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So Last Season

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Wednesday, 26th September, 2018 4:27pm

As part of an ongoing city centre programme of events, which aim to show all that the city has to offer in terms of fashion and culture, we on Opera Lane hosted a fashion tour on Saturday which took in landmark buildings and locations throughout the city and even at Cork Airport.

We commandeered one of Cronin’s Coaches' hop on hop off buses and filled it with AW18’s hottest trends so that we could do pop up fashion shows during the day.

Of course, being that we are in Ireland, the weather was glorious on Friday and Sunday and bucketed down on Saturday but luckily we managed to make a stop in some of Cork city's most iconic hotels as well as doing a few shows on Opera Lane and Patrick Street, in between showers.

Xpose’s Glenda Gilson was there on the day to chat all things fashion with myself and to host the shows while I discussed my style inspiration for the collections.

Autumn/winter is my favourite time of year, especially with all the cosy, layered looks and with a bit of pre-festive sparkle and glamour thrown into the mix, you’ve really got a mixture of everything to suit all styles.

Being an autumn show, it was always going to prominently feature coats and jackets which I really feel I’ve developed a strong penchant for. So much so that I’ve placed a ban on myself from buying one this year.

If you are in the mood for an investment, there are plenty of gorgeous styles out there. A light beige overcoat from H&M and a dark green wool coat from ONLY were amongst my top picks and River Island featured a shorter shearling lined leather coat in chocolate brown which really was a showstopper.

I also styled a lot of knitwear in the looks and I’ve happily made the knitwear transition in my own wardrobe too. There are so many great knits out there at the moment and I always find at the start of the season is the best time to stock up on all the best pieces.

H&M are great for cosy, colourful pieces with a bit of embellishment added on occasion or you can’t go wrong on quality with a good sweater from GAP. I styled a bright red one from GAP with a white shirt layered underneath and with black and white check trousers underneath for a look that could easily be worn for workwear.

Knitwear can be so easily dressed up or down, so ditch the jeans on occasion and add a midi skirt or layer over lighter dresses to really get more wears out of your clothes.

Aside from the practical and cosy bits and pieces, there were plenty of looks that brought the glamour and upped the style ante. Now I know we don’t want to think about Christmas quite yet but when you think about it it’s really not that far away, so it’s essential you prepare now to avoid absolute panic buying come December.

There are lots of party season pieces in store now and if you’re not a fan of glitter and sequins, then now if the time to buy because come November everything will resemble a shining disco ball.

Topshop and Next are two of my go-tos when it comes to finding that perfect party frock and if you’ve got a big event or wedding coming up this season. then Topshop have the perfect ruby red dress for you to make an entrance in.

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