Category Archive: Fashion
To follow on from the TK Maxx SS13 photo shoot last week, TK Maxx has today launched this seasons online look book.
FOR THE GIRLS: GO GRAPHIC, SWING INTO 60S, ROCK MONOCHROME OR SAIL INTO NAUTICAL
FOR THE GUYS: COVER UP IN CAMOUFLAGE, GET ON BOARD WITH NAUTICAL, PREP IT UP OR BREAK THE MOULD WITH GRAPHIC
All lifestyle shots are downloadable and you can also access high res cut outs of the separates featured – No more paper cuts, no more lost CDs of images!
Last week, Moët & Chandon hosted a very special ‘Best Dressed Lady’ competition at the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa for the Galway Races 2012. Fashion journalist and blogger, Rosemary MacCabe, and Caroline Sleiman, Market Development Manager for Moët & Chandon, had the enviable task of finding the most fashionable lady on the day. The style stakes were incredibly high and, after a difficult decision, Suzanne Wall from Castletroy, Co. Limerick was selected as the deserving winner. Suzanne was chosen because of her classic and understated glamorous look and she was awarded a bottle of Moët & Chandon, which was specially branded for the Galway Races 2012, along with a weekend break at the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa in Galway. Wearing a top from ASOS, skirt from Aqua by Aqua, hat from Boutique No.5 and classic Louboutin shoes, Suzanne exuded glamour, which ultimately helped her steal the crown.
In a match made in luxury fashion heaven, Carmen Wines has teamed up with Irish handbag designer, Pauric Sweeney, to commission an exclusive limited edition bag inspired by the elegance, quality and contemporary spirit of Carmen Wines. Only six unique bags have been created by Pauric Sweeney for Carmen, making them a much-sought after accessory. Carmen’s invitation to wine lovers is to embark on a journey of exploration and discovery, so Pauric has aptly named the bag, the ‘Carmen Explorer’.
Not available to buy, wine lovers and fashionistas will need to keep an eye on Carmen’s Facebook page for information on how to get their hands on one of these bespoke creations designed exclusively for Carmen. The deep brown leather exterior, which is stamped with angular designs, has a contemporary Chilean influence. The interior is lined with a lighter brown soft cloth which reflects the colour of the soil from the Carmen vineyards and the bag is uniquely branded by both Carmen and Pauric.
Pauric Sweeney bags, the epitome of luxury and quality, are well recognised around the world. Edgy and modern but with a classical twist, Pauric’s unique combination of form and function has resulted in his designs becoming a must-have for some of the most discerning fashion-conscious customers. Celebrity fans of Pauric include everyone from Jessica Biel to Daisy Lowe and Jennifer Lopez.
Carmen, founded in 1850, was the first winery founded in Chile. With more than 160 years of experience and a wide variety of vineyards in the best wine growing areas of the country, Carmen produces a diverse range of premium wines, which stand out and express the best of each grape variety according to its terroir. Carmen’s consistency and quality is reflected in its commitment to finding the perfect conditions to achieve this.
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The countdown to the holiday season has officially begun and now is the perfect time to revamp your wardrobe. Available from all Heatons stores and online at heatonsstores.com, the Heatons Holiday Shop is bursting at the seams with this season’s latest trends; from vivid colours and soft pastels to striking prints and bold stripes, you won’t be able to put a foot wrong this summer!
Bring out your wild side with a stylish leopard print kaftan (€12.00), pair with a floppy hat (€8.00) and canvas bag (€12.00), to create a classic look that oozes Hollywood glamour. Keep up with the colour blocking trend with an oversized tee-shirt cover up (€8.00) – simply match with a straw hat (€6.00) for a fun festival feel.
If you want to stay pretty in pastels this summer, a voile print dress (€10.00) is the perfect swimwear cover up. To really make sure you stand out from the crowd, why not go for a stylish butterfly kaftan (€12.00) and add a further pop of colour with cross over cork shoes (€25.00)?
For more information, to shop online or to find a Heatons store near you, visit www.heatonsstores.com
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Guest post from stylist Linda Conway.
Trends for this S/S12 are varied and many. Catwalks from London to New York and even Paris were filled with colour pattern and texture, paving the way for some serious fashion fun this year. Whether you are one to jump straight on the trend train or even if you are one to shy away, this season there really is something for everyone! From punk to vivid colour, soft neutrals to flowing florals or even luxurious laces and monochrome magnificence, prepare yourself for a fashion phenomenon!
Lace is a big trend for this season. Designers have added lace to everyday wear such as blouses, skirts, and dresses and also to accessories and shoes. It has been introduced in a variety of styles, whether it is head colour pop lace as seen at Miu Miu and Valentino or the more paired back versions at Louis Vuitton and Erdem. The lace on this dress reminds me of a beautiful French lace collar on a blouse my grandmother used to have. My favourite feature is the lengthened sleeve and gathered waistline, plus the fact that it has no lining leaves room to wear it a tonne of different ways!
