Some feeling of normality returned last week when I attended my first fashion show in nearly two years. Helen McAlinden’s collection was showcased beautifully in Harvey’s the restaurant in Harvey Nichols in Dundrum Town Centre. I had some photos on my Instagram stories last week. But one of my followers (whom I bumped into recently in Malahide) reminded me that she is an e-mail subscriber and not on social media. Please put plenty in your post, she asked. So here you are!
This is what I wore to the event. I shopped my own wardrobe. The shirt/dress is Halston, usually worn with faux leather trousers (check out how I wore it HERE) and the culottes are Marella. See them HERE
Boots are ancient from Carl Scarpa.
We were first treated to a delightful breakfast in the airy restaurant and then a wonderful fashion show of beautiful clothes.
When describimg Helen McAlinden’s aesthetic, the words ‘elegant’, ‘wearable’, ‘contemporary’, ’empowering’ come to mind. Helen uses beautiful fabrics and flattering designs, which have a timeless quality.
HELEN MCALINDEN A/W 2021
There was something for everyone here.
The opening look was casually elegant and was a nod to the more laid-back style to which we have become accustomed. The tan sweatshirt is €95 and the navy stripe pants €230. Not a bad price-point, I believe, if you look at the quality of the fabrics used.
I had to show you the back of this statement trouser suit.
How stunning is this velvet trouser suit? Dress it up as it is here or put it with trainers and a t-shirt for a more casual look.
Dresses ranged in price from just under €200 to €450 for a beautiful silk velvet dress.
I would love any of them, but look at this showstopper Marilyn dress below.
Here are a few coats from the collection. A fun Teddy Faux Fur is €425 and most of the others are between €365 and €565. All are stunning.
You can find Helen McAlinden in Harvey Nichols in Dundrum Town Centre (photo below) and in Arnotts Dublin and, of course, in her flagship store at No. 20 South William Street, Dublin.
I have only shown you a fraction of the collection. You can check out the rest online:
The Helen McAlinden brand (founded in 2001) is dedicated to creating sustainable, sophisticated fashion. Her designs stand the test of time, allowing you to buy well and buy less. Most of us are trying now to buy ethically. We are, like Helen, concerned about the planet. She only uses best practice factories and all pieces are designed in Ireland by Helen and her team.
I was delighted to be invited to the show, representing the older blogger. Unlike many other designers, Helen McAlinden does not ignore her older client base. She recognises that while her clothes are worn by women of every age, you ignore the older woman at your peril.
Thank you Helen McAlinden.