Natasha with the Silk Peaches crew.

Fabulous fashion on show for charity

Last week I was part of a fabulous charity fashion show which took place in The Tradehouse and was organised by Silk Peaches boutique owned by Grace Keane in aid of Cuan Mhuire.

Cuan Mhuire is a residential treatment and rehabilitation programme for women suffering from addiction and is based in Cork and is a charity that does fantastic work.

The show featured amazing fashion from Cork boutiques including Silk Peaches, Itso Me, Blue Fig, Love The Flamingo, Miss Daisy Blue, Aines Hattery, Burkes Opticians and Desmonds Menswear with a fabulous selection of daywear, occasion, vintage and accessories.

We are so lucky to have so many boutiques here in Cork and we really are spoilt for choice, so I was totally inspired for the new season ahead by all the collections in the show. The show was hosted by the fabulous Emily O’Donoghue from Fashionably Fortyish and Izzy Showbizzy kept the tunes pumping as the models strutted down the catwalk.

It was a show where there was something for everyone and the Silk Peaches collection was full of bold colour and print. One of my absolute favourite looks from the store was a zesty orange silky two piece of jacket and trousers that would be a stunning look as a wedding guest or indeed with both pieces worn separately and it’s the type of piece that could be worn all year round. I loved it styled with the statement sunglasses from Orlagh Burke Opticians which is the go-to place for fashion forward, designer frames.

For the vintage lovers, there was beautiful one-of-a-kind occasion wear pieces in lush fabrics like velvet and taffeta featuring bows and ruffles in everything from simple to statement silhouettes. Occasion wear was topped off with beautiful head pieces from Aine’s Hattery.

These pieces are so light and easy to wear in bright bold colours or more subtle black and gold pieces. Aine can colour match all her headpieces to match perfectly with your outfit which is key especially if you have a piece that’s hard to find something to go with.

If great daywear pieces are something you need, Love the Flamingo had a great collection of easy to wear looks with a twist such as tailored pieces in zebra print and a selection of coats to keep you warm and stylish. I may have made a little purchase myself after the show and treated myself to a neon green, leopard print bomber jacket which was so cosy and is sure to brighten up a dull and dreary day.

I’ve already worn it loads thrown over my gym gear and worn over knits and denim. Another favourite piece of mine was a trench coat from Itso Me that had a traditional silhouette but baby blue fabric detailing and was styled to perfection over a baby blue chunky roll knit and cargo trousers.

It really was a show filled with beautiful dresses and Blue Fig delivered with some stunning pieces. One dress that I have my eye on is a puff sleeve a-line mini dress with a really unusual shimmery floral print combined with a black cut out that would look perfect for festive parties, weddings or dressed down with boots.

Of course, we couldn’t forget the menfolk and Desmonds Menswear came through with a great mix of casual and formal wear. Perfect suiting in timeless colours and fabrics that would last you for many seasons to come as well as a great collection of knitwear and coats in wear anywhere neutrals. A fabulous night of fashion was had. Now roll on the next show!