Orla Reynolds’s original shelving unit design which contains a concealed dining table and four chairs

Orla Reynolds was an aspiring dancer when injury forced her to rethink her career

Sinead foyle from Co Laois picutred wth her Debs Dress which she bought in Folkster in Temple Bar Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

It’s debs season, and the search is on for showstopper dresses. It’s an expensive business, with some spending up to €1.000 on ‘th(...)

 Marietta Doran announces the showcase: Those heading to New York include Una Burke, Helen Steele, Heidi Higgins, Jennifer Rothwell and Chupi Sweetman. Photograph: Sara Freund

Event to be held in the Irish Consulate in Manhattan as part of Irish Design 2015

John Lee with his children John and Áine: his solid ash table took the new Irish Design Award. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Cork-based and Connemara-based basket maker receive top awards

This is a bright new cafe just opened in Easky, the latest in a series of local ventures reviving the fortunes of this small histo(...)

Jewellery by Naoise Fitzgerald

Forget diamonds and pearls, silver and gold and think tin, string and human hair as young jewellers look to the everyday for insp(...)

Gulets, traditional twin-masted schooners, above, are the perfect way to explore the coast of Anatolia in  Turkey

Crusing along southwestern Turkey’s extensive and breathtakingly beautiful Anatolia coast

Cutting hair at Sam’s Barber’s on Ormond Quay in Dublin

Men are looking after their looks again. Here are 10 Dublin barbershops that are a cut above the rest

Isabelle Traber models Dolce & Gabbana at the launch of the Brown Thomas autumn/winter 2015 season. Photograph: Sara Freund

BT fashion show gives glimpse of upcoming autumn/winter clothes collections

Safari inspired looks for bright summer days and hazy evenings

 Avice Maughan wears an Aisling Ahern headpiece  and Natalie B Coleman dress  and Louise Byrne also wears an Aisling Ahern headpiece. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Diversity of work ranges from knitwear, swimwear, footwear and jewellery to toys, glass, ceramics and furniture

Mark Moriarty impressed judges with celeriac baked in barley and fermented hay

You want to make a statement and look as if you’ve made an effort, but don’t forget the importance of dressing for comfort. It’s g(...)

Brian P Nolan (centre), managing director of Brian S Nolan interiors store in Dún Laoghaire, Dublin with founder Brian S Nolan and Rosaleen Nolan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Specialist: Brian P Nolan, managing director of Brian S Nolan, a family-run interiors shop in Dún Laoghaire for over 30 years(...)

Hye-soon Lee’s designs in the Korean hanbok tradition will be on show at the Mansion House, Dublin.  Photograph: Mark Stedman/Ireland.

Wearers of hanbok clothing are wearing ‘5,000 years of culture and history’

Chantilly lace the signature feature

Northern Ireland has produced many influential names in fashion and design. Here are six of the new generation of northerners maki(...)

 White jersey mesh shoulder dress, €263.20  by Jill de Burca  from the Design Centre or  jilldeburca.com

Embroidery is being brought back by a Dublin-based artist whose passion is evident in beautiful work

NCAD designs by Alice Langton, Adam Henderson, Daniel Roden and Jessica Bagnall, modelled by Sarah Rochford, Teodora Sutra, Laura Kinsman and Audrey Ryan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Winner of NCAD bursary is inspired by superstitions around colour

Eric Byrne, a second generation master stonemason working in his studio in the grounds of Russborough House in Wicklow

The Specialist: Eric Byrne, master stonemason has built a business by focusing on smaller export products

In Limerick School of Art and Design, they’re busy pulling clothes apart and reimagining them in a competely different ways

Folding not fretting: Deirdre McQuillan learning the art of packing at Louis Vuitton’s  London branch.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Learning the fine art of packing a carry-on suitcase in six steps

Floral prints are everywhere this season. But there is a skill in putting all the elements of a floral outfit together

Miriam Smithers’s design, which features people under umbrellas

Since they first appeared in 1917, Converse have become synonymous with urban style

Richard Malone is the only fashion designer and only Irish person on the list of future big names in music, poetry, dance and writ(...)

