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Brown Thomas A/W preview

I was out of town for the Brown Thomas A/W preview during the week, much to my heartache. More on my trip next week, but for now a little preview of what BT has up its sleeve for A/W. (If …

Fri, Jul 15, 2011, 14:30

   

I was out of town for the Brown Thomas A/W preview during the week, much to my heartache. More on my trip next week, but for now a little preview of what BT has up its sleeve for A/W. (If you want an “I-was-there” perspective, check out Whisty and Becky‘s reviews.)

I love this tux. There’s something so chic about a white tux, and miles away from Liz Hurley’s white jean special. The interesting news is, this look is Rachel Zoe, and the blazer is €415, the trousers €270 and the blouse €290 – which are reasonable enough prices for designer wear.

This McQueen dress is undeniably beautiful, but not really show-stopping to me, aside from the bright tomato red. Would I recommend buying it? In short, no. It’s nothing that can’t be done elsewhere for a fraction of the price, and seem a rather uninspired McQueen choice for BT.

I love the whimsy of this Stella McCartney dress on Isabelle, but I hate the panto of Jude’s stance, even if her Dolce & Gabbana dress is quite lovely, despite its being strapless.

Finally, a Roksanda Illincic dress in a gorgeous tangerine – but again, quite a basic, plain look.

In short, I quite frequently love Brown Thomas. They stock interesting labels, but the styling of their press shows and catwalk shows always leaves me lukewarm. Not cold, because I like some of the pieces, but I’d love to see them take a few chances with their styling every now and then, and go a sort of Browns Focus route, rather than the tried ‘n’ trusted old school.