Friday 2 December 2016

The way we wear: The style message from the street

Published 24/09/2010 | 05:00

From left: Catriona Keily, Lou Conlon, Ruth Bennett and Carla Marti
From left: Catriona Keily, Lou Conlon, Ruth Bennett and Carla Marti

Name: Caitriona Keily

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Age: 42

Profession: Housewife

From: Foxrock, Dublin

Wearing: Jacket, €30, and jeans, €36, both from Zara. Scarf, €56, Whistles. Vest, €5, and shoes, €25, both from Dunnes Stores. Bag by Hobbs, €125, Harvey Nichols.



  • What is your favourite shop?

Urban Outfitters.



  • What was your best bargain buy?

A gold lace, vintage top for €35 from The Loft in the Powerscourt Centre.



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

A pair of nude boots with a tan stripe at the back by Jimmy Choo in Brown Thomas. They were a gift but are my most expensive item.



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

The best is Alexa Chung and the worst is Paris Hilton.



  • What is your favourite label or designer?

Paul & Joe.



  • Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month?

Between about €25 and €200.



  • What or who influences your style?

People on the street and magazines such as Vogue and Elle.



  • What was the last fashion item you bought?

These jeans.



  • What was your worst fashion mistake?

Neon leg warmers.



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

I love the difference and choice that fashion offers and I hate Ugg Boots.

Name: Lou Conlon

Age: 27

Profession: Marketing

From: Dublin

Wearing: Cardigan, €45, Zara. Dress, €30, H&M. Shoes, €60, and bracelets, €15, both from Aldo.



  • What is your favourite shop?

Zara.



  • What was your best bargain buy?

A beige, leather bag for €20 from a vintage store in London.



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

A black tulle ball-gown with a corset top and a six foot long train for €500 from Coco Boutique.



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

The best is Chloë Sevigny and the worst is Jordan.



  • What is your favourite label or designer?

Vivienne Westwood Red Label.



  • Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month?

About €400.



  • What or who influences your style?

Good tailoring and the 1940s and '50s.



  • What was the last fashion item you bought?

This bag.



  • What was your worst fashion mistake?

White and pink cowboy boots.



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

I love how clothes set your mood for the day and I hate complete slavery to fashion.

Name: Ruth Bennett

Age 21

Profession: Commerce graduate

From: Dublin

Wearing: Jacket, €35, and shoes, €12, both from H&M. Top, €5; scarf, €2.50; and bag, €10, all from Penneys. Jeans, €45, Topshop.



  • What is your favourite shop?

Topshop.



  • What was your best bargain buy?

A jacket very similar to the one I'm wearing for €15 from Penneys. I lost it though so this is its replacement.



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

A dark green, long, chiffon, Grecian-style dress by Archangel for €1,500 from Kalu in Naas bought for my debs.



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

The best is Kate Moss and the worst is Elton John.



  • What is your favourite label or designer?

Alexander McQueen.



  • Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month?

€200.



  • What or who influences your style?

Magazines such as Cosmopolitan and celebrities like Cheryl Cole.



  • What was the last fashion item you bought?

A pair of wellies for Electric Picnic reduced to €3 from €11 from Penneys.



  • What was your worst fashion mistake?

A pair of high-waisted green shorts worn with a white, high-neck T-shirt; awful!



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

I love how the way you dress can alter your mood and I hate how trends change so quickly.

Name: Carla Marti

Age: 16

Profession: Student

From: Spain

Wearing: Jacket, €30, Mango. Dress, €15, H&M. Scarf, €7, Jane Norman. Bag, €7, Penneys. Shoes, €35, New Look.



  • What is your favourite shop?

H&M.



  • What was your best bargain buy?

A small beige bag for €20 in H&M.



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

A pair of black, knee-high, flat boots for €200.



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

The best is Kate Moss and the worst is Lady Gaga.



  • What is your favourite label or designer?

Chanel.



  • Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month?

€100.



  • What or who influences your style?

Films such as Sex and the City.



  • What was the last fashion item you bought?

A black, short, body-con dress with mid-length sleeves for €10 in Penneys.



  • What was your worst fashion mistake?

A pink and black striped, short, body-con dress from Mango.



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

I love fur and I hate thigh-high boots.

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