Rosemary Mac Cabe

Hemlines, heels and haute couture – your daily dose

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 …

Fri, May 21, 2010, 18:26

   

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.

Red dress by Manoush, shoes by Carvela, both from BT2

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!

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