Yes, it’s true there was a fab collection of denim pieces; distressed jeans, skirts with button detailing and mini’s with multi-coloured rivets and badges pinned all over the back pockets. But it was the other elements of the collection that surprised me; namely the soft leather jackets in colours from classic black to red, lilac and grey. All with individual details, like visible zips, laces, stud buttons and belts. I also noted a beautiful tuxedo jacket, fully lined with striped satin and featuring welt and flap pocket detailing.
The AW09 collection, incorporates femininity in a big way, with pussy-bow blouses, ruffles, lace, fur detailing, crochet panels, ribbons beading and an abundance of dresses. From pencil skirts to floaty silk shifts in deep jewel colours there is a dress here for every eventuality, from the boardroom to the bar. The company have channelled a hybrid 70’s style; kind of hippie chic with a groupie edge. Think Almost Famous at Woodstock, they have combined dresses with loose, sheer sleeves and bold prints; fitted knits and large floppy hats.
Another look that Pepe have included, is a kind of chic, rock chick; the usual vintage / distressed elements of this popular look but with a twist. For example, leopard print, on soft Mohair-style knits or studded long-line waistcoats, teamed with purple satin. The collection was a complete surprise, I have to admit that if I do spend an afternoon shopping in Dundrum or in town, Pepe would not normally be a shop that I would consider venturing into. In fact I’m not entirely sure that I have ever even been in the Dundrum shop before, which is a pretty awful thing to admit given what I blog about.
This mornings fashion experience has not only opened my eyes to Pepe but also to the fact that there a so many shops I haven’t even been tempted to wander into in Dundrum let alone in the city centre. I really need to be more opened minded about what shops I buy from.