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Saturday 29 April 2017

The way we wear: the style message from the street

Niamh O'Rourke

Niamh O'Rourke hit the streets to find out how four style watchers are interpreting to this season's hottest trends.

Name: Laura O'Halloran

Age: 22

Profession: Production assistant

From: Greystones, Wicklow

Wearing: Dress by Gary Pepper Vintage, $50 (reduced from $100), eBay. Bag by Texier, €5, SVP charity shop. Hat, belongs to my boyfriend, €5, stall in Rome. Earrings, €6, Oxfam. Shoes, €18, River Island.



What is your favourite shop?

Gary Pepper Vintage.



What was your best bargain buy?

A bright, multi-coloured tribal print shirt by Givenchy for €15 from the Cancer Society charity shop in Bray. It's a size 20 but I wear it belted.



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

A 60s, lemon silk, above-the-knee, shift dress overlayed with white lace with a big yellow bow at the back. It cost €250 from The Goddess Room in Greystones.



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

The best are Alexa Chung and Rihanna and the worst is Victoria Beckham.



What is your favourite label or designer?

Chloe.



Approx-imately how much would you spend on clothes every month?

About €200.



What or who influences your style?

I have a blog called Lolsloot and I especially love vintage and browsing the windows of charity shops. I also like Lookbook.nu and mags such as Grazia, Look and InStyle.



What was the last fashion item you bought?

Black suede, wedge heel, peep-toe ankle boots from Topshop.



What was your worst fashion mistake?

Wearing clothes that don't fit my bodyshape. Size availability is the one disadvantage of vintage and charity shopping.



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

I love Miu Miu bags and shoes and I hate how vintage has become so expensive thanks to its increasing popularity.





Name : Caroline Dunne

Age : 31

Profession : Sales manager for a fashion label

From : Dublin, living in London

Wearing: Jacket by Vince, £600, Harvey Nichols. Dress by Stella McCartney, €250, Brown Thomas. Scarf by Faliero Sarti, €200, L'Eclaireur in Paris. Sunglasses by Victoria Beckham, £230, Harvey Nichols. Purse by Comme Des Garcons, £80, Dover Street Market. Pumps by Lanvin, reduced to €100, Colette in Paris.



What is your favourite shop?

Brown Thomas and Costume in Dublin.



What was your best bargain buy?

A fogged perspex tote bag covered in brass studs with a leather handle by 3.1 Phillip Lim reduced to $100 from the Phillip Lim boutique in Soho in New York. I don't know how much it was originally but a lot more that $100.





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

A Chanel 2.55 handbag for €2,000 from Brown Thomas.





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

The best are Chloe Sevigny and Victoria Beckham and the worst is Beyonce.





What is your favourite label or designer?

Philip Lim, Charles Anastase and Victoria Beckham.





Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month?

About £600.





What or who influences your style?

Living in London (Notting Hill), my job and travel, particularly to New York and Paris, plus the people around me, French Vogue and Harper's Bazaar.





What was the last fashion item you bought?

These pumps.





What was your worst fashion mistake?

A pink satin jumpsuit from Zara. I thought it was quite Stella McCartney but it wasn't.





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

There are not enough words to describe all that I love about fashion and I hate fashion victim try-hard, when people have no individuality.





Name: Leon Gray

Age: 23

Profession: PA / sales assistant

From: East London

Wearing: Shirt, £35 and belt, £15, both Gap. Chinos, £26 and bag, £40, both Topman. Sunglasses by Ray-Ban, £120, Selfridges. Watch by Toywatch, £250, gift. Shoes, £30, Asos.



What is your favourite shop?

Brown Thomas in Dublin and the Lanvin menswear store in London.



What was your best bargain buy?

A cropped, navy, military-style coat for £25 from Gap.





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

These sunglasses.



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

The best are Maggie Gyllenhaal and Victoria Beckham and the worst is Christina Aguilera.



What is your favourite label or designer?

Dries Van Noten.



Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month?

About £100.



What or who influences your style?

My friends, working in the fashion industry, travel with my job and Fantastic Man magazine.



What was the last fashion item you bought?

These chinos.



What was your worst fashion mistake?

Overly deep V-neck tees in every colour.



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

I love how it's always changing and fashion's accessability to everyone now and I hate Birkenstocks.







Name: Lauren Farrelly

Age : 22

Profession : Student -- fashion promotion

From : Leitrim, living in London

Wearing: Shirt, £39, American Apparel. Vest, £20, and leggings, £5, both Topshop. Fur stole, my granny's. Hat, £8, H&M. Sunglasses by Ray-Ban, my mother's, bought in Brown Thomas. Bag, £4, Brick Lane. Sandals by Bertie, €60, Brown Thomas.





What is your favourite shop?

Beyond Retro, Urban Outfitters and American Apparel.



What was your best bargain buy?

A sheer white shirt for €5 from The Harlequin.



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

A pair of beige, YSL Tribute sandals for $800 from Bergdorf Goodman in New York. Sadly, I didn't get the heel tip replaced on time and the heel is now broken.



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

The best is Chloe Sevigny and the worst is Glenda Gilson.



What is your favourite label or designer?

Proenza Schouler, Balenciaga and Alexander Wang.





Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month?

About £200.





What or who influences your style?

People on the street and blogs like Jak & Jil, Lookbook.nu and Kate Loves Me.





What was the last fashion item you bought?

A grey knit, oversize sweater from Topshop.





What was your worst fashion mistake?

Parachute pants with all the strings when I was a teenager.



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

I love shearlings and I hate Christopher Kane's style, especially all that gingham.

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