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Maternity Modelling

I have been asked to go on RTE's Today Show next Monday to model maternity wear for all the great high street stores on Opera Lane with one of my favourite stylists Natasha Crowley.

I jumped at the chance to do this, simply because Natasha believes that being pregnant doesn't mean you are confined to only wearing maternity pieces and looking frumpy. She has pulled some really cool looks, mixing maternity pieces with great everyday pieces from the likes of Topshop, H&M and River Island.

My good friend and makeup artist Kate Noonan is the Today Show makeup artist so I'm looking forward to hanging out with her behind the scenes and seeing presenter Maura Derrane's gorgeous bump also. Looking forward to my little sprog's first TV appearance! xo


Celebrating 20 Years of ARC Cancer Support at the RDS

'I love that Irish women take a real sense if pride in wearing Irish design', Irish Designer, Helen Cody

ARC Cancer Support Centre are celebrating 20yrs in 2014 and to celebrate, Irish fashion guru Eddie Shanahan is producing a fashion show which will be held in the RDS on the 10th March celebrating the best in Irish Fashion Design and emerging talent. I am really looking forward to heading along to this with Vivienne to support such a worthy cause and to see so many great Irish collections. In the lead-up to this event, I spoke with some of Ireland's top fashion designers about their careers to date and what we can expect at the show. 

Helen Cody is one of my favourite Irish Designers, having worked for French Vogue and working at the helm of the industry in London, Paris and New York for more than a decade.  In 2000, she returned to Ireland to set up her own fashion label, won the Late Late Show's 'Fashion Designer of the Future' award. She specialises in bespoke, couture pieces that are treated as individual pieces of hand crafted art and Helen won the Irish Tatler 'Designer of the Year' award in 2008.

How long have you been designing?
I have been designing for 14 years and prior to that, I was a fashion stylist for magazines and film.

Who has been your biggest influence?
My mother was a huge influence on me growing up as she was always making our clothes and taught me from a very young age how to sew, that and an early obsession with the dresses I would see in old movies inspired me to want to create my own.

What has been your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge, is maintaining high standards and delivering the best personal service to my clients, while offering them something utterly unique.

What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of my very discerning clients, without their support I would not be in business, I love that Irish women take a real sense if pride in wearing Irish design.  I am lucky enough to have had my dresses worn on
the red carpet at the Cannes film festival, the Tony awards, the Oscars and countless film premiers.  I don't value celebrities over my other clients, to me they are all VIPs! I am also lucky to be in many private collections, with one client creating a room in her home for her pieces.

What do you think of Irish womens' style?
I think Irish women have great style and they love to dress up!

What advice would you give to anyone starting out in Fashion Design?
My advise to anyone starting out after college is to travel, get as much experience as possible, learn by others mistakes, steal as many contacts as you can, be focused and open to all opportunities as you never know where
they might lead. Be willing to intern, as there will be more possibilities that way.
To purchase tickets, log onto and support this great event! xo


Fash Flash: Gazelles are back in vogue

It's official, according to today's Style Magazine with the Times, Adidas Gazelles, the 90's fuss-free footwear, are back and they are the coolest accessory for Spring Summer 2014 👟. Best worn to contrast dressy looks, not street wear. 


Model Party Time!

Excited to head out to photograph the style at the Lockdown Model Agency party tonight with my chicks ❤️ 

(The pressure of dressing my ickle pregnant bump with these stunners is not easy!)


Insider Interview: Aidan Sheehan, Fashion Designer

For my first Insider Interview of 2014, I met up with East London based Irish designer Aidan Sheehan to chat about his rise to fashion success and his new line.

