Style notes: Brown Thomas runway looks, traditional knitwear from Beo Wellness, and a new jewellery collab

It’s always fascinating observing a roomful of dedicated fashion lovers watching the new international designer collections and noting wh ich pieces get enthusiastic nods of approval.

y memory bank is still playing back a loop of images from the catwalk show and behind-the-scenes moments at the annual ISPCC/Brown Thomas lunch and fashion show which I attended in Dublin earlier this month. Now in its 20th year, the lunch with fashion show has raised more than €1.3m for the 24-hour Childline service.

Watching the audience’s reaction to the 123 international designer looks styled by Darren Feeney, it was clear that while we love colour, dressing up at night, and losing ourselves in whimsy, we can be very practical too, and I came away from the show with a renewed insight into just how much we Irish love our coats.


Prada inky blue puffer with feathers

Prada has come up with some incredible looks for AW22, like the strong houndstooth wool coat with bursts of green faux fur springing from its arms, almost like mohair grass (€4,250). And there was lots of straining of necks to get a better view of the inky blue puffer jacket adorned with feathers.

Now the prices for designer looks like these are not for the faint-hearted, but adornments like these are key looks in a new season where leather comes into its own. Think Prada oversized boxy green leather jacket worn over a sheer skirt.


Prada green leather jacket

Fashion buying director at Brown Thomas and Arnotts Shelly Corkery confirmed that powerful outerwear, exquisite silhouettes and strong shoulders are all big for the season.

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Another quirky trend that might catch your eye is what Corkery calls “irrational silhouettes”, so expect unusual shapes, well-illustrated by the oversized knotted jackets from JW Anderson at Loewe and also a curved silhouette cape dress from Emilia Wickstead. This is a new brand on level one in Brown Thomas for the season, along with The Row, Mugler, Nensi Dojaka and Dion Lee.


Oversized knotted jacket from JW Anderson at Loewe

The 1980s power shoulder is back with a vengeance, and for those of you still trying to figure out back-to-the-office looks, strong shoulder skirt suits are in.

Best of the west

Fair play to Aoibhín Garrihy and Sharon Connellan of Beo Wellness, a real business success from Co Clare. From live events promoting self-care, they went on to develop a lifestyle line with their Inis Collection of knitted products and curated collections from sustainable and ethical sources in the west of Ireland.

Next week is going to be a very busy one for the duo. Tomorrow, they launch their new ‘his and hers’ knitwear pieces on their website, and next Friday, they open a pop-up shop on O’Connell Street in Ennis, which will run until the end of the year.


The ‘Boyfriend’ cardi from Beo Wellness. Picture: Rosie Prendiville

From throws and socks, to jumpers and cardigans, each piece has been carefully crafted in Ireland, with 100pc super-soft merino wool. The star performer for me is the V-neck ‘Boyfriend’ cardi which comes in 100pc merino wool with matching hats (€34) and scarves (€59) — all available in ecru, oatmeal, charcoal and black.


Men’s Aran knit hat, scarf and round-neck jumper

There is also a round-neck men’s jumper (€115) in the same yarn with hat (€28) and scarf (€36), and very cute kids’ jumpers, the Beo ‘Minis’ (€69).  

“These pieces are made to endure and are designed for longevity,” says Garrihy. “This isn’t fast fashion, it’s tradition.”

Friends join forces

Next Tuesday sees the launch of Synergy, a new fine jewellery collection, a collaboration between stylist Ingrid Hoey and Margaret O’Rourke of MoMuse.

Hoey has done a series of collabs, including one last year with Zoë Jordan, which produced one of my favourite summer dresses ever. Hoey followed up with an interiors collab with Carol-Anne Leyden of CA Design.


Cut-out initial charm with single diamond in 9kt gold

This new project celebrates friendship, and it began 14 years ago when Hoey worked with O’Rourke styling pieces from her store in Powerscourt Townhouse Centre.

There are nine pieces in the Synergy collection, and prices start at €140 for a cut-out initial charm with single diamond in 9kt gold, and rise to €1,500 for a signet ring with single diamond and a three-baguette diamond ring, both in 18kt gold.


Drop earrings in 9kt gold

I’m an earring fiend and very picky now that my hair is bobbed short, and I thought the Synergy gold drop earrings were very cute. They come in two sizes and cost €175 and €195 each. Along with the signet ring with diamond, the 9kt gold earrings are Hoey’s favourite pieces, and she suggests wearing them together for classic impact.

They also have a single huggie with cut-out initial charm in 9kt gold with single diamond for €210.

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