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Emma Simpson, Roisin Russell, Katelyn Cassidy and Xanah Robinson

Emma Simpson, Roisin Russell, Katelyn Cassidy and Xanah Robinson

Emma Simpson, Roisin Russell, Katelyn Cassidy and Xanah Robinson

Name: Emma Simpson

Age: 17

Profession: Student

From: Dublin

Wearing: Cardigan, €40, Topshop. Shirt, belongs to my mother. Shorts, €40, River Island. Shoes by John Rocha, bag and necklace, all gifts.



  • What is your favourite shop?

Portobello Market in London.



  • What was your best bargain buy?

A navy cardigan with a teal lace trim for €3 in a store in Uachtar Ard.



  • What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought?

A vintage cardigan by Thierry Mugler for €200 in Déjà vu in Marbella.



  • Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities or style icons?

The best is Bruce Springsteen and the worst is Taylor Momsen.



  • What is your favourite label or designer?

John Rocha.



  • Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month?

About €25.



  • What or who influences your style?

My mother.



  • What was the last fashion item you bought?

A U2 T-shirt for €30 at their concert in Seville.



  • What was your worst fashion mistake?

Hair quiffs.



  • Name one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion.

I love how it can boost confidence and I hate how it can knock confidence.

Name: Róisín Russell

Age: 28

Profession: Studio Manager for Barry McCall

From: Tipperary

Wearing: Jacket, €40, H&M. Dress, €65, Liberty Blue. Bag, €30, Accessorize. Shoes, €65, Office.



  • What is your favourite shop?

Liberty Blue in Belfast.



  • What was your best bargain buy?

A pair of red, pierced leather, flat shoes bought for €20 in a store in Thurles.



  • What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought?

A pair of black, knee-high, classy boots with a small heel for €70 in Sasha.



  • Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities or style icons?

The best is Sienna Miller and the worst is Jordan.



  • What is your favourite label or designer?

Vivienne Westwood.



  • Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month?

About €150.



  • What or who influences your style?

People on the street.



  • What was the last fashion item you bought?

These shoes.



  • What was your worst fashion mistake?

Wearing flared trousers with heels.



  • Name one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion.

I love how you can make lots of looks with the same items by mixing them differently. And I hate how hit and miss fashion can be; something can seem cool but then, when it's too late, you realise it's absolutely tragic.

Name: Katelyn Cassidy

Age: 19

Profession: Student

From: Waterford

Wearing: Dress, robbed from my sister, and bag, a gift, both from River Island. Boots, €50, Korky's.



  • What is your favourite shop?

Topshop.



  • What was your best bargain buy?

A pair of blue jeggings that go with everything for €30 in Monsoon.



  • What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought?

A gold, sequined, full-length debs dress for €300 in All About Eve.



  • Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities or style icons?

The best is Kate Moss and the worst is Miley Cyrus.



  • What is your favourite label or designer?

Whitney Eve.



  • Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month?

About €150.



  • What or who influences your style?

Magazines such as Vogue.



  • What was the last fashion item you bought?

A pair of short, lace-up, brown, army style boots for €80 in Korky's.



  • What was your worst fashion mistake?

I had a really awful fringe for a while.



  • Name one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion.

I love how you can use fashion to make the best of yourself and I hate pretentiousness.

Name: Xanah Robinson

Age: 27

Profession: Receptionist

From: Yorkshire

Wearing: T-shirt, stolen from a boy. Skirt, €30, Urban Outfitters. Tights, €1, and accessories, about €10, all from Penneys. Watch, £30, Thailand. Bag, €40, Topshop. Shoes, €30, New Look.



  • What is your favourite shop?

Om Diva.



  • What was your best bargain buy?

A vintage, high-necked, black and white, striped, silk top with short sleeves by Marc Jacobs for €90 in Om Diva.



  • What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought?

I was given a blue Dior Saddle bag bought in Harvey Nichols.



  • Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities or style icons?

The best is Cheryl Cole and the worst is Jordan.



  • What is your favourite label or designer?

Marc Jacobs.



  • Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month?

About €200.



  • What or who influences your style?

How I feel and colour.



  • What was the last fashion item you bought?

A cream jacket with blue lining and small lapels for £30 in Urban Outfitters.



  • What was your worst fashion mistake?

Black PVC trousers.



  • Name one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion.

I love how fashion is cyclical and how new styles and items are constantly brought out and I hate my inability to afford high- quality fashion.

Irish Independent