The sun is creeping into the evenings, the temperatures and warming up the mornings and across the world catwalks are bustling with models debuting Spring/Summer fashion.

We were delighted to attend the latest fashion show at Arnotts where we spoke with fashion buyer Valerie O'Neill about everything from pastels and monochrome to spring trends and wardrobe staples.

"We're very much about real women being able to wear real clothes and what we always want when we showcase a fashion show is that anybody can look at the pieces and really feel 'I can wear that'.

"So our models range from Thalia [Heffernan] who is quite young to Lorna [Brittain] who is a more mature model and looked absolutely amazing in all of the pieces."

Top Trends
The department store featured four key trends on their catwalk:

1. Crayola Brights - a full-on colour takeover

2. Monochrome - elegant and easy to wear

3. Desert Sand - denim, earthy tones and prints

4. Garden Party - Ditsy prints and wrap dresses

Wardrobe Staples
We love finding a fab new outfit to rock on a Friday night as much as the next girl, but investing in a real gem is just as exciting. Statement jackets, good quality jeans, and simple tops are our guaranteed go-to items. We asked Valerie what they would have in stock this season.

"We're looking at wardrobe staples - what's the customer going to buy? We're starting to see a return to separates so the trouser suit is really, really, on trend.

"It can be very safe in a black - which we had from Strenesse today or something a bit younger and funkier which was like a palm print in pink from Millie Mackintosh - beautiful."

Occasion Wear
If you're anything like us, you probably have a calendar full of weddings, christenings and baby showers penciled in this Spring/Summer. And if you're really like us, you haven't a clue what to wear!

Luckily, when it comes to the big occasion, we have to look no further than our very own homegrown talent. Irish designers such as Roisin Linnane, Fee G, and Caroline Kilkenny have stunning ensembles to suit any event coming your way.

"We had some beautiful embroidered skirts from Fee G," said Valerie.

Pastel Problems
Spring fashion waves goodbye to burgundy and black and welcomes pastels with open arms. We love a blush pink and baby blue in Summer but they can be tricky to wear. We asked Valerie for some top tips.

"I think pastels are fabulous and it's a lovely soft way to do it but I think you have to be careful with your skin tone, you have to be careful with your hair colouring. I'm lucky that I have red hair so I can get away with a lot of it but I do find that I have to put on a little bit of a glow on the skin just to make it look that it's not pasty.

Takeaway: If you have pale skin and plan on wearing lilac, be sure to throw on a little bronzer first.

Taragh Loughrey-Grant & Sínann Fetherston