Here’s July’s Metro Fashion blogger column…
The first magazine interview I was ever asked to do was with Ben De Lisi; I met him in the Merrion Hotel, Dublin 2 I was pretty nervous, I’ll admit. We chatted about his latest collection for Debenhams and another project he was involved in at the time. Afterwards, he told me one of his pet dislikes about the way women dress.
To paraphrase, he said, “I don’t like it when women dress incorrectly for the weather”. Sadly, I was sitting next to him in a woollen dress and black opaques; while outside, mother nature had given us one of those rare warm summer days in Dublin. Through a combination of nerves and 26 degree heat, I was ‘glowing’. It wasn’t a great moment, but it’s a comment, directed toward me or not, that has forever stuck in my head.
And so, when warm days do arrive, I say forgo the LBD and black trouser suit; wear dresses and skirts, teamed with short-sleeve blouses and loose vest-tops. The trend for feminine-inspired collections, means Spring/Summer 2013 offers a plethora of skirts to choose from; Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs and Carven offered geo-prints, textures and art-prints respectively. This Marni embellished skirt, (pictured £999 at theoutnet.com) teamed with a loose silk vest in pale cream, is an ideal eveningwear solution.
The high street has answered back with a bang too; colour schemes from gold, to pale pink to cerise and orange will keep us cool, in both senses of the word. Next (pictured €62 approx.) has this sleek, pale pink lace pencil skirt to wear at the office or elsewhere, and Fran & Jane (Pictured €139)have created this grey and orange, geo-print pencil skirt with side pleats, which serve to give you curves. Whether you wear nude-tights or tan your pins, show you can handle the heat with a summer-suitable skirt.