Fashion Trends

The Ten Trends You Need To Know

1. Winter Knits
If last winter was all about the embellished sweater, this year the coolest knits are those with nutty textures and oversized shapes in biscuity shades of taupe, cream, tan and oatmeal. The fashion-forward way to wear your woollens is to swaddle jumpers with blanket-style scarves, pair knitted dresses with cardigans for a modern take on the twinset, and keep both colourways muted when pairing skirts with sweaters. And if oversized is too fashion-forward for you, choose a slightly slouchy shape with extra-long sleeves instead for equally strong fashion kudos.

STYLING TIP: Head-to-toe sweater dressing? Invest in a silk slip to keep any cling at bay.

2 Animal Print
Animal print is back with a bite. Leopard appeared in various guises, in a classic tuxedo at Carven to coloured at Chloé. But we also spotted snake, cow and zebra. Wear your chosen print head to toe if you’re feeling brave, or pair with something plain and tonal for a more classic take.

This story appears in the September issue of The Gloss. Find more features like this in next issue, out Thursday October 2

Our New Cashmere Crush

Knitwear is a key trend this season. Invest wisely and your purchases could last for years. Sphere One designer Lucy Downes makes some of the finest

In soft greys, blues and mauves, sphere one by Lucy Downes’s tactile creations range from the classic fine-knit to AW14’s statement slouchy style. “Some are feminine, with nipped waists and tiny, rounded shoulder pads, others are oversized, textural pieces,” Downes explains. “There’s nothing more delicious than the feeling of slouchy, oversized cashmere.” It’s all very “now”, but these pieces should last a whole lot longer: Downes’s collection comes hand-finished by Nepalese artisans using ten-ply Scottish cashmere. To keep it in good shape, hand-wash at a low temperature with natural detergent, then rinse until the water runs clear. Don’t wring or use fabric softener. “Good cashmere, well made, will actually improve with age,” Downes advises. “When it’s new, wash your garment frequently, say every 12 wears. It’ll get rid of any initial pilling and you will enjoy your garment for years and years.” Sphere One by Lucy Downes is stocked in Brown Thomas, Dublin; Havana, Donnybrook, Dublin 4; Samui, Co Cork. Visit

This story appears in the September issue of The Gloss. Find more features like this in next issue, out Thursday October 2

House of Dagmar

Founded by a trio of sisters, House of Dagmar blends Swedish functionality with a more feminine Art Deco feel. Sibling and sales director Sofia Wallenstam told us what makes them tick

The name “House of Dagmar” comes from your grandmother. What was she like? Dagmar was a fantastic woman; she had a huge heart, a big smile on her face and always made the people in her life feel great. She also had an eye for quality and taught me and my sisters about fabrics and constructions. She’d sit for hours looking at fashion magazines, showing us different designs she was inspired by and then recreating them herself. Her spirit inspires us and informs how we run our company. Three sisters run House of Dagmar. How do you work together? Karin is the eldest sister and CEO. She ran a PR and communications agency before Dagmar, while designer and middle child Kristina worked with H&M and Christian Lacroix. I’m the youngest – I was 21 in 2005 when we started the company. One of the reasons we founded Dagmar was because we love spending time together. We also had three different skills – PR and marketing, design and sales – so we knew we wouldn’t step on each other’s toes. How does your personal style differ from one another? Kristina has a creative style and mixes and matches a lot. She plays with colour more than Karin and I. I love to wear updated basics in the best quality fabrics, while Karin is more dressy, though still in a relaxed way. We all wear the same pieces from our collections, but mix and match them differently. What’s your workspace like? Organised mess. I love to have fresh flowers on my desk (preferably peonies) and a photograph of my husband and daughter, but I don’t have a clean desk policy. I have piles of paper and mail. Your current collection is inspired by cubism. do you own any art? We’ve recently bought a lot of photo art by Gered Mankowitz and Terry O’Neill, and also own some Miro. Art inspires us tremendously and certain eras or artists tend to influence our collections. An ongoing source of inspiration is the Art Deco period. What was the last great exhibition you saw? The Venice Biennale. Where else do you find inspiration? Friends, family and the people around us. When travelling, I visit local galleries and watch people passing on the street. What’s your favourite item from the collection? The knee-length patterned skirt. You can dress it down with a white T-shirt and sneakers, or up with black pumps and a cashmere sweater. How do you ensure the perfect fit? Our collections are quite small, so we really take the time to work through each piece. Kristina is also a quality nerd and examines almost every item before it goes into production. Who is the House of Dagmar woman? We love strong, cool and intelligent women to wear our clothes. How do you balance work, family and leisure? It’s difficult, but I have a great husband who supports me – without him it would be a lot harder. I try to give my best at work so that I can leave the office in the evening feeling great and give my daughter and husband my time as well. The worst thing you can do is leave the office feeling stressed – finish what you do and leave it behind at the end of the day. Yoga and running help keep my mind clear. What’s one luxury item you couldn’t live without? Shoes. I spend far too much on them. I also love to travel. What are your travel essentials? My iPhone, so I can stay tuned in to work emails, and a good book. As soon as I have the time, I love to read. I also carry Chanel beauty essence mist – after a long flight, a quick spritz always brightens up a tired and dry face. What’s the last thing you bought? A beautiful blue and white striped skirt by Céline. I wore it all summer. RA House of Dagmar is at Arnotts;

This story appears in the September issue of The Gloss. Find more features like this in next issue, out Thursday October 2

Fashion Wardrobe

Flights of Fancy

Stow the florals! Embroidered, collaged or printed, birds are on the fashion front line this season with every designer from Giles to Givenchy making use of their simplicity and beauty. Can’t afford Valentino, Marchesa Voyage, Alberta Ferretti or Markus Lupfer’s winged variations? Oasis serves up a design collaboration that matches catwalk clout with price-point prowess.

Ceramic artist Peter Ting’s designs for the high street are inspired by the so-called Chinese Hua Niao flower bird paintings.  His hummingbird has hovered across dinner services in a best-selling collection called Flutter. Translating this vision from plate to prêt à porter has resulted in a sophisticated capsule collection of 13 pieces for Oasis, comprising print dresses, woven sweatshirts, graphic knits and matching soft-print trousers in a muted colour palette of purples, sage greens and silver greys, all bearing the hummingbird in silhouette or patterned glory. Ting says, “I have a real affinity and fondness for a brand that loves pattern and print as much as I do.” Add the bomber jacket to an LBD and you have an instant desk to dusk outfit, while the kimono is another winner channelling the chinoiserie trend (it was also artfully done by Anna Sui this season) which works with jeans or tailored shorts. Prices start at €35.

Catching up with Ting over afternoon tea (he was sporting a “Flutter” silk square in his dapper jacket), it’s apparent Ireland is very much a second home for him. He tells me he’s in talks with The Doyle Collection for a possible future project, laments the dearth of Irish designers in some of our department stores and regularly spends time in Tipperary. Oasis is an interesting addition to his notable portfolio. Perhaps a further fashion collection beckons with some of Ireland’s own fauna or motifs next time ... Penny Mc Cormick

This story appears in the September issue of The Gloss. Find more features like this in next issue, out Thursday October 2