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FASHION Kaleidoscope of new labels in Westport

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Kaleidoscope of style this winter



Maggie Gibbons


kaleidoscopeIt’s that time of year again, with the change of seasons well in and our summer dresses packed neatly away to the back of the wardrobe, where hopefully next year they get more of an airing, now is the time to assess your winter wardrobe.
There are many reasons why we buy new clothes, perhaps as a pick-me-up, or the replacement factor (your favourite top/dress looks just a little tired this year), but  when you boil it all down, the main reason is to feel and look good. Feeling good about your outfit gives you a sense of confidence. Dressing is all about feeling good about yourself.
This season colour wise it’s plenty of berry, wines and burgundies, if you were to ask what’s in fashion, take your pick! But what if we were to say never mind about fashion? Fashion is all about what is in trend at the moment, understanding your style of dress and what suits you is more important and working out what works best for you is half the battle.

Seven new labels
This winter, Kaleidoscope on Bridge Street, Westport, is introducing no less than seven new fashion labels to the town – Masai, Numph, Avoca Anthology, By Lu, Covet, Nancy Dee and Nila Rubia. Recognising the need to cater for all styles Kaleidoscope’s owner, Denise Tanham, has carefully selected a collection of affordable independent labels that pay extra attention to detail and always offering something a little bit different.
If you were to pick one word that encapsulates Kaleidoscope’s style it would be ‘smart casual’ with many styles successfully doubling up as everyday wear and evening with the right accessories.
“It has been really enjoyable getting to know what shoppers look for when buying something to add to their wardrobe. I’m really excited about the new brands on offer this winter no matter what style of dress you prefer, I’m confident one of our new lines will suit,” said Denise.
Danish label Masai caters for those who prefer a comfortable, easy-to-wear, relaxed and individual style using natural fabrics with clean lines. Numph, also Danish, is a label great on price, offering pieces with soul and personality.
The collection from Avoca Anthology clothing epitomises the label’s love of detail and colour, using beautiful interesting fabrics and trims. This season Avoca’s selection of wool skirts, paired with classic cable knits sourced from Italy, is a must see.
Following on from the success of Skunkfunk, a Spanish brand known for its creative designs, Spain yet again hits the mark with a new label called By Lu. By Lu successfully manages to cross over three styles of dress – classic, creative and natural – with their various designs of knitwear dresses.
The remaining three labels – Covet from Canad and Nancy Dee and Nila Rubia, both independent UK labels – are green. Covet uses organic and sustainable fibres while remaining true to the details and styling of a contemporary fashion brand. Nancy Dee creates stylish, versatile pieces inspired by retro designs, the collections rework classic shapes with bold prints and strong colour palettes. Nila Rubia uses organic cottons incorporating the art of hand-block printing in India.
To celebrate Kaleidoscope’s launch of seven new labels in Westport, the shop is running a winter fashion week, showcasing all winter lines running from today (Tuesday) through to October 31. Pop into the store and enter the draw – you could win one of Kaleidoscope many Winter Fashion and Accessory give-aways. Prize credit notes to the value of €30, €40 €50 and €80 will be won throughout the week.

kaleidoscopeWhat’s your style?
There are five main clothing styles: natural, classic, dramatic, romantic and creative. Getting familiar with your suitable style alongside your body shape (pear shaped, apple shaped, hour glass or rectangle shaped) can be daunting, but once you’re familiar with what suits you best, adding to your wardrobe can be less of a challenge. It will help you find that perfect purchase.

Natural
Relaxed, straight lines, unstructured jackets, loose and easy tailoring. Natural fabrics like cotton, linen, wool and organic fabrics. Colours, earthy colours. Accessories to match – earthy, funky and chunky.
Classic
Softly tailored or softly flowing lines with elegant accessories. The look is clean, elegant, tailored. A refined look that appeals to a large cross-section of people.

Dramatic
Trim sleek lines, angular with ornate jewellery. It’s all about contrast in pattern and angles. Clothes feature bold hues or sharp contrasting colours.

Romantic
Soft flowing lines that showcase body curves; defined waist and with a feminine flair; intricate and delicate jewellery. Colours are soft pastels, muted tones or rich jewel tones, such as cranberry.

Creative
Colourful prints and designs, often combining different styles together. The creative dresser uses vibrant colours to create a strong fashion statement.

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