Friday, 23 August 2013

Hallowed Be Thy Name

From one notable North Dublin institution to another we chose to shoot our favourite pieces from the Arnott's Autumn Winter Collections '13 in Sutton's landmark church, the parish of Saint Fintan. It was completed in 1973 to a design by architect Andy Devane of Robinson Keefe Devane. 

Both Robinson and Keefe died in 1965, but the practice which bears their names has continued to flourish. Some of their more recognisable contemporary projects include the Guinness Storehouse and Gravity Bar, the Quinn School of Business at UCD,  as well as renovations to the Odeon and Dakota Bars in Dublin.

The church walls are clad in textured concrete and the formwork appears to have been made from fisherman's rope to reflect its maritime setting. This curious effect adds a richness to its surface and roots the structure firmly in this captivating coastal landscape. We also noticed evidence of shells in the concrete which may have been used as aggregate, collected from the nearby shoreline. 

The church building is entered through a large atrium which acts as a transition from the outside to the interior of the church. This threshold space contains the impressive church bell tower, which has a distinct presence in the low-rise suburban neighbourhood surrounding it. 

The interior of the church is fan-shaped and has an open sanctuary space. The undulating copper roof rises to the Crown of the Sanctuary, which is lit in shafts from the slats above. 

This kind of 70's modernism is well suited to the looks we have chosen for the forthcoming season which sees a return to retro inspired tailoring and soft silhouettes. The ambiguity between masculine and feminine is a continuing theme in recent seasons and the contrasting continues for Autumn Winter '13.

Coats for this season are easily identified by their cocooning silhouette and dropped shoulder lines. Ciana's first look from Missoni has a minimalist feel with simple, clean lines and emphasis given to texture and a strong geometric print.  The oversized knit coat is worn over a green tweed dress paired with on-trend perspex heeled shoes.

Becky's first look comprises an eye-catching red coat, from luxury English label Goat. Its smooth contours and petal hemline  create a timeless silhouette which is flattering to all figures. This is paired with tailored pencil trousers and accessorised with patent treasures - the ladylike Pollyanna bag from Lulu Guinness and suede mix ankle boots from Hobbs.

Next we chose two key coats for the season; a boxy trench from Love Moschino (worn by Becky), coupled with tailored brocade trousers in a geometric print, to add texture and detail. This look is completed with iconic two-tone patent brogues from Hobbs.

Finally, Ciana wears a classic navy collarless coat, belted at the waist from Twenty8Twelve. Styled with check trousers from Love Moschino, the most perfect patent, burgundy brogues plus a cross body bag from Hobbs.

Thank you kindly to Arnotts for supplying the beautiful clothes for this shoot. All items are available from Arnotts Department Store at 12 Henry Street, Dublin 1.

Don't forget you can vote for Concrete Collar here to win Best Blog Post in the Blog Awards Ireland 2013. It's a one click stop so please vote for us if you have 20 seconds to spare! We have 5 nominated posts in this category so simply choose your favourite. 

All styling and photography is our own.

Ciana wears:

First Look 
Green tweed dress and knit coat by Missoni
Perspex heeled 'Aster' shoes by KG Kurt Geiger
Concrete Collar's own sunglasses

Becky wears:

First Look
'Redgrave' crepe coat by Goat
'Rocky' black pencil trousers by Goat
'Alberta' ankle boots by Hobbs
'Mid Pollyanna' patent black bag by Lulu Guinness

Second Look:

Camel coat cape by Love Moschino
Cream silk blouse by Tara Jarmon
'Geo' trousers by Tara Jarmon
'Agatha' black navy brogues by Hobbs

Ciana wears:

Second Look
'Lombard' navy coat by Twenty8Twelve
Cream check trousers by Love Moschino
'Agatha' burgundy brogues and 'Romina' wine bag by Hobbs
Concrete Collar's own black Shaker hat. 

Wednesday, 21 August 2013



As you may have seen on our facebook pageinstagram feed and twitter feed, (a tad excited so we were) our blog was shortlisted for Oohlala Magazine's blog awards, standing alongside Life's Lust Haves and Haute So Fabulous as one of three Best Newcomers. Unfortunately we didn't succeed in nabbing one of the top prizes but were absolutely delighted to have made it to the final twelve. 

The announcement of the awards coincided with the launch of Oohlala Magazine's Launch in 37 Dawson Street, Dublin. It was the perfect opportunity to finally meet some of our fellow Irish bloggers off the screen and in the flesh and to bump in to all the other lovely fashion folks we've met along the way. One highlight of the night was the catwalk show- styled by the expert Grace Moore,  the show had models clad head to toe in Penneys Autumn Winter '13 gear. We're itching to get our hands on that pink dress coat! 

Before we got to the awards, a bit of prep work had to be done to get us looking camera-ready. We booked into our new favourite salon Sugar Cubed where we were pampered in the talented hands of Noel, Mark, Kate, Jason and Dearbhla, sampling retro Soda Stream all the while! The team there are sensational and had us feeling like queens by the time they were done with us. We were also lucky enough to have our talons tended to by the tropettes of Tropical Popical. We both opted for gelish manis. Be sure to choose your nail art wisely though because with a manicure this good you'll have be looking at it for weeks!

Concrete Collar has provided us with an incredible creative outlet and these awards have encouraged us to pursue it further, but before we do...we'd like to take this chance to thank absolutely everyone who has helped us get this far! Thanks to those who drop by our blog for a read or a scroll, to everyone we've collaborated with up until now, to everyone who voted for us and shown support and to our pals and parents for their unwavering enthusiasm. 

On that note we're delighted to announce that Concrete Collar has been long listed in 6 categories for the Blog Awards Ireland! If you'd like to see us shortlisted you can vote for us here for Best Blog Post. You can vote up to once a week if you so wish and we would really appreciate it!The other 5 categories are unfortunately not open to public voting for the shortlisting process. 

In conclusion please DO stay tuned... we have a lot of exciting posts and projects coming your way very soon!

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Getting our troppette on

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Pamper session in Sugar Cubed

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Penneys AW13

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posing sessions at Oohlala magazine awards party

Ciana wears

web top - weekday
vinyl skirt - asos
white strap heels - zara
bag - diy 
rings - h&m, river island
watch - fossil

Becky wears 

leather jackets - new icons h&m
blue silk flared leg jumpsuit - topshop
black shaker hat - river island
bag - chanel clutch
rings-stack rings from h&m, House of Harlow.