Tuesday 21 November 2017

Closet Confidential: Lisa Cannon

Lisa Cannon
Lisa Cannon

Angela Scanlon

Lisa Cannon is one of Irelands most popular TV presenters with both the male and female audience loving the bombshell looks coupled with a serious knowledge of everything movie related. I sat down with her to talk Dior, Lenny Kravitz and that Oscars dress....

First fashion memory

It's got to be a chequered black and white dress meringue style that my Mum got me for my big television debut on ‘Anything Goes’ with Angus Mc Anally! The dress was gorgeous, so cute with black velvet on top and had big puffy sleeves, a big red ribbon that went around the waist, with black piping. I thought I was fabulous. It’s such a strong memory for me because I was so proud of that dress and wore it all the time. I wouldn’t take it off and my mum had a hard time prying it from my little paws. It did the rounds with my younger cousins over the years and ended up in London somewhere!

Favourite designer label

God, none that I can afford but for bags and wallets it’s got to be Dior, Chanel and Louis Vuitton. I do like good shoes, glasses, jeans, bags and leathers and I usually buy one or two decent things a year.

Best bargain buy

A classic Dior fabric clutch that I got in Notting Hill. It was perfect and only cost me £40 sterling. It has lasted me over 10 years and I have worn it to every black tie event. I also bought a Zara “duvet coat” in their recent Winter Collection which is like a fashionable version of the North Face Jackets. It’s black, full-length and quite stylish. It cost me about €180 but it has paid for itself five times over!

Most expensive item in your wardrobe

Ahhhh you see, the contradiction… Possibly a Christian Dior Black Bag I bought in New York 2 weeks ago when I was over there with my Dad. I had my ‘deserve this’ hat on and kinda lost the run of myself. Another expensive item a DKNY faux fur coat I got a few years ago. I looked like something from a Lenny Kravitz video circa 1990 but I still adore it. Totally outrageously price wise at the time but at least I got it on sale (well, kind of!)… I wear it every year without fail but to dry clean it nearly costs as much to buy it so it’s strictly for ‘special occasions’… madness but hey I’m a dedicated follower of fashion!

Top of your wish list

Torn Jeans…I am on the ultimate quest to find the best pair, not Bros Style more catwalk trendy torn. I trawled the length and breath of Manhattan and no sign. I really like Citizens of Humanity Jeans and True Religion but it’s hard to find decent torn ones that fit well and don’t look like they are just rags on legs.

Most stylist moment

I loved what I wore at the Oscars last year, even though I was “Gone with The Wind” corseted beyond belief... Synan O’ Mahony made me feel like a Princess in my blue one shoulder gown and it took up a whole cabin space on the flight over. What dress could ever compare to that? I adore it still.

Style icon

Classic icons: Bridget Bardot, Rachel Welch, Ava Garner, Sofia Loren, Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Onassis.

Modern icons: Jennifer Aniston, Rachel Bilson, Charlize Theron Kate Hudson and Sarah Jessica Parker of course!

Favourite high street store

Karen Millen - fitted and fabulous, Tommy Hilfiger - classic and cool, Pepe Jeans - retro and edgy, and Topshop has all the trimmings, with some punk bite for fun, definitely best for the one-off pieces.

Fashion or style

Style by a mile. Otherwise you can’t be fashionable and individual.

Finally, what did you have for breakfast this morning!?

Porridge, Orange Juice, Strawberry Yoghurt and Tea. (Healthy enough me thinks?)

Lisa is on the judging panel for the Jameson ‘Done in 60 seconds’ film competition along with John Moore, John Boorman and John Maguire. finalists will be announced at a special screening in the Lighthouse Cinema on the 27th February during the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.

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