Friday 20 October 2017

Here's how you can score Stephanie's sizzling style

With Cameron Diaz hair, a Helen Cody dress, and nude stilettos, the footballer wowed the crowd. Fashion insiders tell Gillian Fitzpatrick how she did it

Republic of Ireland International Stephanie Roche with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi
Republic of Ireland International Stephanie Roche with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi
Stephanie Roche in her bespoke Helen Cody dress on the FIFA red carpet and (above) catching the eye of Ronaldo and Messi
Stephanie's shoes
Bracelet
Ear rings
Accessories clutch
Coast dress

She is undoubtedly the woman-of-the-hour: footballer Stephanie Roche, 25, who this week wowed in Zurich as a nominee of FIFA's Puskas Award. Here, we ask the experts how to get her glossy hair, spot-on make-up, bronzed skin, and toned legs...

Make up: Kate O'Reilly (kateoreillymakeup.com):

"Stephanie has kept her make-up quite simple and sophisticated. As a base, go for Chanel's Vitalumiere loose powder foundation (€65 boots.ie). I'd recommend YSL's couture palette (€53 from boots.ie) in fauves (02 shade) for the eyes, and finish with Mac's Haute & Naughty mascara (€24.50 brownthomas.com) as well as Lancome's juicy tubes lips gloss (€20 brownthomas.com) in peche."

Tan: Marisa Carter (cocoabrown.ie):

"Preparation is key, so 24 hours in advance of applying your tan, buff your skin and remove any dry patches with an exfoliate. On the day of application, apply a little moisturiser to elbows, knees, ankles, feet and hands. For a bronzed look like Stephanie's, use Cocoa Brown's One Hour Tan in dark (€7.99 nationwide). You can also finish with Cocoa Brown's Lovely Legs spray tanning make-up (€7.99 nationwide)."

Training: Siobhan Byrne (bodybyrne.ie):

"The hidden word that no one ever talks about in fitness is genetics, and Stephanie certainly has good ones. However, with the right training - think regular squats and lunges - and the right nutrition, you can still sculpt a lean and toned leg for your own body shape. Just remember we do not all have genetics like Stephanie. So work with what you've got."

Hair: Ceira Lambert (facebook.com/ CeiraLambert):

"Stephanie came into my salon before she dashed to the airport on Sunday. We were working against the clock but she wanted a Cameron Diaz look. As she was quite blonde we took down the shade a notch to get rid of any brassy tones, then we touched up her roots with highlights.

We used Gold Fever hair extensions in three different shades to volumise and give it plenty of bounce."

Get the look - for less

Stephanie's Helen Cody dress was a one-of-kind that the designer will not be recreating - but for those without the resources for bespoke attire, Coast offers a similar vibe.

In particular, its Cherish feather dress in white is elegant without being overly fussy. A satin bow tie cinches in the waist creating a feminine figure; it could even work for a bride looking for a twist on conventional wedding gowns. It's currently on sale for €210.

Meanwhile, this compact embellished clutch will fit your lipstick, a bankcard, your phone and some cash - all you need for an awards ceremony. Decorated with pearl beads and sparkly gems, it also has a satin lining. €19, on sale from Accessorize.

Stephanie kept her jewellery understated with drop earrings and an asymmetrical tennis bracelet. Swarovski offers a double wrap bangle with pear-shaped crystals at both ends, as well as a pair of circular earrings with jewel detail. (€59, and €69 - both swarovski.com).

Finally, Steve Madden has a pair of classic nude pumps (€75, asos.com) that are the perfect way to round-off any sophisticated or feminine look.

How Helen has done it again

By Bairbre Power

Helen Cody's total respect for, and love affair with, fabrics, beads, ribbons and feathers has turned this Dublin couturier into the go-to designer for dreamy, ethereal, romantic dresses.

At her studio near Harold's Cross, the affable designer commands a genius, deft touch at turning a dress surface into a wondrous, wearable 3D fashion experience.

Helen (inset) really appreciates textures, subtle embellishment and the marriages of hand-dyed silk linings and Victorian trimmings, vintage ribbons, lace and crystals.

For Stephanie's dress, it was all about Calais lace, ostrich feathers and paillette sequins while for Amy Huberman, her head-turning IFTA red carpet dress was a confectionary of organza and feather-light, laser-cut discs.

Bespoke, one-off pieces are luxurious and special but Helen does sell off the peg and when she opened at Brown Thomas last autumn as part of their CREATE show for Irish designers, Helen proved to be a runaway commercial.

Irish Independent

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