“Having the most basic LBD paired with colour popping accessories will be the fastest go-to party look you could ever put together.”  Model and blogger Louise O’Reilly

Plus the Dublin hotel with an in-house milliner, and a flamingo steal vs splurge

Straw disc hat with giant pink rose, €350

By wearing a hat, you can enliven and transform an inexpensive outfit, and try on a different personality at the same time

The Tweed Project

Ethical, environmentally friendly labels are making clothes in organic cotton and silk, and local tweed

The winner of the “Dundrum Town Centre Best Dressed Lady” will walk away with a not so meagre prize of €10,000 in Dundrum Town Centre vouchers. Photograph: Leon Farrell

Dominique McMullan and Deirdre McQuillan round up this week's style news and fashion tips

Shapeshifting lingerie examples range from a magnificent shocking pink corset in silk satin to a present day waist training corset

From pantaloons and petticoats, to bloodied corsets and Kardashians, our briefs have a long history

Sarah Swan is making her mark in the fashion world with her new  scarf collection

Dominique McMullan and Deirdre McQuillan round up this week’s fashion news and style tips

Mary Heffernan adores the portraits of her two children. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Mary Heffernan says the interiors she looks after differ from hers and her small budget

Treat your tootsies with these gold-padded metallic mules for €550 from Gucci, or walk tall in these metallic mules for €29.99 from H&M

Dominique McMullan and Deirdre McQuillan round up this week’s fashion news and style tips

Operating table circa 1952 retrieved by Lucy Downes from the former hospital on Dublin’s Hume Street. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

This fashion designer salvaged a 1952 operating table and uses it for displaying favourite objects

Chambray shirt €79 from Dunnes Stores

Inspired by a super-stylish woman she met on holiday, designer Carolyn Donnelly has come up with a simple, easy-to-pack collection(...)

Tanya Grimson, editor of maven46; oversized A-line blazer from COS; coloured diamonds from Boodles and a yellow raincoat from Regatta at The Great Outdoors

Plus style secrets, heart clutches, summer blazers and luxurious make-up

Cillian Ó Súilleabháin, award winning Irish furniture designer and maker. Photographs: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Irish designer’s technical rigour informs his crafting of planks into stunning tables and cabinets

This recreated soft underfoot sensation of running on pine needles

Sneakers have come off the sports field and onto the catwalk, as designers come up with ever more innovative versions of the humbl(...)

“We chose the colours because they remind us of things we love about this island– rich green seaweed”

Deirdre McQuillan and Dominique McMullan round up this week's fashion news and style advice

A rope lamp at Anthony Peto’s home in Sandymount, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Hatmaker Anthony Peto on the design philosophy that runs through his life

Sharp couple: Derek and Zoe McGrath at their wedding in Dublin

Say bye-bye to convention and deck yourself out with bold, check patterns and tweed

Models Anastasia and Niamh McCormack. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Level of craftsmanship, creativity and innovation at event shows potential of graduates

Laura Kidd at Airfield Farm, Dublin, wearing knitwear by Fintan Mulholland

Knitwear designers have moved on from the traditional Aran sweater

Also: tights for warmer weather and Stella McCartney’s Brown Thomas collection

In a major coup for Dublin, Marija Aslimoska of Parfumarija has secured the rights to sell products from one of the oldest and most famous pharmacies in the world, Santa Maria Novella in Florence

Also: Snappy Lingerie from Marks & Spencer, Style V Splurge and diamonds for charity

Nuala Goodman at home in Milan, under her portrait of Ettore Sottsass. Photograph: Carlo Lavatori

In her spacious but warmly chaotic Milan home, the Irish artist is glad of the haven of her studio, where she can get on with her (...)

A new book called Slow Fashion highlights the growing importance of sustainable fashion worldwide

Also: Steal v Splurge, in praise of flats, and a touch of sparkle

Interior designer Roisin Lafferty in the garden of her home and office in Ranelagh. Photograph: Dave Meehan

There is no point following each new trend too closely, picking one colour and sticking to it, or imposing a strict style concept (...)

Striking graduate designs in red with a heavy scarf by Zoe Redmond, knitwear by Aisling Duff, a casual split-colour outfit by Eavan Butler and beautiful pleating from Nino Sanaia

The themes are rich and varied as NCAD students display materials and ideas

The obvious stand-out piece from River Island’s new Studio collection is this  navy suede eyelet detail tunic style dress

Dominique McMullan and Deirdre McQuillan round up this week’s style news and tips

Since humble beginnings in Dublin, the chain now boasts over 300 stores in 10 countries and 62,000 employees

Following the success of the store in the US, and as it launches in Milan next week, we follow the success of Penneys from a pile(...)

