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Backstage Beauty

I have always loved watching the action backstage at fashion shows, seeing the make-up artists, stylists, designers, hair crew all working their magic on models before an event. I love seeing the run-through, last minute tweaks and being part of the adrenaline rush right before the event opens to the public.
Here are some beautifully captured images in black and white taken by my good friend and fashion photographer Miki Barlok from our opening show of MSL Mercedes-Benz Cork Fashion Week 2013. I hope you enjoy them xo


Insider Interview: Young Fashion Designer, Daniel Mahon

In the first of my Insider Interviews, I met with a fifth year student and budding Fashion Designer, Daniel Mahon, who unwittingly became the most talked about talent at MSL Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in his hometown this season. I bought one of his versatile leather dickeybows to wear with shirts, as a wrist decoration and on my hair...I have no doubt that it will be worth a huge amoung in years to come as this guy's star is growing fast xo

Above images: Shauna Donovan
Daniel with Fashion Designer Samantha Kennedy.Pic: Miki Barlok

I bumped into Daniel at the Steal My Style at Fashion Week

Daniel at the model fittings for the Designer of the Year show

How long have you been designing?
I have loved design and fashion for so many years but I really stared designing about 2 years ago, before that I had made simple things pillow cases, draught excluders. My first real creation was during my internship with the very talented Angela Beaumont which was also the basis for my collection for MSL Mercedes Benz Cork fashion week this year. I don't have one of those stories of when that one design started it all and being honest my drawing skills are nothing to marvel at but I can see in my head what I want something to look like and I work from there.
What inspires you? 
I love history and the impeccable dress sense of the early 1900s to the late 20s/early 30s, 30 years before and till the end of the flapper era, there was such dramatic change in style and garment construction but the clothes were still like wearable pieces of art, my mood also, if I am really thinking outside the box and I'm in a good mood a lot of work gets done and finally subtle introduction of colour by bow-tie or pocket square, patterned lining or coloured buttons I think it really brings a piece to life
What is in your collection right now?
I make made-to-order mens and womens bow-ties. The statement pieces for my Fashion week collection were waistcoats, I even sold 2 after the show.
What advice would you give to other creative designers looking to get started?
Just get out there, I have spent the last 3 years networking, getting to know the business people in Cork, this has helped so much. Be crazy and innovative with your designs, use non-traditional material, the more you stand out the more you'll get noticed.
What is your biggest challenge in design right now?
I really need to learn to create the basic blocks, because I haven't been to design college.
Where do you hope to be in five years?
This is always such a tough question, there is "where I'd like to be" and "where I actually think I could be" well since I'm only in fifth year I'll be in my third year of college either studying clothes design in Scotland, Paris or Ireland or in Sligo Training to become a Home Ec. teacher. Hopefully, I'll have created 5 collections: one for each year of Cork Fashion Week, and have gained some amount of publicity to sell my brand!

Kate Bosworth for Topshop

Kate Bosworth's new collection for Topshop has received mixed reviews in fashion circles. Here is a pick of my favourite pieces from the collection, including the crinkle dress and red leather skinnies.
For full prices and to shop the collection here: Kate Bosworth for Topshop

Menswear to Jazz it Up!

As a music lover, this weekend is one of my favourites of the whole year. Thousands of Jazz lovers fly into our city from all over the world to celebrate The Cork Guinness Jazz Festival and the atmosphere is really special. It's also my birthday weekend so a great excuse to get dressed up & go out on the town. With this weekend in mind, I am zoning in on my favourite menswear looks this season, inspired by tweed fabrics, country living and a cool jazz vibe.

