Saturday 23 September 2017

The way we wear - the style message from the street

From left: Sarah Gibson, Eibhlin Fahey, Amy Williams and Suzanna Sanchez
From left: Sarah Gibson, Eibhlin Fahey, Amy Williams and Suzanna Sanchez

NAME: Sarah Gibson

AGE: 16 PROFESSION: Student

FROM: Donaghmede, Dublin

WEARING: Dress, €55, Topshop. Belt, €2.50; corsage, €2 each; and boots, €23, all Penneys. What is your favourite shop? Topshop, Urban Outfitters and Asos.com.

What was your best bargain buy? A black leather biker jacket for £20 from some boutique on Bond Street in London.

What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought? A pair of black, mid-calf, biker boots for €100 from River Island.

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

What is your favourite label or designer? Miu Miu.

Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month? About €80.

What or who influences your style? My sister and Lookbook.nu.

What was the last fashion item you bought? A purple chiffon, backless baby-doll dress with Grecian style pleating by Lipsy for €85 from Topshop.

What was your worst fashion mistake? A pair of Guess jeans bought in America that were meant to be skinny but were baggy and a bad fit.

What is one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion? I love the grunge look, especially boots with dresses, and I hate tacky, body-con dresses



NAME: Eibhlín Fahey

AGE: 26

PROFESSION: Sales advisor in Design Centre

FROM: Limerick, living in Dublin

WEARING: Dress, €25, The Edge vintage shop in Limerick. Belt by Levi’s, have it since I was 12. Sunglasses, $20, street stall in Sydney. Bag by Tommy Hilfiger, €90, Pamela Scott. Sandals, €70, Oasis. What is your favourite shop? The Harlequin.

What was your best bargain buy? A tan leather, threequarter length trench coat for £80 from The Edge when I was 16. I still wear it, although it’s currently packed away in storage.

What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought? A pair of red, strappy, Italian sandals for €150 from a boutique in Ennis that I can’t remember the name of.

Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebs or style icons? The best are Chloe Sevigny and Olivia Palermo and the worst are Jordan and Jedward.

What is your favourite label or designer? Alexander Wang.

Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month? Between about €100 and €150.

What or who influences your style? Practicality, comfort and vintage. I studied buying so I always look up Drapers and Vogue. I also love The Sartorialist and I’m a sucker for America’s Next Top Model.

What was the last fashion item you bought? A blue, black and gold, triangular print dress with a zip-down front and an asymmetric neckline by Tokito for $60 in Sydney.

What was your worst fashion mistake? Wearing oversized hoodies because I’m too tiny for them.

What is one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion? I love finding beautiful clothes that are really well made like Irish designer Mia O’Connell’s clothes in Design Centre and I hate when there’s too much talk and not enough action; too much hot air.



NAME: Amy Williams

AGE: 28

PROFESSION: Make-up artist

FROM: Thailand, living in Dublin city

WEARING: Jacket, €9, Penneys. Dress, €60, Miss Selfridge. Bag, present. Pumps, €49, Aldo. What is your favourite shop? Miss Selfridge and Topshop because they do petite sizes.

What was your best bargain buy? A blue denim shopper bag by Marc Jacobs reduced from €160 to €50 in Brown Thomas.

What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought? A pair of small, drop earrings with a bunny shape on them by Swarovski for €200.

Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities or style icons? The best is Pixie Lott and the worst is Lindsay Lohan.

What is your favourite label or designer? Chanel.

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

What or who influences your style? Music videos, celebrity magazines, petite sizing and TV shows such as The Hills.

What was the last fashion item you bought? A white lace tea dress with a Peter Pan collar from Topshop.

What was your worst fashion mistake? A black corset top from River Island. I like it but my husband doesn't.

What is one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion? I love jumpsuits and I hate the lingerie-asouterwear trend.



NAME: Suzanna Sanchez

AGE: 35

PROFESSION: Journalist & blogger, http://shareasecret.wordpress.com/

FROM: Madrid, Spain

WEARING: Top, €15, and leggings, €9, both Zara. Hat, €65, Zadig & Voltaire. Sunglasses by Ray Ban, €110, opticians. Bag by Balenciaga, gift bought in London. Sandals, €300, Jimmy Choo store in Madrid.

What is your favourite shop? Zara.

What was your best bargain buy? A bright multicoloured, sequined, short, fitted dress with a belt for €5 from Zara.

What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought? This bag . . . although it was a present.

Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities or style icons? The best are Cameron Diaz and Kate Moss and the worst is Pink.

What is your favourite label or designer? Zadig & Voltaire.

Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month? Around €200 or €300.

What or who influences your style? Street style, magazines especially Vogue and Marie Claire, websites and bloggers although no one specifically.

What was the last fashion item you bought? A dark blue cotton, tulip shaped skirt with a sporty edge from Zara.

What was your worst fashion mistake? A multi-coloured basket bag for €6 from a street market. It was beautiful but broke two hours after I bought it.

What is one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion? I love mixing sporty and elegant styles and I hate when people are slaves to fashion like Victoria Beckham.

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