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DCU’s ‘Life Imitates Art’ Fashion Show 2019

The Helix Theatre played host to DCU Style’s annual fashion show last Thursday, a colourful kaleidoscope of art, fashion and music.

The theme of the night was ‘Life Imitates Art’ with famous paintings serving as backdrops and inspiration for the show.

The night kicked off with a stunning dance routine to Billie Eilish’s hostage performed by two incredibly lithe athletic girls.

Fresh back from a stint at London Fashion Week, bubbly 2fm DJ and fashionista Tara Stewart was on MC duties for the night.

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The Aussie native paid homage to Irish design by wearing a custom multi-coloured Helen Steele creation and called for a round of applause for her dress when she took to the stage.

Diversity was evident on the catwalk with models of different heights, shapes, sizes and colours strutting their stuff in a confident fierce manner.

The Helix resounded to the sounds of Kanye West, The Carters and Lizzo as the models sashayed down the runway.

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Models wearing Oasis

With a one-year modelling contract with 1st Options up for grabs on the night, it’s no wonder they were bringing their A-game.

The deal went to Jack Deignan, a proud moment for him and his family as a fashion insider told us his mother had flown in from Hong Kong for the occasion!

Also impressing the audience were stunning five-foot powerhouse Tara Ellis Cantwell and statuesque beauty Benedicte Akambu, who previously won the 1st Options modelling contract and is now signed to them.

While high-street brands River Island, Oasis and Penneys featured in the show, the majority of the clothing was from local vintage stores and independent designers.

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Rebirth of Cool and Retro Vintage

These included Tola Vintage, Dublin Vintage Factory, Rebirth of Cool, The Harlequin, Nine Crow St, White Noise, Wise Guy, Charlotte’s Love and Heartbreak Social Club.

 

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Dublin Vintage Factory menswear

The show was a testament to the strength of Dublin’s independent fashion scene.

The attention to detail in styling, curating and casting the show was evident throughout the night.

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Tailoring and formal wear from Folkster and Magee

Magee tailoring and Collar and Cuff suits were paired with Folkster’s dainty occasionwear for an elegant look with Dizzee Rascal’s Dance Wiv Me playing in the background.

 

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Folkster occasion wear

It wasn’t all skyscraper heels as models went barefoot and let the clothes do the talking for Charlotte’s Love to the sassy sound of Lizzo’s Boys.

While The Carters’ Apeshit hyped up the already excited crowd as models showed off Selfmade’s one-of-kind painted and print designs.

Standout pieces included Folkster’s embellished jackets, a shin-length Nine Crows fur coat modelled by Benedicte Akambu, a see-through red plastic mac styled with leather look leggings also from Nine Crows, an adorable Tola Vintage red and yellow check skirt styled with a turquoise Lacoste polo shirt worn by Qichen Hu and a black Wise Guy t-shirt worn as a dress on Katie McGowan.

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Benedicte Akambu in a Nine Crows coat

Dylan Bradshaw provided the hair styling and Inglot were the makeup artists on the night.

The show was sponsored by some big-name brands including Just Eat, Bank of Ireland, Broderick’s, Spin 1038 and Carter Beauty.

Some well-known faces were spotted in the audience including YouTuber Grainne Binns looking incredible in white over-the-knee boots, black mini dress and a white faux fur coat.

During the show’s interval, we got a sneak peek at some of the up-and-coming Irish talent in the Project Young Designer competition.

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Project Young Designer entry
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Project Young Designer entry

The designers had to come up with a concept based on the theme of the show and interpret this into their piece.

It was judged by fashion maven Ella de Guzman, owner of popular Dublin consignment store, Siopaella.

NCAD student Heather Gilroy was awarded the prize for her innovative design combining a heavy roll-neck jumper with a light white floaty skirt over lightweight trousers and runners.

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Heather Gilroy’s winning design

Heather’s design was inspired by the paintings of Louise Bourgeois with motherhood being the main theme.

She designed the outfit in the hope of modernising and bringing to life the work of Bourgeois through the means of clothing.

Her design will be showcased for all to see in Siopaella’s Temple Bar store.

An honourable mention has to go to NCAD’s John Mangru’s beautiful baroque corset and skirt modelled by Anna Lattimore, inspired by his love of extravagant renaissance paintings.

He used the colours, texture and actual garment references from the outfits in the beautiful paintings.

John said he wanted the outfit to have heavenly and ethereal vibes.

This led to the choice of fabrics that were very soft and light, almost cloud-like.

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Anna Lattimore modelling John Mangru’s design

He also wanted to showcase his love of beading and printed textiles on the project.

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John Mangru’s design

The show closed with Kanye West’s 2005 hit Touch The Sky blaring and a shower of colourful confetti descending from the ceiling.

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The grand finale

 

 

A slick professional production from start to finish – well done to the DCU Style Soc and all involved. 

This was actually the first ever fashion show I’ve ever been to, which is mad considering I eat, sleep and breathe fashion!

