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Arnotts’ S/S 2014 lingerie: with bonus possibly-NSFW pics

Come, use The Irish Times as your gateway to a world of undies, swimwear and moddles in floral garlands

Mon, Feb 10, 2014, 07:30

   

It’s a tricky line to walk, the old workplace appropriateness internet filter, isn’t it? You’d think, because you’re on irishtimes.com, that all you’ll get are above-board news articles, hilarious satire and gritty features, but lo and behold, here comes Fash Mob with some almost smutty undies shots. Call it a gift, from me to you and your workplace.

Arnotts held its S/S lingerie show (remember last season’s?) in Residence on St Stephens’ Green last week, with beautiful blooms from Appassionata, stripey straws for sipping OJ through and a rare appearance by former Miss World, Rosanna Davison.

Arnotts has a huge underwear department – and I don’t really mean physically huge, because the space itself isn’t overwhelming, but the range of brands on offer is more than decent. Think Elle MacPherson, Panache, Maison Lejaby, Mimi Holliday, Maidenform, Triumph and more.

The big news for this season? Well, underwear is underwear, isn’t it (and swimwear is swimwear), but we’re seeing a few main themes: nude (top) and coral (above) feature pretty strongly. One of the biggest changes for this season is that bras are losing a lot of their padding – which is bad news if you rely on a few extra wads of fabric to bulk you up, but great news for those of us blessed (cursed?) with C+ cups who just want a pretty balconette without adding three cup sizes.

White was a rare sight on the underwear front, which is a blessing I think, as pure white suits very few skin tones – and is probably only worn by women (a) when wearing a white tee or (b) when getting married, and even then ivory often wins out. This blue number on Daniella Moyles was my favourite in the underwear section. It’s by Huit 8, a great brand and one that is (unusually) tricky to track down online. Bully for Arnotts, so.

In swimwear, things were divided into nautical, vintage and prints – so again, nothing too out-of-the-ordinary to report. But as prints go, these were sweet and totally wearable (perhaps not, mind you, in quite as incredible a fashion as Adrienne, centre). These babies, by PourMoi (left) and Seafolly (centre and right), have plenty of support, too, which is one thing that really makes spending a bit of money on swimwear worthwhile. By “a bit of money”, in these instances, I mean €50 for Daniella’s polka dot number, €142 for Adrienne’s and €164 for Daniella’s yellow bandeau. So, y’know, quite a bit of money.

Style Me Curvy‘s Louise O’Reilly was one of two “plus-size” (in inverted commas because, oh how I loathe the term, but for want of a better . . .) models in the show, and I was a tad disappointed that Arnotts put her in, well, the plus-sized clothing. In the undies section, we’re talking Spanx-alike knickers and slimming bodies; in swimwear, this meant swimsuits (and that vile swimsuit-meets-dress number by Miraclesuit). Women who are above a size 10 do occasionally wear separates, kids, and a lot of the time they’re not even ashamed (imagine!).

As it happens, the piece this plus-sizer immediately snapped up was modelled by Adrienne Murphy – this incredibly sexy black swimsuit by Huit 8, which I’m hoping will make the idea of holidaying with six of my far-more-bikini-ready friends ever so slightly more tolerable.

What I loved: The soundtrack, which included by fave Made in Chelsea theme tune; bright brights; Appassionata’s stunning floral arrangements and garlands; the gorgeous barely-there makeup (by Ashley O’Rourke); Adrienne’s stomach; the generous goodie bag (which included an incredible pair of Mimi Holliday briefs); and Daniella’s very consistent left-leg-forward pose.

What I hated: Misuse of plus-size moddles; high heels with undies (bare feet are so much classier); all of the hair extensions; the rain; being invited to eat breakfast while gazing at moddles in undies; (some of) the prices; handbags with swimwear; and Rosanna’s deep mahogany tan. arnotts.ie

Psst! Fancy the moving picture version? Check out Michelle Doherty’s report for Xposé.

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