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Essential guide to Spring Summer fashion - Pastels

Thursday, 25 February 2010

"Fairytale frocks with a cotton candy palette"

Today is the second part of a four week strand looking at some of the key trends for Spring Summer 2010. Last week we looked at 'Modern Military' and today we're focusing on the much softer, more ethereal trend of floaty fabrics & candy colours.

After the madness of the sales, the stores are finally stocking new trends for Spring Summer. Over the next few weeks, we'll see four of the biggest trends coming off the runways this season. Having already looked at Modern military, we look at a softer trend today- we then look at "Whitewash" and finally "Metamorphic Prints".

Sugary shades of sweet shop pastels and floaty fabrics are key to the perfect S/S '10 wardrobe. We show you how to carry off this look from hair and make-up to fabulous fashion.

Pastel peaches, angelic blues, lovely lemons and minty greens, we Irish have been known to steer clear of these hues for fear of clashing with our pasty skin. Today we learn how to carry off cotton candy coloured hues with confidence!

Who Is The Guest?

Tanya Grimson

Tanya Grimson is a Fashion stylist based in Dublin. Since graduating from London college of Fashion and working in leading publications such as Marie Claire in London she returned to Ireland to pursue her career as a fashion stylist.

Tanya has been actively working as a stylist in Ireland for 10 years and has worked for various publications such as The Gloss, Irish Tatler, Sunday Independent's Life Magazine, U Magazine, Confetti, VIP magazine, The Irish Times, Social and Personal and the RTE Guide, she has also worked as the Deputy Editor of Prudence magazine and was the Fashion Editor of Ivenus, Harmonia's online magazine and is currently the Fashion Editor of Irish Brides magazine.
Commercial clients include: Samui boutique, Sasha, Diffusion boutique, heatons, Peruzzi, Pulse accessories, Dunnes Stores, Michael H, Simply B, Oxendales, Applebe jewellers, Mad Flowers, Aer Lingus, Airwaves, Pulse, Lucinda Grey, Tricot Marine, Club Rugby, Dylon, Sheseido, House of Colour, Tanya has also worked as a fashion journalist for publications such as Prudence, Ivenus, Irish Brides and The Irish Times and is currently involved in fashion production for many of her clients.

Dylan Bradshaw:

Dylan Bradshaw was born in Dublin in 1973. He began his training with Peter Mark when he was just 17 years old. Not satisfied to stand still from here he traveled to New York where he worked for Bumble and Bumble. This, he claims was the start of his passion for his profession. He returned home eager to kick start his niche in the hairdressing industry taking up editorial and session work. From here Dylan became the most successful and sought after hairstylist in Ireland. After travelling the world with international artists Dylan decided it was time to open his own Salon in 2000.

Natalie Kinsella

Brand name models are just some of the faces that have painted the canvas of Natalie's international career over the last ten years. Beginning in M.A.C. just entering her 20's she quickly shot to pro team status, an elite position held only by one artist in Ireland and the best members world wide. She cut her teeth back stage at fashion weeks seasonally in London, Paris, and Milan working with designers such as Roberto Cavalli, Vivian Westwood, D2squared, Chloe, Just Cavalli, Rick Owens, Christopher Kane, Marni, Jenny Packam, Elle Sabb, Alexander McQueen and many more...
Natalie's background in art has led to a highly creative sought after style and beginning her freelance career she has also stepped into the film industry helping design make ups for British and Irish television. Working exclusively freelance now, based in Dublin, Natalie's shedual keeps her busy at home and abroad.

Natalie's clients have included:
Brown Thomas, A-Ware, Diesel, Viva Liberta, Free Spirit, Redds the hair group, Black Tie, City West, Sit Still, Laney Keogh, Champion sports, Kildare village, Ulster bank, Aer Lingus, Vodaphone, Meteor, Guinness, Weight watchers.

In the music world, Natalie has looked after:- Kanya West, Christina Agulera, Moth Complex, Luther, Meteor music awards, Bubble Hits, M.T.V.

