Golden opportunity for fashionistas

A collection designed by one of the country’s foremost fashion designers is set to hit the shelves next Monday, but fashionistas are urged to be quick if they want to snap up this gilt-edged opportunity.

Creative director at Dunnes Stores, Carolyn Donnelly — already a household name from her time at the award-winning Quin and Donnelly — has designed the new limited edition Savida Gold collection.

Ms Donnelly acknowledges that keen-eyed shoppers don’t want to see hundreds of other women wearing their dress, so key pieces from the Savida Gold collection will only be available in limited quantities and the range will be updated.

Part of the collection has been produced in Italy and includes lace, leather, embroidery, jewelled embellishment and intricate beading.

Ms Donnelly’s favourite pieces include the leather styles — pinafore dresses and pencil skirts — “very tight but comfortable stretch leather pants and a fabulous leather zip jacket with an unusual pleated detail around the hem”.

All styles are available in black.

“Heavy black lace dresses are perfect for the Christmas season, as is a special black quilted dress with black beading all over and a crisp white beaded collar; a true occasion dress,” explains the designer. Other dresses include all over beaded styles in black and gold and a lace dress with a deep hem of rich green statement peacock feathers.

For more exclusive pictures of the Savida Gold collection, see Weekend tomorrow.


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