Baked crown: Milliner cooks up winning hat using her oven
The Irish hat scene has progressed to a new level of innovation - with the newest trend being culinary millinery.
The Irish hat scene has progressed to a new level of innovation - with the newest trend being culinary millinery.
Summer 2018 was long and hot, and designer Helen Steele divided her time between painting in her artist's studio in Emyvale, Co Monaghan, during...
Circular fashion was the buzzword on Grafton Street yesterday as a new pop-up store opened, attracting fans of sustainability and vintage and consumers conscious about consumption.
I reached into my handbag, pulled it out and did what I always swore I wouldn't do... I Instagrammed my lunch. Well, to be exact, I...
One of Ireland's most respected fashion educational institutions is writing an exciting new chapter tailored to the constantly changing needs of the...
Louis Copeland's campaign shot in Morocco explores colourful dressing options, from sleek cotton suiting in olive to tactile silk/wool polo shirts under blazers, made-to-measure trousers and contrast waistcoats which are big for the wedding season, writes our Fashion Editor
Punchy stripes of summer sequins and romantic frothy lace frocks had the fashionistas in a lather of excitement when designer Olivia Rubin flew into town to launch her SS19 collection at Brown Thomas on Dublin's Grafton Street. Shelly Corkery, fashion director of Brown Thomas, welcomed Olivia (pictured right) with a little soirée on the contemporary floor, where guests included Doireann Garrihy and Jodie Wood.
You might expect a fashion designer to be all about colour, lines and shapes when it comes to planning a garden. But for Gráinne Walsh there's so much more involved.
I'm not superstitious by nature but when when it comes to magpies, if I see one on its own, I always tug on my blonde-painted, silver haired forelock. Over the weekend, I kept seeing single ones but didn't dwell on it. It was sunny. I had things to do, like buy deckchairs and sit and read Bill Clinton's novel. Finally.
Behold 'Le Bucket'. The hat shape has morphed from humble, fold-up pal of the golfer and hip hop star to the more exaggerated proportions and brims seen on the Parisian catwalks. This season, the bucket is having something of a moment, like its accessories sister, the bucket bag.
The build up to the annual Arc fashion show is always great fun, with a slice of pizza and pre-show drinks hosted by Rhona Blake in Bellucci, Dublin 4.
Isn't the stretch in the evenings only wonderful? I often wonder do foreigners understand it when we rave about 'the stretch' without fully explaining...
Couturier Peter O'Brien throws a great party with the most interesting cross section of guests drawn from the world of the arts, theatre, politics, fashion and they all share something in common...they love his beautifully constructed clothes.
Designer Helen Cody had every good reason to feel emotional after her new SS19 eveningwear...
I love full moons. Do they change my mood? Probably. Do I go a little extra looney? Not sure because I’m a bit crazy anyway. I know lots of...
Fashion collections are often influenced and inspired by travel, or colours that designers fall in love with. Take Majorelle blue, for example. That striking cobalt blue you'll find in the famous Yves Saint Laurent garden in Marrakech often pops up on designer's mood boards.
My cravings usually run to chocolate at 4pm and again at 9pm and I do like a good iced coffee as I'm walking to work in the mornings. However, my needs have changed dramatically and last week, I was seriously craving some bank holiday sunshine on my neck and back. I missed out on the Easter sunshine and wasn't averse to getting a few freckles either.
The launch of the Botanical Garden Terrace at Elle's Bar & Bistro in the Iveagh Garden Hotel was quite a night, with a glam squad all heading to Harcourt Street. I met (left to right) Michelle, Jenny and Danielle McGill, three of the sisters who are involved in the hotel. Michelle is due to tie the knot with Stephen Bradshaw in June so the countdown has begun.
A Hollywood red carpet calls for a wow dress and tomorrow night, that's exactly what's on the menu for Irish chef Catherine Fulvio.
How often do I get to have a mother and daughter date night? Not often. True, you will see us together doing perfunctory things like the grocery shopping, walking the dog and grabbing a quick dinner together. However, I cannot remember the last time we plotted a night in our diary to go out, get all dressed up, high heels, the lot. Just the two of us with lots to chat about over...
It was all things vegan, both food and conversation, at the Dr Bronner's lunch in the Drury Buildings. Miriam Ahern, who is a long-standing fan of the brand, was one of the guests invited by Michael Bronner. Michael is the grandson of the founder of the pioneering natural brand, and I know people who wouldn't dream of washing themselves, or their pets, in anything other than their famous peppermint soap. Michael was in Dublin with his sister Lisa for a lunch hosted by Paul Irwin of Life's Great, and the food was in-keeping with the very green ethos of the company.
