Shared love of fashion behind Alannah's 'perfect' gown
An old friendship and shared love of fashion contributed to Alannah McGurk's silk satin bias gown by Dublin designer Dawn Fitzgerald.
An old friendship and shared love of fashion contributed to Alannah McGurk's silk satin bias gown by Dublin designer Dawn Fitzgerald.
Penneys' new womenswear collection is full of vibrant, zesty pieces - so if the sun doesn't shine, your outfit will, writes our fashion editor.
The sun shone for the stylish Mercedes-Benz/Louise Kennedy customer lunch at Luttrellstown Castle, Co Dublin. Ciaran Allen, sales manager of Mercedes-Benz in Ireland, welcomed guests whose eyes were dazzled by the sight of the €200,000 S-Class Cabriolet at the door, complete with stunning...
The fashion world loves blue-sky thinking but no one could have predicted the mania for 'Melania' blue after Mrs Trump wore a Ralph Lauren cashmere rig-out for her husband's date with destiny on Capitol Hill last January.
Mike Ashley's Sports Direct opens in Boyers' former home on Dublin's North Earl St tomorrow, just over a year after Arnotts' 'little sister' store was shuttered.
There's been lots of talk lately about how you can judge the sparkiness of an economy by the numbers going out for Sunday lunch. For me, the real indicator lies in the world of art - and the boats there have certainly lifted. Last Thursday night was a perfect example of that confidence: there was quite a circuit of people popping into various galleries for opening nights.
Sitting in the cool environs of London's St Martins Lane Hotel, Helena Christensen stands out like a beacon in the darkened bar area.
Artist and fashion designer Helen Steele is a creative force who believes firmly in the power of explosive colour, writes our fashion editor, who visited her at her studio in Co Monaghan.
Following her husband's win in the French Presidential Election last Sunday, Brigitte Trogneux has been catapulted on to the world stage as a pin up for 'la femme d'un certain age'. We are certainly smitten, and intrigued, by her wardrobe choices and can't get enough of her alluring French élan.
First came fashion followed by beauty and in a new move, Primark is building on its homewares success by extending into cutlery and ceramics, as well as wood, stone, and brushed copper accessories.
Law and fashion. It's a curious combination and one that's often confined to black gowns, pinstripes and the odd powdered wig.
You just can't take the Irishness out of Orla Kiely, who loves returning home whenever possible. The London-based, Dublin-born mother-of-two has with her husband, Dermott Rowan, created a global...
The Louis Copeland team packed their bags and headed to Barcelona to shoot their new collection at the cool Olympic pool on Montjuïc Hill, writes our fashion editor.
The opening of the 12th Avoca store - and at 56,000 sq feet, the biggest yet - has seen the business push out its fresh food concept more than ever before.
It's time to ditch black for daytime - whatever about keeping it for evening wear, our summer wardrobes deserve an injection of colour. If you're nervous about stepping away from the black safety net, I always recommend starting with navy and then moving through striking, easy-to-accessorise block colours such as cream and that flattering pinkish-peach hue that's coming through so big this season.
Co-directors of the fifth annual Ballymaloe Litfest Darina Allen and her brother Rory O'Connell, pictured here with John Bowman (right), hosted a splendid, laughter-filled launch party packed with foodies, all salivating over the line-up for the three-day festival from May 19-21.
When Prince Charles started dating her in 1980, Lady Diana Spencer's uninspiring Laura Ashley-meets-Sloane Ranger uniform of flat shoes, voluminous skirts and pearls yielded no clues to any fashion pretensions.
Actress, novelist, scriptwriter, jewellery collaborator, shoe designer, beauty salon investor, style icon and mum-of-two. That's a lot of titles - and responsibility - to have on your shoulders, but Amy Huberman carries it all off with a serenely confident demeanour.
'Value for money' and 'customer service' used to be main buzzwords in Irish retail, but now they have new rivals - 'theatre' and 'experiences'.
The new accessories collection from Portuguese brand Parfois is mainly nature-inspired, with minimalist and romantic elements, a strong focus on colour and nods to the 1950s, '60s and '70s.
He has made many a sprint for the try line in his long and storied career, but few dashes would have been as important to Tommy Bowe as that on Sunday morning.
You couldn't throw a macaron in the St Martins Lane Hotel in London's Theatre District recently without hitting a designer. The occasion was the Designers at Debenhams high summer salon show and we gathered in the swish white hotel, with its whimsical Philippe Starck interiors, for an afternoon tea attended by Danish model Helena Christensen.
