Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Look what we've Dunnes and how far we've come

Dunnes is changing.

It's been a gradual process that's begun to speed up. Introducing designer collaborations over time and lines such as Savida and Gallery updated a value-friendly old stalwart of Irish design and shopping. The grannyish vibe is dying out. And it's being replaced by something still reasonably priced but infinitely more interesting and a hell of a lot cooler.

In fact, it's probably the most effective use of designer collaborations that I've seen. Instead of having a one-off or annual model of inviting new designers to design collections, Dunnes have taken on regular collaborators who design new collections across homeware and clothing (and now food) each season. They've tied well-respected names to their brand and have given them the room and time to cultivate their brand within the brand. The collections only grow and increase in strength, making Dunnes stores almost unrecognisable.

The homeware unit for Dunnes in my local, the Swan Centre in Rathmines, was renovated over the summer and it looks amazing now. (It's kind of dangerous, actually, too much temptation.) I want to shop there. Being inside the store is like being in much higher-end d├ęcor and furniture shops, it's all much more considered, thought out. From the layout to the products. And the concept store on George's Street always make Savida and Gallery pieces feel like you're shopping in a boutique.

The whole thing just makes me weirdly...proud? Like, I've always liked the brand and I love to support Irish design and companies. To see the improvements and growth and energy in such an old and established brand is really inspirational.

PSA: This is how you do the designer collab. And do it right.
















































So, are y'all feeling the new Dunnes as much as me? And for readers not located in Ireland, you've added it to the list of things to do when you visit, right?

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Hedi over heels yet again...

Controversial as his leadership of (Yves) Saint Laurent has been to some, there's no denying that he takes a good photo and has a talent for spotting melancholic, moody beauties. Black and white, against simple backdrops and without any real fan-fare and, yet, captivating. An immediately discernible aesthetic. I, for one, am a major fan of what he's doing for that grand house. I think infusing it with youth and the energy of artists and musicians does fantastic things for everyone involved and I think few could fuse rock and roll and luxury so seamlessly, in a manner that miraculously doesn't seem contrived. The politics of access and revolution or invention are a debate for another place and head space because tonight all I want to do is adoringly gaze over the latest images for the Psych Rock collection in awe. Boho's never been my thing...but damn am I starting to wonder if there's an old school rock and roll hippy in me yet.

(My inner punk is weeping)

The PSYCH ROCK collection from Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane

The PSYCH ROCK collection from Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane

The PSYCH ROCK collection from Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane

The PSYCH ROCK collection from Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane

The PSYCH ROCK collection from Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane

The PSYCH ROCK collection from Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane

The PSYCH ROCK collection from Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane

The PSYCH ROCK collection from Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane

The PSYCH ROCK collection from Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane

The PSYCH ROCK collection from Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane

The PSYCH ROCK collection from Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane

The PSYCH ROCK collection from Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane

The PSYCH ROCK collection from Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane

The PSYCH ROCK collection from Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane

The PSYCH ROCK collection from Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane

The PSYCH ROCK collection from Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane

The PSYCH ROCK collection from Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane

The PSYCH ROCK collection from Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane

(Images via vogue.fr via ysl.com by Hedi Slimane of Grace Hartzel)

GORGEOUSNESS OVERLOAD.

PLUS: I really want a fringe now again.