Tag Archives: London Fashion

What I’ve been up to May 8 2012

I’ve been pretty busy of late with trips to London to shoot for The Green Magazine’s June issue and I am working on a feature for their July issue too! I’m so excited to be working with such a great publication and lovely team. I am also so happy to have a new agent, Kellie at TalentBase, who will be looking after me and all the work I am doing! Here’s to a great relationship with them! This week I get to go to the premiere of Dark Shadows in the Lighthouse Cinema which is a great excuse to get dressed up! Plus Champion Sports are having a press event tomorrow, which is perfect timing since I have just rejoined the gym and I need some new gear!

Just some small changes to note too! This blog is going to be kept for all my own style posts and pics and all the news and what’s going on in the world of fashion will on www.styleisle.ie so make sure you subscribe to it!

Next week will be even more exciting as I get to go to London again with Boohoo.com for a great blogger event so make sure you read all about it over on styleisle!


Mashed up Monkeys!

I really like this idea.

Kipling (the bag label) have launched a new Project Monkey Mash-up which calls all to customise the Iconic Kipling monkey @ www.kiplingmonkeymashup.co.uk and release their creativity.

To kick off the project, Kipling teamed with renowned style publication Dazed and Confused and recruited three, young talented Londoners, challenging them to try their creative hands at giving the brands iconic monkey a design make-over. Susie Lau of international renowned blog Style Bubble, Alex Brownsell of colour salon Bleach and comic book artist and illustrator Jessica Penfold were all sent their own monkey to design however they wished. The result was three unique monkey designs, all reflecting the individuals creative flair and talent. This will soon be auctioned with in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Susie Bubble's Monkey!

By simply visiting the competition site you can download the monkey template, create your own unique design and submit it to the sites’ gallery, where the designs with the most ‘likes’ will go to the judging panel where one winning design will be chosen. The lucky winner will have their design brought to life on one of Kipling’s 85cm monkeys and showcased on Dazed Digital as well as being displayed in Kipling’s Regent Street store window
and receive £500 worth of Kipling product.


So here’s your chance to embrace that inner designer! I’m going to give it a go and I’ll post my design tomorrow!


Take a look at some of the hottest trends from Bernard Chandran, Jena Theo, Bora Aksu and Emanual Katsaros from London Fashion Week!

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 1 (well so far)

Well it’s on. Mic in hand I’m here. Up at 6am to get glammed up and on the train to Waterloo and into Somerset House.

9am. Paul Costello

A colour pop. Undoubtably, the best possible opening to fashion week. Dusky greens, cerise pink, mustard fused with metallics, tartan and beautiful tailoring. I interviewed Paul after the show where he told me fabrics had been sourced from Nenagh, Co. Tipperary and across the Continent to Italy, all in the name of material. Paul says he keeps a careful eye on Vogue and inspiration can come from anywhere, but this season it’s ensuring that our colour palette is nice and bright. Being a fan of swirling short skirts, Paul says he’s not a fan of the word “mini”! The collection is as always, ultra feminine and classically crafted. An underlying trend in the collection is tartan. Now not in the stereotypical sense.  Nice tones of pink and green make the pattern softer and easier to wear. One thing I will say is that the hair was something else. Severely cut bobs in faded pink were the perfect compliment to collection. Paul said the inspiration came from his wife who has a similar cut to her hair. Originally dyed red, the wigs were toned down. Speaking of family, Paul’s daughter Jessica opened and closed the show. Being a very lovely person, taking after her Dad, she happily posed for a photo after the show.

Verdict: Perfect.

12 noon Caroline Charles

Ok I didn’t get this. I got the influence alright, probably second world war meets country pursuits. Mid length skirts, palazzo pants, short jackets with belts in tweed, monochrome, silk and an awful lot of sequins! Yeah I know, sounds like a bit of a mess. It wasn’t the most overwhelming collection but I could clearly see her target markets getting excited at this and the fabrics were rich and well constructed.

What’s next? Aminaka Wilmot, Felder Felder, Bora Aksu and saving the best til last…..PPK closing Day one! (Images coming later)

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