I've been eyeing up my chocolate Easter egg, which has been waiting patiently on the shelf for the last few weeks, and have decided to ease my pain by placing it firmly out of temptation's way.
I've always said there is nothing like having your dinner served up to you and when it comes from the Lens & Larder duo, then all the better. The pair travelled from their homes in Connemara and Limerick respectively to curate a Seedlip dinner.
I think the arrival of April always brings out a cyclical house pride in us where we want to have the place looking spick and span before Easter arrives.
Arnotts in Dublin is a destination for stylish occasion wear from Irish designers. Its new season shoot shows how pieces can earn their place in your wardrobe and be tweaked for everyday wear, writes our Fashion Editor
It's an annual favourite of ours at Weekend magazine, when we go behind the scenes of the ARC extravaganza to photograph some of the outfits from designers taking part in Ireland's biggest fashion show of the year.
Darren Kennedy is adding to the family. I'm not talking a new doggy alongside his cute teacup Yorkie, Harry, but he's adding to his Kennedy & Co grooming collection which has been a commercial hit since it launched this spring.
I'm a sucker for nostalgia. Most of the time, I prefer old things to new and that stretches in a wide loop across everything in my life, from fragrances to books, castle breaks to recipes on how to achieve the best roast chicken.
The world of Irish millinery has a new element and it comes from the handyman's box of tools ... it's the plastic cable tie.
A lot of international fashion brands introduce 'little sister' ranges that sit to the right of the main label and offers a different, often younger take on their fashion offering.
Zalando launched in Ireland with a fashion showcase in the RHA Gallery where (from left) Stephanie Walravens, Helen Edgar and Melissa Weston greeted guests and we were treated to gorgeous food. The gallery is such a gem tucked away at the end of Ely Place.
Amy Huberman turns 40 later this month. If if her productivity rate is anything to go by, the actress/author/TV series writer/business woman, shoe and jewellery designer plus mother to two young children, Sadie (6) and Billy (4), will be an expert at finding time to mark the milestone with a birthday cake with hubbie Brian O'Driscoll and their families in between doing a thousand and...
Nothing quite compares to Sunday morning industriousness. Up with the dawn and both the kitchen floor and the work surfaces gleaming by the time Lilian Smith has finished her early morning RTE radio show. What a beautiful, modulated voice she has, plus she plays such feelgood music from days of old.
Retailer Primark is entering an exciting new fashion chapter with expansions east and west.
I finally made it to The Grayson on St Stephen's Green and I was well impressed. The sunshine-filled restaurant - formerly Residence - was the pretty venue for the Marks & Spencer SS19 fashion showcase.
Irish retailer Carraig Donn started out with one shop on the Aran Islands. They now have 40 stores nationwide and an exciting own-brand range of clothing and jewellery, writes Bairbre Power.
I've been a huge fan of Oscar Wilde and his witticisms ever since I got a book of them one Christmas after which I sprinkled them liberally into my English essays, with good results.
Ireland's international reputation for millinery is richly deserved and a new clutch of hat designers coming through yesterday displayed their creativity and verve.
Tributes have been pouring in for Karl Lagerfeld who died last week at the age of 85. Characteristically, the industrious Karl Otto Lagerfeld, born in Hamburg in 1933, was working right up to the very end, honing Fendi's Fall ready-to-wear collection which was shown at Milan Fashion Week two days after his death.
Hailey Baldwin, the new Mrs Bieber, fronts the campaign images for Nantucket - the Weekend Max Mara collection created in collaboration with American interior designer Anthony Baratta. Launched first as a casual outdoors weekend collection in 1983, Weekend Max Mara is now a specific brand within the popular Max Mara family of labels, a byword for exceptional tailoring and quality.
Niamh O'Neill's faithful clients know only too well what a gift she has for tailoring. Her precisely-cut dresses and coats feature feminine silhouettes and emphasis on waists, and her spring/summer collection is no exception.
M&S marks 40 years in business in Ireland with a strong spring/summer womenswear collection in which denim has a starring role.
I'm not a huge make-up girl and I don't spends ages in the morning doing my maquillage - and it probably shows too. Apart from a little foundation to even out pasty skin tones, I've had my eyebrows tattooed on by Kim O'Sullivan, so all I need to go out and face the world each morning is to brush my gruaige and apply a little lippie or SPF.
