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2010 Arnotts AUTUMN WINTER FASHION SHOW

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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London fashion week …OMG

So I’m back all! Did you miss me?

This week is called LFW. Not London. No. It’s Lorna Fashion Week. It is if I say so!

So this week has been a fashion frenzy. I got back from the vacation on Tuesday night and was delayed and couldn’t make the Arnotts fashion show, but I hear that it was amazing! Then last night I met up with some fab ladies in fashion for the 2nd ever styleisle fashion chit chat, it was so much fun. You can read about the whole evening on www.styleisle.ie next month!

I also updated styleisle for September and it has some great stuff on it including a competition for a Slendertone! Plus I meet up with the amazingly talented stylist Mark Andrew Kelly!

And tonight….I am off to London for fashion week! I can’t wait! Tomorrow morning kicks off with the Paul Costello show at 9am and then I plan to spend the day taking in the exhibition and taking loads of pics! I will be blogging everyday to stay tuned for my adventures!

Oh and my big news….I am now a brunette!

styleisle out for now and back tomorrow for all the news from London!

Magical memories of innocent days

I want to take you down memory lane.

If you are in and around the same age as me (28) you may remember a pair of shoes that sparked a frenzy of little girls to beg their mummies to bring them to Clarks and get them a pair of these magical shoes which would open the doors of a secret kingdom full of witches, elves and treasures. Are you with me?

Magic steps.

I got my magic steps when I made my Communion when I was 7. As a child I had such narrow feet that they didn’t even come on the scale which usually left me with only one pair to choose from (and they were always yuk) – perhaps this is why I love shoes so much now?….mmmmmm

Anyway, Mum, Grandma and Grandad took me to Arnotts to get the magical secret treasure shoes. They were white matte leather with a little solitary diamond on the toes with a dainty buckle. They came with a key that, when you put it in the key whole inside the shoe, it made a kaleidoscope on the sole of the shoe turn. Oh gosh, I loved these shoes with a passion. I loved them even more because they fit.

For the whole week I had them prior to my Communion, I came home from school every day and opened the box just to look at them. When I think back to the innocence of it all, I am so happy that it was those little things that put a smile on my face.

But what sparked the fascination with these shoes. Well it was the ad. It was like a film. Whenever it came on TV I was mesmerised by it. I used to pretend that I was the little girl in it.

I have such happy memories from these moments from childhood. I hope you do too.

Sales and Sparkle.

These are from a brand new website called www.avaa.co.uk  a great website which has a glittery selection of Eastern inspired jewellery. Stocking designers such as Joshiv and Siara, the wow factor is there! Plus I love to find designers which are unknown to me. Sometimes you find the best treasures! Oh and all important fact –  International delivery is only £9.95. Well worth a look.

On another note, be sure to check out Arnott’s sale which starts on Thursday. The Kate Moss collection for Longchamp will be reduced up to 50% ! Oh and if you buy something you can park in Prince’s St car park for €2 for 3 hours! Gosh I’m just a bundle of good tidings today!