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More is more
n previous seasons, the word embellishment alone has sufficed, convey the new level but to of the trends AW12 incarnation, it feels understatement of like an vast proportions. This season, forget adding studs and a splash a few of sequins in an effort to jazz up garments: trousers, skirts, even jackets, humble shirts and t-shirts, have all been drenched in the utterly luxury of jacquard fabric and showered adornment of jewels, with the gems and metals. Fashion magpies will rejoice the news that wearing at more than one embellished item at once is to be encouraged: maximalism is the order of the day as the tasteful less is more diktat is momentarily discarded. The looks fiercest incarnations were seen on the AW12 runways at Balmain, which took inspiration from the decadence of Faberg eggs, and Dolce & Gabbana, where the most luxurious of fabrics (leather, lace, velvet, satin) were piled up with heavy gold threading and jewels. Valentino offered a softer, more folkinspired version of the trend, with jacquard detailing reminiscent of Russian dolls, while at Chanel there was a futuristic take on the look with metallics, angular crystals and a bold jewel colour palette. The key to working this trend successfully is to keep silhouettes classic and structured. Clean lines will allow the embellishment to do the talking and keep the look sleek: note the skinny trousers and understated shirts that were layered with the more decadent pieces at Balmain. Luckily for fashionistas on a budget, the high street has whole-heartedly embraced the trend. River Island has nailed it with a heavily embellished and embroidered collection that could be taken straight from the AW12 catwalks. At a glance, the t-shirts could be Balmain, while the trouser suit will have you simultaneously working the masculine trend. Mint Velvet has updated the classic tux jacket in the spirit of the seasons luxe look, while Diamond by Julien Macdonald at Debenhams has taken inspiration from Dolce & Gabbana with this showstopper dress that will become a wardrobe staple come party season. And for statement jewels that can be layered up to add a unique edge to your embellished ensemble, check out Boticca and Accessorize. For AW12, more is definitely more.



1 River Island.

2 River Island. Metallic Jacquard tux jacket. 3 River Island. Top. 4 River Island. Baroque high waisted shorts, 30. 5 River Island. Metallic Jacquard trousers, 35. 6 River Island. Top. 7 Diamond by Julien Macdonald at Debenhams. Jeweled peplum dress, 120. 8 River Island. Headband. 9 Mint Velvet. Gold metallic sequin jacket, 229. 10 Accessorize. Odyssey sequin clutch, 45. 11 Krista R at Boticca. Agatha necklace, 138.50.



Abortion clinic undermines law


All photography courtesy

By Emma Creen
of PRshots


Piper on Her Majestys Service

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Dawn Purvis is heading up the new Marie Stopes clinic

Rev David McIlveen is against the opening of the clinic

POLITICIANS, church leaders and pro-life groups have demanded stringent monitoring of the new abortion clinic due to open in Belfast next week. In a huge backlash against the facility, a number of antiabortionists have claimed the clinic will undermine the abortion law in Northern Ireland, which only permits terminations within nine weeks and

where the pregnancy risks the physical or mental health of the woman. But the watchdog body the RQIA has revealed that the services being offered by the Marie Stopes clinic are not subject to regulation. Veteran pro-life campaigner the Rev David McIlveen said the opening of the clinic was a huge blow to the righteous principle of the sanctity of life. It appears to me that the clinic is more interested in

challenging the legal restrictions that are embedded within the Abortion Act than providing a clinical service for expectant mothers, he added. Dr Paula Franklin, medical director with Marie Stopes, said abortions would only be carried out on women who meet criteria set by two different doctors. Director of the clinic Dawn Purvis said the services were a step in the right direction. See pages 4 & 5

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