Rosemary Mac Cabe

Hemlines, heels and haute couture – your daily dose

Objects of desire: Joanne Hynes collars and jewellery

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, or subscribe to my public updates on Facebook, you may be aware that, last Friday, I styled a fashion show for Respect, an Irish charity that fundraises for people with intellectual disabilities. [Important …

Tue, May 22, 2012, 07:30

   

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, or subscribe to my public updates on Facebook, you may be aware that, last Friday, I styled a fashion show for Respect, an Irish charity that fundraises for people with intellectual disabilities. [Important point to note: if you fancy donating, please do! Check out the website for details.] There are pics of the show to come, but I thought I’d share with you one of the highlights – the stunning accessories by Joanne Hynes.

These collars are serious business – not only does this emerald green beauty cost €520, it’s heavy, too, but up close it is so mesmerising you’d be hard pressed to put it back on the shelf (or, in my case, back in the bag and back to Joanne). I layered this number over a summery, white cut-out dress by Jaeger at Arnotts, and it completely transformed what looks like a simple, summer shift into a really edgy look.

This gold collar was worn with a really simple Moschino Cheap & Chic black dress with lace detailing at the back, again from Arnotts, and once more the collar transformed a really simple, classic piece into a seriously slick look.

This baby reminds me of Alice in Wonderland or The Wizard of Oz, it’s such a rich, almost fairytale shade of red. I layered another one of the collars, not shown here, over this Zara dress – not, perhaps, what you would expect, but that’s what I love about these pieces: they are so versatile and such standout, statement pieces.

But Joanne isn’t just about the hefty, statement collars – she also dabbles in simpler pieces, such as this leather and crystal necklace, €121. I wanted to double the necklaces up for a slightly more relaxed, fun look, so Courtney, one of Absolute the Agency‘s fabulous models, wore them with a skirt and top from Atelier 27 on Drury Street, a treasure trove of Irish designs and fun, whimsical accessories.

Here’s a slightly candid shot we took outside while getting in a bit of crafty shooting for Xposé - I felt like I had about 15 hats on last Friday!

Lastly, this rabbit piece is what I think of as the fun, playful side of Hynes – it’s as if the grown-up collars and necklaces sometimes get a little too much and she lets herself go by designing rabbits and cute little doll-like figures in perspex and leather mixes. Some of the robot necklaces we had to work with at the show had movable arms and legs, which is always a plus in my book! I chose to layer this bunny over this demure, grown-up girly dress by Manoush, at Elaine Curtis. I think I’m beginning to realise that, while I’m never going to be the Nicola Formichetti of Irish styling in terms of breaking boundaries, I do like what I style to have something a little bit unexpected. I want things to be wearable, but exciting!

With that in mind, check out my segment on last week’s fashion show on Xposé, and then check out the first part of my series on dressing your body shape! Stay tuned all week for how to dress your petite, hourglass and athletic figures.

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