Friday 30 September 2016

Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend

Modern classics

Published 14/02/2016 | 02:30

David Beckham for H&M
David Beckham for H&M
Lauren Platt
The Heritage, Killenard
Carolyn Donnelly for Dunnes Stores
Gwen Stefani for Urban Decay
Beyonce performing at the Superbowl
Gallery of Found Art
Celeriac
Blue Steel: Zoolander 2
Valentines Day

What a multi-talented fashion family the Beckhams are, between young Brooklyn photographing a Burberry campaign, and, of course Victoria's to-die-for designs.

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Now David is using his clothes horse capabilities again for his latest H&M campaign for the 'Modern Essentials selected by David Beckham range' with a capsule wardrobe of reliable classics. The first drop is in store and online this Thursday.

BUY: hm.com

Screen scene

The Audi Dublin International Film Festival opens this Thursday with over 80 films and undoubtedly plenty of celeb spotting. The guest list includes Richard Gere, Dame Angela Lansbury as well as Jack Reynor and Neil Jordan. The festival opens with the European premiere of Sing Street, the John Carney-directed film set in 1980s Dublin, which was met with much acclaim at the recent Sundance Film Festival.

DETAILS: diff.ie

Trad times

It's ceilis, concerts, workshop and session aplenty at The 17th Gathering Traditional Festival taking place in Killarney from 17-21 February. The celebration of Irish song and dance has an impressive line-up this year with Moya Brennan and Cormac De Barra and superband Ushers Island, featuring Donal Lunny, Paddy Glackin and Andy Irvine set to play. If the weather permits, Session on the Lakes is planned on Sunday 21st, where traditional music, singers and dancers perform on board a boat to the spectacular back drop of Killarney's lakes and mountains, will take place. DETAILS: See thegathering.ie for the full festival line-up and ticket details.

Xciting X Factor

Next weekend sees your opportunity to see the possible new One Direction (it's strange to think now that they only came third in the show) as X Factor Live comes to the 3Arena, Dublin. The top eight final acts from the show are performing with Andrea Faustini, Ben Haenow, Fleur East, Jay James, Lauren Platt, Only The Young, Stevi Ritchie and Stereo Kicks taking to the stage. Simon Cowell or Cheryl Fernandez-Versini won't be there but that's unlikely to bother the show's myriad fans as they get to see contestants belt out classic songs.

BOOK: Tickets from €26.90, available from Ticketmaster.

Art less

Everyday, mundane things are transformed into objects of beauty in a new exhibition on display in Brown Thomas, Dublin. Second year students of Textile, Jewellery, Glass and Metalwork at NCAD have created 10 works such as a chandelier made of bottles and a radiator fashioned into a chair. Called The Gallery of Found Art, it will remain on display until February 21.

DETAILS: See it at Brown Thomas Grafton Street, brownthomas.com

Pucker up

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Gwen Stefani's signature bold lip is not beyond anyone's reach and with her latest make-up collaboration with Urban Decay, there are eight new matte, intense colours to try. The singer is also a huge fan of contouring and highlighting and her UD blush palette contains six shades to create a red carpet-worthy glow.

BUY: Prices from €18, available from select Debenhams stores, at debenhams.ie and House of Fraser, Dundrum Town Centre

Wexford wanderers

Not that you ever need a reason to take a trip to Wexford, but the new Visit Wexford Pass is an even bigger incentive to explore the county. For visitors and locals alike, over 30 retail outlets and attractions have signed up for this discount card initiative including the world's oldest working lighthouse at Hook Head and Wexford Lavender farms.

DETAILS: Operational and valid until April 16, download the card at visitwexford.ie

Jet set style

There are various flight essentials the chic traveller is told she should never leave home without, such as a Prada wheelie bag, a cashmere blanket and giant sunglasses. But even if your travelling is more of the budget than the business-class variety, a great travel wallet, like this silver one from Carolyn Donnelly Eclectic, upgrades your journey. No more frantically rummaging through your handbag to find your passport or worrying that you've dropped your boarding card as you try to purchase your duty-free spoils.

BUY: €30, CDE, dunnesstores.com

School's out

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If you and your family are in need of some L'n'L (luxury and leisure time) this midterm break, The Heritage Killenard, Co Laois promises both. As well as a top-class spa and cinema there's also a good array of indoor and outdoor activities for children including a Fairy Garden. The three-night midterm package here, which starts from €340 per adult sharing, includes breakfast each morning and dinner on one evening. Alternatively, if you're the kid, treat mum to the Shopalicious Package, which includes hotel stay plus vouchers and discount for Kildare Village Outlets, this Mother's Day.

BOOK: theheritage.com

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Upwards

Pink and red outfits

Because pink by itself looks a bit twee around February 14 but teaming it with red gets you maximum style points.

Slayonce

Queen B killed it at the Super Bowl and we eagerly await her Croke Park appearance.

Practising your Blue Steel

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There's no better way to celebrate the release of Zoolander 2.

Noughties reboots

With Gilmore Girls and Cold Feet returning, it's an embarrassment of nostalgic riches.

Celeriac mash

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Put enough butter and seasoning into it and you may never look at a potato again.

Onwards

Glove shoes

Championed at Celine, loved by fashion folk but in truth, elasticated unloveliness.

Netflix anxiety

The lost feeling caused by finishing one show and not wanting to commit to another just yet.

Valentine dinners out

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Busy restaurants heaving with other couples don't score high on the romance scale.

Peak storm

No matter how prettily they're named (hello Imogen) it's getting tiresome now.

Oscar goodie bags

This year's celeb gift, worth $200K, bizarrely includes a 'vampire' breast lift.

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