Sunday 17 December 2017

The way we wear - the style message from the street

From left: Sally Nyhan, Nikita Kealy, Von Trash, Francesca Nzeye
From left: Sally Nyhan, Nikita Kealy, Von Trash, Francesca Nzeye

NAME : Sally Nyhan



AGE : 32

PROFESSION : Teacher

FROM : South Korea, living in Dublin WEARING : Gilet, €20 and bag, €10, both Penneys. Cardigan, €18 and shirt, €20, both Penneys. Hat, €20, Venice. Scarf, €10, skirt, €25 and socks, €5, all bought in Korea. Shoes, €50, Clarks.

What is your favourite shop? Zara.

What was your best bargain buy? A brown leather biker jacket reduced from €70 to €20 in the Jervis Centre.

What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought? A pair of wide-leg, low-waisted, light blue jeans by ENC for €170 in Korea. They’re a great fit and are very soft.

Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities or style icons? The best is Kate Moss and the worst is Britney Spears.

What is your favourite label or designer? I have no interest in labels.

Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month? Between €500 and €700.

What or who influences your style? Surfing the internet for images of street fashion and fashion shows but I don’t go to any one site in particular.

What was the last fashion item you bought? This cardigan.

What was your worst fashion mistake? This is actually more expensive than the jeans but I’ve never worn it. It was a short pencil skirt in black leather for €200 from an outlet store in Korea that made me look old.

What is one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion? I love hats, like wide-brimmed trilbies and I hate choosing shoes; I’m small so I often buy heels but never wear them because they’re too uncomfortable.

NAME : Nikita Kealy

AGE : 24

PROFESSION : Bio-medical student

FROM : Pearse Street, Dublin

WEARING : Shirt (with neck tie), €5, H&M. Leggings, €6 and bag, €11, both Penneys. Boots, €90, Office

What is your favourite shop? A Store is Born and Topshop.

What was your best bargain buy? A peach lace corset-style top with flowers across the bust for €15 in TK Maxx.

What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought? A monogrammed canvas, moon-shaped Fendi handbag with a gold chain for €600 in Brown Thomas that is too small and I’ve only used twice.

Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities or style icons? The best is Kate Moss and the worst is Michelle Heaton.

What is your favourite label or designer? Lanvin, especially for shoes.

Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month? About €300.

What or who influences your style? Face Hunter book and blog and magazines, especially Vogue.

What was the last fashion item you bought? This shirt.

What was your worst fashion mistake? The Fendi bag.

What is one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion? I love Peter Pan collars and I hate belly crop tops.

NAME : Von Trash (playing at Milk festival, August 14 at Ballinlough Castle)

AGE : 25 PROFESSION : Singer / songwriter / producer FROM : Dalkey, Dublin

WEARING : Jacket by Vivienne Westwood, £350 and sunglasses by Raf Simons, £350, both from Liberty in London. Belt, £380, Covent Garden Arcade. Jeans by Unconditional, £70, Unconditional in Covent Garden. Gloves, £15, Covent Garden stall. Antique cane, €695, Weirs. Docs, £125, Doc Martin store in Covent Garden

What is your favourite shop? Harvey Nichols.

What was your best bargain buy? A cane with a magic eight ball on top for £30 from The Umbrella Shop on Oxford Street.

What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought? A classic, black, slim-cut suit for £1,000 from the Armani store in Knightsbridge.

Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities or style icons? The best is Lady Gaga and style icon is Marilyn Monroe and the worst are Katie Price and Katy Perry.

What is your favourite label or designer? Miu Miu.

Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month? About €100.

What or who influences your style? The theatrical and trashy side of electro pop music and the clubbing style around Hoxton Square in London.

What was the last fashion item you bought? A jacket for €350 and six T-shirts for €175 each, all by Christian Audigier from Harvey Nichols. The jacket is a cream, heavy-jersey hoody with yellow satin lining, a gold zip, gold hood strings and a huge gold, red and blue crest embellished with crystals on the back. The T-shirts are also very ornate, printed with tattoos and studded with crystals.

What was your worst fashion mistake? Dying my hair purple.

What is one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion? I love gloves, I collect them and especially coloured leather ones and I hate when people think they have you coined just because of how you dress, it can be far too judgmental.

NAME : Francesca Nzeye

AGE : 23

PROFESSION : Sales assistant

FROM : The Congo, living in Windy Arbour in Dublin

WEARING : Vintage cardigan, €23 and T-shirt by Cheap Monday, €23, both Urban Outfitters. Jeans, €5, Oxfam. Headscarf, my grandmother’s. Sunglasses, €10, Circus. Vintage earring, present and spotty earring, Topshop. Bag, €38 and shoes, €76, both Topshop.

What is your favourite shop? Wild Child, Lucy’s Lounge and Jenny Vander.

What was your best bargain buy? A bright red leather, heart shaped handbag by Vivienne Westwood reduced from €300 to €100.

What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought? A pair of lilac suede desert boots with cream laces and a heel for €180 from Kurt Geiger in Belfast.

Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities or style icons? The best is Grace Jones and the worst is Cheryl Cole.

What is your favourite label or designer? I prefer anything vintage to labels or designers.

Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month? €100 max.

What or who influences your style? The 80s, the 20s and the Victorian era.

What was the last fashion item you bought? A calf-length, 1970s dress in burnt orange silk and chiffon with a yellow stripe print for €25 from Wild Child.

What was your worst fashion mistake? A navy dress with multi-coloured polka dots from Wild Child that was too granny chic.

What is one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion? I love vintage jewellery, especially oversize rings and I hate leggings.

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