Monday 11 December 2017

Fashion Friday: Who's hot, who's not, and what we wear

Kelly Brook (left) and Abbey Clancy
Kelly Brook (left) and Abbey Clancy
Left to right: Alison Byrnes, Julia Lunden, Gustaf Lillvall
Maire McKeogh

Red Carpet Wrap; My Style; The Way We Wear


Kelly Brook

Wow, what a disappointment!

Normally, she's as predictable as rain during the summer, but something shocking seems to have happened to Kelly Brook.

Instead of her usual immaculate ode to 1950s style, she looks – dare we even say it? – as if she just got out of bed, and picked up the first garment to hand.

Shame, really, because while we're sure the negligee is alluring in the, em, right circumstances . . . it's not exactly the right look for a freezing night on the red carpet. Such flimsy material is just asking for a wardrobe malfunction, especially when the paparazzi cameras flash . . .

And as we all know, ladies, the golden rule is cleavage or legs, legs or cleavage. Never both.

But Ms Brook, generous to a fault, has given fans her all – possibly a bit more than even she was bargaining for ...

Abbey Clancy

We don't normally find ourselves praising footballers' wives for their stunning style.

To be honest, usually, we're more stunned by their sartorial sins.

But every so often, we are happily surprised when we spot style from an unlikely source and Mrs Peter Crouch has definitely scored this with this number.

The former model and Strictly star showed off her fabulous figure in this unforgiving scarlet Philip Armstrong dress, managing the usually impossible feat of looking both demure and seriously sexy.

We most definitely approve.

– Rowena Walsh



* Maire McKeogh (32)

* Owner of 'Sealed with Irish Love' homewares and gifts


I'm inspired by my friend and fellow Clare lady Alcy Lynch; she's head of design at Henry Holland and has always been streets ahead in the style stakes.

Also, I went to a Giles Deacon show in London a few years ago and am still a big fan.

My style is pretty eclectic; a hodgepodge of fashion ingredients. Here, I'm wearing a Danity Blouse from TKMaxx, Warehouse trousers, an Anya Hindmarch bag and Nine West shoes. I never buy clothes online as I always need a swing in front of the mirror before I part with my cash.

My can't-live-without fashion item right now is my Bastyan military style drape coat in nude and I seldom leave home without my few pieces of gold jewellery which I've collected at antique fairs over the years.



Julia Lunden (23)
Business student
From Sweden, living in Dublin 4

She wears: Coat, €450, and bag, €200, both Whyred. Sweatshirt, €120; jeans, €130; scarf, €90; and boots, €350, all Acne. Sunglasses by Ray-Ban, €140. Gloves, present from my mother.

What is your ...

* Favourite shop?

Acne in Stockholm.

* Best bargain buy?

A short, brown sheepskin jacket by Acne with orange stars printed on it reduced from €2,000 to €200.

* Biggest splurge?

A pair of black Acne 'Shank' boots for €450.

* Best and worst dressed style icons?

The best is Elin Kling and the worst is Anders Borg.


Gustaf Lillvall
From Sweden, living in Dublin 4

He wears: Coat by Tiger of Sweden, €300. Jacket by Nimbus, €110. Jeans by Lexington, €20. Gloves, €35, H&M. Boots by Timberland, €130.

What is your ...

* Favourite shop?

Ralph Lauren in LA

* Best bargain buy?

A dark blue parka with a fur collar by Penfield reduced from €450 to €120 from Red Devil.

* Biggest splurge?

A light grey, slim-fit suit by J Lindeberg for €370.

* Best and worst dressed style icons?

The best is Pierce Brosnan and the worst is Will Ferrell.


Alison Byrnes (30)
Press assistant
From Clare, living in Dublin

She wears: Shirt, €33; jeans, €50; and shoes, €37, all River Island. Watch by Marc by Marc Jacobs, gift.

What is your ...

* Favourite shop?

River Island and Warehouse.

* Best bargain buy?

A black faux fur, mid-lengh coat reduced from €107 to €29 at a sample sale.

* Biggest splurge?

A pair of brown, supersoft leather riding boots for €300 from a boutique called 'The French Connection' in Rosslare.

* Best and worst dressed style icons?

The best are Kylie Jenner and the Olsen twins and the worst is Jodie Marsh.

- Niamh O’Rourke

Irish Independent

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