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New Look spring/summer fashion 2013 preview

Hey All,

I’m sitting here covered in green clothing dye having failed to save a 50’s ball gown from the perils of mildew stains… 😦 Oh Vintage, you contrary vixen. As wonderful as vintage is, I do sometimes wonder why I, we, don’t just buy on the high street; it’s so much simpler.

Anyway, last week I went to the New Look SS’13 preview… Here are a few of the stand out pieces, check the lattice work / cut out leather bags, the pretty pale salmon shift, peplum dresses, hiiiiigh heels and stunning summer wedges. New Look manages to grasp the trends and styles of the current designer fashion trends and give it a unique wearable edge, by interpretation rather than simply copying what’s going on, on the runway.

New Look SS'13 Details Whisty

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New Look SS'13 Shift Dress

New Look SS'13 salmon shift peplumn dress whisty

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New Look SS13 Quilted Studded Baroque Suit

New Look SS'13 Latice cut out leather bag whisty

New Look SS13 Accessories & Lion Swimming Costume Whisty

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New Look SS'13 Pop Art Bags Whisty


Whisty Xx


River Island – S/S’12 Preview


All the retro inspiration of both runway and street style over the last few seasons has translated into some interesting High Street collections. River Island‘s S/S’12 collection is a mash-up of ’90’s RnB culture and Versace – inspired pieces Vs 60’s Chelsea Girl and psychedelic prints. Makes me want to dress like Salt’n’Pepa and listen to the The Velvet Underground.

Chelsea Girl was originally a British High Street store that opened in 1965, before transforming itself into River Island in 1988. The design of the modern Chelsea Girl collection is headed up by River Island 2007 Bursary winner, Lucy Moller. A graduate from Dublin’s NCAD. The collection includes original print designs taken from Chelsea Girl pieces that were both bought from eBay, and sourced from staff members at River Island.

Versace Face-Off

Mother of Pearl Pastels

Neoprene Monochrome

Chelsea Girl

P.S. I want this glorious vulgarity on me. (below)

Sarah Morrissey.


Whisty Xx


Whistles S/S ’12 Round Up

Hi all,

The high street stores are showcasing and previewing their Spring / Summer 2012 collections. Most recently in to visit Dublin were COS and Whistles.

Before I saw the collection, I wouldn’t really consider myself a Whistles customer, but having seen highlights from the collection, I can say I’m definitely sold.

There were two main themes:

A bright, bold collection of neon colours and androgynous tailoring…

…including lots of matching separates, a blue tux jacket with tapered trousers,

…a pink tux with lighter pink contrast detail…

Striped separates…

Beautiful floral-print top and trousers…

The second collection was beautifully feminine, embellished nudes and pastels…

Including, new for Whistles leather pieces – scalloped nude leather…

…and laser-cut black leather…

…as well as classic shift dresses…

Good to see that the pleated midi skirt is still a wardrobe staple for S/S’12, especially in this powder-blue.


Whisty Xx

Whistles is available in Brown Thomas Grafton Street.


COS S/S’12 Round Up

Hi all,

Here’s few highlights from the COS S/S’12 preview, shown in Dublin last week.

Blues and greens were key colours and dresses came in various guises, all unique but quintessentially COS.

50’s inspired

Padded bodice and cut-outs

Rough-edged & backless

Sheer back and exposed zip

Full-length, backless and sheer (perfection)


Whisty Xx

COS is available in BT2, Grafton Street


Karen Millen A/W’11 Round-Up

Hello Strangers!

Karen Millen: the high-end, High Street store known for its classic pieces and quality tailoring with edgy hardware; creates pieces that you’re unlikely to find elsewhere on the High Street.

I always think of Karen Millen as the shop that the senior girl in the office shops at. The girl who you not only have career envy of, but also style envy. She always manages to look professional, and classic but with a cool edge.

I went to the preview on Grafton Street this morning…

Think leather, velvet, textures and plenty of studs.

Note: Claret velvet suit – left.




Tan leather 70’s-inspired suit


Whisty Xx


Penney’s / Primark Aumtum Collection 2011 – Rails & Details

Hey all,

Last week I had a look at the latest mid-season offerings from Penney’s / Primark*. Most of the high street stores do two main drops; Spring / Summer and Autumn / Winter, with maybe a high summer drop of bikinis and that kind of thing.

Scrabble Cushions

But with such a vast range of pieces that consistently manage to hit the latest catwalk trends spot on, you can understand why Penney’s / Primark have more than two ‘seasons’.

Their latest collections due in stores from July – October, are a mix of colour blocking, country casual, 60’s monochrome and vintage 70’s inspired deliciousness.


 And Details:

Knits, Heels & Coats:

Dear Tapestry bag, I’m going to get you.

Faux-Ostrich leather in maroon and dark blue

Shades of aquamarine

Oh I know we’re not ‘sposed to be loving platforms any more… but this is red suede people!

Simple Stripes

Vintage-inspired prints

Knitted shorts…? Gimme a brea… Oh hello!

Fair Isle Knitted shorts. Erm, I think so!

I love this, it’s a bit 90’s and I like the faux-fur shoulder detail

Padded pleather. Ah yeah, why not?

Now the sun’s decided to make an appearance, it feels OK to talk Autumn / Winter…


Whisty Xx

* The majority of the collections in the two stores is the same. There are however some pieces that are chosen specifically for Penney’s and the Irish market.

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