Rosemary Mac Cabe

Hemlines, heels and haute couture – your daily dose

Zara’s lemon yellow shift dress

An alternative title to this post could be, “do you think we absorb everything we see?” Almost a month ago now I was in London for fashion week (you might remember my extensive coverage; scroll back through September’s archives for …

Mon, Oct 17, 2011, 12:30

   

An alternative title to this post could be, “do you think we absorb everything we see?” Almost a month ago now I was in London for fashion week (you might remember my extensive coverage; scroll back through September’s archives for details) and I attended the Topshop Unique show. Did I tell you, at the time, that I queued for approximately a half hour before realising those of us with seated tickets could skip the queue and waltz on in? You’d easily know I’m not used to the VIP treatment.

In any case, while there, I spotted, down the other end of the runway on a tiny front-row bench reserved for them and them only, fashion blogging’s VIPs, Rumi Neely, Scott Schuman and Susie Lau, all sandwiched together like the threesome of my fashion dreams. I don’t remember noticing it at the time, but a quick scroll through Fashiontoast (sometimes I take the weekends to catch up, you know) this Saturday revealed Neely’s outfit for the show.

It just so happens to be the very same Zara shift dress* I used in a maternity wear shoot I styled last weekend . . . go figure! Do you think I remember seeing it, or is it just a very lemony coincidence?

Here’s a sneak peek of how we styled it . . . Maternity wear is not as tough as you’d think, and I had a lot of fun doing it. I ended up getting a lot of extra items out of fear that our seven-months-pregnant model (who was a serious trooper and spent the whole day in heels, bless her) wouldn’t fit into them, but in the end there were no problems. When the shoot is published (early November, I’ll alert you!) I’ll repost the photos in full and tell you what I learned about dressing baby bumps!

In other news, if you have any questions that you’d like me to answer, I’m doing a regular Wednesday slot in the paper in which I will be solving your sartorial scrapes – as well as, obviously, pointing you in the direction of current trends etc – so please send any quibbles, questions, quandaries (queries?) to rmaccabe@irishtimes.com and I would be more than happy to assist you!

* In case you wondered, it’s available in the South King St store right now; Henry St seems to be all out, or at least that’s what my spies tell me.

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