Camping meets fashion proved a winning formula for 21-year-old NCAD student Caoimhe Hill who scooped the prestigious €3,500 River Island bursary and a paid three-month internship at the high street brand's design studio.
"Listen to your customers, listen to your staff and aim to buy Irish and local," is the advice of Galway businesswoman, Breda Ryan. She has decades of useful experience to pass onto her granddaughters in the family business - the four star Ardilaun hotel which this month celebrates 55 years in business on Taylor's Hill.
As a fashion editor, I'm used to doling out advice, and the golden rule is: If you haven't worn a piece of clothing in 18 months, then say goodbye, it's on a one way journey out of your wardrobe. However, the 18-month rule was kicked firmly out the window this week when it came to deciding on the future of the oceans of 'stuff' gathered under the roof of a four-bedroomed house over 25 years.
Grand marshal of Dublin's St Patrick's Day parade, the Olympian sailing silver medallist Annalise Murphy - pictured here with her dad, Con - was in flying form when we lunched at the M&S rooftop restaurant, with its panoramic views overlooking Grafton Street.
Black suit, black tie, black eye! A shiner from a bruising game against Wales the previous night was Johnny Sexton's ultimate accessory when the Ireland no 10 attended the Moulin Rouge Ball in aid of the Crumlin Children's Medical & Research Foundation held at the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road last Saturday night.
Play to your strengths, I say. When it comes to native beauty, we have so much to be grateful for in Ireland -and thankfully, after years of being seduced by unsightly tango-esque tans, we are finally coming to terms with our pale Celtic complexions.
One thing you won't find in Rob Kearney's Dublin 6 home is clutter.
It wasn't so much 'clean up on aisle five' as spot the fur coat and the plastic alligator in the grocery department at Dunnes Stores in the Stephen's Green Centre.
What happens when you invite a select gathering of Irish male influencers from the world of sport and entertainment to a stylish dinner in the penthouse of The Dean hotel? They talk double S's: sports and shoes.
Colour, cut, clever innovation - we can enjoy all these design elements and more from a clutch of dynamic Irish designers who are making a name for themselves around the world.
From creamy pints of stout at its St James's Gate brewery to cutting-edge clothing from London's cool Shoreditch district - Guinness is going into the fashion business.
Cheltenham lies beneath Cleeve Hill, the highest point in the Cotswolds, and on a good day you can see for miles. On a cold March day, the weather can chill you to the bone, which is why the racing fraternity wisely resort to their reliable 'county wear' of warm-hued tweeds and waxed jackets, set off by cheerfully bright trousers and a dapper felt trilby or fedora.
I was never all that fond of maths at school but I totally appreciated the breadth of the fashion figures revealed last week by Marks & Spencer at their SS17 collection launch in Dublin.
A love of flowers and nature inspired Louise Kennedy's SS17 collection, which she showcased at her Merrion Square home and salon under an entrance bough of fragrant pink roses and eucalyptus.
Charlotte Temple used to be a Lieutenant in the Irish army but she has swapped combats for tweed, becoming the fifth generation of her family to work in the family firm, Magees.
The question I want answered is: who sent out the email that triggered gold as 'the' colour on Oscars night?
Paul Costelloe's London Fashion Week show was a packed affair and sitting on the FROW, I caught up with Storm Keating and her hubbie, Ronan - pictured here with TV/radio presenter Olivia Cox - who were besieged for photos.
The first M&S franchise in Ireland, a Simply Food store, opens today at Dublin's Heuston station, run by SSP who operate similar businesses in the UK.
It was a new mums lineout with models Sarah Morrissey and Yomiko Chen both back to work after having given birth to daughters late last year.
Simone Rocha's 'Marching Roses' AW17 collection at London Fashion Week presented strong women, of all ages, stepping out in a tough armour.
Friday night, it was champagne in the Waldorf after his glamorous catwalk show on the opening day of London Fashion Week, but yesterday was back to work for designer Paul Costelloe, sketching for his Dunnes Stores Living womenswear collection for next winter.
A spot of catwalk jiving on the opening Friday night of London Fashion Week AW17 came courtesy of Paul Costelloe.
On paper, weddings should be such joyous experiences from start to finish, but reports from the bridal coalface reveal unbelievable stress, unimaginable tension, and blazing rows about what the mother-of-the-bride and mother-of-the-groom (MOB and MOG) should wear - and the tensions are not always because there's an opinionated bridezilla on the loose.
