Sunday 21 January 2018

Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend

Fashion flare

Elizabeth and James SS16
Elizabeth and James SS16
Francis Bacon's studio
One Fab Day
Melanie Hand Lavendar Filigree Earrings with Crystals, €20
LK Bennett 'Jerry' in Raspberry and White Chequerboard, €450.

After Victoria Beckham, the award for best reinvention as fashion royalty has to go to the Olsen twins. Who'd have thought that the Full House cuties and tween sensations would grow up to be creators of such beautiful and sophisticated style?

Mary-Kate and Ashley's Presli culottes from their Elizabeth and James range are an investment piece you can base your spring/summer wardrobe around. Feminine and flattering, they look as good with trainers as they do with heels.

BUY: €407, available from Style Ikon, Monkstown, Co Dublin;

Put some spring in your step

It's time to kick off your practical winter boots and put something pretty on your feet. Shoe lovers will rejoice at a new collaboration between LK Bennett and luxury shoe brand Bionda Castana (as worn by everybody from Alexa Chung to Olivia Palermo) available exclusively at Brown Thomas in Dublin. There are 20 designs in the collection, ranging from €365 to €450, and all have flirty, fun features such as scallop detailing and chequerboard prints.

BUY: LK Bennett 'Jerry' in Raspberry and White Chequerboard, €450, Brown Thomas, Grafton Street, Dublin

Park life

Over the last month, the Park Kiosk located within the People's Park in Limerick, has been the location for a series of short films incorporating shadow puppetry, music and song. Filmed and gathered in three stages, the project includes local people's stories and views of identities, as told to Limerick-based puppeteer Emma Fisher and musician Ann Blake, with songs and shadow puppetry created from the tales. The culmination, called Reflections, will be screened publicly in the Kiosk from 3-5 March. DETAILS: See for more information.

Art After hours

Five-star hotel InterContinental Dublin has just launched a new partnership with the Hugh Lane gallery for an intimate art adventure. 'Inside the Mind of Francis Bacon' gives guests staying at the hotel the first ever after-hours private tour of the artist's famous studio. The evening starts with a champagne reception and recital at the hotel before the tour, hosted by gallery director Dr Barbara Dawson.

BOOK: By appointment, see

Purple reign

If subtle and elegant is your jewellery signature, Melanie Hand is a name you should know. The Irish designer's pieces - which are made using Swarovski crystal and Murano glass among other materials - are colourful, pretty and extremely affordable. Her leaf earrings add a pleasing splash of colour to all outfits, and Melanie also creates bespoke pieces for brides.

BUY: Lavender filigree leaf earrings, €20,

Leading lights

Now in its ninth year, the celebration of arts that is the Five Lamps Festival, which takes place in Dublin's inner city, starts on Monday. The programme celebrates the centenary of 1916 with Joe O'Brien's play The Rising and historical walking tours. There's also a showcase of Ireland's top buskers in the Grand Social on March 13, as well as numerous children's events including a kids' comedy club.


Kid gloves

Grown-ups and little ones alike can indulge their tastebuds with two new afternoon tea offerings at Cork's Hayfield Manor. The White Glove Afternoon Tea Experience (€32 per person) features such delicacies as egg mayo in brioche and passion fruit choux buns. For children, the Prince & Princess Afternoon Tea (€14.50) features a tower of treats specially tailored for young palates.


Wedding belles

They liked and did put a ring on it, so what happens next? Get inspired at The Glitter Studio weddings showcase, which runs at Dublin's CHQ building this weekend. Bringing together everyone from florists and stationers to bridal boutiques, the event will also see workshops on planning and styling your wedding. Harvey Nichols and Benefit are among those hosting pop-ups, and there'll be bubbly and nibbles to enjoy as you peruse the stands.

DETAILS: Tickets €20; see

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