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Hemlines, heels and haute couture – your daily dose

Penneys S/S 2013 – my picks

So this past couple of weeks has been manic, and I sincerely apologise for being a little lax with your daily dose of Fash Mob. My New Year’s Resolution is to be more consistent – in work and in baking. …

Tue, Dec 18, 2012, 07:30

   

So this past couple of weeks has been manic, and I sincerely apologise for being a little lax with your daily dose of Fash Mob. My New Year’s Resolution is to be more consistent – in work and in baking. In any case, I’m here now, with my picks from the Penneys S/S 2013 press day (just one of the thousand things I did last week). I’ve already done a season preview over on Beaut.ie, so check that out for a comprehensive look. This is just my breakdown of the best bits!

This jacket was, for me, the undisputed hero of the S/S collection. Isabel Marant inspired, totally wearable, and something that will look even better when it’s had a few washes and is a bit rough around the edges. I’d almost be tempted to soak it in weak tea overnight to stain it a bit muddier looking . . . gorgeous.

I always love seeing a bit of background, so these swatches were great to get a good gander at! Crystal couture is one of the ”fancier” S/S collections. No grunge, just ladylike colours, metallic threads and statement shapes. This pink tulle overlay on a mini skirt was great, and would look brill with a pair of Converse and a battered T-shirt.

More ladylike shapes are making their way into accessories – this laser-cut bag will be less than €20 and looks really luxe. Great for a summer wedding or (heaven forbid!) garden party.

This dress on the left is great, like a Ming dynasty plate pattern – and the cut-out sides gave it a little something extra. Not for everyone, perhaps, but for the brave among you, go mad! The maxi dress on the right is amazing. The neck detail is superb and it has built-in little shorts in case you’re afraid of showing too much. I’d team mine with a vest too, and, y’know, maybe a long slip . . . but that’s age for you.

Last but not least, these adorable dressy-casual jumpers are such easy pieces to layer over a dress, with a pretty skirt or just with a pair of jeans, heels and a cool jacket. Simplicity is sometimes king, wha’?

Overall I was really impressed with what I saw at Penneys, and the spiel the buyers and designers talked was top notch; they recognise that they have a client, who is always going to buy their little blouses, the cut-off shorts and the cutesy dresses, but they’re not resting on their laurels – they want to be able to offer fashion-forward, new and different pieces each season to keep people interested. (Of course, it doesn’t hurt that you’d buy an outfit for less than two packs of cigarettes.)

Any initial thoughts?

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