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Metro Fashion Column

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Here’s this month’s Metro Fashion Column… Evening Wear, a brief history and today’s translation.

Whisty Metro Column Nov 29th 2012

To the Maxi…

This month we’re forgoing current trends to study timeless, classic evening gowns. Christmas is one of the few events in the calendar when we feel comfortable getting really dressed up; so forget your LDB, and your sparkling, frilly mini dress; think to-the-floor-glamour. Evening gowns should be stop-the-music, I’ve arrived, look-at-me dresses that enable women to exude subtle sexiness and chic elegance.

From black tie to ball gowns, evening wear remains the mainstay of elegant dressing, changing little throughout the last 80 years or so. After the knee-flaunting, fashion-scandalous 20’s, Hollywood glamour glittered into the lives of millions of women via the silver screen. Hemlines once again grazed the floor as they had pre 20’s, but there the similarities ended. Gone were high necklines, corsets and bustles as 1930’s women flaunted their natural shape in backless satin and velvet gowns; showing feminine décolletage through plunging necklines. Indeed, though legs were covered, little else was. Women and designers of the 30’s knew that the key to wearing a full length gown was to balance out the volume of fabric in the skirt by flashing a bit of flesh elsewhere. The back, arms and neckline have remained focus points of modern evening wear.

Evening Gowns AW12 Whisty Metro

Clever designs with contrasting details mean the onlooker’s eye also focuses on sheer panels, leather detailing and intricate beading, rather than a single column of colour. The Elma dress in black silk chiffon at Monsoon (pictured €305/£189) has a hand-beaded cummerbund under the bust; Catherine Deane’s silk taupe maxi from Harvey Nichols (pictured €850/£720) has leather and zip details over a sheer lace bodice; the wine-coloured Grecian style dress at AWear (pictured €70/£65) has a black waistband and a stunning cut-out back. Follow these rules and dresses for this festive season should serve to enhance your wardrobe for years to come.

Whisty Metro Column Nov 29th 2012 pg21


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A|wear A/W’11 preview

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A nice change to write about a preview relevant to the season for once. I went along to the A|wear Autumn / Winter 2011 preview today. A mix of textured 60’s & 70’s pieces in autumnal and jewel tones, means that A|wear is in-tune with the rest of the high street; (its lower price points being the thing that will pull in the shoppers).

Highlights Include, Faux Furs, Especially Black

Classic Tasselled Loafers

Textures, Prints and Chunky Knits

Patent Mary-Janes and 3-tone leather bag

For me the two real stand out pieces; grey cigarette pants with ‘leather’ trim to the waist line and pockets…

…and the green tweed jacket, with bow detail being my favourites.

Bow detail.


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A Style Post: Prints Charming

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… After a month or so, wearing black which has been heavily reflected in my blog posts. Summer seems to be waiting, for something… so I think it’s time to go a little brighter. Clashing prints being the main objective. Florals and feathers being the two prints; Palazzo pants and a sheer tie-front blouse being the pieces.

I love the huge 70’s-inspired, almost psychedelic, poppy print on the Palazzos, and the fact that most of the trouser is white. It made mixing it with the mainly blue, tribal-inspired, Navajo Native American, feather print sheer top really simple and quite effective.

Print Details:

Top, A|wear; Palazzo Pants, River Island; Suede Platform block-heel sandals, Carvela.


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AWear SS11 Highlights

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Continuing the new season collections review – Hard when there is a hurricane blowing outside, I know – AWear have launched their latest offerings. I was in store on Monday and had to stop myself buying a fantastic pair of ‘peg-leg’* Chinos let alone anything else.

Their major trend  is a kind of soft Safari-Chic. All subtle animal prints and pretty neutrals; think tan, beige, cream and Khaki It’s been launched with RTÉ‘s The Model Scouts winner, Tabea Weyrauch (IMG). Click here for AWear‘s behind-the-scenes blog post on her shoot.

In case you missed it the first time… and if I could’ve tried anything on at all, it would’ve been this skirt (€35)… I haven’t seen anything like this so far on the High Street this season.

70’s Glamour’

‘Festival Festivities’

See that stripey jumper? That’s GOING to be mine…

Yep, there are definitely a few pieces there that blow my skirt up, so to speak. Oh and their shorts…


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*You know the kind, high-waisted with a tapered leg that ends just around or above the ankle.


Insider Tips and Blogger Favourites

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I promise this is the last thing I write about A|wear this week, but if you haven’t already, you’ve got to see the vid from their FB page. Angela Scanlon (Irish Independent fashion blogger and all round fashion guru) presents it; a few fashion / style peeps (and yours truly) were asked for their tuppence-worth on their favourite pieces in the new collection. I chose the floral maxi skirts, I kinda love how unusual they are. Plus, teamed with my aviator Shearling boots and fitted polo-neck jumpers, I’m thinking, I’ll be wearing one all winter.

But if you need any more convincing that A|wear are killing it on the high street, UK Vogue featured this fur gillet in their hallowed pages this month!



Pieces of A|wear: It’s not all about the 60’s.

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I’m sure at this stage you’ve seen the recent photo campaign from A|wear’s AW10 collection. You know the pretty ones with the girl who’s dressed a bit like Duffy with a scruffy beehive? Lovely right? However, as cute as they are, there’s so much more on offer in-store than the beatnik vibe of pretty 60’s shift dresses.

These are the pieces of A|wear, I really want right now… I’m particularly keen on a pair of skinny corduroy trousers.

NB: I haven’t been too greedy and have only picked one bag and one pair of shades!

Price range for featured pieces: Accessories €10 – €20; Tops €15 – €45; Trousers / Shorts €28 – €35; Dresses €35 – €65; Outerwear €55 – €70.


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