AW2016- It’s Time To Make Believe

Please, please set some time aside and feast your ideas on Natalie Coleman’s new autumn/ winter collection. What a sight of dazzling sequins, soft gentle pastels and hazy, sleepy greys. There is something for everyone s complexion and taste.

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Above: Silver ‘Make Believe’ shirt (sequins), pink & blue ‘Birthday Wish’ top (neoprene) & printed knee-length dress(neoprene & jersey).

As mentioned by other bloggers, her designs reflect that of a somewhat quirky and playful nature, frequently emphasising the youthful, romantic girl in all of us. To be found beyond these layers is a hint of feminine delicacy, reflected in her soft textures.

My favourite piece, on trying just about all today in Brown Thomas was by far this beautiful above knee length coat. My obsession in fashion has got to be hands down; a good coat. You’re always dressed with a good coat, I was made to believe ( wise words of mother)! Needless to say I ran to the corner of Natalie’s railing and immediately slipped into the beautiful black & white ‘snow’ swing coat.

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Above: Fiona wears her favourite black & white swing coat.

The pièce de résistance has got to be the cute pair of mittens attached within to keep those paws warm in the winter! Natalie’s coat is a very reasonable price considering the workmanship and attention to detail. Why not go the whole hog and splash out on the fitted, cocktail ‘snow’ dress to match.

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Natalie B Coleman, Irish designer has had her creations worn by celebrities including Mary J Blige, but closer to home Kathryn Thomas and The Corrs. Natalie’s fabulous collection is on display in Brown Thomas (second floor), Grafton Street, Dublin 2 as part of ‘Create 2015’- a showcase of extraordinary design talent and innovation for a limited time only.

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Brown Thomas Fashion Bursary 2015.

On my lunch break, Thursday, I decided to nip in to Brown Thomas’ first floor. Upon escalating, there to greet you is a mouth-watering display of green, by the young talented Irish designer Daniel Roden.

An NCAD graduate, Roden explored the hue and based his four luscious designs on the superstition surrounding green with haute couture. How daring!

Green: An exploration of tonality and texture.

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Intricately woven strips of bottle green wool paired with mounds and mounds of dyed feathers, silk and cashmere was enough to satisfy my lunch time cravings.

A must see for anyone remotely interested in rich textures and an appetite for style.

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Roden’s exhibit is located for a limited time only on the first floor, women’s wear in Brown Thomas, Grafton Street, Dublin 2.

Natalie B. Coleman: All the Jewellery I Never Got.

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Last night I decided to sift through some old photographs to bring something new to the blog today. (Make sense?!) Dizzy with delight when I landed upon this snap oozing with color and edgy fun. The very talented, Natalie Coleman, was so kind as to lend me a beautiful pink, hand-illustrated watercolor silk scarf. The delicate cream vest top as inspired by the HBO production of ‘Grey Gardens’.

! I hope you like the T shirt it is a quote from Grey Gardens which I fell in love with!

I have been so lucky as to keep the vest top which I often pair with a black blazer and jeans for a sophisticated look. For a more relaxed feel I simply wear with a long trench coat and baggy trousers, certainly more of a snug Autumnal-type evening.

Black & navy: Friend or foe?

Black and or Navy?

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Were you told, like I was for a long time that the two clash? I never in my life would have put the two together, mostly because I was afraid of what my mother’s reaction would be on walking out the door!
Now I like to think I can at least try blend the two!

Above: Navy silk shirt dress with black trim ( Ellie Tahari), black satin/ silk jockey coat (BCBG Maxazria), pink Burberry handkerchief worn as neck scarf, just to be odd (Burberry, Japan).