Thursday 19 January 2017

The way we wear - the style message from the street

Published 30/07/2010 | 11:52

From left: Emma McGrath, Nina Wang, Roya Hakami and Claudine Vandenberg.
From left: Emma McGrath, Nina Wang, Roya Hakami and Claudine Vandenberg.

Emma McGrath

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AGE : 17

PROFESSION : Student

FROM : Kildare

WEARING : Jacket, €50, H&M. Blazer, €15, and shorts, €36, both Wild Child. Top, €50, Urban Outfitters. Scarf, £2, thrift shop in Camden. Necklace and bag, €30 each, Love Vintage in Galway. Sunglasses, €20, and boots, €50, both Topshop. What is your favourite shop? Urban Outfitters, Wild Child and The Harlequin.

What was your best bargain buy? A grey and white, vintage tweed blazer for €10 in Wild Child.

What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought? A gold chain necklace by Juicy Couture with 'Love & Amour' written on it for €235 from Brown Thomas.

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

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

Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month? Over €50.

What or who influences your style? Vogue.

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

What was your worst fashion mistake? An oversized, cotton floral top from Topshop. It was too big and I don’t do florals.

What is one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion? I love jodhpurs and I hate underwear as outerwear

NAME : Nina Wang

AGE : 31

PROFESSION : Restaurant owner

FROM : China, living in Dublin

WEARING : Jacket, €35, Zara. Jumper, €8, Penneys. Skirt, €10, Topshop. Bag by Louis Vuitton, €1,000, Brown Thomas. Shoes, €5, China.

What is your favourite shop? Topshop, River Island or Zara in Dublin and lots of small shops in China, there’s no one in particular over there.

What was your best bargain buy? A short white, floaty skirt reduced from €68 to €35 in Topshop.

What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought? A light grey, Hermès Birkin for €6,350 from Brown Thomas.

Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities or style icons? The best is Victoria Beckham and the worst is Britney Spears.

What is your favourite label or designer? Gucci.

What or who influences your style? My size and shape as well as Chinese fashion magazines.

What was the last fashion item you bought? A short, light green floral skirt from Zara.

What was your worst fashion mistake? A black T-shirt from Reiss that was too serious and office-y looking.

What is one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion? I love young, cute, girly style and I hate mannish clothes.

NAME : Roya Hakami

AGE : 19

PROFESSION : Film student

FROM : Toronto, Canada

WEARING : Cardigan, boutique in Toronto, $40. Dress, $30; bag, $40; and leggings, $20, all Forever 21. Sandals, $100, Icon. What is your favourite shop? Forever 21 in Canada and Penneys in Ireland.

What was your best bargain buy? One navy and one grey knitted hairband, each with knitted flowers attached for €2 in Penneys.

What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought? A champagne taffeta, babydoll-style dress for $700 that I wore for my prom. It was by Canadian designer Simon Chang .

Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities or style icons? The best was James Dean and the worst is Lady Gaga.

What is your favourite label or designer? Juicy Couture.

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

What or who influences your style? Different cultures.

What was the last fashion item you bought? A silver ring with a diamante bow for €2.50 in Penneys.

What was your worst fashion mistake? Wearing a denim mini with a white top and white leggings, it was a bad combination.

What is one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion? I love different ethnic styles, especially with beading and embellishment and I hate muted shades.

NAME : Claudine Vandenbergh

AGE : 18 PROFESSION : Ballet student

FROM : Baldoyle, Dublin WEARING : Cardigan by Sarah Pacini, €140, Belgium (belongs to my mother). Dress, reduced to €35, Venezuela boutique in Skerries. Body stocking, €25, Dance Dimensions. Bag, €20, TK Maxx. Shoes, €15, Penneys.

What is your favourite shop? The Secret Closet in Howth and Brown Thomas.

What was your best bargain buy? A butterscotch silk and chiffon, ‘30s-style, biascut gown with a v-neck and low back reduced to €200 from The Secret Closet. I can’t remember how much it was originally but it was a great buy.

What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought? A long, red, Grecianstyle gown for €470 from Alila for a debs.

Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities or style icons? The best is Nicole Kidman and the worst are Russell Brand and Jordan.

What is your favourite label or designer? Abercrombie, Hollister and Ralph Lauren.

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

What or who influences your style? My mother and magazines such as Vogue and Cosmo but not celeb or Irish ones.

What was the last fashion item you bought? The red dress from Alila.

What was your worst fashion mistake? A boob-tube belly top with highwaisted shorts, because someone pulled down the top when I was out which was pretty upsetting!

What is one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion? I love the layered look and I hate berets and also ankle socks.

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