1950s fashion inspired by Quirke

For the past two weeks I have spent my Sunday evenings in the 1950s, more specifically 1950s Ireland courtesy of the new BBC serial Quirke. This is a series that has seen mixed reviews, but I have loved the atmospheric lighting, the moody acting of the always fabulous Gabriel Byrne, and, most of all, I have loved the styling and the clothes – oh my, the clothes.

As a real fan of 1950s fashion and glamour, I love anything that harks back to the times when ladies still wore gloves, dresses included a full skirt, and attention to every detail was second to none. Quirke has it’s roots in High Society, the patriarch is a rich judge, and so the female characters that make up part of his family, played by Geraldine Somerville and Aisling Franciosi, are always immaculately turned out in costumes that are truly elegant. In addition, the beautiful Charlie Murphy played a seductive character called Deidre in episode 2, and entered the episode in a stunning backless gown of Grace Kelly styled satin.

Quirke is well worth a look for lovers of the 1950s, the stories have been absorbing and you can just get swept away with the sheer romance of Grace Kelly/Elizabeth Taylor era costumes.

 

 

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Love Geraldine Somerville’s lace dress.

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Aisling Franciosi plays Phoebe

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Charlie Murphy as Deidre

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Aisling with Gabriel Byrne

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Phoebe working in a hat shop, episode 2.

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1950s styling from Coast

On the High Street there are many examples of 1950s inspired pieces, with Coast leading the way with full skirted evening dresses, stiff satin skirts and strapless sweetheart necklines. With stunning prints, and soft watered pastel shades, these are some of the prettiest looks you will find this Summer.

GRACE MAXI DRESS £495.00 click to visit Coast

GRACE MAXI DRESS
£495.00 click to visit Coast

AMALI PRINTED DRESS £495.00 click to visit Coast

AMALI PRINTED DRESS
£495.00 click to visit Coast

HELSINKI SKIRT £115.00 click to visit Coast

HELSINKI SKIRT
£115.00 click to visit Coast

 

DARLING DRESS £295.00 click to visit Coast

DARLING DRESS
£295.00 click to visit Coast

CORDELIA SKIRT £125.00 click to visit Coast

CORDELIA SKIRT
£125.00 click to visit Coast

LILY-ANNA DRESS £175.00 click to visit Coast

LILY-ANNA DRESS
£175.00 click to visit Coast

HARPER SKIRT £75.00 click to visit Coast

HARPER SKIRT
£75.00 click to visit Coast

HARPER CO-ORD TOP £45.00 click to visit Coast

HARPER CO-ORD TOP
£45.00 click to visit Coast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reviewed – Prussian Blue Occasion Dress from Jacques Vert

If you say the name Jacques Vert to anyone, they will probably think of a great place to buy outfits for Weddings. ‘Mother-of-the-bride is often a phrase attached to the range of clothing stocked by this well established company. But while Jacques Vert certainly stocks apparel suitable for weddings, it would be unfair to dismiss it as just this, for there are some beautiful pieces that are suitable for so many other occasions.

Just before Christmas I was asked if I was interested in reviewing a dress from the Jacques Vert range. I decided to take a look around the site and was pleasantly surprised to see there were lots of dresses I would be more than happy to add to my wardrobe.

Lace Sleeve Shimmer Shantung Dress Now £79, click to visit Jacques Vert

Lace Sleeve Shimmer Shantung Dress Now £79, click to visit Jacques Vert

Lace Yoke Chiffon Dress Item No 010/030844/11 / Was £169.00 Now £99.00 click to visit Jacques Vert

Lace Yoke Chiffon DressWas £169.00 Now £99.00 click to visit Jacques Vert

I loved both of the dresses featured above because they had a real glamorous feel. Semi-fitted styles with concealed zips, and Kate Middleton style lace detail, these dresses were very grown up. I also loved the length, just on the knee, and so sexy with a pencil skirt. these were dresses that could easily take you to any occasion over the festive period, and way beyond.

But these weren’t the dress I chose. I had a very special occasion over the Christmas holiday. My parents were celebrating 40 years of marriage with a family meal at a very swish restaurant. This called for a special dress, so I chose the Prussian Blue Occasion Dress a dress which just screamed ‘princess’ to me.

Prussian Blue Occasion Dress now £69 click to visit Jacques Vert

Prussian Blue Occasion Dress now £69 click to visit Jacques Vert

The first thing I have to say about this dress is that the photographs on the website do not do it justice. This dress is just so beautiful. The skirt is an a-line style, giving it the feel of something Grace Kelly would’ve worn in the 1950s, and the skirts have tulle style overlay that is just so delicate and elegant. The bodice has sheer tulle overlay with embroidery, so needs no necklace or adornment. Add a grosgrain ribbon style belt, and you have an utterly feminine dress perfect for any occasion.

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DSCN5827I really loved wearing this dress, I just added some glittery shoes and kept other accessories minimal. The fit was good and it felt just right for a special occasion. I think this dress would make a great choice as a maid of honour’s dress for a winter wedding – simply add a white fur shrug and silver heels and this would be amazing. It could also be a lovely choice for a summer ball. The nature of the fabric would make this trans-seasonal, and hence, a versatile choice to add to your wardrobe.

With thanks to Jacques Vert and 7 things Media for the dress.