With high-street stores like Debenhams, Topshop, Whistles and Ted Baker all looking for a slice of the lucrative bridal market, today's brides are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing The One.
New York threw everything it had at the style world's glitterati and top buyers, from snow and blizzards to a handful of scantily clad Kardashians, but the fashion pack came away feeling slightly underwhelmed and all the more intrigued about what London Fashion Week, opening tomorrow, will offer across 51 catwalk shows and 32 presentations for autumn-winter 2017.
We're midway through awards season and the Baftas produced some serious style on Sunday night, with Kate Middleton getting it royally right in an off-the-shoulder Alexander McQueen floral number.
Over a pot of tea with Paul Galvin, the conversation shifts from GAA to soccer. In particular, we are analysing the style influence football players have, but the iconic David Beckham doesn’t crop up once. Instead, our focus is fixed firmly on the Iberian heroes, José Mourinho — the dapper Portuguese manager of Manchester United — and Pep Guardiola — the no-nonsense Spaniard currently heading up Manchester City.
I 've watched chefs with fascination through the pass, but I've never spied on them by video camera as they've prepared me a tasting menu - which is exactly what happened as Richie Wilson of Fire was in action at the launch of the ninth year of Dine in Dublin on Tuesday night. The capital's favourite foodie festival, where restaurants offer discounts to woo us off our couches and into their dining areas, is organised by Dublin Town and runs this year from February 27 to March 5.
Richard Burton certainly set the bar high when he spoilt his wife, Elizabeth Taylor - she of the mesmerising violet eyes - with a 68 carat, pear shaped diamond, bought for $1.1m in 1969.
Isn't is funny how we all get a fit of the guilts about the contents of our lingerie drawer once the month of February swings around?
It was a case of up with the larks for the Arnotts new season SS17 breakfast show, and the great turnout only underlines what keen interest there is in spotting new labels early. Valerie O'Neill, director of menswear, sportswear and childrenswear at Arnotts - pictured above with the store's MD, Donald McDonald - looked pleased as punch with the reaction, with lots of love directed to the Danish label Ganni, and the incredibly well-priced offerings from Miss Selfridge.
From one couturier to another, the tweed baton was handed over in sensational style at the Showcase 2017 event at the RDS. Back in 1956, couturier Sybil Connolly went north to Mourne Textiles in Rostrevorin Co Down and commissioned Gerd Hay-Edie to make her 'Mended Tweed' in a salt and pepper basket weave. Fashion scribes at the time raved about its enormous threads and "weave as clumsy as bad darning, but the fabric that looks so primitive is cunningly subtle and soft," according to Anne Scott-James, Lady Lancaster.
The sell-through value of their seasonal jumpsuit has taught Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney a lot about their customer at Dunnes Stores. She loves jumpsuits. And this season's offering is a real peach with a comfy waist, patch pockets and a cropped leg… all the better to see their ankle-tie print shoes, which have been the subject of lots of positive discourse since Sonya tweeted previews...
Dressing well is a form of good manners," according to respected US designer, Tom Ford. However, the high fashion world Ford occupies has thrown us a curve ball that Human Resources aren't always thrilled to embrace.
There was quite a bit of eye rubbing at the Arnotts SS17 new season show in the Henry Street store yesterday when the embroidered floral dress with definite designer cachet turned out to be a €85 gem from Miss Selfridge.
Salt and pepper tweed from Mourne Textiles was crafted into a stunning bodice and full skirt by couturier Peter O'Brien for the launch of TextISLE at Showcase 2017, an initiative focusing on the creative potential of Irish textiles in fashion and homeware.
It was a Ralph Lauren designer double for the Trump inauguration with the American designer dressing both Donald and his wife Melania for their date with destiny on Capitol Hill.
Melania Trump has big shoes to fill when the former Slovenian model becomes the 45th First Lady of the United States of America.
There's nothing quite like a dramatic flick of the mercury and plummetting temperatures to make you want to swap snow flurries for winter sunshine.
Dancing is all around us it seems. The celebrity charity crew who have done Strictly Against Breast Cancer fundraisers over the years are teaming up again this year for a major fundraiser on April 8 - only this time, participants could find themselves singing, too, in the competitively named Battle of the Stars.