Two-piece navy suit, €239, Scott; tweed waistcoat, €69.95, Gibson; white LS T-shirt, €19.95, JackJones; navy tie, €20, Lloyd Attree Smith; tan brogues Gucinari. Glasses, stylist’s own

A west of Ireland collaboration brings vibrant street art and fashion into sharp focus

Fiona Gilboy and Denis Kenny of Ceadogán Rugs in their headquarters in Barrystown, Wellingtonbridge, Co Wexford. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Husband-and-wife team have been getting rugmaking down to a fine art for 30 years

22-year-old Adam Henderson from Rathgar has earned him the coveted €3,500 River Island Fashion Design Bursary and a three-month pa(...)

Philip Treacy’s spring collection, all curvaceous brims, bold colour and bravura strokes, also features ultra-stylish summer fedor(...)

A pilot with Virgin Atlantic is one of the brains behind a new Irish jewellery company called Harpur de Neve

 Breton stripes add a dash of summer, such as this top from Zara, €9.99

The essentials that will get you ready for anything an Irish summer might throw at you, from sudden downpours to brilliant sunshin(...)

Gail Kilroy , Monkstown, Co. Dublin  with her favourite Louis Vuitton bag.   Photograph: Eric Luke

Five people talk about the bags that quicken their pulses and hold their purses

Lighting designer Billy Canning has designed chandeliers for concert halls, palaces and private residences, as well as restoring the oldest in Ireland

After 24 years designing lights for Waterford Crystal, Billy Canning is now a freelance designer of domestic projects as well as o(...)

Left and right, dresses in the Jeanne Lanvin Retrospective at Palais Galliera in Paris. Photographs: Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images. Centre, Jeanne Lanvin and her daughter, Marguerite, in costume in 1970. Photograph: copyright Lanvin Estate

Lanvin’s moment in the spotlight is long overdue, and the modernity of her century-old dresses is extraordinary

1970’s chic: suede coat, €1,240, Theory; dress, €446, Diane Von Furstenberg; glasses, €315, Miu Miu, all Brown Thomas. Hat, €19.99, River Island

Flares, chunky heels, floppy hats and fringed bags hark back to an earlier era

Mary Shaw, Paris-based Irish designer who created Sequana interiors business

Since she founded Sequana in 1997, Mary Shaw, a long-term French resident, has forged an enviable international reputation for her(...)

Andrew Rudd: a chef, event organiser, author, TV and radio presenter, his three-piece suit  is €680 and shirt €120, both  from Reiss. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Six food professionals were taken out of their casual comfort zone and chef’s uniforms and redressed in more formal gear. What wer(...)

Flair for fashion: Aine Carlin’s daily uniform comprises jeans, a Breton top and headscarves

Derry-born Aine Carlin is a food writer and a darling of Peta who is helping to transform the image of veganism

Brian McGuigan (centre) with his son, Ciaran McGuigan (right) and Phelim Darby, production manager Orior

Ciaran McGuigan, a former e-commerce businessman, film-maker and professional footballer at Drogheda United, is creating a US pla(...)

Slab City, a squatters’ campsite in the Colorado Desert, California. Photograph: Ronan Gallagher

Gallagher got noticed as a documentary photographer before moving into fashion work for Gucci and other big houses

With so much pink infusing the spring season, the colour’s power has never been so forceful in fashion

Pink infuses Louise Kennedy’s spring collection – and it’s one of her best

Model wears a rose-inspired outfit at the Alexander McQueen show at the Conciergerie. Photograph: Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images

Nicholas Ghesquière’s winter collection underpinned week’s top trends

A model walks the runway during the Louis Vuitton show at Paris Fashion Week. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Alexander McQueen shows rose-inspired collection in Marie Antoinette’s prison

Niamh O’Neill, Sandra Walsh, Ann Chapman and Paula Rowan tell us about their unique personal styles and pick their favourite outfi(...)

Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) walk the runway at the Valentino show at the Espace Ephémere Tuileries during Paris Fashion Week. Photograph: Pascal le Segretain/Getty Images

Karl Lagerfeld included his usual cheeky touches, as Zoolander walks for Valentino

The Stella McCartney show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2015/2016. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Stella’s collection has twists on tweed while Hermès goes with its equestrian heritage

Models present creations by designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim as part of their Autumn/Winter 2015/2016 women’s ready-to-wear collection for Japanese fashion house Kenzo during Paris Fashion Week March 8th, 2015. Photograph: Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes

Irish designers Lucy Downes and Una Burke impress at the two top trade events

Spirit of this year’s collection ‘more liberated, darker and more sexual’

A model presents a creation for Carven during the 2015-2016 fall/winter ready-to-wear collection fashion show on in Paris. Photograph: Francois Guillot/ AFP/Getty Images

Carven goes for youth while Anne deMeulemeester is shrouded in darkness

Rich colours: Dries Van Noten’s Paris show at the Hotel de Ville. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/ EPA

Dries Van Noten’s show is a cracker as utility meets opulence for autumn/winter

It’s no surprise that the colour pink has been embraced by forward looking designers, from Simone Rocha to Celine

After months of covering up, it’s time to lighten up with pinks and sheers

 A male choir dressed as road workers sing on the runway during the Anya Hindmarch show during London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015/16 in London. Photograph: Getty

Hindmarch and Hunter bring fresh feeling with smaller presentations a trend

Audrey Adams: ‘There is a massive sense of satisfaction seeing something being resurrected. I have seen people burst into tears when they see  the renovation.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘I suddenly realised that I was being coerced into a job – then I discovered I loved it’

 A model walks the runway at the Burberry Prorsum show during London Fashion Week. Photograph: Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Burberry, Erdem Christopher Bailey and Osman share the limelight

Attracta Courtney from Fermanagh is an international makeup artist who has worked with Zoe Jordan, Orla Kiely, Paul Costelloe and John Rocha but whose reach in the fashion world is much wider

Now based in London, her impressive client list including Cara Delavingne, Natalia Vodianova and Pippa Middleton

Models present creations from  designer Margaret Howell at Rambert ballet centre during the 2015 Autumn/Winter London Fashion Week in London on February 22nd, 2015. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

Irish heavyweights in London include Simone Rocha, Orla Kiely and J W Anderson

What comes across is the decadence and excess of McQueen and Galliano

People and places you’ll be hearing more about

A model walks the runway at the Paul Costelloe presentation during London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015/16 at The Waldorf Hilton Hotel on February 20, 2015 in London, England. Photograph: Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Work of seven young Irish fashion graduates opens in Soho carpark

Laura Whitmore (centre) and models walk the runway at the Bora Aksu show during London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015/16 at Somerset House. Photograph: Ben A Pruchnie/Getty Images

Ex-MTV presenter Laura Whitmore on catwalk for Bora Aksu

Yomiko (centre), in a Poppy Ivory Fine Lace Bridal Gown with Delicate Scatter Beadwork, with Karen Fitzpatrick (left), in a Lilianna Orchid Silk Organza Digital Print Dress  and Sarah Morrisey, in a Pari Ivory Crepe Tunic with Petal Embroidered Sleeves  and Crista Red Capri Trs, all part of the Louise Kennedy Spring Summer Collection 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Japanese woodblock print of cherry blossoms starting point for spring collection

Tim Duggan and Aoife Flanagan: ‘I proposed to her on a park bench in Manhattan on my knees in my running gear.’ Photograph: Trevor Hart
The look of love

Four couples at different stages in their relationships talk about what attracted them to each other and what love means to them (...)

Tree surgeon Stephen Buchanan working on trees near Maynooth , Co KildarePhotograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

The demand for cutting back branches or chopping down trees is growing in rural areas and cities, but that doesn’t stop tree surge(...)

Elks children’s clothing

The young Dublin clothing company, the brainchild of Lucy Clarke, is kicking against disposable clothing with designs in tradition(...)

Anna Bauer in her studio on Thomas Street in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The German photographer has put on hold her successful career shooting for Céline and Victoria Beckham and documenting the backsta(...)

Two ladies figurative digital print silk viscose shirt-dress with leather collar €495

Stained glass windows by Harry Clarke were the insporation behind Irish designer Jennifer Rothwell’s latest collection

“The nature of the work is very physical”, roof thatcher, Kyran O’Grady, Knockrobin, Wicklow. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

The Howth native has thatched everything from cottages to pubs and offices

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