Sunday, 15 September 2013

Parson's Podium

It's safe to say Penneys is a favourite haunt of many Irish students so we thought it befitting to shoot some of their Autumn Winter 2013 collection in the grounds of Trinity College. With one of us still attending college and the other working in London, we couldn't be happier with what Penneys has in store for us this season! 

Parson's Podium, designed by Grafton Architects, was built in 2002 as an extension the Department of Engineering. The architects had a number of conditions to take in to account when designing this space. Aside from issues of materiality (existing stone university buildings lay to one side with the brick urban block to the other) and marrying the old with the new, an old sycamore tree had to be preserved. Most interestingly of all the architects had to ensure that the 'Finn's Hotel' sign painted on a nearby brick gable end remained visible as this was where Nora Barnacle was working when she met James Joyce in 1904. 
The podium successfully ties together these disparate elements all the while providing the department with additional research and teaching space.  

For all of you (p)leather lovers out there, this season's collection at Penneys will not disappoint! Whether its pencil skirts you're looking for, coats, jogger pants, chunky heels or 'all you can carry' bags, there's a leather version to be found. For those of you looking for an alternative to the staple beanie hat, there's a beaut of a fedora set to hit stores in October. Our favourite piece in this shoot was the tailored jumpsuit featuring cut out details. The cobalt blue biker coat even has us excited about being cold again! 

Ciana wears

PU pencil skirt 
grey tshirt with roll up sleeves
bejewelled collar
black peep toe suede effect ankle boots

black coat with leather sleeves
PU joggers pants
black and white mixed knit jumper with PU shoulder details
ankle boots with multiple straps and gold buckle detail
limited edition bag with gold chain trim

Becky wears

black fedora
tailored jumpsuit with cutouts
ankle boots with multiple straps and gold buckle detail
round rimmed sunglasses (asos)

cobalt blue biker coat
slim fit PU pants
black ankle boots with gold plate detail on toe
over the shoulder bag with crocodile skin texture

All clothes available from Penneys. All styling and photography is our own. Many thanks to everyone involved!  

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Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Colin Horgan SS14

Concrete Collar were lucky enough to attend Colin Horgan's Spring Summer '14 show last week as part of the Dublin Fashion Festival. The final year fashion student at the Limerick School of Art and Design continued to impress us with his innovative collection. While his signature style is evidently evolving, androgynous themes resumed and a heightened sense of femininity emerged through his use of sheer, delicate fabrics. 

The collection navigated its way over a predominantly monochrome paletteculminating in the strong clean lines of sheer and opaque silk organza in his dresses. Flashes of bold orange (rubber) and cobalt blue brought vibrancy to the collection, perfect for the warmer months. The striking geometric motifs, vivid use of colour and loin cloth inspired skirts evoked tribal influences. The flesh exposing pieces and the use of transparent fabric gave air and light to his SS14 collection. 

We were particularly drawn to the several structured jumpers which incorporated geometric cut-outs, exaggerated padding and distinctive panelling. Paired with double slit leather skirts and pleated minis these are top of our wish list. Add in a harness backpack in patent leather for good measure.

Contrasting structure and transparency, the collection suggests a confidence and vigour which we really admire. Props for the understated soundtrack choice too. We can't wait to see how this designer's career progresses. 

You can check out Colin's website here and pre-order SS14 at Project 51 at 51 South William Street, Dublin 2.

As ever all photography is our own.

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