Fashion royalty

Victoria Beckham’s collection is coming to Cork for the first time, along with a host of other high profile labels, writes Annmarie O’Connor.

Fashion royalty

NEW YORK, London, Paris, Milan… Cork? Yes, that’s right. As the international style capitals launch Fashion Week season, Leeside celebrates its own catwalk coup with the launch of Brown Thomas’ new designer collections. Style icon Victoria Beckham’s eponymous sister line, Victoria, Victoria Beckham, joins the Cork store alongside a host of high-profile labels including Roksanda Ilincic, Mary Katrantzou, Alice + Olivia, Acne, Carven, Helmut Lang and Étoile Isabel Marant.

“It’s a new direction for the store,” says Brown Thomas fashion director Shelly Corkery, who introduced these namesto-know at the request of local style savants.

Meanwhile, Brown Thomas has just announced that JWAnderson for Top Shop will be stocked in the Cork store for a limited period from Monday Sep 18.

For an official introduction to the new season labels and top tips on the hottest runway looks, join Irish Examiner fashion writer and stylist Annmarie O’Connor at a special Brown Thomas Style Edit today.

Fancy a preview? Check out the new season collections from Brown Thomas right here.

¦ Brown Thomas Cork Style Edit: Saturday, September 8, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm. Info: 021-4805555;

¦ Wondering how to get the look? See beauty, p20 for the insider tips on hair and make up


Mary Katrantzou’s artistic trompe l’oeil technique has singled her out as one of fashion’s elite talents. Her dazzling 3-D dresses are utterly wish list-worthy, in particular this season’s kaleidoscope interior and garden print shifts.

Karen wears: Mary Katrantzou Rose Terrier print dress, €995, and Prada ‘Cheesecake’ stilettos, €430


Party girls will love New York label Alice + Olivia’s playful and eclectic charm. This season’s must-haves?

Flirty frocks boasting peplums and paillettes — perfect forpm glamour.

Teodora wears: Alice + Olivia lace peplum dress, €410 and Anya Hindmarch glitter clutch, €410


French label Carven draws on its couture roots for perfectly crafted fuss-free separates. This season’s 50s-inspired shapes evoke a spirited femininity with structured dresses, jackets and skater skirts rendered with singular design details like concealed prints and industrial zips.

Teodora wears: Carven winged shoulder blouse, €245; Carven wool dress, €625, and Prada ‘Rebecca’ suede toe cap courts €490


The characteristic whimsy of Victoria Beck-ham’s sister line shines through in signature drop waists, feminine plissés and abbreviated hems. Those quirky conversational prints from last season appear again, albeit tempered with grown-up fabrics and longer lengths.

Teodora wears: Victoria, Victoria Beckham contrast collar fitted wool dress, €765, and Prada ‘Rebecca’ suede toe cap courts, €490 Karen wears: Victoria, Victoria Beckham ‘Frockerella’ print silk-crepe dress €725 Prada ‘Rebecca’ suede toe cap courts €490


Minimalist kingpin Helmut Lang makes for pared-back glamour with fitted leather jackets, biker-inspired leggings and second-skin jersey dresses. Combine the label’s sharp tailoring with gentle draping and asymmetric hems for an elegant edge.

Karen wears: Helmut Lang jacket, €725, Helmut Lang blouse, €245, Helmut Lang leggings, €245, Stella python-effect clutch, €635, and Jimmy Choo ‘Archer’ stilettos, €395


Swedish label Acne has rapidly become the IT girl’s style staple thanks to its capsule offering of leather jackets, ankle boots and fit-you-forever jeans. Deceptively simple, the brand’s nous is all down to its laissez-faire layering.

Teodora wears: Étoile Isabel Marant Fair Isle zip cardigan, €390, Étoile Isabel Marant embroidered dress, €275, and Isabel Marat ‘Jacob’ fringe boots €845


Karen wears: Acne ‘Mape’ biker jacket, €965, Acne ‘Mallory’ tuning print dress, €375, and Prada ‘Sarah’ ankle boots €595


This Serbian-born, London-based designer’s sophisticated silhouettes have made her a fashion editor’s favourite. The Roksanda trademark? Divine dresses marked by bright colour blocks and clean lines — the ultimate style state-ment.

Karen wears: Roksanda Ilincic ‘Ayaka’ ruffle cuff dress, €995, Miu Miu print clutch, €335, and Nine West ‘Caress’ cobalt suede courts, €135


Shot on location @ Hayfield Manor, Cork (; 021-4845900) and Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork (; 021-4901844)

Stylist: Annmarie O’Connor (; 087-9764920)

Photography: Miki Barlok (; 086-2237081)

Hair: John Geaney and Susan Corcoran @ John Geaney for Hair (; 021-4503788)

Make-up: Tom Ford @ Brown Thomas (; 021-4805555)

Models: Teodora Sutra — 1st Option (; 01-6705233); Karen Fitzpatrick — Assets (; 01-6760443)

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