The Brown Thomas new season catwalks are always glamorous affairs, showcasing the very best in new fashion and styled with an eye for elegance and whimsy that is tied to the luxury department store. 

However, yesterday's A/W showcase was a spectacle all of its own, giving new meaning to the word "glamour". 

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Held in the stately Exam Hall in Trinity College, Dublin, the event married the classic with the contemporary - with a striking orange-hued architectural set - a blend that spoke to the outfits that tripped down the matching orange carpet.  

We caught up with Brown Thomas's fashion director, Shelly Corkery to hear what went into the catwalk, what themes and trends we can expect to wear in Autumn and Winter, and why Frankenstein made an appearance at the showcase! 

The return of the mystical

In a show that explored "romantic, vibrant and gothic themes", as well as "a return to the mystical", the A/W fashion show paired dramatic and extravagant ensembles with understated and minimalist ones, bridging the gap between the muted and the excessive. 

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Noting the "diversity" across the designer collections, Corkery highlighted the "unexpected" nature of the looks, such as the "Tough Love" looks that combined extravagently feminine silhouettes with gothic shapes and hardware details. 

A Prada fan, Corkery enthused: "I loved the Frankenstein bride, I thought it added a bit of fun and I loved all her beautiful, elegant dresses, bandeau-style wool dresses, the jumbo floral prints mixed with that hard-edge, tough biker boot."

Sparkles and pastels

New to the business are 16 Arlington and Paco Rabanne, and guests were dazzled by the sight of slinky gold and silver mini dresses on the catwalk in the "Daylight Disco" looks. Meanwhile, hazy pastels and earthy muted tones kept things cool, with draped gowns and skirts layered with shirting for understated day looks. 

Evoking what Corkery calls the "New Femininity", a fresh take on winter florals was seen at Dries Van Noten and Valentino, as decidedly pretty patterns were paired with delicate watercolour pastels and sensuous satins. 

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Corkery noted that the new feminine silhouette is more about clothes "gliding along the body as opposed to more fitted", while "bursts of colour" keep things fresh and exciting in the dull winter months. 

The new disco

The high glamour of the 1970s has been in vogue for A/W collections for the past number of years, but in this show we saw a more restrained take on it, marrying the decadence of the disco decade with our contemporary fondness for simplicity and sleek finishes. 

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Feminine blazers with exaggerated silhouettes were firmly on trend, while pussy bow blouses and fluttering silk skirts harked back to the refined sophistication often forgotten about the 70's. 

Keep it professional

Workwear is a perennial struggle in wintertime, so the show presented a range of chic suits nipped at the waist with belts, be their chunky and modern or sleek and classic. Pairing structure with loose fabrics, models strolled by in striking blazers and flowing trousers, in a variety of pinstripes and checks. 

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Finally, chunky knits were paired with utility-inspired trousers and skirts in a range of soft muted neutrals, proving that the utility trend isn't just for the sultry summer months.