Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Coast A/W 2010 – forget about the dresses

Ah, Coast, that old stalwart of the Irish mammy, cousin or sister going to an Irish wedding. It used to be that Coast dresses were instantly recognisable and, while in the case of Roland Mouret or Christian Louboutin, that turns …

Fri, Jul 30, 2010, 12:30

   

Ah, Coast, that old stalwart of the Irish mammy, cousin or sister going to an Irish wedding. It used to be that Coast dresses were instantly recognisable and, while in the case of Roland Mouret or Christian Louboutin, that turns out to be a positive, when it comes to eveningwear that you might want to wear again, it’s sometimes best to remain that little bit anonymous.

For the past five years, Coast dresses have been distinguishable by their lack of straps and their empire lines. Strapless empire line = Coast, it’s a fact.

HOWEVER! (Oh, and isn’t it a joy and wonder to behold that there is a however?) Coast’s A/W catalogue, from which I have erased all trace of wedding attire, produced some beautiful gems in the form of outerwear – hello, Stella McCartney-esque camel coat, feathering (Burberry much?) and those beautiful tailored trousers. So, my advice? Forget the frocks and head for the lesser-seen models . . .