I made a point of going to stores that I don’t normally venture into yesterday, including Tommy Hilfiger on Grafton Street. I also would not have counted Arnotts Project as a place I shop in either. In fact until yesterday, I had never stepped foot inside the place. I’ve passed it on numerous occasions but never went inside and thinking about it, I have absolutely no idea why. Maybe I thought it would be over priced, wouldn’t have what I was looking for, or was no different from the original Arnotts or even Debenhams across the road.
So I finally got myself in there yesterday afternoon and I liked it. It’s like a bigger, shinier version of BT2, with bigger shinier fittings. I got talking to one of the sales girls who told me that the Project had been open a year and that things were still in the experimental phase. The departments that occupied each floor for example, had been moved around recently and the current layout was proving to be the most successful. Well it looks good anyway.
I looked through the handbags, accessories and cosmetics stands at the front of the store, before I discovered the old-school-style, hosiery department. In fact I was in tights heaven; (if there could possibly be a place) there were hundreds of pairs by dozens of different designers and brands. Everything from lace to leopard-print in as many colours as you can imagine.
I saw the Henry Holland for Pretty Polly range and having been inspired by pics of Lily Allen (see above) earlier this week grabbed a pair of ‘Mock Stock’ from his collection. (Hers weren’t Henry Holland but were definitely of the Mock Stock(ing) variety). They’re a full-leg tight that she is wearing, with a pattern that is made to look like stockings. I also bought a pair of leopard-print tights by Jonathan Aston, a la Emma Watson for Teen Vogue. Loving Arnotts Project.
Lily Allen Pic Courtesy of XPOSUREPHOTOS.COM