While the majority of us are airing out the sundresses and slipping into our sandals once again, the fashion mavericks of the world are already presenting their AW19 collections, hinting at what the rest of us will come to see as our winter-time staples. 

At yesterday's Create showcase in Brown Thomas, we got a sneak peek at the trends, styles and awe-inspiring designs produced by Irish designers that we will be coveting until the autumn. 

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We spoke with Fashion Director, Shelly Corkery, about which designers caught her eye for the year ahead and the trends many of us will be wearing. Watch the video in full above.

Naturally, outerwear and a great coat are central to autumn and winter fashion, but according to Corkery shoppers will be faced with two camps at least: grunge and a new take on femininity - ideal for the romantic gloom of the chillier seasons. 

Feminine glamour
"We're looking at feminine glamour, but not so much hourglass. We're looking at a relaxed, sort of lightweight feminine fashion coming through", she said.

Corkery delivers her speech at Brown Thomas Create. Photo: Zoë Kearns

"Femininity goes on but in different forms. It's great to see oversized but at the same time loose, light, transparent materials." 

Complimenting this is a focus on tailoring, which continues from summer, only for autumn and winter shapes will become more exaggerated and dramatic to shield us from the cold. Corkery outlined all kinds of winter outerwear to look out for, from crombie styles to checked and pinstriped overcoats, and more. 

An emphasis on sustainability ran right through the event, as Corkery noted that designers who applied for the showcase were asked to be mindful of their own supply chains and how sustainable they were. "I think in this day and age that is so, so important." 

In terms of what hero piece people can invest in this season, Corkery suggests a classic and all-purpose dress that will take you from one event and setting to the next seamlessly.