It was an amazing night and I loved every second of it. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page.

Edel

 

 

 

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Primark’s Christmas Holiday Takeover 2018

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Primark Christmas

I was delighted to attend Primark’s Christmas Holiday Takeover in the gorgeous number 11, Great Georges Street North.

For the sake of handiness, I’m saying Primark throughout this post but you all know I mean Penneys 😉

First of all, the location was AMAZING. I had often admired the stunning Georgian houses on this street but never thought I would have a chance to look around one.

It dates back to 1774 and has a fascinating history.

I am obsessed with interiors and antiques, so I was in heaven! (Wonder do they do wedding receptions?!)

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Number 11, Great George’s Street
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Christmas centrepiece
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Some of the amazing interior decorations

The Christmas range was spread out in three rooms over two floors and I enjoyed admiring the sumptuous surroundings, ornate chandeliers, paintings, cabinets full of creepy dolls and beautiful old furniture.

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I actually loved the creepy dolls
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More creepy dolls
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A chandelier from one of the rooms
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The cutest Christmas jumper

There was Bailey’s hot chocolate to drink served in beautiful Versace-esque china and adorable snowman cupcakes to eat as well while we browsed.

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Delicious Bailey’s hot chocolate
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Almost too cute to eat!

The event was catered by Black Sheep foods.

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Snowman marshmallow cupcakes

On the first floor, there was loads of cute Disney, Mary Poppins and Harry Potter stuff as well as novelty Christmas jumpers and adorable baby reindeer and snowman outfits.

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Hogwarts cushion and slippers
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Harry Potter cushion
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Harry Potter cushion and throw
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Minnie Mouse slippers
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Disney balloons
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Disney Christmas stockings
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Mary Poppins ornaments and cushion

 

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This reindeer onesie is so cute
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Christmas jumpers

Upstairs, there were rails of partywear for ladies and kids.

Among my favourite items were the multi-colour sequin top and long skirt, a sequin slip dress, a black velvet trouser suit with silver embroidery and a funky mohair colourful leopard print jumper.

All of these items will be available instore in two weeks’ time, just in time for Christmas!

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Christmas partywear

 

 

 

This striped velvet jumpsuit is ideal for a night out over the festive season.

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Velvet Primark jumpsuit. Pic: Primark/prshots.com

There’s lots to choose from, if you aren’t a fan of sequins, there were also gorgeous red and green satin slip dresses.

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Primark sequin top
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Sequins and sparkle

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Mohair multi-colour jumper

When I posted this amazing leopard print jumper on my Instagram stories, my friend who lives in Brazil wrote to me saying she needed to get her hands on one!

I might have to post her one over because she really misses Penneys!

The childrenswear was really cute also.

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Red shoes
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Novelty reindeer glasses

There were beautiful Christmas trees in each room, decorated with kitschy ornaments, baubles and gold letters and a DJ spinning Christmas tunes in the corner.

My years in retail have left me with a hatred of Christmas music but the event was so much fun, I didn’t even mind.

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Christmas tree
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Christmas tree

I wore my Bershka leather-look dress with black tights and boots.

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My outfit for the day (I look so awkward ) Pic: Anthony Woods)
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Burger ornament

How cute are these Disney baubles? I’m almost thinking about getting a Christmas tree for my apartment this year.

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Primark Disney bauble

The last room held a selection of nightwear and underwear, as well as shoes, perfume, makeup and nail sets.

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Perfume and nail sets
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Burgundy shoe boots
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Glitter vanity case

I’m a sucker for anything floral so I loved these green satin PJs and robe.

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Primark underwear and PJs
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PJs and lingerie
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Lingerie and robes

There were lots of fun and novelty stocking filler ideas mixed around the rooms, from cocktail fishbowls, face masks and games.

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Fishbowl cocktail set
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Facemasks

And there was plenty of decorative inspo from lights and candles to toy elves, Santas and reindeer.

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Tealight holder and candle
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Star light
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Christmas toys and decorations
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Toy reindeer and reindeer slippers

These sequin slippers and rhinestone-embellished hairbrush are both great stocking filler ideas.

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Rhinestone hairbrush
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Rhinestone hairbrush

Thank you to the girls from Primark for hosting such a wonderful event, I can’t wait for the next one!

Hope you all enjoyed this post and got lots of inspiration for Christmas. This post is not sponsored.

I’ll be heading away to Portugal on my first press trip at the end of November and I’ve also upping my outfit post game, so expect some posts on these soon.

Thanks for reading as always and if you would like to follow me on social media,  check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page.

Edel

 

 

 

& Other Stories: The Dublin Début

When A-Wear closed the doors of their Grafton Street premises three years ago, it seemed unlikely a similar tenant would be found to replace them. HMV briefly languished there before leaving a gap once more more.

Thankfully, & Other Stories snapped up the lease and have transformed the vacant building into the epitome of Scandinavian chic. I attended their launch evening last night and I couldn’t believe I was in the same building! (No shade A-wear..)

