Thursday 18 January 2018

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

Shine on

AW16 collection for Manley
AW16 collection for Manley
Marilyn Monroe's iconic dress
Marie Staunton
Jewellery specialists -
Bram Stoker Festival
Robert Glasper Experiment
€45, available from Designist at
Walkway to The Stars
Karlie Kloss
Keoghs Chorizo
The Ladybird book of the Sickie

The new AW16 collection for Manley (pictured) will most certainly appeal to fashion magpies. With inspired use of metallics and patent leathers, rich colours and geometric shapes, there's a nod here to the 1950s pop art movement.

As ever, Emma Manley's creations are striking but wearable, although details such as sheer panelling give some pieces a daring touch. There are desk-to-dancefloor dresses, metallic trim coats, and for a finishing touch, multi-tonal textured collars from Manley's accessories range.

BUY: See for a list of stockists

Have a ghoul time

The Bram Stoker Festival, taking place this weekend, celebrates Dublin's greatest contributor to supernatural lore. Highlights include Bleedin' Deadly, Ireland's Freakiest Halloween Event, hosted by The Space Cowboy (below) in the Pillar Room of the Rotunda Hospital, and the Horror Expo at the Freemasons' Grand Lodge. On Monday, the new Macnas parade, Sleep No More, takes place on Henry Street and Moore Street.

Bram Stoker Festival

DETAILS: for listing events and ticket information

All that jazz

A huge event on the Irish musical calendar, the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival runs over the weekend with over 90pc of the gigs free of charge. This year, notable gigs include a double-bill of the Robert Glasper Experiment (above), with the brilliant jazz funk band The James Taylor Quartet at The Everyman Theatre tonight.


It's all about you

Jewellery specialists Weir & Son have launched a new brand that will undoubtedly encourage self-gifting. The name is a giveaway - it's called Moi - and is aimed at the jewellery wearer in search of an original style. Primarily made of 18k gold, the collection is finished with real diamonds and includes pendants, necklaces, rings, bracelets and earnings.

BUY: Prices start from €300. Available exclusively from Weir and Sons Grafton Street and Dundrum Town Centre, and

Halloween hit

For fun and frights, visit Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, and the Spleodar Halloween Festival which runs from today until Monday. Topping the bill is Inferno, a free outdoor show which sees three pirates take you on a fiery adventure. There are also treasure hunts, fire shows, hip hop, horror and Minecraft tournaments, and the festival ends with a spectacular fireworks display on Monday night in CBS Sports Field at 7.30pm.


Clock watching

With the clocks going back this weekend, the idea of another 60 minutes in bed is to be celebrated. We can't think of a better way to do so than investing in a Citrus Clock, from Irish company Blue Bridge Design. You can choose from a lemon, lime or orange, the segments of which match the markings of each hour perfectly.

BUY: €45, available from Designist at


Earlier this year, Ballycroy National Park & Wild Nephin Wilderness was named Ireland's first International Dark Sky Park. The Dark Sky Festival in Newport, Mayo, taking place this weekend, hopes to educate visitors about the wonders and importance of this park resource. There are several interesting events happening, as well as talks from renowned astronomers, astrophysicists and photographers, and broadcaster Leo Enright. Nick James, secretary of the British Astronomical Association and assistant editor of The Astronomer magazine, will also be speaking at the event.


Next weekend...

Showgirl style

If you've seen footage of Marilyn Monroe's breathy rendition of 'Happy Birthday' to President John F Kennedy in 1962, it can never be unseen. Arguably, even more memorable than her song, was the jaw-dropping dress - a sheer, flesh-coloured gown with over 2,500 hand-stitched crystals - that she seemed to be poured into. The infamous dress goes on display in the Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons, until Sunday, November 6. It's the only place in Europe where the dress can be viewed before it goes up for auction in LA on November 17 - it fetched $1.26m when it last sold at Christie's in 1999.

VISIT: Admission free. Newbridge Silverwear Museum of Style Icons, Newbridge, Co Kildare.

Happy holly-days

Marie Staunton

If you'd like to learn how to inject some seasonal colours to windowsills and create beautiful Christmas displays, gardening expert Marie Staunton (above) is giving Christmas Planter classes in The Garden House, Malahide, next Friday and Saturday. She will show how to bring festive cheer and colour to gardens, patios and window boxes, how to make a front door statement-look, and clever ways of using Christmas lights to decorate box hedging and plants. The classes take place from 10am-12pm and cost €15, which includes a complimentary coffee, with Marie's demonstration followed by a group Q&A discussion.



Karlie Kloss: super-smart supermodel

Karlie Kloss

KK is set to star in a new science programme on Netflix.

Clocks going back

It might happen every year but the joy of an extra hour in bed never gets old.

'The Ladybird book of the sickie'

The Ladybird book of the Sickie

The new hilarious book for grown-ups will make for a perfect stocking this Christmas.

Chorizo and cherry tomato crisps

Keoghs Chorizo

Party nibbles got a lot more exciting. Thanking you kindly, Keogh's.

Cheryl Cole baby rumours

Wouldn't a little mini Liam-Cheryl be so adorable?


Halloween party pressure

When all the good outfit ideas have already been taken, your lack of inspiration is making you sad.



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Pound to euro exchange rate

Can have unfortunate effect of encouraging you to do more online shopping for things you don't actually need.

Cheap velvet

For this trend to work, it has to be luxe.

Cashmere onesies

As seen on Net-a-porter for €1,400. And that's before you even factor in the dry cleaning bills.

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