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January 2013 Metro Fashion Blogger Column

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Hello dear readers,

Here’s this month’s Metro Herald Fashion Column

Less about trends, more about maintaining interest in a tired winter wardrobe; as much as well all wear black, it’s not so tricky to add a splash of colour…

Wake up your Wardrobe

I don’t know about you but I think starting a new year in a month like January is a terrible idea. We’re supposed to feel refreshed, revitalised and ready for a new start. In reality we’re exhausted, have the ultimate holiday hangover and all we want to do is stay under the duvet ‘til March…

…March, now that’s a good month to start a new year, the next trend season is Spring/Summer after all.

Except I can’t bring myself to think about new trends yet, I’m happy in my lamb’s wool jumper and riding boots keeping warm. So instead of buying all new pieces, the next two months can be spent spicing up the ones we already have. By taking inspiration from this season’s trends and adding a transitional twist we can brighten up our wardrobe, and hopefully our winter-blues too.

Georgia Hardinge, (available at and the much-lauded Mary Katrantzou, are modern-day geo print pioneers. Bring a little Art Deco-inspired print into your pre-spring collection; avoid summery, pastel, floral designs and opt for bold blues and vibrant Oranges. This Biba top (pictured £69) available at will work wonders on your all-black winter wardrobe.

Cobalt is a strong colour trend this season, Lanvin’s plain shift dress and Céline’s oversize cocoon coat made true-blue statements on the catwalks. Tame the trend with this Chupi gold ring (pictured €97/£81) available at the Loft Market.

If you’re over this season’s trends and just want to invest in something chic and classic to brighten up your wardrobe then this purple leather Cambridge Satchel Co. bag (pictured €145/£110) available at Harvey Nichols, Dundrum will see you through all seasons. Adding splashes of colour to our winter staples are a great way of preventing ourselves from getting too comfy in our winter warmerland.

Whisty Clobber Blogger Jan 17th 2013


Whisty Xx


Brown Thomas Autumn/Winter 2012 Fashion Show

Hello all,

Tuesday saw the bi-annual fashion fest that is the Brown Thomas pre-season fashion preview. Bloggers, fashion eds and stylists took their seats in the Grafton Street store this week to see the Autumn/Winter 2012 collection.

My Key Pieces:McQ

Tom Ford

Four main themes led the A/W’12 trends:


Key Words: Digital Prints, Floral Print, Abstract Geometry, Lace Overlay

Labels: Peter Pilotto, Erdem and Mary Katrantzou

Dark Romance

Key Words: Velvet, Full Skirt, Lace, Renaissance, Gothic

Labels: Lanvin, Alexander McQueen, Dior


Key Words: Embroidery, Eastern Brocade, Suede, Peekaboo, East Meets West

Labels: Marni, Isabel Marant, Dries van Noten


Key Words: Flame red, Pine Green, Electric Blue, Ultramarine

Labels: Tom Ford, Diane von Furstenberg, Roksana Illincic


Whisty Xx


Brown Thomas Spring/summer 2012 fashion Preview Dublin


Happy belated New Year.

Finally Something Inspiring! I’ve felt like I’ve been in style limbo since December. But with the brilliant sunshine in Dublin yesterday came the Spring / Summer 2012 Brown Thomas preview, in its flagship store on Grafton Street, Dublin.

Twice a year fashion eds, stylists and bloggers frock up, and bleary-eyed arrive at the invitation-only event to see the new season collection arriving in store. The event is simple and brilliant; It is a fashion show, which this featured models wearing selected pieces from 27 designers.

S/S’12’s key trends came in four main themes…

‘Flower Shower’ (New florals), ‘Sports Couture’, Modernist Monochrome’, ‘Colour’ (The new palette).

Stand out pieces included floral prints from Stella McCartney, Mary Katrantzou and Dries Van Noten. The latter doing south pacific prints on beautiful silks

Monochromes from new designer Jay Ahr (pronounced J.R.), Diane Von Furstenberg and Alexander McQueenL-R: Jay Ahr, Alexander McQueen, Jay Ahr, Jay Ahr, Diane Von Furstenberg, Alexander McQueen.

New season colours from, Peter Pilotto, Roksanda Ilincic, Chloé, Lanvin and Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney, detail.

Jay Ahr, detail.


Whisty Xx


Brown Thomas Christmas Windows 2011

Hi All,

Time to open up the first door of your advent calendar!

To celebrate December 1st and the date when it’s OK to feel festive and Christmassy, we’ve gone all dreamy with the ballet inspired Christmas windows in Brown Thomas, Dublin. The only Christmas windows worth looking at in Dublin in my humble opinion. (See 2009 and 2010 here).

Swan Lake

Sleeping Beauty

The Nutcraker

In Mary Katrantzou



Whisty Xx


Mary Katrantzou Topshop S/S’2012

Dear Lord,

Dear Santa more like…

I’m a pretty big fan of Mary Katrantzou. (Here and Here). Image via

According to, a ‘leaked’ photograph of a dress from the Mary Katrantzou for Topshop S/S’12 collection has appeared on-line this morning. Though, according to it was Mary Katrantzou herself who tweeted the image.

Interestingly enough, Harper’s Bazaar have a clearer image of the same dress

So leaked or otherwise, who cares, you don’t need hype for this collection people.

So thank you Mary Katrantzou (or whoever it was) for sharing. And yes we’re all smitten and lusting.


Whisty Xx


Katrantzou & the IMMA – A celebration of fashion & art

Hey All,

Brown Thomas honours the 20th anniversary of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA); having created an art/fashion installation in the store‘s Grafton street windows. The showcase, called the ‘Art of Fashion’, combines the talents of fashion designers, like Mary Katrantzou and Irish / Irish-based artists Perry Ogden and Alan Phelan.

At the Brown Thomas SS11 showcase it was undoubtedly Mary Katrantzou‘s SS11 collection that stole the show, so it seems only natural that her latest (AW11) collation is featured in such a big way.

The window went in yesterday and I stopped by this afternoon to grab a few snaps.

Mary Katrantzou and Perry Ogden

Mary Katrantzou with Alan Phelan’s ‘Cabbages’.

Details: Jewel and rose encrusted skirt.

Goldfish prints and floral-printed trousers:

One of the now familiar Lampshade skirts:

Here are a couple of (professional) images:

Mary Katrantzou’s SS11 collection at LFW:At the Topshop venue.

Image via: Getty.

Backstage at LFW SS10:Image via Zimbio

I love this last shot, long gone are the days where it takes 4 people to dress you… sigh…


Whisty Xx

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