Pics: Scot Meacham Wood via Pinterest


Russell Brand lets rip on Jeremy Paxman

I met this cheeky chap just over 10 years ago in sunny Ibiza town, during his wild(er) days and he was such a great character, full of chat, fun and really cool style. Russell Brand is possibly the most intelligently spoken celebrity out there who doesn't conform to the media wheel of expectation and the world of celebrity itself. His interview this week with Jeremy Paxman was great. If you haven't seen it, it's a really entertaining ten minutes. Enjoy: Russell Brand lets rip on Jeremy Paxman


Sonya Lennon hosts Bluefig style night

Irish fashion designer, Sonya Lennon (one half of design duo Lennon Courtney) hosted an event at Bluefig to kick off the new fashion season and offer some golden style advise to the stylish Irish customers in attendance. The Lennon Courtney collection  is a collection of core wardrobe essentials driven by clean design, wearability and luxurious comfort. Sonya and her design partner-in-crime, Brendan Courtney, know that women want a wardrobe of ‘friends’ not challenges, to help them look and feel their best. They are known for delivering solutions for work and play with understated, intelligent design.

The Lennon Courtney label sits comfortably in Bluefig, a stylish independent boutique located on the Main Street in Ballincollig, Cork. It houses a carefully edited selection of contemporary labels and looks for day or evening.  As well as housing the Courtney Lennon label, Bluefig also stock by Malene Birger, Hoss, Tara Jarmon, American Vintage and Diva. Here are some gorgeous images from the collection that was showcased on the night.

Above images: Diane Cusack


Kate Bosworth to launch new Topshop Capsule Collection this week

Before Kate Moss returns to the Topshop stable for her collaboration with the brand next April, actress Kate Bosworth launches her second tie-in with the label this Thursday, 24th October. The new collection is a minimalist capsule one with lots of well made, rock chic looks to suit all tastes. Known for her impeccable Coachella style each year, Bosworth's own wardrobe is a self-confessed mix of vintage, high street and high end garments. My own favourite pieces from the collection are the silver crinkle fabric dress & T and the trustee leather trousers. Capsule collection coverage to follow Thursday.

Here is the screen siren herself getting us in the mood for the coming festive season in her short movie for Topshop last year xo


Louboutin gets us in the Nude

Always knowing just what women want, Christian Louboutin has answered our prayers again and brought out a new shoe collection that will make our pins to look elongated. With five shades to choose from, his new 'Nudes' collection is designed to match the natural leg colour and even has an app to help you pick the right tone for your skin. Genius!!


Rag & Bone choose Blurred Lines model to front new campaign

Rag & Bone have announced Blurred Lines video model, Emily Ratajkowski as the new face of their brand. Previous models to front the brand's line have included Miranda Kerr, Erin O'Connor and Lily Aldridge. 
Emily, who is due to star in Ben Affleck's next movie 'Gone Girl' shot images from the range in an empty apartment and around the city with a bag of clothes and a camera to present the campaign looks as she thought best. Emily rose to fame for her controversial performance in Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines", which featured her dancing topless. YouTube banned the explicit version of the video for violating its Community Guidelines due to its sexually explicit nature but reinstated it in July 2013.
Glad to see looking just as beautiful with clothes on in this new campaign! xo


Underground boots

New shoes to clear the Monday blues. 
These silver winklepicker Underground boots cheered up my Monday to no end. They are from and I think they will stay in my wardrobe for many years! Sunshine, flowers & new shoes...a great Monday 💗🌺 

Seven crazy days of shows!

The above is a shot of me on stage opening the MSL Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Designer of the Year awards show that kicked off our 2013 fashion week at the Triskel Christchurch. This was the first of seven days and nights of events across the city that we organised, celebrating local design talent and retail. The week really surpassed all expectations and has proved to us all that Ireland has an abundance of amazing design talent and we are very proud of our little fashionable city. Below are some shots to start with from the opening night of some of the millinery looks I liked and a little taste of the runway looks. Once I catch up on sleep, I'll upload some amazing images, news and footage from all the events. Hope you like! xo
Collection: Brenda Long

Millinery Collection: Potty But Posh

Millinery Collection: Potty But Posh

Millinery Collection: Oh! Designs

Millinery Collection: Potty But Posh

Millinery Collection: Potty But Posh

Collection: Brenda Long

Images: Dermot Fitzgerald.
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