Fashion stylist Sinead Keenan pulled together an incredible collection of designs for the Arnotts Autumn/Winter 2018 fashion show. We caught up with the fashion guru to discuss her favourite trends, top picks and the piece she felt stole the show.
There were four key trends on the catwalk this season; Precious Gems, Town and Country, Dark Wonder and Winter Garden. All four themes carried beautiful textures, rich colours and eye-catching patterns - we asked Sinead to talk us through some of the brands involved.
"One of the strongest trends that we saw was that kind of heritage, town and country scene. Beautiful checks which are really key for autumn/winter, great fabrics, corduroy. It was a great opportunity to show some of the new brands like Demaine [DNM] and Essentiel Antwerp, both brilliant new Belgian brands. They both really fit into that heritage scene really well."
"They have a little story in here [Arnotts] called Precious Gems which is all those beautiful jewel colours like sapphires and rubies and emerald greens all in fabulous velvets and satins and silks. A really beautiful mix but all kept really tonal so just really chic and elegant looking."
Now that the colder weather has begun to creep in, it's time to hunt down some staples for your winter wardrobe. First on the list? A good winter coat.
"I think that every brand has a great coat offer. In the black and white story, obviously, people love to keep it monochrome - it keeps it nice and simple. We had a whole black and white story; Marella had great houndstooth checks; Hugo Boss had beautiful houndstooth separates, little pencil skirts and little shell tops."
Although Sinead curated some drop-dead-gorgeous pieces for the catwalk, it always comes down to one - the showstopper. This year, the fashion stylist chose a fabulous Irish design to close the show.
"Irish design is really important here in Arnotts and we finished the show with Caroline Kilkenny, the most amazing blue silk dress which has this kind of feather detail along the pocket and a lovely gather at the back to give it this hourglass silhouette."