Derek Daniels of Assets Model Agency - who first discovered Monaghan teenager Caitriona Balfe packing bags in Dunnes Stores in Rathmines - was a proud man watching his former model wow on the red carpet at the Golden Globes.
A girls' day out came up trumps for pharmacy retails manager Hannah Crosse as she beat competition to be named Best Dressed Lady at Winter Ladies' day at Naas racecourse.
The modern Dublin landscape is one of the stars of RTÉ's new drama, 'Striking Out', and so are the clothes which eagle-eyed costume designer, Tiziana Corvisieri selected from the Irish high street.
With a new year comes new fitness goals, but one trend that is sticking around is 'athleisure', where clothing designed for workouts is now seen as the new Ready To Wear. I have to say, Dunnes Stores' latest fitness range is very fashion forward, with prints, colours and fast drying, four-way stretch fabrics that boast moisture management technology to wick away sweat.
Our shoot is the epitome of romance and shouts Monaghan pride as sisters Caroline Quinn and Kathy Sherry, of Dirty Fabulous fame, showcase their unique collection of bridal gowns.
Well the prize for wearing shorts to the Christmas party goes to The Happy Pear pair, (above) twins Stephen and David Flynn, who were clearly full of Greystones sunshine when they attended the Renault Ambassadors Christmas party hosted by Irish operations manager Paddy Magee and attended by Today FM colleagues Mairéad Ronan and Ian Dempsey.
Travelling librarian Gillian Gilbourne gets all sorts of fashion ideas from leafing through reference books during her breaks at work.
It pays to take a Christmas punt on the racing style stakes as mother-of-three, Gillian Gilbourne gleefully discovered.
Retail has been tough this season…so the good news for sales-goers is they can expect lots of price-slashing and serious bargains.
Two Christmas babies are poised to have a major impact on the Irish fashion scene in 2017.
Colour, colour, colour! What can I say other than welcome winter colour is one way to guarantee you get noticed when racing over the Christmas holidays.
The Festive Beauty Banquet hosted by Xposé and Meaghers Pharmacy at the Dylan Hotel was a seriously chic event with a clutch of 20 lucky guests invited to party the night away in the company of Oonagh O'Hagan, owner and managing director of Meaghers Pharmacy Group, and Debbie O'Donnell, executive producer of Xposé, pictured.
TWELVE months after the Selfridges Group bought Arnotts, the iconic Henry Street department store is on course for a busy Christmas with a clutch of new retail brands in situ just in time for Santa.
The & Other Stories arrival into Ireland and launch party in Grafton Street last week certainly pulled out the cool crowd and it was an opportunity to catch up with the uber glam PR, Fiona Mullen and her pal, the Queen of Nails herself, Andrea Horan, pictured, who worked in PR before opening her now world famous nail bar, Tropical Popical, on South William Street.
When model and actress Daisy Lowe returns to the dance floor of Strictly Come Dancing tonight, she intends to relish every last second of the show as the full troupe of contestants perform in a final night extravaganza.
TOLD & CO, the watch company run by former Ireland rugby star Tomás O'Leary and his wife Julie, has celebrated its first year by launching a ladies' collection and securing a major online deal.
A woman who doesn't wear perfume has no future, Coco Chanel once declared. The tough-talking French woman still has a firm grip on the perfume market more than 40 years after her death, and we are fast approaching the 100th anniversary of perfumier Ernest Beaux creating her iconic No 5 fragrance.
Irish fashion designer Simone Rocha has completed a proud family double by being named the British Fashion Council's Womenswear Designer of the Year.
The first chapter from the & Other Stories retail story in Ireland kicks off on Dublin's Grafton Street next Friday with pieces from the brand's Celebration collection, which couldn't be more perfectly timed for the party season.
It can only be a matter of time before the queen of wrap, Diane von Furstenberg, heads this way.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a scent is worth a thousand pictures, says perfumer Marija Aslimoska.
The countdown to Christmas begins in style tomorrow with the publication of Mistletoe magazine, the ultimate gift guide, published free with the Irish Independent and Herald newspapers.
Hands up if your style icon is Olivia Palermo? The American model/style influencer has legions of fans here, including new jeans designer, Pippa O'Connor. I never fail to be impressed by how Olivia continually changes up her look, never looking the same at formal or semi-formal occasions.
Brian Ormond was the happiest man in Ireland on Monday night judging by his smile as he watched his wife, Pippa O'Connor, launch her POCO jeans brand after months of plotting and planning.
