service which is particularly key to the season’s return to traditional values and the rebirth of timeless style.” Thomas Pink, a new arrival to Arnotts, ‘incorporates intricate detailing and shirting fabric trims”.Autumn /winter also sees the introduction of luxury fabrics from Aquascutum and Irish designer Paul Costelloe.

Contemporary fashion trends celebrate classic heritage  “the great outdoors embraces country elegance” .Clean lines are key to newly introduced Reiss and DKNY Collection.

The show opened with the key colours of the season, red and camel, teamed up with the print du jour – leopard. The Tara Jarmon beige leopard print mac was a standout classic. The next scene focussed on coats, the winter staple for every woman. This featured everything from 60’s cocoon silhouette to vintage fabrics and buckle details. The finale in this scene featured a show-stopping hot pink and red coat by Vivienne Westwood Anglomania.

 Heritage, one of the biggest trends this season, was the focus for the next scene with tweeds and printed silks featuring heavily and new to Arnotts, Lauren by Ralph Lauren is proving very popular for this trend. For the men, the quilted Barbour jacket is proving popular and the Paul Costello tweed suit here was much admired.

Chunky knits, cable knit and layered knits blended seamlessly with finer knits which took a modern twist with embellishments. Chunky knits from Crea Concept featured throughout.

Glamour followed, featuring primarily black but also sequins, metallics, pewters and many exposed zips – mainly on the back. Coast, Boutique by Jaeger and Pinko were naturally strong for this twilight look.

The new minimalist scene featured a colour palette of coffees, nudes, black and which gave an androgynous feel. Max and Co, Jaeger and Reiss were popular clean lines in this look.

The finale had a Hitchcock feeling to it and was a glamorous end to a glamorous evening with a nod to screen sirens of the 50’s and 60’s. The final look was given to model Baiba who wore a nude sequined Scala dress – perfect for any red carpet occasion.


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