Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Fran & Jane A/W 2012 – and I want everything

I’m seeing that my saying “I really want this” is becoming less and less meaningful as my covetous nature becomes fully apparent – but I’d rather you know the extent of my vices than lie to you, my faithful (albeit …

Thu, Aug 9, 2012, 12:30

   

I’m seeing that my saying “I really want this” is becoming less and less meaningful as my covetous nature becomes fully apparent – but I’d rather you know the extent of my vices than lie to you, my faithful (albeit worryingly silent) readers. So though my saying that I want everything from my edit of Fran & Jane’s autumn/winter stock, don’t think that I am lying; I really do want everything. And I already have six wardrobes*.

I’ve never been a huge Fran & Jane fan, although that’s not to say that I have disliked the store; on the contrary, my feelings about the mother-daughter Irish brand have been approaching apathy. My views have been, perhaps, similar to those I hold regarding Karen Millen or even, a lot of the time, French Connection: some nice stuff, bit expensive, handy if you’re looking for wedding garb (attendee, rather than bride).

But this A/W collection has really surprised me – I love so much of it, and I think it’s because the dresses seem to be cut for a much more womanly figure. Take that houndstooth wrap dress on the bottom left (€299) – that folderover would hide a multitude, while the belt will nip in even the most un-nippable waist. I love the plummy, autumnal colours; I love the faux fur collar on that neat little jacket; I love the feminine, floral lace on our lace pencil dress. Don’t get me wrong – nothing here is blowing my mind. I don’t feel like there are any great revolutions taking place. What I do feel, however, is that these are truly beautiful pieces of clothing that will flatter and suit a myriad of occasions. And really, who can say fairer than that?

* Yes, six. Don’t judge me. Judge me for buying that extortionate handbag, if anything, but leave the wardrobes out of it.