Mix it Up: Expressive and colourful dressing
Photographed by Johnny McMillan Styled by Angela Scanlon fashion edited by Constance Harris
I hate black because I think it is a colour all about joylessness, hiding and concealment, and, ultimately, it's about being depressed. That fashion is touting black so heavily right now is to do with the fact that everyone is frightened, and trying to hide from that fear.
But I know from experience that to give in to filling your wardrobe with this darkness will, ultimately, lead to succumbing to fear. If you don't allow your spirits to be joyful and soar when it comes to colour and clothes, eventually you will find it depressing.
The great thing I took from the Celtic Tiger, and still give thanks for every day, is that we finally cast off the shackles of darkness that we had lived under since the Fifties' depression, and we expressed our fun, optimistic natures, unfettered and unashamedly. It was a great time. So let's not throw the baby out with the bath water. If you want to keep your spirits up, let the light in.
The fashion on our pages today is full of softness and light. Stylist Angela Scanlon is all about colourful, expressive dressing. She loves to break rules by putting a little of what she fancies with a lot of what she likes. "The look is a backlash against the minimalist trends; a modern mash-up of styles and an antidote to the new restraint," she says. "Choosing the 'wrong' skirt -- as said by fashion magazines, and taken as gospel -- is not the end of the world, and you don't have to do what you are told!
"The look is a reinvention of things, a way for people to bring in change. People don't necessarily want to go out and buy something new and sparkly, but they do want to do something different, or look different -- people want to be individual. They want to feel special, while not having tried too hard. Going out on a Saturday night in a tulle skirt might seem too much, but put a dusty old parka over it and it knocks the look back. It's about freeing yourself up and doing the unthinkable!"
This is mash-fash. Like mash music, mash-fash takes something old and something new and puts them together to make something wholly individual and exciting.
As you can see from the stockists, Angela found romantic dresses from shops as accessible as Warehouse and Zara, and exciting new designers who are based in The Loft Market at the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre.
"It is about excess, in a way," Angela says. "But there is a fine line. If you notice, I kept accessories out of the look. There has been a trend in recent years to throw in the kitchen sink. I wanted to pull all that back."
The Loft Market, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only, 2nd Floor, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, Clarendon St, D2, or see www.theloftmarket.blogspot.com Urban Outfitters, 4 Cecilia St, Temple Bar, D2, tel: 016706202, or see www.urbanoutfitters.co.uk
Photographed by Johnny McMillan, see www.johnnymcmillan.com Assisted by Claire McMillan Styled by Angela Scanlon, see www.angelascanlon.com Make-up by Paddy McGurgan, see www.paddymcgurganartist.com Hair by David Murray, Chameleon Hair Salon, tel: (041) 984-4522 Assisted by Nicola McArdle Model: Jude Nabney, 1st Option, see www.1stoption.ie