Pictured above are Steve Madden shoes and ankle boots - new to Arnotts
Hoss Intropia and Gestuz are our favourite collections from the Arnotts AW12 showcase this week, standing alongside a myriad of leading designers for next season at the Dublin department store.
Lady of the Manor
“Lady of the Manor” sees tartan and plaid from Vivienne Westwood Anglomania through to Hoss Intropia and Pinko who all give a nod to the Victorian and Edwardian eras, combining a ladylike and feminine look. Watch out for mismatched tweeds, vintage inspired embellishments and wallpaper floral prints paired with argyles and chunky knits.
Twenty8Twelve, despite the facte the Sienna and Savannah Miller are no longer part of the label, exude a meticulously crafted collection which delivers an unexpected twist on its tailored pieces – tailored coats, nipped in jackets and slim trousers in rich plums, greens, ochres, flame reds and oranges worked back to a neutral palette.
In fact, you’re going to be seeing lots of plums, wines, bottle greens and sage greens throughout autumn winter 12.
“Decadence” is perfect for the woman who likes to dress up after hours or enjoy a bit of daytime glamour – either way, this season is all about black on black and texture.
Badgley Mischka, Pinko, Just Cavalli and Mark and James by Badgely Mischka are embracing all things decadent – think lace, velvet, leather, brocade and embellishment. Dresses have a touch of Hollywood glamour, from the duchess satin sheath Just Cavalli dress to the luxurious embellished tweed Lurex dress from Badgley Mischka.
New labels at Arnotts
M Missoni and Just Cavalli are the younger, easier-on-the-wallet sister labels to Missoni and Cavalli respectively, both new to Arnotts this season along with Eryn Brinie, a Korean brand that looks very New York in its line which is big on layering.
September will see the launch of Arnotts 10,000 sq foot Shoe Gardens but this week we got to see the amazing new labels that are already in store. Michael by Michael Kors, Steve Madden, Stuart Weizman, Jeffrey Campbell and Olivia Palermo’s favourite flats, Pretty Ballerna – the list goes on, making Arnotts a true shoe candy heaven.
Irish women really do love their handbags which is proved by the fact that Coach at Arnotts sell the most bags in the whole of Europe! Ralph Lauren and Longchamp bags are also popular and there are some wonderful edgy bags from labels such as Rebecca Minkhoff, Liebeskind Berlin (All Saints fans will love this label) and Hoss who have the most amazing calfskin satchel (€440) that I wanted to snap up there and then along with the Rebecca Minkhoff silver studded iPad case.
Gushlow and Cole is a new luxe London label who use shearling and ethical skins to create amazing soft accessories – Angelina Jolie was quick to snap up their shearling throw (which looks like faux fur) when she worked in Richmond last year.
We first discovered John Shelvin in Cowes Lane while looking for a leopard print trilby hat and it’s great to see that Shelvin hats will be in Arnotts from September! Turns out that John Shelvin’s late father was the original milliner in Arnotts and the family have been making blocked felt, straw and panama hats in Malahide since 1960. In fact John Shelvin continues to use the same machinery his Dad used and can create a bespoke hat for you, in the fabric and trim of your choice, all for no extra cost! Hats from €60-€120.
Click through the gallery below to see all of our highlights from the press preview