When Victoria Beckham recently posed for the cover of Vogue, she wore nothing more than a jumper. And what a jumper. Beautiful, high-necked with a ribbed, chunky knit, it was a clear message from the designer with a host of coats, dresses and bags to sell - the jumper is a wardrobe hero, savour yours.
The new manager of the ultra smart InterContinental Hotel in Ballsbridge, the very dapper Nicky Logue (who has jumped across Anna Livia from his former abode at The Gibson) was surrounded by a gaggle of admiring ladies when I arrived into the hotel for the annual Tatler Women of the Year awards.
Arnotts department store is showcasing Ireland's fashion entrepreneurs in an iconic new area dedicated to Christmas gifts.
Straight-talking Jo Malone was the toast of the Marker Hotel after a thoroughly riveting Q&A with Melanie Morris, editor-in-chief at Image Publications, in which the British perfumer told her remarkable and inspiring story - rising from humble beginnings, business success and beating cancer.
"I'll have a pot of tea - builder's tea."
When it comes to inspiration, the KDK girls, Dairine and Keira Kennedy, can rely on double the brain power.
There are some great Sunday sports stories to cherish and last weekend's news that Padraig Harrington had won the Portugal Masters by a single stroke brought a smile to everyone's face. Earlier in the week, I met his wife, Caroline, pictured, and her super glam mum, Mary Gregan (centre), with Madeline Hanlon, manager of Boodles Dublin.
Democratic US presidential nominee Hillary Clinton goes to the polls on November 8 with an unusual moniker - that of fashion influencer.
Tears of all kinds were flowing at the Irish Tatler Men's awards held at the InterContinental hotel on Friday. Al Porter and Barry Murphy, winners of the entertainment and comedy categories, had us in knots of laughter. But there were tears of sadness, too, with a moving speech about the homelessness in Dublin from Brother Kevin Crowley who won the Hall of Fame award for his overwhelming charitable works since opening a shelter in Dublin for people in need in 1974.
Sometimes you just have to go that extra mile to find the perfect gift and this year there is a definite trend emerging of 'personalised' pressies.
The newest chapter of the Irish fashion retail story was unveiled yesterday as & Other Stories revealed their SS17 offerings.
When model Pippa O'Connor opted to get her teeth straightened in 2009 and lose her trademark gap-toothed smile, I thought she was mad.
My ol' pal Marty Whelan was at his witty best MCing the autumn fundraiser for Breast Cancer Research, (formerly the NBCRI), held at the Shelbourne Hotel.
Competitive men, at the top of their game, love the sweet taste of success. And when it comes to saluting other men's victories, they cheer like a girl gang, full of whoops as well as hearty back slapping and enthusiastic fist punches.
The rising mercury and an Indian summer stretching with determination into October are playing havoc with traditional wardrobe choices.
Diamonds are a girl's best friend...and they are also Gráinne Seoige's chosen new career.
Knee angled in, toe pointed coquettishly to the front, Alison Clarke looked every inch the model agency owner as she posed with the other European WAGs before the Ryder Cup teed off in Minnesota.
So there I was, heading off to the Ploughing Championships in Tullamore, armed with my city girl boots, a warm hat, and hoping it wouldn't rain. Well, it lashed out of the heavens, prompting spontaneous retail therapy on the muddy fields of Screggan.
The horsey set turned out in style to the K Club on Monday night as Goffs welcomed more than 150 international buyers on the eve of their big sale.
Step aside, Kate, it's now the Prince George and Princess Charlotte style show.
Engaged, expressive, eclectic and experimental.
Where have all the wellies gone? I searched high up and low down for them last week, with little success and the explanation that the stores gave me was "they sold out for the music festivals".
Simone Rocha's weekend triumph at London Fashion Week fast-forwards her to major "crush status" with modern, alternative brides.
"One of the advantages of being a tall man is that you can slip your arm around a lady's shoulder and start a conversation with her."
Just what the 'Made in Chelsea' television stars made of Luke Kelly's rendition of Raglan Road opening Paul Costelloe's London Fashion Week catwalk show is one thing, but they certainly 'got' the frocks.
The last time I drove along the Swiss lakes, I was in a hire car with suitcases squashed into the compact boot and tired kids in the back seat demanding to know "are we there yet?"
I'm one of those Christmas fans who doesn't need to be asked twice to a festive shindig. So what if it's September - Santa is only around the corner.