Thursday 8 December 2016

The way we wear: The style message from the street

Niamh O'Rourke

Published 03/09/2010 | 11:14

Jessica Farrell, Aine Plunkett, Ciara O'Toole and Sarah Morrissey.
Jessica Farrell, Aine Plunkett, Ciara O'Toole and Sarah Morrissey.

NAME: Jessica Farrell

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AGE: 21

PROFESSION: All Saints retail

FROM: Howth, Dublin

WEARING: T-shirt by Gestuz, €40, BT2. Bag by Marc Jacobs, present. Watch, €35, Argos. Shorts, €70; belt, €80; and boots, €210, all from All Saints.

What is your favourite shop? Armani Exchange in New York and All Saints.

What was your best bargain buy? A cream beaded jumpsuit reduced from $300 to $60 from French Connection in the US.

What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought? A pair of gold snakeskin wedges by Terry de Havilland for €350 from his website.

Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities or style icons? The best is Jade Jagger and the worst is Danielle Lloyd.

What is your favourite label or designer? Marc by Marc Jacobs and Phillip Lim.

Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month? About €200.

What or who influences your style? Travel, especially to the US; muted tones; celebrities and magazines such as Vogue and Elle.

What was the last fashion item you bought? A turquoise silk playsuit reduced from $160 to $70 from the Armani Exchange store in Boston.

What was your worst fashion mistake? White stilettos. Name one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion. I love clean style that’s not overdone and I hate tribal trends

NAME: Aine Plunkett

AGE: 36

PROFESSION: Visual Merchandiser

FROM: Dundalk, living in Sandyford, Dublin

WEARING: Jacket by Gucci, €200; Blouse by Marni, can’t remember how much, Brown Thomas. T-shirt, €13, H&M. Trousers, €40, Zara. Bag by Friis & Co, €75, BT2. Bracelets by ‘Marc by Marc Jacobs’, present. Sandals, €61, Topshop.

What is your favourite shop? Brown Thomas for luxury pieces, Zara and Topshop for high street, Anthropologie in the US and also Covent Garden in London.

What was your best bargain buy? A pair of black patent, knee-high, flat, riding boots by Prada reduced from €800 to €100.

What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought? My wedding dress by Monique Lhuillier from Sacs in San Francisco.

Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities or style icons? The best are Helena Christensen, Jessica Alba and David Bowie and the worst are the Jersey Shore crew.

What is your favourite label or designer? Dries Van Noten and Paul Smith menswear.

Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month? Before I had my little girl, I used to spend a couple of hundred, but now I only spend a couple of euro. I’ve learnt how to recycle old clothes.

What or who influences your style? Working in Brown Thomas, keeping up to date and what I see in-store. I especially like bright colours, prints and feminine tailoring.

What was the last fashion item you bought? A long, black silk jersey, floorlength dress with one shoulder by Halston Heritage reduced to €120 in Brown Thomas.

What was your worst fashion mistake? When I was 14, I went to a Michael Jackson concert wearing a pair of jeans that I sewed letters to saying ‘Michael’ down one leg and ‘Jackson’ down the other.

Name one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion. I love how people can express their personality through clothes and I hate when people show too much flesh.

NAME: Ciara O’Toole

AGE: 36

PROFESSION: Operations manager

FROM: Rathgar, Dublin

WEARING: Dress, $100, Anthropologie in Boston. Bag, €180, present bought in All Saints. Leggings by Falke, €15, and shoes by Bertie, €120, both from Arnotts

What is your favourite shop? Whistles and All Saints.

What was your best bargain buy? A powder blue, silk sheath, knee-length dress with covered buttons down the side and draped detailing by Peter Jensen reduced from €600 to €300 in Dolls.

What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought? A black wool, belted, three-quarter length coat with a funnel collar by Pinko for €400 in Brown Thomas.

Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities or style icons? The best is Diane Kruger and the worst are over-styled celebs and Wags such as Posh and Cheryl; they do sometimes get it right, but often they go that little bit too far.

What is your favourite label or designer? Isabel Marant and Selected Femme.

Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month? Between about €200 and €300.

What or who influences your style? People watching, pared back and minimal style as well as magazines such as Grazia, Elle and Vogue.

What was the last fashion item you bought? Some pieces from Gap for work including a pair of black, skinny trousers and a grey, jersey dress.

What was your worst fashion mistake? My army boots from my college days that were about four sizes too big for me.

Name one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion. I love stripes and I hate when people are over-styled and over-glamorous.

NAME: Sarah Morrissey

AGE: 27

PROFESSION: Model

FROM: Dublin 8

WEARING: Top, €40, and jeans, €60, both Topshop. Bag, €30, The Harlequin. Boots, sample given to me on a Heaton's shoot.

What is your favourite shop? Portobello market in London.

What was your best bargain buy? A grey and black striped, one shoulder, short bandage dress by Herve Leger reduced from £750 to £200 on Ebay.

What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought? A pair of hot-pink suede, pointy high-heel pumps by Christian Louboutin for €635 in Harvey Nichols.

Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities or style icons? The best are Diane Kruger and Vanessa Paradis and the worst are Jordan and David Arquette.

What is your favourite label or designer? Mulberry, particularly for bags.

Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month? Between about €500 and €600.

What or who influences your style? My job; I'm changing in and out of clothes so many times each day that what I wear myself needs to be comfortable as well as quick and easy to take on and off.

What was the last fashion item you bought? A black jersey maxi dress for €18 from H&M.

What was your worst fashion mistake? Having my hair too blonde.

Name one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion. I love classic pieces like a great black blazer or cream mac and I hate jeggings.

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