Rosemary Mac Cabe

Hemlines, heels and haute couture – your daily dose

Kling a song of sixpence

Honestly, you have no idea that headline took me to come up with. I was trying to think of something that rhymes with “Kling”, in that it has an L in it and really, I’m stumped. Fling? But, like, what …

Tue, Feb 9, 2010, 17:49

   

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Honestly, you have no idea that headline took me to come up with. I was trying to think of something that rhymes with “Kling”, in that it has an L in it and really, I’m stumped. Fling? But, like, what headline can I come up with there? Really, who cares. . . And I finally get to the point!

This morning I went, with the lovely Fiona, to the S/S 2010 press day for Kling, a Spanish brand of ladies’ clothing in the Italian Quarter in Dublin city centre (as well as locations in Cork, Galway and Limerick – see the website for details). There were cakes, there was champagne, and there was, of all things, a bath that had been cut out and filled with cushions, to make the best couch you’ve ever seen.

There was also a huge range of their S/S fare – dresses, tops and skirts. There weren’t any trousers that I saw, but that kind of fits with the whole “feel” of the brand, which is very girly, with a lot of candy colours, flounces, tiered layers and soft cottons.

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The brand is labelled “one size”, which is often one of my least favourite things in the world, as “one size” usually means “size 8″, but it was explained that the designer likes to design one size in each design, so that one dress only comes in size 14, and another only in size 8-10, which actually makes a lot of sense (there are a LOT of dresses in life that will not look as good on a 14 as they will on an 8, and vice versa). For our part, myself and F (who is a very different size to me) tried on a few garments (for the purposes of research), and found that the sizing malarkey really does work; I tried a lovely chiffon dress that fit me like a glove, and F was into the tailoring of their sailor-style gúnaí.

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There are also shoes, which obviously come in a full size range, displayed on this gorgeous bookshelf – and a lot of the furniture instore is secondhand or recycled, which is always a nice touch. And overall there is a great feel to the store – there’s something about bright colours and light fabrics that will put a spring in the rainiest February day. Plus, they have these gorgeous wedges, that are remarkably reminiscent of Melissa P’s range with Vivienne Westwood last year. . .

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I’ll do another post at a later date with proper photographs (apologies for shoddy iPhone quality, but I couldn’t resist taking the little cakes!) from their press imagery, but for now I’d say go in, have a good rummage, because there really is a huge range, and while it appeared a little “girly” for me in the beginning (having to remind myself constantly that I’m no longer 14), there are definitely pieces in the collection to suit almost everyone.

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