When Zalando launched its new Irish website last summer, it took many shoppers here by surprise.
Brown Thomas unveiled the Spring Summer 2019 international designer collections with an exclusive fashion show at the Merrion Hotel Dublin.
Isn't that bright, awakening sunshine just wonderful? It blasts through the fuzzy February cobwebs and shouts that spring has arrived. The only downside to all this brightness is it shows how dirty my windows have become. Battered by winter rain and sleet, they deserve a little spa day with a soapy wash-down followed by some energetic buffing with lots of elbow grease and some dry newspaper.
Designer Louise Kennedy took a trip down memory lane yesterday to launch her new season collection at Ballyfin Demesne, Co Laois.
The fashion world has paid heartfelt tributes to Karl Lagerfeld, who has died after more than three decades at the helm of Chanel.
Karl Lagerfeld was a genius in his own right, but he helped so many designers emerging into haute couture. No one knows the impact Lagerfeld could have on your career more than Irish hatmaker Philip Treacy.
Talk of Brexit has been a dominant theme throughout London Fashion Week (LFW), and the issue is weighing heavily on the industry.
Irish designers explored intimacy and the female body in innovative ways at London Fashion Week.
"In times like these, belief is more relevant than ever before…'' That was the positive sentiment from designer Paul Costelloe who, on the eve of his London Fashion Week AW19 show, is kicking Brexit negativity off the stage.
I'm so in love, I could burst. I've been hugging and clinching and gazing with affection. The new objects of my affection are neither human or a pet member of the family. It's all the lost possessions I've just retrieved after a visit to the attic. I'm totally smitten by the pieces I've been reunited with after years in the wilderness and my memory of the emotions that went hand in hand with most...
Paul Costelloe played his early rugby at Willow Park and Blackrock but he never quite made it into their Junior Cup team. Probably the most scenic setting he played post-school rugby was in New York's Central Park with other ex-pats, and in recent years he has started playing Christmas Day tag rugby with his adult children in London.
Lingerie is so individual to everyone and it's important to wear makes you feel great. "Valentine's lingerie is about feeling good about and appreciating your body and wearing what makes you feel your best," says Roslyn Ellis, Lingerie Buyer at Brown Thomas - which has 68 different sizes available, from back sizes 30-44 and cup sizes AA through to an H.
The Irish Fashion Innovation (IFI) Awards celebrate their 10th anniversary next month with a gala show featuring exciting home-grown talent across fashion, millinery, jewellery and accessories.
One of the truly lovely aspects of being an empty nester and having the kids sorted once and for all is that you can travel more and go to places you always dreamed of loitering in. Like saving up and heading off to Paris on your own for three days to visit a few art galleries and a free museum night, as opposed to consuming Disneyland Paris in a childish whirl and then coming straight home.
Tributes have poured in for model Alli MacDonnell, who died suddenly at home in Dublin.
When Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, recently wore Dubarry of Ireland's best-selling jacket, the Bracken, bosses at the Irish brand were not exactly surprised.
I want 'wear anywhere' versatility in any new season purchases I might make and last week in London, my eyes were opened to new possibilities. My passion for denim never really faded over the years but I'll confess to having reservations about denim of late, that is, beyond jeans and a must-have cropped denim jacket for wearing over summer dresses.
Leinster and Ireland rugby player Robbie Henshaw has rolled out his up-and-coming eyewear brand to 80 stockists nationwide. The rollout sees the player pushing his first business venture, providing a collection of sunglasses and specially-designed 'blue block' glasses.
London Fashion Week is less than a month away but, with Brexit on a knife edge, many designers and small-time manufacturers showing on the fringes are conflicted about whether the bi-annual catwalk event will hold anything for them.
The fashion world can be so sizeist, so this week we decided to look at the topic from the inside out, so to speak.
Competition in the craft sector is tough and Brexit is throwing a lengthening shadow of uncertainty, but Ireland's creatives put on an impressive show yesterday for foreign buyers in search of something new and wow.
The Couture Club brand headed to Tokyo to showcase its latest collection of utility jackets, khaki bombers, sweatshirts and oversized hoodies, with every piece inspired by Japanese and Korean casual fashion culture, writes our Fashion Editor.
The cost of Netflix is going up in the US and it could be only a matter of time before the streaming giant raises the price of subscriptions this side of the Atlantic. I don't mind. I'll happily drop a takeaway tea or two during the week to pay for it because, hands in the air, I'm hooked.
The men in lycra don't know just how 'fashionable' they are this season.
