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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 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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London Fashion Week – Day one

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Right so today was the best day of my life. Full stop.

The day started by making a dash across the Waterloo Bridge to the fine venue and my home for the next three days, Somerset House.

9am. Paul Costello. Ultra feminine and beautiful. I felt like I was being taken back to the days of “Summer Holiday”. Retro yet contemporary with a feel of modernism with the use of muted metallics, creams and greys. The highlight – his six sons taking to the stage in some classically tailored suits. Yum.

10.15. Maria Grachvogel. Now here I was lucky enough to score a third row seat. Maria’s look for the warm season uses the maxi print dress (once again), some classic tailoring and well constructed pieces. I loved the use of grey in this collection, making it known as a warm colour. This collection had such a beautiful element of fluidity to it, using silks and light cottons to create movement in each piece. Also lots and lots of yellow!

trend so far? Tailoring, maxis, femininity, retro inspiration

11.00 Time for a coffee and and a bit of note writing. I head to the press room where I meet the fabulous Jemima Daisy from www.fashioncapital.co.uk which is the larges fashion web portal in the UK. We instantly hit it off and now I have a new friend in London! She’s busy uploading articles and pics from Day 1 and whilst she is busy doing that, I head to the MAC salon for a chat with the lovely make up artists. I get a fabulous make over and try some new colours for my new hair (for those of you who don’t know, I am now a brunette!). With the use of satin eyeshadows, like Prunella and Shadowy Lady coupled with some lipstick called Myth, I have the perfect make up palette for my new look!

12 noon. Time to check out the exhibitions where I fall for Orla Kielys’ new collection on display at the Portico Rooms. The collection has a real vintage feel and again is so feminine. Prettiness looks like the latest trend for the new season and I see that nearly all the designers I have seen so far have taken a step back in time.

12.30 I head to the fabulous scarf collection from Jane Carr which is actually stocked in BTs! Taking inspiration from a road trip across America, I love this one scarf with Route 66 as its print! It has such a festival feel. Imagine taking a trip into the unknown continent, roof down, wind blowing in your hair, Jimmy Hendrix on the radio and one of these scarfs adorning your crown?

12.45 Get a look from Calum Best as I traverse the concourse on the way to the ladies. The brown hair has the desired effect. If even from the star of Celebrity Love Island Seasons 1 – 100.

1.00 Lunch. Yes people at fashion week take a break for a lovely sambo from Tom Aikens deli kitchen.

1.30 Head back to press room to re convene with Jemima for a re cap of the events so far and to make a plan for the remainder of the day over a nice cup of peppermint tea.

2.30 We head to the Freemasons Hall for the Vauxhall Fashion Scout where the new designers fresh into the industry display their wares. I meet up with my new found friend in fashion, Mark Andrew Kelly who is looking after front of house. We join the queue for the anticipated Ones to Watch which turns out to be great not only for having seats in the 2nd row this time. Not only beacause I am sitting directly opposite the head of womenswear for ASOS. But actually because I totally fell for new designer Lilee, whose use of pleats, chiffon and layers overwhelmed me. Watch out for this one!

5.00 Jemima and I decide it’s time for a little glass of vino to toast day one and celebrate meeting new friends.

Day one rocked.

Day two – Oksam, John Rocha, Guggis new collection on display at Dover Street, and lots more new designers at the fashion scout. Also going to try really  hard to get into Sass and Bide!

styleisle out. Back tomorrow for more from the LFW adventure!

Joanne Hynes – I have style envy

Irish fashion has come a long way. From established designers like John Rocha and Paul Costello who have helped define style in Ireland and abroad, to new and emerging talent like Emmy Slattery (2010 winner of the Nokia Young Fashion Designer Award) and jewellery designer Melissa Curry (Sonya Lennon had told me about Melissa).

My favourite Irish designer over the course of the last two years however has been Joanne Hynes. I have admired Joanne’s work ever since I saw Amy Huberman wearing a beautiful creation at the IFTAs in 2009. At the awards that night, I was on the prowl for some style and I immediately had a style crush for this particular dress. My research went into overdrive and discovered that Joanne had made this piece. Ever since then, I hold Joanne’s work in high esteem and look to her collections for constant inspiration. Something about her past two collections have drawn me in, albeit that it encompasses my own individual style to a capital T. Edgy, funky and one of a kind are the words that spring to mind.

For Autumn/Winter 2010, Joanne uses words like “Debased Glamour” and “Automatic Glamour”. These words backed with imagery and drawings are constantly used in the Joanne Hynes AW10 private sketch books to describe the spirit behind her AW10 Collection.  A lot of her aesthetic comes from the influence of her Mother Josephine and her
Mother’s three sisters. Her childhood memories of the way they dressed, always glamorous, always groomed yet expressive, much like a ritual that took place every time they went out. It this affinity with her family history as inspiration that charms me too. My main inspiration for style is my mum and grandmother and it’s so important to embrace your familial connections when defining who you are.

When I read the press release I fell for the words “beauty”, “power”, “desire” and in a juxtaposition “fragility”. She says herself  “that tension that is in everyone, I have turned it into something creative, it is all entangled inside and
I turn it around and use that intensity to express one complex personality” .

The collection uses powerful and authoritative fabrics, such as the dominant use of leather, stretch wool, netting. “God is in the detail” says Joanne, where leathers have complex pin tucking, pleating and padding, paying homage to the Joanne Hynes biker from AW09. These jackets can be teamed with dresses: a signature style look of the Joanne Hynes label. “Take it and run with it, make it your own.” Joanne has also been known famously for her statement dresses. One of my favourites from S/S 2009, was a beautifully crafted calf length rough silk mustard dress with the most elegant jewelled detail across the neckline. This season, is no different. Slashed necklines, gold brocade and the signature metallic zip are all there, paying a compliment to this season’s trend of drama for the dress, as I like to call it.

Words cannot do justice to the magnificance of the collection and its creativity. Although detailed, the pieces are incredibly easy to wear and can be mixed and matched and combined with simpler less detailed pieces for those who like to tread easily into a new world of , well almost,  bespoke fashion.

Joanne’s pieces are available in Brown Thomas Dublin and now also in Ela Maria and In Vogue, both in Limerick.

I adore the colour in this, neon is so attention grabbing. Joanne chose a similar design when refining her collection and the dress actually made, was made in silk crepe neon pink.

This jacket is made of soft leather with a studded collar. One of my favourites.

Hands down my absolute favourite piece and I lust after this dress! Only two of these were made and it is a limited edition piece. It is leather panelled and displays world class craftsmanship. Difficult to make, stylish to wear. On my A/W wishlist.

I have tried tirelessly to find PVC leggings that are flattering. These ones were so popular they sold out in week one!

Joanne’s take on the white shirt. Great for the office and is an ideal day to night piece. Made from stunning organza.

I love this look, probably because it is aligned with my own style. This jacket is actually a dark prune colour and not black.

[Just to note styleisle readers that all pieces are limited edition]

So these are my thoughts on this collection. I have this collection on a pedestal and Joanne is more than competing with her peers.

Would love to hear what you think and your take on a lady who has her feet firmly on the fashion foreground. x