Name: Aidan Sheehan (it's also the name of my Label)
Your background in Fashion Design,Study & Experience: 2011 - Participant in Cork Fashion Week 2011
2010 - After an internship with River Island's design department several of my scarf designs were put into production and were available to buy in River Island stores internationally
2009- Studied Post Grad Certificate in Innovative Pattern Cutting at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London
2008 - Studied Certificate in Pattern making - Experimental & Explorative Approaches at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London
Graduated from Fashion Design 2 year course from Cork College of Commerce (this course is now run by St. John's Central College, Cork)
Participant in Cycle Chic Fashion Show, Cork
Creator of Cork Rose's gown for international Rose of Tralee Festival
Winner of national Irish competition, 'Gillette Dress of Your Dreams'
2006 - Graduated with Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fine Art from Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork
Where are you based?: Leytonstone, East London.
What inspired you to start Designing? 
After graduating from Art College I didn't really know what I wanted to do. At the time I was working in retail and knew I liked clothes, and I had heard about the Fashion Design course in Cork College of Commerce, so I thought I'd combine my love of art with my love for fashion together. Once I started I course I was fascinated by all the different aspects of fashion design, and the different processes that you had to go through to come out with a finished garment.
What are you working on at the moment? 
I'm working on a collection of limited T-shirts. Based on simple Art Deco lines these T-shirts will comprise of black, white and greys. There will only be 5 of each T-shirt, each one hand made. I'm also looking into selling garments on-line and hopefully at the famous Brick Lane market.
What has the biggest challenge as a Designer been for you? 
My biggest challenge has been taking the plunge..... I moved to London with these hopes and dreams of being a Fashion designer, but this April it'll be 5 years since I moved. Life has a way of getting in the way, and you become secure with a regular job. But as my mother likes to remind me, I'm not getting any younger. Hence why I've taken a year career break out from my job (I work in Topshop as a Creative Assistant) to pursue the career I actually want. Better late than never I suppose. Who is your biggest inspiration?
Not so much a who, but a where... London inspires me all the time. There's just so much to see and do. If I'm ever bored there's always a gallery I can just go to get new inspiration, or a stroll around east London to look at the graffiti.
Even the city itself. When I first moved here I found the overall grey feeling of the buildings and the city to be a bit depressing. But now I love the uniformed colour and clean lines of many of the Art Deco buildings around the city. And it is from these buildings that I draw inspiration from for my latest garments. 
Where would you like to be in 5 years?
Established! I would like Aidan Sheehan as a brand to be established. For me to be able to make a living from it.
Where can we follow you? People can follow me on facebook, just search for Aidan Sheehan Fashion Designer. You can also visit my This contains a lot of older images, but will be getting a facelift in the next month or so.
Pictured here are a few images of Aidan's latest work. They include black & white jersey T-shirts (some of which are 1 offs) as well as hand-knitted oversized scarves. With some older garment images at the end. Drop by Aidan's pages online and show this talented designer your support. I wish him all the best growing his career and fashion future in London xo


Yes to Grunge!

After a season of girly sequin and sparkles, I wanted to do a contrasting post for those of you who prefer to a more edgy fashion style to the glitz that is forced upon us during Christmas on the High Street.  With grunge appearing on international runways next season again, I headed into my favourite vintage store in search of some original grunge pieces from the 90s and styled the below shoot which I hope you all enjoy!

The term Grunge appeared in 1988 and referenced the music synomous with bands from Seattle such as Pearl Jam and Nirvana. In 1990, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was photographed performing live in a vintage floral print dress. In 1993 Marc Jacobs designed a grunge inspired collection, promoting the musically influenced youth culture at the time, making grunge even more appealing to the masses. ''That's the way beautiful girls look today, they look a little bit unconcerned about fashion''. And it's that very relaxed approach to fashion that has always drawn me to the style. The style was always androgynous, loose, comfortably casual and functional, with boots to keep out the rain and flannels to keep warm. Here is my pick below of some great grunge looks that work for today.

Theme & Styling: The Irish Fashaholic
Photography: Miki Barlok
Makeup: Lucy O'Connor
Hair: The Irish Fashaholic
Clothing: Miss Daisy Blue, Vintage Boutique (all details below)
Models: Aisling & Eshana at Lockdown Models
Location: Market Lane, English Market, Cork

Vintage Garment prices all available from:
Look 1: Check shirt €48, Denim waistcoat €28
Look 2: Cream lace dress €80, Blue blouse € 32, Black trousers €42
Look 3: White t-shirt red rim €24, Black maxi skirt €54, Red fox fur (Miss Daisy Blue Archive), 
Black velvet dress with tartan skirt € 120
Look 4: Black and white cropped leather jacket € 110, 1950s lace undergarment €130
Look 5: Camouflage shirt €34, Black dress €58, Leather multi-way band, worn as belt €8
Look 6: Black and red lace dress €68


2014 Ones To Watch

With an exciting fashion year ahead, here are my pick of fashion forward faces to watch for the year ahead.

Sam Rollinson, Model, UK. Scouted at 13 while on a shopping trip, the now 18 year old has worked with Burberry, Balenciaga and Vogue. Her edgy look coupled with razor bone structure makes her a model to watch this year.

Lily James, Actress. Lily plays the darling of Downton Abbey, Rose and has turned heads on red carpets the past 12 months, landing covers on magazines such as Tatler & Wonderland. A Bardotesque face to watch this year.
Lulu James, Singer. Not only has this lady serious vocal chops but I loved her styling choices in 2013. Her 'Closer' hit was tipped by the Style Magazine as one of the coolest tunes last year and she was featured on Dazed & Confused. Killer tracks for getting ready to hit the town.
And my fabourite model of the moment is Malaika Firth. She walked for all the top labels at the world's best fashion weeks as well as hitting the runway at the Victoria Secrets show. This 19 year old moved from Kenya to London last year and was the first black model to star in a Prada advert since 1994. I just adore her unique look!

This post wouldn't be complete without an Irish face and who better to wrap things up with than soon-to-be Christian Grey from the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' film....Northern Irish actor Jamie Dornan:

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