Deborah Veale has been responsible for more corporate suit and workwear outfits than most Irish designers.
There’s a reason why CEOs and millionaires-on-the-up-and-up return annually to the Dubliner. It’s her genius ways with sleek tailoring and this also transfers to her eponymous womenswear line, Deborah Veale The Label which this season factors lots of desirable features, from softly structured easy-to-wear pieces to lean sculpted silhouettes.
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For added point of difference, there’s a nostalgic nod to the 90s, a stylish decade which thankfully erased the nightmare fashion mistakes of the previous one.
This is a collection of pieces with the objective of working cleverly together but perhaps not with what you might expect and the textures surprise too!
The collection offers the input of two generations as Deborah is now working with her daughter, Sorcha. While they have different viewpoints, their aesthetic is absolutely the same, with the objective of making the modern woman feel really comfortable as she steps out to look wow.
There are some seriously gorgeous dresses such as the shimmer velvet dress, above, which has a delightful dual aspect – green at the front and black at the back and there is a luxury green lace pencil dress with stunning scalloped neckline which costs €825.
I was particularly drawn to their take on the ‘coat’ (above) which some might regard as a long jacket. The starting point for this was our “strange weather”, so they gave the jacket more weight which enables it to take on the duties of a normal – but shorter – coat. The seven buttons end at the waist and it then “falls away” to the side which gives a super-flattering silhouette. For added interest, the textured sleeves are made from an eco/vegan leather.
A second coat look, the short sleek grey one (pictured above) features sleeves in a contrasting black melton wool and a funnel neckline with leather tab collar. The look is effortlessly chic and an example of what happens when the next generation styles the look, says Deborah.
Easy silhouettes come by way of a collarless black jacket in stretch jersey edged in butter-soft napa leather. The addition of a swish grosgrain belt adds a lovely touch of luxe.
Speaking of grosgrain, Deborah cleverly uses it as a feature on the shoulders and down the sleeves of her gold lamé dress with semi-polo neckline. This dress is a perfect example of the less is more school of design and would be a winning addition to wardrobes in need of some day-to-night dresses in the run-up to Christmas. Favourite pieces include a black velvet jacket with a very subtle grey pinstripe.
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