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The way to wear: The style message from the street

Published 12/02/2010 | 05:00

From left: Emer McGeogh, Ciara Lefroy, Maria Luisa and Lisa Murphy
From left: Emer McGeogh, Ciara Lefroy, Maria Luisa and Lisa Murphy

Name: Emer McGeogh

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Age: 44

Profession: Mother

From: Foxrock, Dublin

Wearing: Coat by Saint Honore, got it about 20 years ago in Switzers. Shirt, €40, Mexx. Skirt by Desigual, €80, Spain. Hat, $40, Banana Republic in New York. Bag by Jimmy Choo, €650, Harvey Nichols. Boots, €195, Fabio in Blackrock.

What is your favourite shop?

Sandz in Ranelagh and also Missimu in Foxrock although, sadly, it's recently closed down.

What was your best bargain buy?

A pale-pink silk and crushed velvet evening dress with lace paneling reduced from €700 to €200 from Kalu in Naas.

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

A multicoloured, suede bag with a brown wood and gold handle by Jimmy Choo for €1,500 from Harvey Nichols.

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

The best is Jennifer Aniston and the worst is Lady Gaga.

What is your favourite label or designer?

Helen Cody.

Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month?

At the moment, I purchase one favourite item a month.

What or who influences your style?

I like a splash of colour. I don't mind if something is designer or from the high street so long as I like it, and also I look at magazines such as Image and Vogue.

What was the last fashion item you bought?

This bag.

What was your worst fashion mistake?

A royal-blue dress from Hobbs that looked good on the hanger but was too A-line in shape.

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

I love hats and I hate ripped jeans.

Name: Ciara Lefroy

Age: 32

Profession: Sales & marketing

From: Dundrum, Dublin

Wearing: Jacket, €25, Dunnes Stores. Top, €50, and bag, €45, both Warehouse. Leggings, €15, Topshop. Necklace, €4, Penneys. Boots, €85, Faith.

What is your favourite shop?

Oasis.

What was your best bargain buy?

A black sequin, oversize bag for €10 from Penneys.

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

A pair of navy bootleg jeans by Rock & Republic for €350 from Harvey Nichols.

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

The best is Cheryl Cole and the worst is Jordan.

What is your favourite label or designer?

Chanel.

Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month?

Between €100 and €200.

What or who influences your style?

Fashion shows, Xposé and magazines like Now and VIP.

What was the last fashion item you bought?

A white cowboy-style shirt with red and blue stripes from H&M.

What was your worst fashion mistake?

A shiny, multicoloured jersey dress that I wore to Oxegen but it was too psychedelic. I got carried away with the whole festival look.

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

I love sequins and I hate GAA jerseys on women.

Name: Maria Luisa Venturi

Profession: Housewife

From: Italy, living in Stepaside

Wearing: Jacket by Hugenberg, €200, Germany. Top by Elizabeth and James, €300, Brown Thomas. Skirt by Joseph, €195, Brown Thomas. Bag by Galliano, reduced to €150, Italy. Boots by Prada, €650, Italy.

What is your favourite shop?

Harvey Nichols.

What was your best bargain buy?

A pastel-green, silk-chiffon vintage dress with shoe-string straps and embroidery at the neck for €39 from The Loft.

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

A black, silk-chiffon, full-length evening gown with velvet trim by Giorgio Grati for €1,200 in Italy.

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

The best is Jennifer Aniston and the worst is Angelina Jolie.

What is your favourite label or designer?

D&G.

Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month?

A fortune!

What or who influences your style?

My mood, beauty and it has to look good in my wardrobe.

What was the last fashion item you bought?

A wine, silk-taffeta dress with a tight bodice and long floaty skirt from Rococco. It's very romantic.

What was your worst fashion mistake?

Wearing things that are too young for me. I have a small body and I forget my face.

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

I love make-up and how it can make you feel beautiful and happy and I hate when people are just interested in labels.

Name: Lisa Murphy

Age: 21!

Profession: Model and beauty salon owner

From: Dundrum, Dublin

Wearing: Coat by Roberto Cavalli, present bought in Cavalli store in London. Dress by Ed Hardy, $535, Miami. Bag by Versace, present bought in Harvey Nichols. Necklace, present bought in Miami. Shoes by Christian Louboutin, €600, Brown Thomas.

What is your favourite shop?

I love shopping in Monte Carlo, especially in the Versace store.

What was your best bargain?

A purple, Hervé-Léger-style bandage dress for €60 in Topshop.

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

Two ballgowns from Isabell Kristensen in London for £8,000 each. One is aqua with floral detailing and the other is red with beading.

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

The best is Victoria Beckham and the worst is Jordan.

What is your favourite label?

Valentino, Chanel and D&G.

Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month?

You'd have to ask my fiancé that.

What or who influences your style?

Traditional, classic style like that of Jackie Kennedy and also diversity.

What was the last fashion item you bought?

These shoes.

What was your worst fashion mistake?

None that I can think of!

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

I love the LBD and I hate gladiator sandals.

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