Posts Tagged ‘Trends

11
Sep
13

September Metro Fashion Blogger Column – AW Trend Agenda Continued

Hi all,

Here is September’s Fashion Blogger column.

Autumn Winter 2013 trend agenda cont… Festival season is over people. Electric Picnic has spewed forth its sea of carefully ragged denim, Hunter wellies and fake Ramones T-shirts for another year. It’s time to concentrate on clothes that don’t suit being covered in mud and beer. Last month, ignoring the go-to ‘what to wear at a festival’ column idea, I talked about the top three trends for this season; pink coats (you don’t say), high shine loafers and leather pencil skirts.

Happily, this season’s trends don’t stop at three key pieces, so we’re adding more to the A/W’13 trend agenda list.  If you ever read my blog you’d know I was into vintage in a big way. This season rather than create a cringe-worth pastiche designers have incorporated the most appealing elements of the vintage vibe of the ultra-fem 40’s and 50’s; the full skirts, the neutral colours, the elegant, quality tailoring etc. The full skirts aren’t floral printed with voluminous netted underskirts, they’re ox-blood coloured leather, the leather gives them volume instead. Zara claims dibs on this one (pictured €159). Handbags have two handles and come in classic bowler shapes, but in buttery claret leather and have a cross-body strap for modern versatility.

I’m jumping on the M&S bandwagon, have you seen those ads? If it’s good enough for Dame Mirren… I love this one (Pictured €99). And the cable knit jumper – happily adorning every fisherman from here to Kenmare – has finally found its feminine side. Hobbs added flowers to its knitting pattern and created this Wheatsheaf cable knit (pictured €130).

These pieces are modern day classics; like the Macintosh of the 30’s, the tuxedo suit of the 20’s or the shift dress of the 60’s. We know where the style originated but we’re adopting it and taking it into our era. This style is ours and the very last thing it is, is vintage.

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Whisty Metro Fashion Column Sept 2013

Yours,

Whisty Xx

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21
Aug
13

August Metro Fashion Column – AW2013 Trend Agenda

Hi all,

Whisty Fashin Column Aug 2013 Header

Here’s August’s Metro Fashion Blogger column.

Twice a year fashion writers jump over themselves to write about the new season collections and trends. Me included. Every august, post summer sale-fervour, the time comes to study the Autumn/Winter trends. I always find myself thinking it’s just too early; surely we still have weeks of sunshine left, in which to enjoy our summer wardrobe? Then I find myself fidgeting in pastel chiffon dresses, craving cosy wool layering and edgy winter separates.

Happily, the top three A/W’13 trends in the new season’s Trend Agenda are transitional; allowing you to hint that you’ve been studying the catwalk, rather than boast. No one likes a know-it-all. Adding one of these key A/W trends to your late-summer wardrobe will refresh your look; rather than give it an ‘I-got-it-before-you’ (zzzzzzzzzz) arrogance.

Pink Coats; a huge trend seen at Céline, Jonathan Saunders and Simone Rocha, are a buy now wear now A/W’13 trend. Pink coats came in dozens of shapes; overcoat, Crombie, cocoon and tailored; this trend is all about the shade. Pale, rose, frosted and dusky made up the palette of pink at shows last February. This Penneys/Primark Crombie-style coat (Pictured €40) sets off the pretty shade with masculine tailoring.

High-Shine Shoes; patent leather was seen on the feet of models in collections from Christopher Kane to Prada to Chanel. Black high-shine is here in a big way. These patent leather loafers from Pied a Terre (pictured available at Arnotts, €175) combine high-shine with classic loafers – flats (anything but ballet) are high on the A/W12 trend agenda – see Michael Kors, Boss and Louis Vuitton.

Leather Skirts; This season the leather skirt is either full-on voluminous or sleek and tight, but always comes past the knee. Calvin Klein and Prada – in bright red – created glorious full skirts while Simone Rocha created the pencil skirt in super high-shine. This is a leather take on the Hitchcockian screen siren; cinch in waists or team with oversize sweaters. Fran and Jane’s silver leather pencil skirt (pictured €119) gets it right.

I’m ready. Bring on the new season… just bit by bit.

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25
Jul
13

July Metro Column – Statement Skirts

Hi all,

 

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.

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Whisty Fashion Column July 2013 Metro Newspaper

Yours,

Whisty Xx

31
Jul
09

Dublin is brimming with fashion talent

Hi All! 🙂

Without a doubt my favourite thing about writing a Dublin fashion blog is discovering just how much fashion orientated talent there is in our city. From student designers, to stylists; other bloggers to mag editors it’s amazing how many Dubs live for fashion. Today, I discovered one more of those peeps; and the beautiful website of Aisling Farinella which is full of stunning photos like this one … swoon.

transmission totally Dublin by Richard Gilligan Styling Aisling Farinella

If that’s not cool enough, Aisling is also a Partner at Circus Store (prev. blog here) AND she is founding director of the Loft Market too!! Sheesh, girl got talent!

Yours,

Whisty Xx

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