Cos SS16 Press Day


This time last week I was in Dublin for the Cos SS16 press launch.

 I caught the 06.50 train to Dublin (the glamour of being a fashion blogger) and spent the 2hr journey catching up on my Kindle and planning how I was going to spend my limited time in the Irish capital.

 I've been a fan of Cos for years but am disheartened that it still hasn't crossed the border to Belfast. The sophisticated big brother of H&M, they are renowned for their subtle and sleek collections, both formal and casual. 

Held in the modern surroundings of the Kerlin Gallery, tucked in a side street off the main stomping ground of Grafton Street, the gallery allowed the collection to speak for itself and not compete for attention. Although that orange wallpaper is pretty damn awesome!

The pared-back palette, draped silhouettes and imaginative use of selected fabrics combine to make a fresh and forward new season offering. The core colours of soft greys and stones create a simple but versatile capsule collection. The occasional pop of muted tones, such as sage green and pale lemon add depth and variance.

Inspired by the traditional Mac, this city coat has a cropped length to refresh the familiar shape.

Wear this under a blazer for an alternative to the usual polo or shirt.

An unstructured lightweight blazer is always a smart investment for the spring/summer season.

The continuous line pattern is inspired by Scandinavian graphic design.

The slash neck and sombre shades makes these tops relevant without being too derivative of the Yeezy phenomenon.

3/4 length sleeves, mandarin collar and hidden button placket front evokes simple Japanese shapes.

It isn't easy being green, so opt for sage.

The ethos of the collection is reinterpretation of classics, using traditional fabrics in new ways or familiar silhouettes given alternative construction and materials.

Denim is used for summer suiting. An unstructured lapel-less jacket, inspired by traditional gi (martial arts clothing) and pleat-front trousers. 

The mac silhouette has been given a modern reinterpretation by using sleek, translucent PVC. Fused seams and raw edges make it both practical and eye-catching.

Accessories fit the minimal Cos aesthetic, sticking to simple colour palettes and unfussy features. I don't normally wear black but the simple button front closure of this belt caught my eye.
And for the ladies...

The palette was again muted, with blush pinks, nudes and soft bronzes.

Perhaps not office-appropriate, but this woven bandage dress is pure editorial gold!

This backless, satin dress in a sophisticated bronze is the perfect summer wedding guest dress.

I loved this modern geometric jewellery and was even more impressed when I found out the "jewels" were actually compressed denim!

Thanks to Cos Ireland and the team at Baluba for the invitation and for looking after me so well. A special shout out to Paris who talked me through the whole collection. 

This was my first event south of the border and I'm determined it won't be my last!

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