Wednesday 26 April 2017

The way we wear: The style message from the streets

From left: Nicola McKenna, Sophie Murphy, Hannah Corcoran and Celestine Cooney.
From left: Nicola McKenna, Sophie Murphy, Hannah Corcoran and Celestine Cooney.

Name: Nicola McKenna

Age: 25

Profession: Sales assistant

From: Galway

Wearing: Jacket by Juicy Couture, €370, and bag by Friis, €55, both BT2. T-shirt, €27, River Island. Jeans, €60, Topshop. Boots, €45, Next.



  • What is your favourite shop?

Pagan and also Born, both in Galway.



  • What was your best bargain buy?

A pair of tan, peep-toe heels with black trim by Marc Jacobs reduced from €310 to €70 in Brown Thomas.



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

A black, military-style, mid-length blazer with oversized silver buttons by Sonia Rykiel for €470 in Berlin.



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

The best is Olivia Palermo and the worst are Britney Spears and Jordan.



  • What is your favourite label or designer?

Marc Jacobs and Diane Von Furstenberg.



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

About €150.



  • What or who influences your style?

Look magazine, TV such as The City and Xposé and I like things that aren't too popular or obvious.



  • What was the last fashion item you bought?

A pair of pink Converse for €45 from Office.



  • What was your worst fashion mistake?

A pair of black leather pants.



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

I love boyish military style and also the preppy college look, and I hate tartan skirts.

Name: Sophie Murphy

Age: 19

Profession: Student and waitress

From: Foxrock, Dublin

Wearing:Top, €40, Topshop. Trousers, £15, Camden Market in London. Hat, $5, Patricia Field store in New York. Bag, €30, Accessorize. Necklace, €10, Tambuli in Temple Bar. Bangle, €5, H&M. Shoes, €3, market in Portugal.



  • What is your favourite shop?

Patricia Field in New York.



  • What was your best bargain buy?

A green, yellow and red drawstring, fabric purse for €4 From a stall in Krakow.



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

A €450 pink chiffon, full-length dress that I got made for my Debs. It's long at the back, has sculpted shimmer fabric at the bust, is fully backless and has gold, floral trim ribbon as the straps.



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

The best is Russell Brand and the worst is Cheryl Cole.



  • What is your favourite label or designer?

I'm not into labels.



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

About €150.



  • What or who influences your style?

People watching.



  • What was the last fashion item you bought?

These trousers.



  • What was your worst fashion mistake?

Experimenting with a clashing skirt and leg-warmers when I was 14.



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

I love jewellery; especially ethnic style, never anything glittery and I hate florals.

Name: Hannah Corcoran

Age: 15

Profession: Student

From: Inchicore, Dublin

Wearing: Jacket, €13, and T-shirt, €5, both H&M. Shorts, €9, Miss Selfridge. Belt, belongs to my mum. Socks, €1, Warehouse. Boots, £60, Pepe store in Belfast.



  • What is your favourite shop?

Topshop, Miss Selfridge and River Island.



  • What was your best bargain buy?

A '50s-style, black dress with multicoloured polka dots, a cinched waist, sweetheart neckline and flowing skirt for €8 from Miss Selfridge.



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

A black lace, heart-shaped handbag for €70 from Debenhams.



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

The best is Pixie Lott and the worst is Brad Pitt.



  • What is your favourite label or designer?

Iron Fist.



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

Between €70 and €100.



  • What or who influences your style?

Magazines such as U, Tatler and Kiss as well as the tattoo artist Cat Von D from L.A. Ink.



  • What was the last fashion item you bought?

A pair of red and green plaid tights from Warehouse.



  • What was your worst fashion mistake?

A grey, heavy denim, pinafore dress from Karen Millen.



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

I love the rock chic and punk style and I hate track-suits.

Name: Celestine Cooney

Age: 31

Profession: Fashion stylist

From: Meath, living in London

Wearing: Jacket, £80, and trousers, £30, both Topshop. T-shirt by Balmain, £250, Liberty. Sunglasses by Linda Farrow for Alexander Wang, £180, Selfridges. Bag by Alexander Wang, $1,000, Opening Ceremony in New York. Antique bracelet, present from my parents. Docs, £50, vintage store in London.



  • What is your favourite shop?

Brown's, in London.



  • What was your best bargain buy?

A short, black, draped, cutaway dress by Balenciaga reduced to €300, from Brown Thomas a few years ago. It was the same dress that Kate Moss wore to a Mario Testino party.



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

A short, skin-tight, red, bandage dress by Christopher Kane for £1,000 from Brown's. It had a bright pink zip up the middle with a pink Swarovski crystal zipper.



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

The best is Alice Dellal and the worst is Madonna.



  • What is your favourite label or designer?

Simone Rocha, Balenciaga, Christopher Kane and Alexander Wang.



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

Probably about £300. I tend to mix basics from the likes of Topshop with statement designer pieces.



  • What or who influences your style?

My friends, people on the street, my job, practicality, magazines such as Purple, Twin and French Vogue, as well as blogs like garancedore.fr and terrysdiary.com.



  • What was the last fashion item you bought?

These boots.



  • What was your worst fashion mistake?

A blue inflatable record bag when I was about 21 that I bought in Temple Bar.



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

I love bravery in fashion and I hate square-toed shoes on a man. I generally don't like them on women either but there's always an exception for them like the ones by Balenciaga.

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