There are consequences to eating well in January to counteract all the excesses and calorific hedonism of December. Lack of control and way too many grazing visits to the fridge means there's now more miles to be walked and stretch classes to attend. I've no intention of drawing the ire of half the country on me by declaring that I'm eating clean because that seems to bring out the...
Lucy Nagle earned her Queen of Cashmere title by constantly evolving her luxury knits.
Was it just me or was the first day of 2019 particularly bleak, wet and uninspiring? All that manufactured 'bonhomie' on New Year's Eve telly and then you wake up to grey skies and rain, so that there's no option but to stay indoors, clean the house and tear down the Christmas decorations.
New Year, new you, and there's a fresh new Pantone Colour of the Year for us to contemplate.
Quelle surprise! I've eaten way too much over the last few days. There's still half a ham to be enjoyed and the chocolate advent calendar is winking at me from on top of the piano. But sure there's the guts of a week left to ease myself into new ways for a new year and hopefully, into a new headspace.
From beds to bras, saucepans to shoes, the traditional post-Christmas preoccupation with getting away from the turkey carcass and chasing down sales bargains will be unleashed in stores within 24 hours of Santa doing his thing.
It's the movie moments that I love most about Christmas. Love Actually, Home Alone 1 and 2 and The Holiday are up there along with sausage stuffing, frangipane mince pieces and the smell of fir and eucalyptus permeating the house.
Last week, I headed off on a train journey I’d wanted to do for some time.
Weir & Sons is celebrating its 150th anniversary next year and has big plans in motion to mark the milestone. It was just one of the topics of conversation when I attended the company's Christmas party and got chatting with Natasha, Chris and Lucinda Andrews. The siblings are the fifth generation in the family's iconic jewellery store on Dublin's Grafton Street, where they are hosting a Cartier Christmas for the month of December.
The wives and girlfriends of the Ireland rugby team lined out yesterday in aid of Cancer Fund for Children with a €140-a-ticket Christmas lunch in Dublin.
When someone is kind enough to invite you to dinner or a party, some basic rules apply.
With velvet, faux fur, and the obligatory sparkle, TK Maxx have the season covered, writes our Fashion Editor.
As annual festive parties go, the Marker Hotel's family Sunday is always a big favourite with all ages. The ballroom turns into a forest of fragrant Christmas trees, parents tuck into the gorgeous food and the kids get to meet Santa and Mrs Claus.
Firstborn complained loudly that I was being too controlling about family gifting this Christmas. "But it's the thought that counts," he argued as I presented my case for cutting back on gifting lots of bits and pieces and instead, going for one, not too expensive present.
When US singing sensation John Legend takes to the stage of New York's Madison Square Garden next Monday as part of his Christmas tour, he'll be armed with Irish festive magic thanks to up and coming singer/composer Ruth-Anne Cunningham.
So there I was in Jay Gatsby's mansion - magically transported from West Egg on Long Island to the Gate Theatre at the top of Dublin's O'Connell Street. The interactive show was roaring its way from the 1920s to the modern day when Jay, old boy, beckoned me out of a room where we were discussing how to become rich.
A poloneck to a party? Sometimes the festive season doesn't call for glam gúnas, and a sharp trouser suit in gleaming velvet, matt wool or shimmering metallic strikes the right note - providing a chic canvas for the modern woman to layer jewellery as stylist Roxanne Parker did using pieces from Pandora.
It's about making the time and this weekend, I plan to plonk myself on the couch, put on a good Christmas movie (it's usually The Holiday which I still love 12 years later) and write my Christmas cards.
Leinster and Ireland rugby star Robbie Henshaw has lined out for a team photo with a difference after joining his family for a special collaboration with traditional music star Sharon Shannon.
A room full of over 700 inspirational, talented businesswomen attending the Image Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2018 on International Men's Day! The atmosphere was electric as co-hosts Melanie Morris of Genius Ideas Inc and INM Group Business Editor, Dearbhail McDonald, announced winners in eight categories drawn from over 80 nominees.
From leopard print coats to zebra striped skirts, with sequins and sparkles aplenty, the Penneys party collection takes a stylish walk on the wild side this party season, writes our fashion editor.
There are secrets you should bring to the grave with you and opinions that you should never share because they are just too explosive, like a Molotov cocktail being hurled in between friends.
The party season has begun and with just five weeks to Santa's arrival, we pushed the boat out and compiled a style guide of chic and covetable designer looks to get you noticed at every event, writes our Fashion Editor.
