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October styleisle is here…

The October edition of www.styleisle.ie is live! I had loads of fun putting this issue together! I hosted the 2nd styleisle chit chat in Dakota with four fab ladies, Julie Cobbe, Rowena Doyle, Laura Whiston and Blau Von T, not to mention that fab Aoife, Karen and Rose from Elevate PR, whose care I am under all the time!

I also chat to Cathy Lawson from www.thestylestrutter.com, following her return from Paris Fashion Week (where she was photographed by Vogue and Marie Claire!).

My fashion find is the ever popular cape and I give you a few ideas on how to wear it and some of my personal favs from the high street.

Plus on the styleisle notes page, there are some lovely LBDs from TK Maxx, pop over to Arnotts to see new labels NW3 and Peter O’Brien and some great footwear suggestions for the Winter from Emu, Ecco and Fitflop!

Plus, if you missed anything last month, check out the fashion archive!

lorna. x


Karen Millen – on trend for A/W

Karen Millen’s collection for A/W and Christmas epitomises the classic look which has been synonomous with the label for many years. Not departing from this tradition, too much, KM has introduced new textures, cuts and hues for this collection, bringing together its penchant for classic tailoring and the need for the lady to keep it up in the trend stakes.

With names like, Tokyo Weekend, Crystal Lights and Dark Romance, the aroma of feminity is in the air. New ideas like, making a coat the key piece in an outfit, sequins as day wear and the famous cape, make the collection attractive but wearable.

Here are some of my personal favourites:

I fell for these thigh high taupe suede boots, but at €450 a pair, I better start saving!

The on trend cape for A/W, this one is a really wearable and flattering shape.

The classic KM party dress with ruffles, also comes in coral. The ruffles soften the constructed look of the dress.

The military look with grey hareem style jeans.

The styling of the looks was impeccable which is attributable to the amazing taste of KM’s  Trend Manager, Ainsley and Creative Director, Gemma. KM will be styling its Irish Brand Ambassador, Karen Koster at this weekend’s Dublin Festival of Fashion, so watch out for this lovely lady in this season’s looks. Also, I spyed Aurora Fashion’s Ian Galvin and stylist extraordinare, Constance Harris, checking out the collection!

Here are the gorgeous Baiba and Sarah who delighted the press with some of looks on display:

Thank you to Gemma at Presence PR for the beautiful images.

Fashion by the Coast line

Above are my favourites from the A/W collection from Coast. I was so impressed by this collection. Separates, “pop on” dresses, (a great phrase shared by Ann Hardiman of Coast,  with whom I had the pleasure of talking through the collection) day to night attire…the air of sophistication was inherent in every piece. Coast have thought about their customer. And will soon see the definition of that customer in Ireland change. Coast have taken a little turn away from focussing solely on the party dress and have included a contempoary range of pieces like a modern twist on the traditional twin set and a wearable use of metallics and leather, while hitting some key trends like the profusion of red and cape like coats. I believe that this collection will open the doors to some new customers who will now shop here for their work winter wardrobe, which will of course include a Christmas party dress. 

My verdict: Coast are more than competing with their high street counterparts with the A/W collection.