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A little fash round up!

I’m still winding down from London Fashion Week and no sooner than I was home, I launched myself into a new fashion filled week. There is no end to the cycle and seasonality of style. So I’ve put together a little summary of what you need to know from the last week (or two or three)

A brand reborn

Do you remember the time when everyone wore Caterpillar boots? Back in the late 90s, when TLC rocked the baggy jean and Cats look? Ok well maybe you’re not as old as me then! A well established brand that made high quality footwear with an industrial twist was a fashion fad and now they are back with one huge JCB and digger size bang! Superstar singer Shontelle (“Nothing feels right when I’m not with you, sick of this dress and these Jimmy Choos”…) was in London last week to sign her name for fans at Schuh, Oxford St. Strutting her way around town in these booties, looking all fab.

No more rumaging…

TK Maxx have just launched a new range called “Gold Label” in Dublin this week, introducing some amazing designers to the store, like Stella McCartney and Michael Kors.

No longer will you have to rumage for that designer steal, now they are marked there for your viewing and purchasing pleasure.

Some of my favourites are this Chloe Green Tote (€829.99) and a Michael Kors leather jacket (€129.99). Pop along on your lunch break and bring your credit card.  

New looks at New Look

Following the stellar success of the opening of it’s flagship store in Dublin’s city centre, New Look’s popularity goes from strength to strength. Following the key trend for Spring/Summer of a colour splash, check out tgreat pieces at great prices, like this soft orange mini dress.


The stylenation.ie team are busy editing our filming from London Fashion Week. First up is the super and sophisticated collection from Paul Costello for A/W 2011. Minis, tartan, metallics-an eclectic mix of colours and textures made this collection bold and confident. Later in the week, stylenation will bring you my chat with Paul about the collection and some feedback from the peeps on the front row!


LFW Day one (part two!)

3.45 Aminaka Wilmot

Edgy funky cool. All qualities in a collection that I love. This was right up my street. Layering, leather, draping…oh I loved it. The designer duo managed to merge great design with a large collection of fabrics. Key pieces and my personal favourites were a Burberry-esque leather and sherling jacket, leather shorts, a monochrome print jumpsuit and tie dyed leggings. Perhaps a some overuse of the same tie dyed monochrome print across several pieces, but the rushing, asymmetrical lines of the dresses and structure of each individual piece made the collection flow beautifully.

I would take a stab in the dark and say that this was casual chic (stylist speak) at it’s best. One to watch.

5.45 Felder Felder

Wow. Who would have known that these two sisters would produce such an inspiring collection. I spoke to the girls backstage after the show where they told me that nature had a lot to do with it. Feathers, leather, embellishment, flowing chiffon brought their vision to life. They wanted to use fabrics that glided giving the illusion of movement within each piece.

1900 Bora Aksu

The Turkish born designer defined himself with this collection and has graduated as an official force. With people like Twiggy and Laura Whitmore in the audience, he’s got an eclectic following. Well constructed pieces which mixed a palette of silvery grey with splashes of green gave a masculine edge to the collection but this was juxtaposed with soft fabrics like chiffon. A lot of rushing and even the odd bustle added an air of the old to this very contemporary collection. My favourite was a high neck green chiffon blouse which really stood out on the catwalk. Although there was construction the clothes were fluid and danced around the model’s petite frames. And with a soundtrack that included Marilyn Manson’s version of Sweet Dreams, the industrial and harsh undertone to the collection became vivid.

2030 PPQ

Ah. The best for last. This was crazy if you don’t mind me saying so. Firstly the celebs were out in force. After a quick costume change after Bora Aksu, Laura Whitmore took her position on the front row and I parked myself beside her to have a chat about London fashion and the week in general. Dressed in a combination of Galliano, Manoush and Kurt Geiger shoes, she looked every bit the part of fashion week. Now that she’s a London native, we chatted about the differences in the industry between Ireland and the UK. You can see the full interview on http://www.stylenation.ie over the course of the next week. I also got talking to actress Jamie Winstone, who was just lovely. Head to toe in PPQ and with a splash of red lipstick, she said that she’s a massive fan of the label. The collection is not for the weak hearted. The out-there feel was appealing in that it grabbed your attention from the get go as the models stomped to Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim. Amazing black headpieces set off each outfit. Velvet and leather, purple and black, PPQ means imagination.

Day one over. To come tomorrow…John Rocha, Betty Jackson, oh and ….HOUSE OF HOLLAND. Oh yeah. It’s fashion week baby.

If you can get drunk on fashion…then I’m hammered.