Monday 22 January 2018

Fashion Friday: The red carpet wrap - hit and miss

Hit: Emma Stone (left). Miss: Rita Orr (right)
Hit: Emma Stone (left). Miss: Rita Orr (right)
Ana Vera
Anna O'Shea
Natasha Sherling

Rowena Walsh and Niamh O'Rourke

The latest in fashion on the red carpet and on the street.

Emma Stone - Hit

Some girls have all the luck. Imagine swanning from London to Berlin to Rome dressed in one fab ensemble after another and accessorised with your very own superhero.

Sigh… If we didn't quite like Emma Stone, we'd definitely hate her by now!

The actress who changed her hair colour for her role in The Amazing Spider-Man has admitted that blondes do have more fun. We could have told her that! Still it’s only natural that she’d feel a little warm and fuzzy towards the latest story of the webbed wonder. After all, she is getting to hang out with her boyfriend on set (again!). He just happens to play her love interest. Talk about mixing business and pleasure...

Emma has impressed over the last several days thanks to a mix of full-length and fabulous Valentino one day followed by embellished Erdem the next. We do approve — and we particularly appreciate this gorgeous bright yellow gown from Atelier Versace. Teamed with chic auburn locks, it's a sensational look. Our spidey senses are tingling!

Rita Ora - Miss

Now this is a woman who certainly has an eye for a startling look.

We're used to Rita taking a flexible approach to fashion, with bright, cartoonish, over-the-top ensembles her uniform of choice. She works crop tops and beanie hats one day, oversized fluffy jumpers and baggy jeans the next and leather body-con numbers when the sun goes down.

Described as an urban glamourpuss, she says her style icon is Gwen Stefani, and looking at her at the MTV Movie Awards, the No Doubt singer's influence is pretty obvious in Rita's blonde waves and bright red lipstick.

But, oh dear, Rita, while we're all in favour of you taking a look and making it your very own — and we do quite like the sleek lines of your dress — the plunging neckline is an inch or two too far, leaving you looking unfortunately tacky. Perhaps it’s time you started hanging out with ‘wifey’ Cara Delevingne again. She might be able to give you some style tips, or, at the very least, some tit tape.

– Rowena Walsh

The Way We Wear

by Niamh O'Rourke


Anna O'Shea (22)

Sociology student and fashion sales assistant

Terenure, Dublin

She wears: Jacket by The Kooples, €645, and bag by Mulberry, €1,150, both Brown Thomas. Shirt, €50, and jeans, €72, both American Apparel. Boots by Vagabond, €110, Urban Outfitters.

What is your ...

* Favourite shop?


* Best bargain buy?

A crisp white oversize shirt by Maison Martin Margiela reduced from €360 to €60 in TK Maxx.

* Biggest splurge?

This bag.

* Best and worst dressed style icons?

The best is Kate Bosworth and the worst is Katy Perry.

Anna Vera


from Spain, living in Ireland

she wears: Coat, gift bought in Zara. Scarf, knitted by my mother. Sunglasses by Ray-Ban, gift. Bag, €25, Penneys. Boots, €35, Spain.

What is your ...

* Favourite shop?


* Best bargain buy?

A pair of pink, very high heels for €55 in Spain.

l Biggest splurge?

A gold bead necklace for €100 from Bimba Y Lola.

l Best and worst dressed style icons?

The best is Blanca Suarez and the worst is Agatha Ruiz de la Prada.

Rose Keane (28)

Web designer

Drogheda, Louth

she wears: Coat, €25; dress, €20; and sunglasses, €25, all Topshop. Scarf, €20, Forever 21. Bag, present bought in Beyond Retro. Boots, €90, Office.

What is your ...

* Favourite shop?

Asos, Zara and Topshop when there's a sale.

* Best bargain buy?

A pair of pink circular sunglasses for €15 from Asos Marketplace.

* Biggest splurge?

Black skinny jeans for €130 in Australia.

* Best and worst dressed style icons? The best is Marilyn Monroe and I don't have a worst because it's too subjective.

My Style

Natasha Sherling (28) Jewellery Designer

Shoes and jewels are all I need! My current favourite heels include Saint Laurent black patent courts and red suede Tabitha Simmons with leopard trim. In terms of design inspiration, it has to be travel; particularly the people and how they wear clothes and jewellery. Nature plays a huge role too – the colours and graphics of citrus fruits, pomegranates, flowers – and, of course, gemstones.

As a gemologist, I find it spectacular to think of what is created by nature; not in a lab, and with no thanks to technology. I get the greatest inspiration from books and magazines. In terms of visuals, there's nothing like print. I like exhibitions too and recently visited JAR at The Met. I'm an antiques dork, so if I had to pick one site, it'd be

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