Trend of the Week: Animal Instinct

When London-based brand RIXO showcased their ‘Liberated Territory’ collection at London Fashion Week, guests were treated to fearless dressing inspired Studio 54 and iconic female figures like Bianca Jagger, Grace Jones, Cher, Jerry Hall and Debbie Harry.

Trend of the Week: Animal Instinct

Inspiration

When London-based brand RIXO showcased their ‘Liberated Territory’ collection at London Fashion Week, guests were treated to fearless dressing inspired Studio 54 and iconic female figures like Bianca Jagger, Grace Jones, Cher, Jerry Hall and Debbie Harry.

Naturally, animal print roamed free in multiple iterations, alluding to the wild side in all of us. This season, expect similar untamed references to fill out hearts and closets. No more creatures of habit; it’s time to tap into something fierce.

STYLE NOTES

REPTILE:

Seventies inspired snake print knee boots pair best with this season’s pleat skirts and bougie blouses.

BOVINE:

Play the field with earthy denim or love-worn leather.

ZEBRA:

Keep this punchy print in check with sharp separates like a crisp white blouse or pair of black trousers.

BIG CATS:

Update your feline game with bright saturated prints.

News Threads/ Label lookout

Prepare to be inspired by knitwear designer Lauren Manoogian. Dedicated to sustainable handcrafted practices and natural materials, her ready-to-wear collections boast handloomed and hand-knit sweaters, hand-woven blankets and crocheted totes, and a selection of vegetable-tanned leather jewellery and bags, individually made by a Peruvian saddlemaker. Info: https://laurenmanoogian.com/.

The new collection from fifth-generation Irish family business, Magee 1866, is a celebration of natural fabrics, seasonal shifts, and slow, intentional living. Inspired by the richness of the landscape in the northwest of Ireland, the lifestyle edit boasts sharply tailored looks crafted from heritage patterns and more casual pieces, perfect for weekend adventures. Info: 01-6798966; www.magee1866.com.

DIARY DATES

Saturday, 28th September: Don’t miss Farran Fashion Frolics at Farran Hall. Featuring a select edit of retail pop-ups including vintage and preloved clothing from Kahlo & Apfel, this is a unique opportunity to bag a bargain over a glass of bubbles for the new season. Tickets €10. Time: 7:30 pm – 11 pm. Info: www.eventbrite.ie.

COLLABORATION CORNER

Whistles has unveiled an exclusive capsule collection with luxury bag brand Mlouye. Born out of Istanbul in 2015, Mlouye’s founder and creative director Meb Rure hails from a background in architecture and furniture design, merging industrial design with fashion to create elegant, innovative and functional handbags. Expect six limited-edition styles, all handcrafted in Turkey in soft nude, bright yellow, glossy black and rich emerald green. Info: www.whistles.com.

SOLID GOLD

Cult Irish jeweller Chupi’s bestselling coin necklaces are now available in solid gold. Cast from an original Irish coin she found in her grandmother’s sewing box, this is a little reminder you are “worth your weight in gold”. The Solid Gold Coin Collection is available in three styles online and in-store at ATRIUM, Powerscourt Townhouse, Dublin 2. Info: www.chupi.com.

ANNMARIE LOVES

Multi-tasking isn’t my strong suit, hence why I love my clothes to pick up the slack. These leather transformer mules from Spanish brand Uterqüe do just that. The design features a golden chain link and striped ribbon on the strap with a heel that can be folded to create a relaxed slip-on style. Like it? Love it. Price €115. Info: www.uterque.com

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