Saturday 21 April 2018

The loves of my life: Shelly Corkery, Brown Thomas Fashion Director

Shelly Corkery, Brown Thomas Fashion Director
Shelly Corkery, Brown Thomas Fashion Director

The Fashion Director with Brown Thomas lists the day her daughter was born and several amazing people amongst the loves of her life.

The person

I am lucky that I have so many amazing people I love in my life!

The memory

The day my daughter was born

The moment of the day

When I wake up - the excitement of not knowing what opportunities and discoveries the day can bring. I travel for six months of every year, visiting some of the world's most incredible cities from New York to Milan, and I love the diversity and energy that brings

The song

I am a big Adele fan. My all-time favourite song is Set Fire to the Rain

The movie

My favourite classic has to be It's a Wonderful Life - I never get tired of watching it. More recently, I loved The Age of Adaline with Blake Lively; and Room was just an incredible movie

The hero

My hero of the moment has to be Alessandro Michele. What he has done at Gucci is inspiring - transforming a more classical, feminine brand into something much more retro and directional, while keeping it very modern, grabbing the fashion world's focus. Miuccia Prada and Phoebe Philo are my all-time favourite designers, and every season they produce extraordinary collections which really capture the movement of fashion

The book

I never have the time to read books! I do love to study online fashion resources, such as The Business of Fashion ( and Women's Wear Daily ( every day to keep up-to-date on any industry changes. I also look forward to all the monthly glossy magazines, both Irish and international

The outfit

I adore Gucci. My horse-bit loafers are one of my current wardrobe favourites, and I am also awaiting the new Vetements denims, which I am very excited about

The accessory

My new Gucci Marmont bag. I adore it! It's the must-have bag of the season, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it

The gadget

My iPhone is like an extension of me. I use it for everything - to keep in touch with family and friends when I am travelling, work, and, of course, social media. I love Instagram and watching how street-style influences the fashion industry today - and my new addiction is Snapchat

The pet hate

Bad manners - I think it makes such a difference to be kind and graceful. A hand-written thank-you card is such a simple gesture, but is a lovely thing to receive, especially as everything is now email or text

The friend

I can't name just one. I have a wonderful group of friends from all parts of my life that I love

The beauty product

La Prairie Cellular Radiance Perfecting Fluide Pure Gold - this launched exclusively in Brown Thomas Dublin earlier this year, and is a miracle product. It really hydrates skin after a long day and gives you that elusive eight-hour-sleep look. I also love anything by Tom Ford

The holiday

I have great memories of holidays in Portugal and Italy. We go away every year to a relatively undiscovered island that allows us to switch off and relax, but I just can't reveal where, as then the secret will be out

The piece of advice

Keep it simple, don't overcomplicate things and always take a bird's eye view on everything

The drink

The delicious Tintoretto, which is served at the new bar in The Restaurant by Johnnie Cook in Brown Thomas. It's a delicious blend of the finest Champagne and a splash of fresh pomegranate juice - very refreshing

The hotel

I adore the Four Seasons at Christmas time in NYC; and also the Mandarin Oriental in Paris. In Dublin, The Merrion hotel

The bar

The bar at Hotel Costes in Paris is always fun during Fashion Week. It's a fantastic place to people-watch and soak up the atmosphere

The hobby

Keeping up-to-date on the incredibly fast-moving fashion industry. I love discovering new trends, designers and brands, and bringing something fresh and new to the Brown Thomas customer. I also have a keen interest in photography

The part of my body

My smile. I love to laugh and enjoy life, and try to smile as much as I can

The celebrity

I am really into cool street-style icons rather than typical Hollywood celebrities. I admire Charlotte Casiraghi for her personal style, and was blown away by the recent wedding of Vogue Japan fashion editor Giovanna Battaglia, who wore four beautiful custom-made wedding dresses: Alaia, Alexander McQueen, Giambattista Valli and Prada

The virtue

Positivity! I always look at things with an optimistic view and try and find the best in every situation, no matter how challenging

The vice

Unfortunately . . . chocolate!

The smell

My signature scent is Hermes Jardin Sur Le Nil, which I have been wearing for many years. I also love Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady, which is launching in The Marvel Room in October

The taste

I love fish, so I always have the delicious tuna Nicoise salad served in The Restaurant by Johnnie Cooke - it is made from the freshest tuna, and is the perfect option for lunch

Brown Thomas welcomes the return of Create, a celebration of the very best in new Irish design, which has just launched in Brown Thomas Dublin. Now in its sixth year, the installation celebrates the extraordinary work of 19 talented designers across ready-to-wear, accessories, millinery and jewellery, for six weeks, cementing Brown Thomas as the first to discover newness and develop designers at retail level by showcasing and mentoring these bright new things. Create runs until August 14. See

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