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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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Leopards never change their spots

If I could describe how wearing leopard print makes me feel in one word, it’d be empowered. From Pat Butcher to Hollywood femme fatales, leopard print has always been a trademark of a strong confident woman.

Some may say it’s trashy, I say it’s sassy. If you too want to feel sassy this winter, then you need to add at least one leopard print piece to your wardrobe.

Being the fashion fortuneteller that I am, I picked up a vintage leopard print blouse in the Tola Vintage kilo sale in Galway. I haven’t worn it yet but now it’s on trend and will look amazing with black jeans and boots.

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Leopard print blouse from Tola Vintage.

 

I’ve styled it with my oversize denim jacket and a Stella McCartney lookalike bag that my housemate kindly brought me back from holidays.

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The leopard print looks great with an oversize denim jacket.

If you feel anxious about wearing leopard print, try a subtle pattern or a leopard print accessory first. Devotees can head straight for the faux fur coats!

These are some of my favourite leopard print lovelies on the high street at the moment. This Topshop belt would look great on blue or black jeans for a subtle leopard print accent.

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Leopard print pony hair belt. Pic: Topshop.com

 

If you want to go all out, then a leopard coat is the best way to make a statement.

Topshop have this fabulous faux fur one for €125. Definitely the most glamorous way to stay warm on a chilly winter night out !

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Faux fur leopard coat. Pic: Topshop.com

If that’s completely out of your budget, here are two less expensive options. This brown leopard coat with an oversize collar is €84 from Missguided.

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Leopard coat. Pic: Missguided.com

Bershka have a shorter style with a bold print for €59.99.

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Faux fur leopard coat. Pic: Bershka.com

I also love this delicate leopard print blouse from Bershka. It’s only €19.99 and doubles up as workwear.

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Leopard print blouse. Pic: Bershka.com

River Island have some great leopard print items, including this cosy looking stole which is a great alternative to a woolly scarf.

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Leopard print stole. Pic: River Island.com

This biker beaury is courtesy of Zara, I’m dying to get this myself. I’ve seen Niamh Cullen from BehindtheBraids wearing it and it looked stunning on her! It’s not biker season but I digress…

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Zara biker jacket.

For a daring night out look, I love this bardot playsuit from Missguided, €30.80.

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Leopard print playsuit. Pic: Missguided.com

No trend post of mine is complete without a few footwear options naturally. Topshop have great leather ankle boots for just under €100.

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Topshop ankle boots €98. Pic: Topshop.com

For a casual option, try these leopard lace-ups from Asos, on sale right now for just under €20!

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Leopard print flats. Pic: Asos.com

Hope you all enjoyed this post as much as I did. Leave me a comment below and let me know if you like leopard print.

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

Edel

Tola Vintage Kilo Sale

The last time Tola Vintage had a kilo sale I was devastated at not being able to go.

However, when I heard there was another massive kilo sale planned I knew I had to make this one!

As luck would have it, I had to travel home on the 22nd to vote (this blogger always does her democratic duty) but I made it back for the sale.

I normally would never go home for just one day but this kilo sale was a pretty big event.

I knew the sale would be big from following Tola Vintage’s posts and from the location in the RDS. I was extremely curious as to what would be on offer!

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I arrived about 1pm as I’d been out the night before (not recommended for serious kilo-salers!) and I didn’t want to get up too early.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was still loads of stock available and the hall was huge so it didn’t feel packed and stressful.

I wandered around taking in the sights of suede, leather, snapbacks and determined fashionistas trying clothes on as best they could over their own clothing! At first, I was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of stock and I meandered up and down browsing.

At first, I was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of stock and I meandered up and down browsing.

However, once I’d picked up one item, others just seemed to follow and before I knew it I had a huge pile of clothes! I hadn’t spotted the IKEA bags that were by the door so I was dragging my pile, plus rucksack and jacket around like a camel.

I began to try on pieces and wanted to keep almost everything. I only discarded a few items mostly that were too big or small.

I was on the look-out for a nice suede or leather jacket and some skirts or dresses. As there were no fitting rooms you had to try on clothes in front of a mirror.

I’d forgotten about this and worn jeans but luckily I could try on everything. Next time I will probably wear a dress and tights or shorts and tights as it will make trying-on even easier.

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I was really happy with the quality of stock out also, very few items had signs of wear, some vintage stores sell items which are quite worn-out!

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I saw some really beautiful and unusual clothes like this beaded dress below and motorcycle jackets.

I was also completely in awe of two stylish Brazilians who were trying on head-to-toe capes and looking amazing!

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After A LOT of trying on, walking up and down and a water break, I decided to take my pile to be weighed. *gulp*  I had about €55 in cash on me and several heavy pieces in my bag…

On the initial weigh-in at €10 per kilo, my bundle was €68. I decided to discard a few items and was delighted to get down to €50 for everything!!!

This is what I got.

*Cream leather shorts.

These would be so cute with brogues, black tights, and a simple top.

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Light brown suede fringed jacket.

I’m going to wear this with denim shorts to Sea Sessions…can’t wait!

*Green velvet dress.

I LOVE this dress, it’s a beautiful colour, it looks black in photos but it’s actually a gorgeous dark green. I’d dress it up (maybe with my new Penneys’ iridescent green sandals) and some gold jewellery.

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Black and silver lace hemmed top.

I’d really like to wear this with black flares for a goth/hippy look.

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Beaded short-sleeve top with shoulder pads.

I’ve wanted one of these beaded tops for ages but the ones I’ve seen in vintage shops were always expensive!

It needs a new button at the back but apart from that is perfect. I love the detailing on the neck and it’s also very flattering for a “fat” day.

