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Coast S/S 2013 – it’s a garden party

Newman House on St Stephen’s Green was filled with beautiful blooms on Tuesday for the launch of Coast‘s S/S 2013 collection. And the décor was fitting; florals were very much in evidence in S/S’s designs, if not in prints then …

Thu, Feb 21, 2013, 12:30

   

Newman House on St Stephen’s Green was filled with beautiful blooms on Tuesday for the launch of Coast‘s S/S 2013 collection. And the décor was fitting; florals were very much in evidence in S/S’s designs, if not in prints then in tones and colours that ran throughout the collection.

This floral motif, for example, runs through a variety of cuts and fits in Coast this season, with strapless, sleeveless and sleeved dresses all working with a variation on the theme: some with floral bodices, others with floral skirts, all coordinating and complementing one another.

And then there are the coloured numbers – this red crepe dress really caught my eye. The appliquéd detailing is incredible, and the bodice is really flattering on any shapes and sizes. The colour, too, is such a pop (not unlike MAC’s Flaming Rose) – photographs don’t do it justice.

I saved the best for last with this beautiful embellished dress, in a traditional duchesse satin and even more traditional shape, reworked for the noughties with this incredible beaded detailing on the neckline. It was just stunning, and the buttery lemon colour makes such a refreshing change from autumn’s oxblood and spring’s monochrome!

Those feathered boleros, too, have my name all over them – imagine one layered over my studded blue jacket . . . Almost all of this stock is in-store now, and the Dundrum Coast store will be getting an even bigger treat in the form of some of the dresses Coast has designed in conjunction with the V&A in London, and working from dresses found in its archives (which sound incredible!).

Are you a Coast fan?