Hot damn, summer in the city
On Friday last, the Dublin City Business Association invited a group of fashion bloggers, journalists and general media types to a lunch to launch Dublin’s summer fashion programme, in an old Georgian home adjacent to the National Gallery. I could …
On Friday last, the Dublin City Business Association invited a group of fashion bloggers, journalists and general media types to a lunch to launch Dublin’s summer fashion programme, in an old Georgian home adjacent to the National Gallery. I could wax lyrical about the amazing lunch served up by the Gallery’s catering company, but instead I should get to the fashion aspects – which started with a short fashion show, offering up a taster of what Dublin’s retail destinations will have on offer this summer (which, if today is anything to go by, is set to be a scorcher – am I wrong in thinking that I heard a good forecast?! Fingers crossed . . .)
Top and skirt from French Connection, from Arnotts
It was a really lovely opportunity to see a range of outfits from different Dublin retailers, and there was also a great talk from Tom Coffey, chief executive of Dublin City Business Assocation, about how the recession has provided people with an opportunity to excel, to prove ourselves as a fashion, tourism, culture destination and to look forward, rather than looking back. It’s always nice to see some positivity, even when you’re kind of expecting them – it was a publicity event, after all – and Mr Coffey’s talk was just really heartfelt and inspiring.
Playsuit from Julien in the St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre
What was also great was to see a selection of outfits from stores and labels that you kind of forget, so saturated as we are with UK brands like Topshop. Penneys even got a look in, which is always a little bit unexpected at a fashion show – when an outfit costs under €50, it seems folly to spend money on models and make-up to showcase it, but it was definitely a welcome addition, and I overheard several people comment on how nice it was to see some homegrown fashion on display.
The show itself was great, although I do still have problems with the propensity of Irish models to think that jutting one’s hips forward equals good posture, when it blatantly does not. But the makeup was lovely – a really nice contrast with the summery clothes, in the form of theatrically bright eyes and lips – and the music was great, too. I’ll be keeping a keen eye on Dublin’s fashionable events coming up, and I’ll keep you informed as best I can!