Tuesday 26 September 2017

The way we wear: The style message from the street

Holly Brennan, Kate Brennan, Louise O'Callahan and Lisa Gallagher
Holly Brennan, Kate Brennan, Louise O'Callahan and Lisa Gallagher

Name Holly Brennan

Age 25

Profession Graphic designer

From Dublin

Wearing Dress, €40, Topshop. Boots, $40, thrift shop in New York.



  • What is your favourite shop?

America Apparel and Topshop.



  • What was your best bargain buy?

A pair of black jeans for €1 from Oxfam.



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

A grey wool pea coat for €170 from American Apparel.



  • Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities or style icons?

The best is Patti Smith and the worst is Mary Harney.



  • What is your favourite label or designer?

AllSaints.



  • Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month?

Between €0-€50.



  • What or who influences your style?

Comfort.



  • What was the last fashion item you bought?

This dress.



  • What was your worst fashion mistake?

I wore a purple, ankle-length, Chinese style dress with white, platform runners at my confirmation.



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

I love the fun of fashion and I hate snobbery.

Name Kate Brennan

Age 27

Profession Actress

From Dublin

Wearing Dress, borrowed from my sister, bought in Lipsy. Obi-band, gift bought in Havana boutique in Donnybrook. Necklace and bracelets, gifts. Boots, borrowed from a friend, bought in Schuh.



  • What is your favourite shop?

Trash And Vaudeville in New York.



  • What was your best bargain buy?

A pair of black, laced, ankle boots with bright pink stitching reduced from €300 to €90 from Buffalo.



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

A pair of black, steel-toe, knee-high boots by New Rock for €250 from Schuh.



  • Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities or style icons?

The best is Noel Fielding and the worst is Britney Spears.



  • What is your favourite label or designer?

Alexander McQueen and Balmain.



  • Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month?

Between €0-€300.



  • What or who influences your style?

Whatever music I'm listening to and my mother.



  • What was the last fashion item you bought?

A black, strapless, body-con dress by Motel for €80 from Topshop.



  • What was your worst fashion mistake?

A tight, blue, lycra dress with big cut-outs on the midriff à la Pretty Woman.



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

I love the drama of fashion and I hate Ugg boots and conformity.

Name Louise O'Callaghan

Age 17

Profession Student

From Blackrock

Wearing Cardigan, €50, River Island. T-shirt, €18, Topshop. Jeans, €18, Forever 21. Scarf, €10, a market in Sicily. Pendant, I made it. Bag, €5, Penneys. Boots, €40.



  • What is your favourite shop?

Urban Outfitters.



  • What was your best bargain buy?

These shoes were reduced to €40 from €90.



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

A pair of dark blue, suede high-heels for €50 from Office.



  • Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities or style icons?

The best is Alexa Chung and the worst is Cher Lloyd.



  • What is your favourite label or designer?

Mulberry.



  • Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month?

About €50.



  • What or who influences your style?

Magazines like Look and Grazia and people on the street.



  • What was the last fashion item you bought?

This cardigan.



  • What was your worst fashion mistake?

Wearing neon, pearls and clothes from Abercrombie & Fitch.



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

I love how fun and creative you can be and I hate how the industry pressurises girls to look a certain way.

Name Lisa Gallagher

Age 27

Profession Assistant TV producer

From Rathfarnham, Dublin

Wearing Top, €28, Topshop. Trousers, €13, and pendant, €6, both from Forever 21. Boots, €100, Aldo.



  • What is your favourite shop?

Forever 21.



  • What was your best bargain buy?

A grey and orange jersey, knee-length dress with long sleeves and gold sequin detail by Chloé for €120 from TK Maxx.



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

A tan calf leather, large shoulder bag by Jimmy Choo for €650 from Harvey Nichols.



  • Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities or style icons?

The best is Jaime Winstone and the worst is Sheila Chic.



  • What is your favourite label or designer?

Marc Jacobs.



  • Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month?

About €300.



  • What or who influences your style?

Blogs like fashionfilosofy.com and lookbook.nu and magazines such as Image and Grazia.



  • What was the last fashion item you bought?

A black leather handbag with a gold chain strap by Michael Kors for $300 from Woodbury Common in New York.



  • What was your worst fashion mistake?

Wearing leopard-print clothes when I had blonde hair.



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

I love structured, tailored clothes and I hate fussy patterns.

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