A bag from Livia Firth’s micro collection for M&S.   This summery starburst ensemble of shoes – flats, courts and pumps – is from Dolce & Gabbana’s new Rainbow Lace collection

Also, M&S’s passport to happiness, athleisure and three key accessory investments

 Aoibheann McNamara in front of artwork by artist Joana Astolfi at her home in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The restaurateur likes to mix Scandinavian sleek with Moroccan style in her open-plan home

We think Tar Mar would approve of these agressivly cuffed jeans and of Michael Kors new smart smartwatch

Dominique McMullan and Deirdre McQuillan round up this week's style news and tips

Blush silver double-clove neckband, €105

Wexford jeweller Bláithín Ennis’s latest collection - insipred by the 1940s film Fantasia - is a whimsical departure from her dark(...)

The pom pom trend meets tribal in this week’s steal vs splurge.  (€244.40 left, €29.99 right)

Deirdre McQuillan and Dominique McMullan on this week's style news and tips.

Louise Kennedy  in her Andrew Martin chair. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

At the helm of Irish design for 30 years, Louise Kennedy is not afraid to mix styles. The key is ensuring every component has meri(...)

Green silk printed blouse with waist belt €795; yellow tiered tulle skirt €1,615 both by Dries Van Noten; Nude leather mules €475 by Gucci. White cotton dress with sheer lace panels, €2,995 by Stella McCartney; Black leather woven sandals, €925 by Gianvito Rossi. Floral tiered voile dress, €3,300 by Erdem; Nude mules, €475 by Gucci. Pale pink and lemon chiffon blouse with exaggerated sleeves and tassels, €4,380; white tailored track pants with side stripes and zips, €820; nude woven sandals, €650; all by Chloe.

Summer’s statement pieces that will inspire a slew of more wearable and affordable high street versions

Protect your peepers with these So Real round sunglasses for €460 from Dior at Brown Thomas or protect your bank balance with these €4 spectacles, available from Penneys

Deirdre McQuillan and Dominique McMullan round up this week’s news, style advice and more

Mid-century man: Michael Mortell picutred in his apartment in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The mid-century specialist says interiors must have an aesthetic appeal based on proportion, understanding of colour, distribution(...)

Portrait of Saoirse Ronan by Barry McCall

In our weekly fashion column, Deirdre McQuillan and Dominique McMullan round up this week’s news, style advice and more

Simone Roche, Emma O’Carroll, Orla Kiely, Liz Kelsh, Ciara Hunt, Helen Lambert, Fiona Byrne, Breege O’Donoghue, Freida Gormley

To celebrate International Women's Day, we've found an outstanding bunch of Irish women whose influence is felt around the world. (...)

The newest accessory to get a tassel upgrade is the handbag. Try this suede bag for €24 from Penneys (left) or upgrade to first class with this Hudson mini-tasselled leather shoulder bag from €1,550 at Chloé (right)

In our weekly fashion column, Deirdre McQuillan and Dominique McMullan round up this week’s news, style advice and more

Living colour: Helen Steele in her studio, a converted duck hatchery, in Emyvale, Co Monaghan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Helen Steele’s art, clothes and Monaghan home are all influenced by colour theory, graffiti art and the ‘joie de vivre of colour’ (...)

Left – Kieran’s choice: Grey denim shirt, €145, All Saints; jeans, €90, Levis; black boots, €110 Bugatti; Right– Grace’s choice: Red/white stripe tee, €42, Farah; navy trousers, €130, Gant; navy blazer, €199.95, Selected; white lace-ups, €65, Converse

Three image-aware young actors pick their favourite look, then Deirdre McQuillan gets a top stylist to give them an alternative

Irish fashion designer Daniel Kearns, who will work with David Beckham on his new label as creative director of the British heritage brand Kent & Curwen

Son of former High Court president made creative director of Kent & Curwen

Senator Averil Power favours strong colours on the plinth. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

As election posters comandeer every available pole and window in the country, here’s how to avoiding the pitfalls of dressing for (...)

‘A real eye opener’: fashion designer Helen Cody

The Irish fashion designer has come up with Vessels, a collection of rugs that use a delicate palette

“I don’t let my daughter watch Barbie – I don’t want her worrying about her hair. We can guide them as mothers away from a lot of stuff that is thrown at them.”

