RAINBOW LACE GRACES BROWN THOMAS
This summery starburst ensemble of shoes – flats, courts and pumps – are from Dolce & Gabbana’s new Rainbow Lace collection arriving here in an exclusive pop-up in the Designer Rooms in Brown Thomas.
In what’s called Taormina lace after the popular Sicilian tourist town, these delicious confections consist of the Belucci court shoe and the Vally slipper and come in 18 shades all embellished with Swarovski flower brooches. They cost €545 for the flats and €595 for the heels. Perfect for spring or summer weddings.(semi formal dresses online)
SIMONE ROCHA EXPANDS IN LONDON
Simone Rocha, whose recent show in London was described as one of the 10 best of all the winter 2016 collections shown in New York, London, Paris and Milan, has just taken up another major space in London, in the new Dover Street Store in Haymarket. The space designed in her signature Perspex on the ground floor showcases her current collection (pieces of which will be shown at the Lexus Fashion Show in Trinity College on April 29th) along with some specially designed pieces in gold for the store like this dress in gold cloque and brogues with Perspex heels.
In Ireland, her clothes can be found exclusively in Nikki Creedon’s Havana boutique in Donnybrook.
PASSPORT TO HAPPINESS
The micro collection for M&S from ethical fashion campaigner Livia Firth (wife of Colin Firth) features simple tops and dresses(http://www.dressesmallau.co/short-formal-dresses-c103/) made from recycled fabrics along with two leather bags; one a clutch and the other a roomier handbag complete with decorative tassel.
These have been made from sustainable Brazilian leather sourced from Mato Grosso and come with a “passport” establishing those credentials. The classic tote costing €240 comes in brown, black or khaki and can be found online at marksandspencer.ie.
STYLE SECRET: AISLINN COFFEY, THE GLOSS
"More often than not, the first thing someone sees is your coat, so streamlined outerwear in a superior fabric is key. Even if you’re not wearing something great underneath, no one will know. Investing in accessories such as a pair of well-made shoes or a good bag which will elevate any outfit is smart. You will get so much wear out of these three items each season that cost-per- wear they are always worth the price."
Athleisure has never been more available and as a trend, it just makes sense. Why wouldn’t you want to be comfortable and look good?
Now we just have to work on getting to the gym. This Stella McCartney Blossom Run Jacket for €190 from Adidas at Brown Thomas might help.