Other famous faces Natalie has worked her magic on include:- Helena Christianson, Sofie Anderton, Stella McCartney, Jemma Ward, Lilly Cole, Janis Dickinson, Ronan Keeting, Shawn Gallaher, Deirdre O'Kane, Orla Fitzgerald, Andrea Roche, Michelle Collins, Sinead O'Connor, Loraine Keen.

Her work has been seen in:
Vogue, W magazine, Tattler, Social and personal, Modo, VIP, Life, U magazine, The Gloss, Style, Image, Adailvise, Confetti, Hot press, RTE Guide, Irish Hairdresser, Irish Brides, Prudence.

Models: Anjelica, Kristi & Naomi

According to Vogue:

"Frothy, frilly & fabulous - ultra feminine dresses in subtle hues take prettiness to ravishing new heights."

"Designers are romancing us with frou frou party dresses and wispy gowns- some so light that the slightest breeze would send them whirling. In silvery oyster and café latte hues, continuing to a palette of nude, blush and rose, and - in Albert Elbaz's case - through to salmon and intense vermilion, you can't help but be charmed by spring's fairytale frocks.

"Lip smacking ice-cream shades in sheer and floaty fabrics give this season's girlish looks a sugar -coated glamour"

"Spring's procession of pastel tones - baby blue, pastel pink, pale yellow, spearmint and softest lilac - mesmerises like a gentle lullaby. This mood is softenend yet further by way of delicate chiffons, tulle and wispy feathers. But it's not all sweetness and light: take your cue from Christopher Kane - whoe inspirations ranged from Lolita to Nancy Reagan on the White House lawn - and marry your palette of sugary shades with thigh - high cuts and provocative splits."

"It's time to bid a long - overdue farewell to black; this refreshing palette of pretty 'sweet shop' pastels sings spring"
Calgary Avansino, executive fashion editor.

Designers who featured this look:-
Valentino, Emilio Pucci, Gianfraonco Ferre, Roberto Cavalli, Lanvin, Roksanda Ilincic, Chanel, Marchesa, Fendi, Chloe, Givenchy and more.

Credits in studio:-

Naomi- Fair skin
Lilac dress, €90, Warehouse
Necklace, €40, River Island
Sandals, €47, River Island

Kristi- medium skin tone
Champagne dress, €188, Fran and Jane
Shoe boots, €185, Carvella

Anjelica- darker skin tone
Sonia Rykiel dress, €318.68, BT2
Shoes, €80.50, River Island

Credits on VT

Olwen 1
Diane von Furstenberg dress, €338.60, Brown Thomas
Ruffle wrap, €65,
Roisin Linane Belt, €89
Kurt Geiger Platforms, €185, Brown Thomas

Daniel 1
Shirt, €100, Ted Baker
Sweater, €95, Ted Baker
Blazer, €80.50, River Island
Trousers, €105, Ted Baker
Shoes, €60, Ted Baker

Olwen 2
Ribbon, €3.60 p.m, A. Rubanesque
Floral hairclips, from €55, Cherry Chau

Cocktail dress €175 (to rent for 3 days) Covet
Pastel tights €6, A/wear
Shoes, €480, Giuseppe Zanotti

Additional / Misc' Info:

Tankardstown House

With sincere thanks to our hosts at Tankardstown house, Slane, Co Meath for their hospitality during our fashion shoot:-

"Exuding elegance and luxury, Tankardstown, a Luxury Boutique Country House Hotel, in Slane, Co. Meath is a truly special place to stay. Just an hour from Dublin, it is an idyllic location for house parties, celebrations and special occasions...or just for two! Whatever the occasion for your visit you can expect discreet friendly service in a charming dramatic location. Enjoy the pure luxury of this sumptuous private house where you can be left to your own devices or call in the staff to pamper you to your hearts content."

Tankardstown House,
Slane, Co.Meath, Ireland,
T 041 9824621