Deirdre McQuillan talks to London-based fashion brand consultant Orlagh O’Reilly

Frankie red dress with small  shoulder opening, belted waistline  and flared hem, €399; Starla navy crepe with dotted jacquard front panel with elbow length sleeves, €465

This collection is full of colour and brio, and aimed at the 30-35 plus age group

Every jacket is sold with an accompanying tin of wax but many choose to have the jackets professionally rewaxed at the factory

Deirdre McQuillan on how a waxed jacket is made

Dublin nail salon Tropical Popical, which gained global recognition thanks to Oscar-nominated actress Saoirse Ronan

The Oscar-nominated star of ‘Brooklyn’ has been raving about this Dublin nail salon on the red carpet and US TV

Image one: Brown hat €235, Wrap €355; Gushlow & Cole, Arnotts. Image two: Ear muffs €155, Arnotts. Image three: Coat €530, Reiss, Arnotts. Image four: Coat €230, Coast; Blouse €115, Theory, Brown Thomas.

The call of the wild means shaggy cover ups and teddy coats – modern fabric technology can make very convincing reproductions of a(...)

Textile designer Aoife Mullane and designer Grainne Walley. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A crop of Irish graduates are forging successful careers in the notoriously fickle international fashion industry. Here are some t(...)

Jefferson Hack: “Nightclubs since the 1960s have been a laboratory for ideas that have gone on to influence popular culture. People who live in a subculture know what is going to happen in five years’ time.” Photograph: Ian Gavan/Getty

Hack, whose magazine Dazed became a counterculture style bible, talks about fashion, journalism, technology and his collaboration (...)

Detail of photograph by Niall McInerney from the book Fashion’s Front Line

McInerney left Limerick for London at 17 and became a top catwalk photographer

Artist’s impression of proposed social housing by Dominic Stevens

Architect Dominic Stevens is about to embark on a social housing scheme in Dublin, the first of its kind in Ireland, that will be (...)

Above: camel trench coat, €675, Orla Kiely; printed silk scarf, €125, Susannagh Grogan; pleated black dress with collar, €295, Peter O’Brien

For the next week a range of homegrown talent will be showcased in Arnotts. Enter Orla Kiely, Peter O’Brien and Helen McAlinden, (...)

Whether we’re dreaming of a white one or not, Christmas is the time when the inner festive feline wants to show off a bit, to cele(...)

Rory Parnell Mooney: “I have been trying to make the same outfit again and again and make it perfect.” Photograph: Joanne O’Brien

The Galway designer’s minimal style is influenced by religious garments and his own schooling by the Jesuits

 At the Irish Fashion Summit in Farmleigh were (from left): Eddie Shanahan, chairman CIFD; Patrick McHugh, photographer and web developer; Shelly Corkery, fashion director Brown Thomas; Elke Timmerman, Mode & Design Brussels;  and designer Heidi Higgins. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Generation of fashion designers ‘who can stand side by side with the best in the world’ want to stay and produce in Ireland

Striped wide brim cotton fedora - Giverney €160 (right) Wide brim pink and blue checked panama fedora - Zapano wide brim - € 160  Photograph: Johnny McMillan

Tony Peto, ‘chapelier’ or hatmaker to the beau monde, is moving to Dublin and opening a shop

Irishwoman Angela Brady, the former president of Royal Institute of British Architects, reveals what inspires her

Thatching an Irish cottage costs €10,000-€20,000 and can take up to two months to complete

A new book takes a tour of Ireland’s thatched cottages, whose ownership is now restricted to those who can afford to maintain and (...)

Models on the runway during the womenswear spring-summer show by Rick Owens during Paris Fashion Week in early October. Photographs: François Durand/Getty

At the showrooms of designer Rick Owens in Paris, high fashion is bought for big money by luxury outlets to sell in their shops. I(...)

Deirdre McQuillan meets the founder of The Gentleman Blogger

Louis Vuitton store in Marina Bay, Singapore

With a portfolio that includes 463 stores,Wexford-born architect David McNulty must reflect the global designer brand’s individual(...)

A model presents a creation from the Spring/Summer 2016 Ready to Wear collection by French designer Nicolas Ghesquiere for Louis Vuitton during the Paris Fashion Week in Paris. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

Star-studded audience see final day show of ‘reloaded’ Ghesquiere road warriers

German designer Karl Lagerfeld, his nephew and model Cara Delevingne appear at the end of his Spring/Summer show for Chanel at the Grand Palais. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Lagerfeld’s aviation theme for Chanel and Valentino’s African inspiration meet with approval

Models present creations for Alexander McQueen during the 2016 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show in Paris. Photograph: Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images

Stella McCartney’s collection a blast of colour and sporty ease in plaids, stripes and pleats

