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

Chris Henry wears jacket 425, shirt 160, twill trousers 135. Simon Zebo wears Bomber jacket 445, shirt 95, jeans 135. Jamie Heaslip wears Jacket 375, shirt 115, jeans 125. Photograph: Sean Jackson

Simon Zebo, Jamie Heaslip and Chris Henry are as competitive off the field as on it

Ivan (front) and Carl Crowe of Advance Joinery Services, who specialise in restoring sash windows, working on a property in Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘Every day is a school day with this work’

Spring and summer looks by (left to right) Marni, Christian Dior, Valentino and Victoria Beckham at the Brown Thomas fashion show. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dior steals early morning preview show at store’s bright new €9 million accessories hall

David Erixon and Brian Teeling, founders of Nowhere on Dublin’s Aungier Street

Nowhere store opens on Aungier Street with clothes for men who aren’t afraid to step outside convention

Model Kate Moss on way into the Maison Martin Margiela catwalk fashion show, held in Hanover Square, London. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

British designer makes his highly anticipated catwalk comeback for Maison Margiela

Jane Shortall wearing crop pants, €69 and bra €44, both lululemon.com.

Jane Shortall’s new weekend bootcamps aim to kickstart the new year with a mix of dance, fitness and yoga with mindfulness and mot(...)

Linking Irish wedding specialists and vendors with brides from all over the globe

The finest cashmere clothing is now being produced in Ireland, thanks one of the planet’s most advanced knitting machines, writes(...)

“With fewer than five hours of training, ‘the brunette colleen’ made her first solo flight”

From Achill to a life on the runways of the US

Pink lace bra, €42.95, pin lace brief, €27.95, both Elle McPherson. Melita robe with lace detail, €190, Vivis, all from Brown Thomas

A little can mean a lot in lingerie shops for men in search of fashion fantasies

This being the second last weekend before Christmas and the height of the shopping frenzy, here’s how to do it in ladylike style before panic sets in

Deirdre McQuillan's guide to looking good while gift-hunting

03/12/14 - MAGAZINE -  WEDNESDAYThe New HM Store under renovation on Dublins Dame street in a former bank. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Old and new names include Sparkle, Castle & Drury, Raglan and H&M

Tiernan Dolan, who created a photographic record of the rebuild during the five-year project. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times Tiernan Dolan, who created a photographic record of the rebuild of St Mel’s Cathedral in Longford

Five years after it was virtually destroyed by fire, St Mel’s Cathedral in Longford has risen from the ashes, just in time for Chr(...)

Models Teo Sutra, Jonathan Zavala, and Yomiko Chen, are caught by a sudden gust of wind during a photocall to launch the Arnotts Spring Summer 2015 collections , in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Wood Quay Venue sees men’s buttoned-up look contrast women’s zanier collection

The winner of this year’s ‘Irish Times’ best boutique award has been supplying casually elegant fashion to women in the Co Wicklow(...)

Furniture designer and architect Eileen Gray died nearly 40 years ago but is back with us in a big way: a new book, film and TV sp(...)

Melissa Hamilton as Mary Vetsera and Rupert Pennefather as Crown Prince Rudolf in Mayerling

Royal Ballet dancer Melissa Hamilton used early advice to give up her dancing dreams as fuel to drive here burning and ultimatel(...)

Interior designer Deirdre Mongey in her home in Avoca, Co Wicklow: she believes good lighting can produce “phenomenal” results. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Deirdre Mongey works on everything from single rooms to corporate premises but always tries to bear in mind how each individual sp(...)

Black and white trim blazer €70, striped shirt (men’s) €47.50, tights €8, boots €140, cap €20, black belt €24, messenger bag €4,120, leather gloves €54 at Marks & Spencers

Worn with flimsy frocks, jeans or even suits, the military look is an easy everyday style

It’s one time in the year when less is definitely not more, so why not take the opportunity to get out the sequins and get your sp(...)

“No building is the same and all have their own challenges”: Stonemason Shane Nolan working on an arch at Grangegorman with Dean O’Hagan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Specialist: Stonemason Shane Nolan is a building conservationist who is passionate about brick and stonework – and has been fo(...)

Images from the new handsome and lavishly-illustrated book about Etro, the Italian company founded by book lover and art collector Gimmo Etro in 1868 and now run by his four children

A new book explores how Italian design company Etro likes to do things with a twist

Turnbull & Asser arrives at Louise Kennedy

Carmel Walsh has carved out a glamorous career as a stylist in Florence’s luxury goods market

Crafts Council exhibition shows fashion can be made at home

Ken Ryan and William Malone from The Abbey Stained Glass Studios giving The Harry Clarke Studios windows their final inspection before being reinstalled in the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary Convent in Cavan.Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The restorers at The Abbey Stained Glass Studios in Dublin’s Kilmainham preserve the beauty of this window art and relocate unwant(...)

Blouse, €250, Love Moschino, Gilet, €149, Sisley, Arnotts

An abundance of fur from M&S to Marc Jacobs will have you wishing for winter weather

Alasdhair Willis, the boot maker’s newish creative director, says he doesn’t join a business unless he can get results

Fashion and dance combine

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