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And it was perfect for a Christmas party!

Green leather patch off the shoulder jumper.

This is my favourite piece and I’ve been wearing it with PVC leggings and black plimsolls.

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*Black and silver halter neck top.

I’m looking forward to wearing this out with high-waisted jeans.

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*Black beaded hem skirt.

I’ve a really similar top which will look really cute for summer.

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*White lace and patchwork cardigan.

I will wear this with blue or black jeans.

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PHEW!

As well as the vintage, there were also pop-up stores from Sick Studs, Magne jewellery and others. I’d run out of money by that time which was probably just as well!

The only disappointment was I didn’t see any accessories. I love vintage bags and belts and would’ve liked to see some.

I’ve lots of fun stuff coming up, I attended the Irish blogger conference yesterday (ermagerd!) and will have a post for you soon!

I’m also going to Belfast next weekend and Sea Sessions in Donegal on June 19th.

Leave me a comment and let me know if you like vintage kilo sales.

UPDATE: Everything I’ve marked with an asterisk I’ve since either given to a charity shop or sold when I moved house.

I wore almost everything except the skirt but I didn’t get much wear out of many of these items. So, exercise restraint while kilo shopping guys!

Thanks for reading and check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page here.

Edel

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Autumn/Winter Trends 2014: Ripped jeans and check shirts

I spent my bank holiday Monday in a constructive manner ..window shopping A/W’s finest offerings. It’s finally starting to feel like autumn outside and I love autumn/winter clothes!

Today I popped into an awesome new(ish) vintage shop Tola Vintage which is in Temple Bar.

They had lots of gorgeous things including the autumn staple checked flannel shirts.

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Crop check shirt. Pic: Tola Vintage

While I was in Paris I visited a kilo store in Paris St Germain which had loads of these shirts.

I wanted to buy one but I already had more than a kilo of clothing so I had to say no. This is a cropped shirt so not the most practical for winter.

Urban Outfitters have loads of check shirts (or plaid if you speak American) in different materials. Below are two that caught my eye while browsing.

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Check shirt Urban Outfitters. Pic: UrbanOutiftters.com
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Red plaid shirt Urban Outfitters. Pic: Urban Outfitters.com
Urban Renewal Overdyed Flannel Shirt
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Both shirts are from the “Urban Renewal” range. These are items that are upcycled from old clothes and transformed into a new garment.

I spied some amazing scarf-print halter tops with fringe trimming also which I will have to revisit.

Check scarves and oversized scarves are the accessories of the moment. Here are a couple of beauties I found on Pinterest – the bigger the better!

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Asos check scarf. Pic: Asos.com
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Plaid scarf. Pic: Pinterest
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Check scarf. Pic: Pinterest

The perfect partner to a check shirt is, of course, ripped jeans. ]

This my favourite trend of the entire year, I love ripped and distressed jean styles.

Ironically it’s also the only trend Kim Kardashian ever got right. 😛

If you’re unsure about this trend, try a simple style like these Asos ripped knees below.

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For a more distressed look, try DIY’ing an old pair. I tried out the trend with an old pair of jeans and set out “destroying.”

1. Mark the area with chalk where you want to rip. Rips generally look best on the knees and mid-thigh area. You will need to place a barrier inside the leg of jeans (like a piece of wood) to prevent any rips or tears going through to the other side.

2. Use a wire sponge, cheese grater or any abrasive item and run it over the area you want to distress. Have patience – denim is a thick material that takes time to wear down!

3. As the denim begins to fray, use your fingers to pull it at the white threads that will appear to create a distressed look. These will fray more with washing so don’t go too mad!

4. Finally, take a scissors (or serrated knife) and score the edges of the holes with the inside of the scissors NOT the tip. It’s very important not to use the tip of the scissors as it will destroy the “distressed” effect.  You want the edges to be ragged and uneven so use the inside blade of the scissors to achieve this.

I used old loose jeans that already had knee rips and am currently adding rips to the thighs.

If you don’t have an old pair then get to Forever 21 as they have great plain jeans for €7 at the moment, they are perfect for customising.

If you’re not sure about what you want here is some inspo! 😉

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I don't know. I've never been a fan of ripped jeans but I'm started to think they're cute...is that a sin? What do you guys think?
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Fashionable Combinations With Ripped Jeans - Fashion Diva Design
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If that’s all too much effort and you want extreme rips try these bad boys from Asos below.

Massive holes in your jeans aren’t the most practical item you could buy for winter in Ireland but they’re just so cool!

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Ripped jeans used to be the ultimate in tacky clothing but they’ve now evolved into an everyday staple.

To keep them looking classy, cover up on top and wear flats, plimsolls or Converse are best.

Denim jackets also look amazing when ripped and shredded..get creative and see what you come up with.

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As for the shoe of the season, the plimsoll is still going strong.

Once plimsolls were “indoor shoes” in national school, they now come in a multitude of styles, colours and textures and are anything but boring. Here are a few I really like.

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Asos check cuties. Pic: Asos.com
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Missguided velvet slip-ons. Pic: Missguided.com

These lovely velvet Missguided shoes are available in red and navy at only €22.

Finally, these graphic floral beauties are only €29 from the amazing Folkster.

If you haven’t been to their store in Temple Bar I highly recommend a visit!

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Pic: Folkster.com

Next weekend is their annual vintage kilo sale in Smithfield..I will be attending and reporting back. 😉

Hope you all enjoyed this post. I hope to be writing again soon and I’ve started a separate blog for non-fashion related topics.

Thanks for reading and forget to check out my InstagramTwitter and Facebook page here.

Edel