Models present creations by fashion house Céline as part of their Spring/Summer 2016 women’s ready-to-wear collection during fashion week in Paris. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Kenzo focuses on modern global traveller and freewheeling spirit in spring collection

A model presents a creation from the Spring/Summer 2016 Ready to Wear collection by Belgian designer Raf Simons for Dior fashion house during the Paris Fashion Week. Photograph: EPA

‘Femininity, fragility and sensitivity, without sacrificing strength and impact’

A model show’s French designer Barbara Bui’s creation at the women’s ready-to-wear collection during fashion week in Paris. Photograph: Reuters

Creations dreamy in spirit chime with sexy and commercial 1960s retro secretary vibe

Models present creations by Belgian designer Dries Van Noten  in Paris. Photograph: Reuters

Belgian designer Dries Van Noten elevates everyday items with rich and lavish fabrics

The pink trouser suit above is from River Island (€101, €67, boots €50) – a daring paring making a strong statement for winter

Picking some staple items such as the right coat and boots can ensure you get through the season in style

Eugene McGerr of Safeway Scaffolding: “I am more afraid of the wind that anything else – it can whip a plank out of your hand. Roofs are awkward because you have to be harnessed, but that’s what you do to make it safe for others to work.” Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The Specialist: Eugene McGerr has worked in scaffolding since he was 16 and set up Safeway Scaffolding with his brother in 2002. (...)

A model presents a creation from the Anya Hindmarch Spring/Summer 2016 collection during London Fashion Week. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

Zany stripes and prints played big part in summer collections on show

Models on the runway at the Topshop Unique Spring/Summer 2016 collection during London Fashion Week. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters.

Stars serenaded by Alison Moyet while onlookers gather in the rain

At the Orla Kiely presentation during London Fashion Week for spring-summer 2016 on Sunday. Photograph: John Phillips/Getty Images

Orla Kiely presents collection in crazy golf setting at Royal Institute of British Architects

Catwalk shot from AW Menswear’s autumn-winter 2015 collection

The Irish painter has teamed up with the French luxury brand to design a carré scarf

Models wear creations from the Bora Aksu spring/summer 2016 collection during London Fashion Week. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

Plenty of surprises as London’s fashion spectacle gets under way

Therese Dowling (right) with her daughters Janet and Joanne at Capital Glass on Lr Clanbrassil Street in Dublin 8. Photograph: Sara Freund / The Irish Times

The three women, and one man, behind Capital Glass are responsible for some of the biggest glasswork projects around Dublin, but(...)

Peter O’Brien’s winter collection for Arnotts reflects the designer’s fascination with pleats, along with strong tailoring and a t(...)

Shoppers  Brittany Sanna (left) of Abington, Massachusetts, and Brittney Davis of Boston  during the opening of the first Primark store in the United States. Photograph: Josh Reynolds/The Irish Times

Budget fashion chain known in Ireland as Penneys opens store in Boston

Model Maria Boardman  at the launch of the Marks & Spencer autumn/winter collection at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham yesterday.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Belinda Earl in Dublin for autumn/winter fashion show from Marks & Spencer

Naomi Campbell at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin on Tuesday where it was announced that she will be the new face of Newbridge Silverware. Photograph: Sara Freund/The Irish Times

Investment will cost ‘in excess of €200,000’ according to Newbridge CEO William Doyle

There’s a strong retro vibe going on at River Island where the new collection harks back to the heyday of Studio 54

Hannah Hamill, Ruth Spence and Joanna McCreery, at Envoy of Belfast. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

An outstanding small boutique with a discerning following for its mix of international brands and lesser-known special finds

Million Bells navy scarf (left) and Criss Cross Fleur in purple, hot pink and black. Both €180 from Ciara Silke

Ireland’s newest scarf designer Ciara Silke has just launched a collection of bold and colourful prints in silk and cashmere

Anne O’Mahony’s reputation for corsetry, cut, handsewing and tailoring has been firmly established. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The art of dressmaking is thriving as customers seek out experts who can make them something beautiful, that fits them beautifull(...)

Brenda Fricker and Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot. Photograph: Jonathan Hession/Ferndale Films

An exhibition in Dublin will showcase some of the few surviving costumes from Irish films, from Calvary’s cassock to In the Name o(...)

Shoe people: Julian Berwick and Deirdre McQuillan at the one-day shoemaking workshop at Shoeniversity in Bantry. Photograph: Emma Jervis

If you think there’s nothing ‘off the beaten track’ about a break in west Cork, you’ve clearly never been to a shoemaking school i(...)

Deep colours, fine fabrics and a flash of feathers feature in Umit Kutluk’s autumn collection

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

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