Gothic, retro, couture: three trends wrapped up in one chic afternoon


It certainly seems fashion fever is taking the world by storm this week.

Of course, right now New York is in the middle of hosting its coveted fashion week; but that doesn't mean Ireland is getting left behind, no siree.

In fact, designer department store Brown Thomas has now seriously upped its fashion game – heralding the arrival of MAJOR new labels in Limerick and Galway with an exclusive show. 

Yes, international designers positively flooded Co Limerick's Adare Manor, with several firm favourites filling the catwalk.

Top models Roz Purcell, Sarah Morrissey and Ciara Buckley were on hand to show off the new collections – and much of the attire is really eye-catching.

In particular, Roz stunned wearing an electric blue Roland Mouret number; with Ciara Buckley showcasing a popular black Self Portrait jumpsuit. 

Sarah Morrissey won us over wearing a Diane Von Frustenberg dress and Jimmy Choo leather thigh-high boots. 

Taking place last Friday afternoon, more than 120 stylish guests – including fashion's influential Celia Holman Lee – were treated to champagne and canapes before all the action kicked off. 

Among the new brands welcomed to Brown Thomas Limerick are Roland Mouret, Sportmaz, Victoria Beckham Denim (yes!), Cocoa Cashmere, Harris Wharf and Paige Denim. Jimmy Choo and Isabel Marant were also welcomed to the footwear department. 

Meanwhile, new brands introduced to Brown Thomas Galway include Harris Wharf and Cocoa Cashmere, with Isabel Marant also arriving to their shoe collection. 

Key trends from the international runway were also unveiled on the day, giving attendees the chance to jump the gun and embrace the latest looks before anyone else. 

So for A/W '15 and S/S '16 you'll need to get your head around the likes of Retro Futuristic, Couture Construction and Gothic Girl (all three of which were among our favourite key trends showcased on the afternoon). 

The fashion show opened with Peter Pilotto, followed by Roksanda and Mary Katrantzou and ended with the dramatic (swoon!) Victoria Beckham

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