Sunday, 15 September 2013

Parson's Podium

It's safe to say Penneys is a favourite haunt of many Irish students so we thought it befitting to shoot some of their Autumn Winter 2013 collection in the grounds of Trinity College. With one of us still attending college and the other working in London, we couldn't be happier with what Penneys has in store for us this season! 

Parson's Podium, designed by Grafton Architects, was built in 2002 as an extension the Department of Engineering. The architects had a number of conditions to take in to account when designing this space. Aside from issues of materiality (existing stone university buildings lay to one side with the brick urban block to the other) and marrying the old with the new, an old sycamore tree had to be preserved. Most interestingly of all the architects had to ensure that the 'Finn's Hotel' sign painted on a nearby brick gable end remained visible as this was where Nora Barnacle was working when she met James Joyce in 1904. 
The podium successfully ties together these disparate elements all the while providing the department with additional research and teaching space.  

For all of you (p)leather lovers out there, this season's collection at Penneys will not disappoint! Whether its pencil skirts you're looking for, coats, jogger pants, chunky heels or 'all you can carry' bags, there's a leather version to be found. For those of you looking for an alternative to the staple beanie hat, there's a beaut of a fedora set to hit stores in October. Our favourite piece in this shoot was the tailored jumpsuit featuring cut out details. The cobalt blue biker coat even has us excited about being cold again! 

Ciana wears

PU pencil skirt 
grey tshirt with roll up sleeves
bejewelled collar
black peep toe suede effect ankle boots

black coat with leather sleeves
PU joggers pants
black and white mixed knit jumper with PU shoulder details
ankle boots with multiple straps and gold buckle detail
limited edition bag with gold chain trim

Becky wears

black fedora
tailored jumpsuit with cutouts
ankle boots with multiple straps and gold buckle detail
round rimmed sunglasses (asos)

cobalt blue biker coat
slim fit PU pants
black ankle boots with gold plate detail on toe
over the shoulder bag with crocodile skin texture

All clothes available from Penneys. All styling and photography is our own. Many thanks to everyone involved!  

And if you haven't gotten the chance yet, please vote for our post 'Bull Island' to win best blog post at this year's Irish Blog Awards. Just follow this link: Click 'Concrete Collar-Bull Island' and 'Submit'. Simple! 

Many thanks!



  1. Sarah Ann Hanrahan14 November 2013 at 14:33

    amazing photos, it took me ages to figure out that it was Trinity college! loooove the blakc jumpsuit wheich is a staement I rarely say, me & jumpsuits dont usually mix, Il be staright in to penny's to buy this one though :)

  2. Nice Stuff... I Like it....
    Carry on the Fantastic Work!

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