Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Prints, pastels and pencil skirts: plus ca change for Oasis S/S 2014

Don’t expect a revolution at Oasis this season – but there are always a few diamonds in the pretty mediocrity

Mon, Feb 17, 2014, 07:30


Last Wednesday morning, if you’ll remember, was one of the worst I’ve seen this side of the millennium, with rain battering us to bits and higher winds than those which sent poor Dorothy to Oz - perfect, then, for ringing in the new spring/summer season at Oasis on St Stephens’ Green.

I’ve learned now not to expect much that’s new or overly exciting from Oasis, but that’s not to say that the pieces it does produce – girly dresses, prim pencil skirts and gong-out tops aplenty – don’t have a place in many working girls’ summer wardrobes.

So what are we talking about? A lot of short dresses – many of which would be more than suitable for a country wedding – girly prints, brocade coats, playsuits and “feminine” accessories (bows aplenty).

But the lookbook tells a slightly cooler story; as well as focusing heavily on the 1990s (below, which were prevalent at the press day, in spaghetti straps and bright pinks, matchy-matchy separates and flirty skirt suits) there are some great textured pieces in leathers and suedes (above), and that soft blush pink midi skirt is crying out to be tried on.

But lookbooks are always a selection of the best pieces, and Irish shops don’t always get the best selection (H&M is one shop I always check out in London, for a way more interesting and fashion-forward buy than found in any of the Irish shops) – the press day was far more pattern-heavy than the lookbook implies, for example.

This kind of oceanic print (left) was really interesting, and definitely takes inspiration from Carven’s past-season bits, while the more tropical bird prints took a leaf (so to speak) out of Alice + Olivia’s book.

Overall, I wasn’t blown away by Oasis’s selection – and I never am, but with two shops in Dublin 2, it’s clear that people are shopping there, for “going out” tops, “going out” dresses, and snazzy workwear. Me? I’ll still be erring on the side of Warehouse. Are you an Oasis shopper?