Practical, elegant and a touch of glamour

THE professional woman will love Deborah Veale’s autumn/winter collection, which was showcased last night as part of Dublin Fashion Week.

The clothes are soft and draping; all rich fabrics exuding sophistication and elegance. It’s all about effortless ease with subtle tailoring, ensuring glamour but practicality.

There’s day, evening and weekend wear in the collection, with 1930s and 1940s Hollywood providing inspiration again in this latest offering.

The pencil skirt will be a common sight in offices over the coming months, with the easy-to-wearwide trousers also a strong feature.

Deborah and Aideen Bodkin both unveiled their autumn collections in Dublin and also previewed their spring/summer 2008 designs in Fallon and Byrne on Exchequer Street.

The Aideen Bodkin autumn collection is heavy on texture and defined tailoring with nipped in waists, high-waist relaxed tweed trousers and chunky plaid coats. Contrast that with the hand embroidered and delicate lace dresses which the designer also sent on the catwalk.

Bodkin has injected some strong colours into the range to compliment the dark palette of the season. Her key colours include dark grape and aubergine shades, petrol and teal, monotone winter white and black along with highlights of crimson red and bubblegum pink.

The spring/summer 2008 preview from Veale sees a return to glamour with simple, clean lines and pretty feminine overtones being the order of the season.

There’s also a sheen and shimmer to the manifold silks, linens and cottons which make up next year’s clothes.

Aideen Bodkin’s collection for spring 2008 is bright, colourful and flirtatious. Striking elements include beautiful silk prints seen in cocktail and maxi dresses, delicately hand beaded with precious stones.

Embroidered silk fabrics are also visible in tailored coats, cropped jackets and slim-line dresses.

This season’s shades range from gold, corals and bright floral printed silk on a black base to strong greens, citrus and silver combinations and a range of soft floral pinks.

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