The future is bright and the future is orange. That’s right, if there is one colour almost every designer gave a nod to this season it was orange. In many different hues and tones this is the shade of the season. My favourites included Derek Lam and Alberta Ferretti, from fiery tangerines to burnt oranges. This dress is going to be a summer staple of mine. Plus the dipped hemline means another trend box is ticked. From a BBQ to a wedding I think this is the kind of dress that will take me from one occasion to the next!
I’m an avid follower of Irish Design and this S/S12 Irish Designers have created some incredibly beautiful collections. I hope to purchase a lot more pieces from designers such as Emma Manley, Sinead Doyle and Natalie B Coleman to name but a few. This is by far my favourite item in my closet. It’s a Manley by Emma Manley. It’s called “The Sue” dress and it is the most luxurious piece of clothing I have ever had the pleasure of wearing. I’m looking forward to adding more pieces like this bad boy to my wardrobe this season.
Sporty chic has sprinted to the forefront of many designers collections this season. From loose tailoring to the more obvious pieces this is the trend that will put a spring in your fashion step. Look to Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney for some serious sporty inspiration. I nabbed these trousers a while back and I adore them. Ok, to be fair without a pair of heels it may appear that I am ready for the gym but I think the zip details at the ankle take it a step away from boring sweat pants and give them a leap into catwalk inspired trousers. I’m a sucker from studs, and a bit of dip-dye never hurt anyone so this jumper will be my go to to add edge to outfits this season.
Giorgio Armani, Zac Posen, Jason Wu and Celine all celebrated the female silhouette this S/S12 with the form of the Peplum. Soft fresh and feminine, the peplum introduces curves and hides a multitude of sins. From soft to sharp forms it embraces the female figure. I’m teaming this ice white peplum dress with a boucle jacket this season. The trend is splashed across the highstreet so avoid meeting bumping into a replica as you stroll down the street add some personality with accessories. I love this jacket because the zips and texture add a different dimension to the look.
Happy S/S12 shopping everyone!
Linda has recently launched her new website and you can also find her on Twitter!
Ireland’s social and fashion elite turned out in force Tuesday evening for the launch of Dais II in association with the world’s leading champagne house Moët & Chandon and hair-care brand, Wella. The Dais Project is a trilogy of films created by Irish stylist Sonya Lennon and Swiss/Irish film-maker Christian Ammann.
Sonya welcomed guests in attendance including TV personalities, Brendan Courtney, Lorraine Keane and Aisling O’Loughlin along with fashion designers, Joanne Hynes and Claire O’Connor. Also enjoying the Moët & Chandon reception were Caroline Sleiman from Moët Hennessy, make-up artist Christina Luciano, Frederique Thoummany from Chanel, Ashling Kilduff owner of Design Centre, beauty journalist Triona McCarthy and fashion photographer, Barry McCall.
The Dais II project showcases the international success of Irish fashion designers though the medium of film. Born from an original concept by Sonya Lennon, the Dais films aim to build a chronicle of the best fashion designers of our time, both established and emerging. The first Dais film, which was launched last autumn, was critically acclaimed and lauded by the design community and fashion industry in Ireland. The film received international recognition as a work of significance and beauty and was selected for the La Jolla Fashion Film Festival, in Los Angeles where it was screened alongside films by Bruce Weber and Karl Lagerfeld. Dais II is now following in its footsteps as it also has been selected for the 2012 festival.
While summer has come and gone in a flash (without any real chance to showcase our summer wardrobe), one season definitely worth investing in is autumn. With this in mind, we’ve taken a look at some upcoming trends to find out what key pieces we’ll require to stay stylish (and warm) this autumn/winter.
The 20’s, 40’s and 70’s are key decades for style inspiration this season. The 40’s influence sees a range of furs, pearls and knee length skirts, which are ultra-feminine. Miu Miu in particular has embraced the 40’s feel with statement shoulders, nipped in waists, crimson lips and fur stoles. For 70’s inspired fashion, think high-waisted trousers and wide-legged trousers paired with elegant shirts.
Androgyny, polka dots, chokers, midi and maxi length skirts and sequins are some of the key trends this coming season. Invest in a sharp collared shirt, a maxi skirt or a pair of polka dot tights to update your wardrobe on a budget. And channel sophisticated elegance with other key pieces including tunics and trousers.
Bold colours are current every year and define autumn/winter tones. This season sees a collection of blacks, taupe neutrals and murky woodland shades. Burnt oranges, burgundy, creams, reds and browns all nod towards the 70’s, while jewel tones that exude elegance were featured strongly on the catwalk, with amethyst, jade, sapphire, emerald, ruby, garnet and regal purple featuring heavily. Clashing patterns are also big this season, as seen at Jonathan Saunders, whose A/W collection received great reviews. Check out TK Maxx www.tkmaxx.com to get some inspiration.
Yesterday TK Maxx rolled out their Autumn Winter offerings in The Cliff Town House, Dublin. Key trends for the coming season are country heritage, jewel tones, 70s and textures and layers. Rozanna Purcell and Karen Fitzgerald were on hand to showcase some of the trends on offer for the coming season. Pop in to your local TK Maxx store to check out some of this season’s most popular trends.