I’ve been looking forward to this since H&M opened their beautiful College Green store. And when the invite alone is this pretty, you know it’s going to be a good event.

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Arriving at the store, I was warmly greeted with a mini size Moet champagne with a cute compliment inscribed. I could get used to that kind of treatment!

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There were also juices and water on offer from handsome waiters, a DJ playing and 30% off everything in store that evening! I was immediately envious of the DJ’s shift dress, a gorgeous holographic creation.

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I used to love wandering through the various floors of A-Wear and the new Other Stories makes the most of the space available. On the ground floor, there’s a mix of makeup, candles, body products, jewellery, underwear and clothes.

Shoes reside in the basement along with bags and funky accessories such as velvet phone cases. The top floor is devoted to dressy pieces.

If IKEA and H&M had a baby, this is what it would look like.

The entire shop is painted white with marble and wooden shelving. Cacti and plants are dotted throughout the store.

Other Stories offer 10% off to customers returning packaging from their cosmetics and for textile recycling also. Having said that, they use a lot of paper to wrap products so that’s a tad counterproductive!

My favourite area of the store was the top floor. There were so many gorgeous pieces on display, from a holographic skirt, soft forest green t-shirts, lacy tops and leather dresses. The majority of the collections are quite simple but chic.

I also loved the shoes, from turquoise mules, silver snakeskin flats and heeled boots, there were loads to choose from.

The bags were also amazing from mock croc totes, Chloe lookalikes and  PVC satchels.

& Other Stories have a higher price tag to go with the beautiful clothes but some of the pieces were quite affordable with 30% off. Unfortunately I still have to buy all my Christmas presents so had to exercise restraint this time!

I could sit here all day telling you how fabulous & Other Stories is but nah. Go see it for yourselves! It’s opening today at 12 pm, 26-27 Grafton Street and there’s a treat for the first 50 customers..

I couldn’t leave without buying something so I got a beautiful iridescent green nail varnish. On our way out we also got a goody bag. At first I thought mine was jewellery as it came in a beautiful little box but it was actually a set of three lipsticks! I can’t wait to try them. They were €15 each separately so it was a very generous gift.

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Galloon Burgundy lipstick. Pic: Otherstories.ie

Thanks to the lovely staff at & Other Stories and Baluba for a great night. I will be back soon wielding my Visa debit card!

Hope you all enjoyed this post and let me know your thoughts on the new store.

Thanks for reading as always and don’t forget to check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page here.

Edel

 

 

 

Chupi’s 10th Anniversary

This evening I attended the 10th anniversary of Irish jewellery label Chupi.

Chupi Sweetman is one of Ireland’s most successful jewellery designers, known for her delicate pieces inspired by nature and the wild.

I love looking at the Chupi instagram account so I was dying to see the collection in real life!

The event was held upstairs in the Powerscourt centre and was decorated with gold balloons and bunting.

Chupi herself looked amazing in a flesh colour dress with white lace floral details, in the style of For Love and Lemons dresses. She also had a gorgeous gold hairpiece.

I went with a fellow jewellery fanatic Siobhan from Aquaruby so I was in good company. 🙂

We got a glass of wine first thing and browsed all the gorgeous jewellery on display.

Unfortunately, I’m still restricted by the student budget so I wasn’t buying but had a lot of fun looking. I wore a vintage shirt, black jeans and snakeskin boots to the event.

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These are some of my favourite pieces from the collection. I loved the Constellation pieces especially each representing a star sign.

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Constellation necklaces
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Chupi jewellery

I also fell in love with the Crown of Love laurel leaf earrings which can be worn as an earring or ear cuff.

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Crown of Love earrings

The farthing coin Worth your Weight in Gold earrings are amazing, a little piece of history in the palm of your hand. Available in silver, gold or rose gold.

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Worth your weight in gold earrings. Pic: Chupi.ie

Outside a girl offered to take a polaroid picture of myself, Siobhan and her friend Meabh.

The picture came out lovely and we actually drew straws over who should keep it! I won 😛

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Polaroid picture!

As well as the delicate gold pieces, there were also gorgeous colourful pieces like these beautiful rings.

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And while I normally don’t wear rings, I did fall in love with the One in Million star ring below.

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The Wild Ivy leaf earrings below were another favourite. These are cast from a real ivy leaf.

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The swan feather necklace and I Can Fly earrings below on the right are exquisite. Again these were cast using real swan feathers and are plated with rose gold.

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We also got a lovely goody bag with a cute notebook and pencil-perfect for college! I really wanted some nice stationary for college so I was thrilled.

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Cute stationary

 It was a lovely evening and it’s always great to see Irish and independent designers doing well.Here’s to the next ten years of Chupi.

Thanks for reading, hope you’ve enjoyed this post. Don’t forget you can like my page on Facebook here and keep up to date with my blog.

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Edel