As a social diarist, I love the chat and the conversations I have along the way and, as fashion editor with a hawk-eye, I love the clothes I come across at the various parties. How wow did interior designer Suzie McAdam look when she was photographed with Dermot Bannon at the Miele Future of Living event?
Andrew Richardson leans back and strikes a pose in his window check suit. The handsome 6ft 2in man from Co Mayo has walked the catwalk, and he is back in Ireland to model for Louis Copeland. The photoshoot identifies a new trend emerging in the formal male clothing market. David O'Connor, general manager at Louis Copeland, calls it "the casualisation of suits and the fact that the modern suit should be thought of as two, or three, pieces rather than just a standard grey or navy suit."
This week I had to eat humble pie and go back to watching TV as I used to. In a spark of financial pruning, we got rid of our TV package because, quite frankly, we were paying for things we never watched and creatures of habit, we always stuck to the old reliables.
Portuguese brand Parfois has been turning heads with its affordable line of urban glamour, writes our fashion editor.
What a difference 15 years makes in fashion dog years. When a sassy chihuahua played Reese Witherspoon's canine companion, Bruiser Woods, in Legally Blonde in 2001, the dog's elaborate pink outfits and matching accessories turned heads and attracted lots of comment.
I came across a photograph the other day of myself with Linda Gray, aka Sue Ellen from Dallas, doe-eyed actress and owner of the most tellygenic 'quivering' lip which was camera gold for dramatic closing shots.
Over the bank holiday weekend, I took advantage of Dublin interview time with designer Louise Kennedy and parked the usual format of lattes indoors for a sunshine-filled walk in Sandymount and along Irishtown's Nature Park, which reveals striking views of curvaceous Dublin Bay.
Years ago I worked with someone who had an unreserved dislike of complementary and alternative therapies. His nose would wrinkle up, his glasses would rise up in line with his eyebrows and we would be left in no doubt that he didn't approve.
Designer Joanne Hynes is a fashion maverick we are blessed to have on the Irish retail scene. She isn't afraid to innovate, explore, look forward and go back to her roots and her second of two AW18 drops into Dunnes Stores arrives on to rails this week with 38 clothing pieces and 37 accessorising options.
Irish designer Don O'Neill was asked to leave a little extra seam allowance in the dress he created for Meghan Markle - he immediately guessed why, but didn't reveal the secret at the time.
After five months officially in the Britain's royal family and nine days into her 16-day royal tour with Prince Harry, it's safe to say Meghan Markle has found her fashion feet.
All this 'did they' or 'didn't they' surrounding Harry and Meghan breaking their baby news is so tiresome. I hardly think the Duke and Duchess of Sussex chose to announce Meghan's pregnancy at Princess Eugenie's wedding. Sure, that's how regular cousins might share news at family get-togethers, but the young royals all live at Kensington Palace and I'm sure Harry told his...
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Singer China Moses is a new star to enter the jazz firmament and she comes to Ireland next weekend as one of the headline acts at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. China's love of soul, blues and pop makes her stand out - and so too does her dazzling personal style. Weekend magazine styled her in a mix of top Irish and international labels, writes our fashion editor
This week I was travelling quite a lot. I was in and out of airports, mislaid the passport, found the passport and lost far too much time out of my life walking for miles around airports with my funny walk, limping to new satellite terminals to catch lifts, buses and even a high-speed shuttle train.
We've had flowers, clutchbags and billowing, waterfall coats.
When Princess Eugenie emerged from her car outside St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Friday, there was a gasp of admiration for her damask satin Peter Pilotto gown.
Rathbornes 1488, which claims to be world's oldest candle company, is expanding internationally after straying away from its original product line for churches.
Carraig Donn is one of the country's most enduring retail hits of the last half century, stocking popular, affordable labels such as Pala D'oro and J'aime La Vie. r
The other night I found myself in the bosom of a clutch of friends who, to be exact, all started out as 'friends of a friend'. We shared the same mutual friend, and he had introduced us all to each other back in the 1980s.
High Street veteran Marks & Spencer is going for gold this season.
Cork city is home to a seriously exciting vintage clothing store where the driving force is an expert in her fashion field. Breda Casey started Miss Daisy Blue and turned a passion into a profession.
Figures from the world of fashion, the theatre and the creative arts gathered in the Victorian chapel of Mount Jerome crematorium to celebrate the life and times of couturier Richard Lewis.
If you invest in prints for the AW18 season, make it a statement floral, spliced and bold, or - better again - an animal print which roars "must have" across separates, coats, dresses and accessories.