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The way we wear: The style message from the street

Published 18/06/2010 | 11:03

From left: Alexandra Anushova, Nyasha Mhandu, Helen Geoghegan and Claire Dunne.
From left: Alexandra Anushova, Nyasha Mhandu, Helen Geoghegan and Claire Dunne.

NAME: Alexandra Anushova

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AGE: 24

PROFESSION: Beauty advisor for Chanel

FROM: Estonia, living in Spain (used to live in Ireland)

WEARING: Jacket, €40, top, €20, and sandals, €50, all from Zara. Jeans by Rock & Republic, €320, Spain. Sunglasses by Michael Kors, €190, Spain. Earrings, €50, Tenerife. Bag by Michael Kors, €325, Brown Thomas in Cork.

What is your favourite shop? Brown Thomas and Zara.

What was your best bargain buy? A black silk, ‘60s-style shift dress by Miss Sixty reduced from €140 to €70 in Spain.

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

Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities or style icons? The best are Kate Moss and Victoria Beckham and the worst is Paris Hilton.

Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month? Anything between €100 and €300. What or who influences your style? Smart casual style and magazines such as Cosmopolitan, British and American Vogue when I can get my hands on it. Also, since I started to work for Chanel, my style has become a little more glamorous.

What was the last fashion item you bought? This bag.

What was your worst fashion mistake? Over-plucked eyebrows and being a Goth when I was a teenager.

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

I love structured dresses like those by Victoria Beckham and I hate gypsy skirts.

NAME: Nyasha Mhandu

AGE: 16

PROFESSION: Student

FROM: Swords, Dublin

WEARING: Jacket, €40, and bag, €40, both TK Maxx. Dress, €9, Penneys. Hat, €10, River Island. Shoes, €10, present from my auntie, bought in Shoe Zone.

What is your favourite shop? TK Maxx.

What was your best bargain buy? A pair of faux snakeskin brogues reduced to €15 in River Island.

What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought? A grey, faux fur jacket for €75 in Marks & Spencer.

Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities or style icons? The best is the blogger, Rumi Neely from FashionToast.com, and the worst are Katie Price and Britney Spears.

What is your favourite label or designer? Christian Louboutin.

How much would you spend on clothes a month? About €80.

What or who influences your style? Blogs such as Karla’s Closet, FashionToast and KnightCat.

What was the last fashion item you bought? These five rings for €4 from H&M.

What was your worst fashion mistake? A peach velure tracksuit by Pineapple. Name one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion. I love studs and I hate Uggs.

NAME: Helen Geoghegan

AGE: 26

PROFESSION: Marketing

FROM: Ranelagh, Dublin

WEARING: Cardigan, €25 and sunglasses, €4, both H&M. Dress, €40, Alwear. Bag by Miu Miu, €600, Brown Thomas. Boots, €170, Zara.

What is your favourite shop? Alwear.

What was your best bargain buy? A pair of grey, beaded strappy wedges for €23 in Penneys.

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

Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities or style icons? The best is Sienna Miller and the worst are Kerry Katona and Jordan.

What is your favourite label or designer? Miu Miu and Balenciaga.

Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month? About €250.

What or who influences your style? Comfort, the weather, Grazia magazine and Asos.com.

What was the last fashion item you bought? This dress.

What was your worst fashion mistake? Tacky, white patent strappy wedges that I wore to ‘little Wesley’ when I was younger.

Name one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion. I love my black, skintight leather leggings that I got in Topshop and I hate those threequarter length sleeves with a slit down the middle from shoulder to elbow.

NAME: Claire Dunne

AGE: 14

PROFESSION: Student

FROM: Santry, Dublin

WEARING: Dress, reduced to €15, Alwear. Belt, came with a skirt from River Island that cost €45. Boots, €75, Barratts. What is your favourite shop? Urban Outfitters and Topshop.

What was your best bargain buy? A green, belted army jacket with pockets and a hood for €18 from Penneys.

What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought? Black Uggs for $199 from Macy’s.

Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities or style icons? The best are Pixie Lott and Fearne Cotton and the worst are Jordan and Jedward.

What is your favourite label or designer? Silence & Noise.

Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month? About €40.

What or who influences your style? Magazines like Kiss, Teen Vogue and Look as well as my friends, Lookbook.nu and the Olsen twins website, TheRow.com.

What was the last fashion item you bought? A pair of pale blue denim shorts with cream love-hearts printed on them and a lace belt from Zara.

What was your worst fashion mistake? Luminous leggings.

Name one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion. I love biker boots and I hate clogs.

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