Wednesday 29 March 2017

The way we wear - the style message from the street

From left: Ciara Duffy, Jesus Perez, Rob kenny and Francesca Nzeye.
From left: Ciara Duffy, Jesus Perez, Rob kenny and Francesca Nzeye.

Niamh O'Rourke

Ciara Duffy

AGE 25

PROFESSION Fashion retail and mum

FROM Crumlin, Dublin

WEARING Jacket, €13, Penneys. Dress, €53, and tights, €16, both To pshop. Boots, €103, Office.

? What is your favourite shop? Topshop and Zara.

? What was your best bargain buy? A black leather, vintage biker jacket for €50 from Dublin’s George’s St Arcade.

? What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought? A cream duffle coat for €190 from Zara.

? Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities? The best is Lauren Conrad from The Hills and the worst is Britney Spears.

? What is your favourite label or designer? Alexander McQueen.

? Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month? About €300.

? What or who influences your style? Celebrities, magazines such as Heat, Company and Elle, my job and the Asos website.

? What was the last fashion item you bought? A brown and cream, tribal-print maxi dress for €13 from Penneys.

? What was your worst fashion mistake? Tracksuits years ago.

? Name one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion. I love pastel colours at the moment and I hate fake UGGs.

NAME Jesus Perez

AGE 31

PROFESSION Swimming coach

FROM Spain, living in Ballsbridge, Dublin

WEARING Jacket, €50, H&M. Jumper, €25, and jeans, €40

both from Drop in Spain. Bag by Champion, present. Shoes, €40, Madrid.

? What is your favourite shop? Desigual.

? What was your best bargain buy? A white tailored blazer with black trim by Sand, reduced from €500 to €200 in Drop.

? What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought? The same jacket.

? Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities? The best is Scarlett Johansson and the worst is Mariah Carey.

? What is your favourite label or designer? Armani.

? Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month? No more than €100.

? What or who influences your style? I like informal clothes and when there's something different about them and I love blues and blacks.

? What was the last fashion item you bought? A pair of black jeans with silver and white angel wings embroidered on the back of the legs. They were reduced from €75 to €37 in an African shop in Ibiza.

? What was your worst fashion mistake? A pair of jeans by Hugo Boss that were too wide.

? Name one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion. I love the crossover between formal and casual, mixing one with the other, like wearing a shirt and jacket with ripped jeans. I hate too much colour.

FROM Rob Kenny

AGE 19

PROFESSION Marketing student

FROM Sutton, Dublin

WEARING Jacket, €12, and snood, €4, both Penneys.

Cardigan, €20, and jeans, €25, both H&M. Bag, €50, Topshop girls. Boots, €212, All Saints.

? What is your favourite shop? All Saints.

? What was your best bargain buy? A grey and red check, vintage blazer for €25 from The Harlequin.

? What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought? A blue and navy leather, over the shoulder satchel by Dolce & Gabbana for €350 from Brown Thomas.

? Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities? The best is Sienna Miller and the worst are Jordan and Britney Spears. ? What is your favourite label or designer? Alexander McQueen and Alexander Wang.

? Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month? About €100.

? What or who influences your style? Trends, websites such as Urbanoutfitters.com and blogs like Dailycloset.com. ? What was the last fashion item you bought? Black jodhpurs for €25 in Zara.

? What was your worst fashion mistake? A green and blue, Hawaiian-style floral shirt from H&M when I was 16.

? Name one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion. I love big scarves and military boots and I hate kitten heels.

NAME Francesca Nzeye

AGE 22

PROFESSION Fashion retail

FROM The Congo, living in Rathfarnham, Dublin

WEARING Jacket by Levi’s, €20; cardigan, €6.99; and men’s shoes, €30, all from the vintage department in Urban Outfitters. Top, €7, Wild Child. Skirt, €40, To pshop. Belt, €6.99, Urban Outfitters. Headscarf, €3, Oxfam.

? What is your favourite shop? Vintage shops like Lucy’s Lounge and Wild Child.

? What was your best bargain buy? A greeny-grey, vintage leather cape fringed with about 20 fur animal tails for €20 from some little shop in Paris.

? What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought? A pair of limited-edition, ‘60s-style, butteryellow, thick round framed sunglasses with a digital floral print on them for €380 from Optilase, but I can’t remember the designer.

? Who do you think are the best and worst dressed style icons or celebrities? The best was Marlene Dietrich and the worst is Cheryl Cole.

? What is your favourite label or designer? I never buy designer but I like Fred Perry.

? Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month? About €100.

? What or who influences your style? The Victorian era and the ‘20s and ‘80s.

? What was the last fashion item you bought? A pair of high-waisted, tapered, mustard chinos for €76 from Zara.

? What was your worst fashion mistake? An ‘80s, silver and black tuxedo-style jacket with big shoulders and lots of odd stuff appliquéd on it like question marks. It’s really cool but I look like Whoopi Goldberg in it!

? Name one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion. I love my second-hand, classic beige trench by Burberry that I got for €30 in Lucy’s Lounge and I hate leggings.

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