Can’t hack the heat? Stay cool in the kaftan

Fashion Forward: Create at BTs, new Irish jewellery and seeing red with Marc Cain

With the temperature topping 28 degrees last month, it has become finally acceptable to use the term summer. But heatwave fashion doesn't come naturally to us Irish because we aren't actually used to having to function during warm weather – our natural reaction is to strip off and lie down. While this definitely wouldn't be well received at work, nothing feels better than slipping into a suitably hot-weather-office-appropriate dress that is cool and crisp while everyone else wilts. The city-to-shore kaftan is a surprise hit this season – it's becoming an everyday wardrobe staple. Not to be confused with the just-stepped-off-a-yacht embellished kind, this is a more refined, streamlined style from the likes of Pippa Holt, who counts editor Alexandra Shulman of British Vogue as a fan. Cinched in at the waist and styled with a pair of simple, unfussy block leather sandals, it'll keep you'll be fresh to face the heat – for as long as that may last.

Great creations at BTs

Create at Brown Thomas celebrates its seventh year with a carefully curated collection of established and emerging designers. With 22 designers selected, diversity of work includes handbags by Ale Walsh, wall art by Domino Whisker, and jewellery by Bláithín Ennis. Returning to the fold is legendary designer Lainey Keogh, with her special collection of contemporary cashmere designs in dusty pastel hues. Ready-to-wear designer Helen Cody has created an exclusive white shirting collection, with the classic go-to getting an out-of-character makeover, with Cody experimenting with proportions and shapes for entirely new incarnations. Tailoring continues with 31 Chapel Lane's ethically made collection of Irish linen in relaxed and minimal silhouettes. And returning designer Éadach by Sara O'Neill has evolved her signature scarves, which featured last year, for a range of kimonos inspired by mythical Irish legends. Create will take place on Level 1, Brown Thomas Dublin from Monday July 3rd to Sunday, August 13th.

Steal vs splurge

Sip champagne cocktails on the beach in this contrast wrap swimsuit for €32 from Topshop or grab a Mr Freeze in this Kerry Cross Body Swimsuit in navyred for €155 from DMcM

Wear it

Pre-fall has landed in-store with a burst of colour in Marc Cain. Next season is all about making a statement with bold colour, and the red suit has been a favourite on the catwalks. This is one of our favourites: Jacket €429, Cigarette Pants €269, Marc Cain. DMcM


Style secret

"Trust your immediate gut instinct when you're standing in front of a mirror. Whether that's at home getting ready, or in a shop changing-room; if it doesn't feel right, don't wear it or buy it." – Aisling Keenan, editor

Geometrical gems and jewels

Eclectic Irish homeware store April and the Bear are adding another string to their bow in the form of a jewellery collection designed in conjunction with Tory Long. The delicate range will appeal to the everyday wearer, with a focus on strong geometrical shapes, shimmering stones, fresh marble whites and washed-out turquoise. The made-in-Ireland limited-edition collection is inspired by clean lines and celestial ideologies, and will be available from July on and in store. Prices start at €45. DMcM