Rosemary Mac Cabe

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The M&S S/S 2011 catwalk show

Paris fashion week came to Dublin last night in the environs of City Hall on Dame Street. Cobbled streets, low lighting and the vaulted ceilings of the period building combined for the perfect location for Marks & Spencer to showcase …

Thu, Feb 24, 2011, 16:48

   

Paris fashion week came to Dublin last night in the environs of City Hall on Dame Street. Cobbled streets, low lighting and the vaulted ceilings of the period building combined for the perfect location for Marks & Spencer to showcase its spring/summer looks.

The show opened with a white suit – perfect for 2011′s 1970s trend and a style that has somehow become a trademark of the British high street retailer. From then it was plain sailing through slick tailoring and bouncy polka dots and stripes with just a few blips along the way. Navajo is one trend that this journalist will be leaving behind (gypsy skirts with suede and fur? How very Sienna circa 2001), and prom dresses with ankle socks and pumps might just have seen its day in 2010 – and even then it didn’t look that good.

Still, where Marks & Spencer is strong, it is strong – and that’s in a heritage that somehow succeeds in embracing all age groups. There might be a slight snobbery about shopping in Marks & Spencer, above, say, shopping in Dunnes, but it has the credentials to back that up, with seriously on-trend items released regularly on to its Irish shop floors. Limited Collection has remained strong, season after season, and Per Una brings a youthful touch to clothing designed for ladies from their thirties up.

The show was well attended by Ireland’s glitterati, from the Xposé crew to Lorraine Keane, Peter O’Brien and Brendan Courtney – and we were nourished with glasses of bubbly and canapés in the form of delicious pork crackling on ceramic spoons and, afterwards, Italian cannoli.