Future's so bright: dayglo fluorescents and busy patterns make a splash for new season
Models Clara McSweeney and Katie McFadden at the BT2 launch. photograph: leon farrell/ photocall
Jolts of fluorescent colour and vibrant pattern gave a dizzying, lighthearted look to the new season’s collections at BT2 yesterday, while passersby shivered in the freezing weather.
The airy brightness from collections such as House of Holland and MSGM was counterpointed by brands devoid of print. These included the soft, angled separates of Helmut Lang in black, grey and dark green, and the restrained monochrome approach from Cos, with its modernist cuts, innovative fabrics and terrific accessories.
For the second season running, BT2 has secured the exclusive rights to JW Anderson’s collection for Topshop in Ireland, and the schoolgirly pinafores, pleated denim skirts and fringed Argyle jumpers with matching skirts are bound to be winners.
Though Henry Holland’s exuberant patterned jackets might not be to everyone’s taste, his striped skater dresses in coral and cream, pom-pom silk shirts and printed maxi dresses were easier on the eye.
The visibility factor of dayglo fluorescents was evident elsewhere in orange silk T-shirts at Maje and neon go-faster stripes on wide-leg trousers from MSGM. Founded by former DJ Massimo Giorgetti, this brand is known for intense colours and cute patterns.
As for accessories, Sophie Hulme’s bags with brass fittings and charms were ultra cool, but at prices from €350 to €710 they were heavy on the pocket as well as the arm.
Michael Kors’ bucket bags were more affordable, at less than €200. High-top trainers, meanwhile, were everywhere.
Newly introduced this season are skinny Frame jeans in supersoft stretch fabrics. They are designed and made in Los Angeles and cost from €225 to €270.