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The way we wear - the style message from the street

Published 19/03/2010 | 05:00

From left: Samantha Gomes, Deirdre Moran, Leona Byrne and Jenny Erwin
From left: Samantha Gomes, Deirdre Moran, Leona Byrne and Jenny Erwin

Name: Samantha Gomes

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Age: 25

Profession: Model with Compton agency

From: Malaysia, living in Dublin

Wearing: Jacket, €55, Asos. Top by Diagram, €12, Swopshop. Dress, €15, Topshop. Bag by 'Marciano by Guess' £52, Blue Water shopping centre in London. Shoes by Ted Baker, €76, Asos.

What is your favourite shop?

Topshop, Asos.com and Swopshop in Temple Bar.

What was your best bargain buy?

A necklace by Sisley made up of beads wrapped in bronze ribbon reduced from €40 to €10.

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

A loose-fitting, grey jersey mini-dress with sequin sleeves by Chloe for €290 in TK Maxx. Serena wore the same dress in Gossip Girl.

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

The best is Leigh Lezark and the worst is Britney Spears.

What is your favourite label or designer?

Ted Baker and Chloe.

Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month?

About €200.

What or who influences your style?

My mood and fashion blogs like Fashiontoast and The Cherry Blossom Girl.

What was the last fashion item you bought?

A blush pink, fitted lace top for €30 on Asos.com.

What was your worst fashion mistake?

A strapless bikini for swimming ...

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

I love sheer neutrals and I hate two tone leggings and tights.

Name: Deirdre Moran

Age: 24

Profession: Fashion marketing student in Portobello School

From: Sligo

Wearing: Cardigan, €40 and jeans, €30, both Vila. Floral top, €5, scarf, €4 and earrings, €1.50, all Penneys. Bag, €30, Alwear. Converse, €50, Schuh.

What is your favourite shop?

Pull & Bear, Topshop and Zara.

What was your best bargain buy?

A black leather, hooded biker jacket for £8 from Primark.

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

A multi-coloured, silk, babydoll dress for €250 from Zulu in Sligo.

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

The best is Kate Moss and the worst is Lady Gaga.

What is your favourite label or designer?

Kate Moss for Topshop.

Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month?

About €300.

What was the last fashion item you bought?

This top.

What was your worst fashion mistake?

A matching top and shorts in purple and white polka dot silk when I was younger.

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

I love high shoes, especially from River Island, and I hate harem pants.

Name: Leona Byrne

Age: 23

Profession: Athlete/model

From: Carlow

Wearing: Jacket by Miss Sixty, €320, Arnotts Project. Top, €3, skirt, €8, bangles, €5 each and tights, €5, all Penneys. Earrings, €12, Topshop. Bag by Modalu, €230, Arnotts. Shoes, €130, Office.

What is your favourite shop?

Bershka and Arnotts Project.

What was your best bargain buy?

A pair of purple, patent, gladiator sandals with a gold high heel reduced from €160 to €37 in Office.

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

A black satin, full-length, backless gown by Nicole Miller for €485 from Arnotts.

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

The best is Kate Moss and the worst is Lady Gaga.

What is your favourite label or designer?

Nicole Miller.

What or who influences your style?

My brother who is a visual display manager and also Vogue magazine.

What was the last fashion item you bought?

These shoes.

What was your worst fashion mistake?

Adidas tracksuits that I lived in when I was younger.

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

I love stiletto shoes, the higher the better, and I hate Uggs and velour tracksuits.

Name: Jenny Erwin

Age: 35

Profession: Fashion buyer

From: Portrush, Co Antrim, living in Dublin

Wearing: Dress by Vivienne Westwood, €220 and bangle by Nicole Farhi, €80, both Arnotts. Necklace, €5, Penneys. Boots, €110, Buffalo.

What is your favourite shop?

Arnotts in Ireland and Scoop in Soho in New York.

What was your best bargain buy?

A pair of green patent, high heel, cage shoe-boots by Gucci for €20 in the Gucci outlet store in Italy. Delicious!

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

A brown 'Bayswater' bag by Mulberry for €800 from Selfridges.

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

The best is Kate Moss and the worst is Jordan.

What is your favourite label or designer?

Vivienne Westwood.

Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month?

Between €300 and €400.

What or who influences your style?

My job, WGSN.com and trends, although I'm careful only to wear the ones that suit my shape.

What was the last fashion item you bought?

A blue floral print, shot silk dress with a short tulip skirt by Farhi for €235 in Arnotts.

What was your worst fashion mistake?

Over-knee socks and mini skirts going out clubbing when I was younger.

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

I love Autumn/Winter fashion, especially layering and chunky knits, and I hate nude florals because they don't suit Irish skin and I also hate 'tanorexic' people.

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