Sunday 23 July 2017

The style message from the street

Niamh O’Rourke

We stop four fashionistas in the streets and find out the secrets of their unique looks.

Name: Jenni Bowden

Age: 23

Profession: Make-up artist with Illamasqua

From: Irishtown

Wearing: Jacket, €390, and dress, €290, both by Sonia Rykiel. Belt, €15, by Friis & Co, all from BT2. Tights, €1.50, and socks, €3, both Penneys. Doc Martins, €120, Grahams.

What is your favourite shop?

Indigo & Cloth and Jenny Vander.

What was your best bargain buy?

A black Chanel clutch with a gold chain for £120 from Absolute Vintage.

What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought?

Apart from this jacket, a pair of beige, lace-up, flat boots with fringing at the toe by Capezio for $300 from a vintage shop in New York.

Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities?

The best are the Olsen twins and the worst is Jennifer Lopez.

Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month?

Anything between €300 and €600.

What or who influences your style?

People-watching, movies like True Romance and music such as Lady Gaga's.

What was the last fashion item you bought?

A fine-knit, white-and-navy striped cardigan in a size 16 from Topshop that I wear upside down so it looks different.

What was your worst fashion mistake?

Bandanas.

Name one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion.

I love oversizing and I hate Uggs. I understand they're comfortable, but no!



Name: Amy Walsh

Age: 30

Profession: Administrator

From: Ballinteer, Dublin

Wearing: Dress, €15, Penneys. Boots, €90, Schuh.

What is your favourite shop?

Topshop.

What was your best bargain buy?

A red patent bag with a gold chain by D&G reduced from €270 to €150 in Harvey Nichols.

What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought?

A pair of blue skinny jeans by True Religion for $130 in Las Vegas.

Who do you think are the best and worst- dressed celebrities?

The best is Alexa Chung and the worst is Helena Bonham Carter.

What is your favourite label or designer?

Christian Louboutin.

What or who influences your style?

Unique style, Grazia magazine and colour.

What was the last fashion item you bought?

These boots.

What was your worst fashion mistake?

A pair of brown-and- red, check flared trousers from H&M.

Name one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion.

I love skinny trousers and I hate maxi dresses.



Name: Jennifer Lydon

Age: 21

Profession: Pharmacy student

From: Rosscahill, Galway

Wearing: Jacket, €21, and cardigan, €15, both Penneys. Jeans, €50, River Island. Scarf, €15, Urban Outfitters. Bag, €50, Topshop. Boots, €60, Barratts.

What is your favourite shop?

Topshop and Urban Outfitters.

What was your best bargain buy?

A green jersey, knee-length beach dress for €3 from Topshop.

What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought?

A red, blue and white striped, puffa bomber jacket for €250 from Tommy Hilfiger.

Who do you think are the best and worst-dressed celebs?

The best is Alexa Chung and the worst is Victoria Beckham.

What is your favourite label or designer?

French Connection.

Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month?

Between €50 and €100.

What or who influences your style?

People I see on the street and magazines like Now and Grazia.

What was the last fashion item you bought?

This scarf.

What was your worst fashion mistake?

Wet-look leggings.

Name one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion.

I love a classic pencil skirt and white shirt and I hate harem pants.



Name: Fahad Alroumi

Age: 24

Profession: Doctor

From: Kuwait, living in IFSC, Dublin

Wearing: Jacket, £100, Topman. Shirt, €40, and tie, €30, both Zara. Jeans by Nudie, £100, Liberty in London. Glasses by Alain Mikli, €500, Gilna opticians. Shoes, €60, Office.

What is your favourite shop?

Brooklyn Industries in New York.

What was your best bargain buy?

A pair of '60s-style Ray Bans for $70 in San Francisco.

What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought?

These glasses.

Who do you think are the best and worst-dressed celebrities?

The best is Lady Gaga and the worst is Britney Spears.

What is your favourite label or designer?

Filippa K.

Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month?

Between about €100 and €200.

What or who influences your style?

My friends, my mood, the environment I'm in and I like muted colours such as navy, beige and grey.

What was the last fashion item you bought?

A blue, beige and green Merino wool scarf bought in Edinburgh.

What was your worst fashion mistake?

Hospital scrubs!

Name one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion.

I love self-expression and also what my friends call 'Grandpa chic', and I hate when people are obsessed with it, there's more to life than fashion.

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