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

“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

Rihanna’s black lace socks, €14 from stance.com; Beyoncé’s Ivy Park bodysuit, €43 from Topshop.com; and Alexa Chung’s Harry top, €53 from M&S

Celebrity collaborations with retailers are everywhere, from Alexa Chung’s 1980s M&S line to Rihanna’s sexy Stance socks

This gold pleated skirt (€47.50) from M&S looks great dressed up, but would work equally well worn with runners or boots and a chunky knit. Same goes for the pink satin bomber jacket from Zara (€39.95). Bombers are popular this season and add a little toughness to this otherwise feminine outfit. The strappy, flat pink shoes (€39.99) from H&M will go with most outfits, and will allow you to dance the night away. Don’t feel the need to wear heels unless that’s what floats your boat. The gold necklace (€18) from Debenhams will add a little bit of detail. Wear a white tank underneath, and you are wedding ready. Whole outfit = €145.44

The arrival of a wedding invitation usually means joy ... and maybe anxiety surround the cost of getting suited and booted. Here a(...)

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

City Slim Clutch €59 Stella and Dot, Block heels €60 River Island; Victoria Victoria Beckham Relaxed Silk Shirt €360 Brown Thomas;  Goodall Knit €460 Zoe Jordan at Brown Thomas; Blue stripe midi, €238, Fee G, Cork

The trick with our weather is to be warm, confident and comfortable while showing a bit of skin; and it’s all in the layering

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

At last year’s Met ball were: Chloë Sevigny; Beyoncé; Kim Kardashian West, who wore a nude dress; and Cara Delevigne, who railed against Met gown etiquette. Photographs: Getty Images

In preparation for this year’s Met Gala, here is a reminder of last year’s best and worst outfits

At the Madikwe Game Reserve. Photograph: Getty

From the bustle and warmth of its cities to the serenity of its wildlife parks, South Africa proves itself a friendly, vibrant cou(...)

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

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

A design by Tado studio, inspired by London

Retain creative control and don’t be afraid of the dark: these were among the nuggets of wisdom at the annual design conference

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

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

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.

From what I have gathered we all eat far too much meat and dairy, and our excesses are harming both our health and our planet.

‘Within 48 hours I ate a sausage roll, carrot cake and a chicken burrito bowl’

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

Clockwise from left, Susannagh Grogan orange and green ribbon print silk scarf, €195; Danielle Romeril green and white floral Akua skirt, €388; Bracken tie, €90 from bonagrew.com; Gold cluster earrings, €95 from Vivien Walsh, Monkstown; and Beauty in the Wild ring in fluorite and gold, €1,439 in solid gold from Chupi, Powerscourt Townhouse,  Dublin

From Chupi to Sian Jacobs, Irish designers are gaining confidence and global fans

Practically everything on offer in restaurants is meat or diary-based and I couldn’t exactly bring a pre-prepared vegan lunch with me. I really had no choice.  Photograph: Thinkstock

I asked a French waiter for a soya latte. It was like I had asked him to milk himself

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

Are bees in some way unequal to cows?

After years of limiting the carb food group, it is now a centre piece to my diet

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

Boyfriend fit (Penneys multi-rip boyfriend jeans, €19); cropped wide-leg (Cos dropped-crotch denim trousers, €69); high-waisted (River Island Black Alannah slim jeans, €50); and embellished denim dress (Little White Lies Liah, €115 from BT2)

Quitting skinny jeans will not be easy but spring-summer’s comfortable denim trends might make the detox a little easier

Brie Larsen attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards. Photograph: Getty Images

Clingy creations turn heads and break rules as Tinsel Town’s finest sets glamour agenda

I jumped at the idea of trying a month of veganism following a very meaty Christmas and a sore tummy. Photograph: Thinkstock

Dominique McMullan is turning away from her farmyard friends for a month

An endlessly photographed British style star, a steal and a splurge

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

Caroline Vreeland and Shea Marie during New York Fashion Week last year. Photograph: Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images

Friendship Week: Turning up in the same outfit as your friend is no longer necessarily a social faux pas – it is often deliberate

From Givenchy’s spring-summer 2016 collection

The modern slip dress should be seen as layering piece rather than sexy statement

Maria models a Dries Van Noten at €665, Tabea wears an Erdem dress, €4500 and Louise models a Lanvin dress €2415. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Dominique McMullan attends the Spring Summer show in Brown Thomas and finds maximalism and frills

From left, icebreaker, €100 from thegreatoutdoors.ie; tank top from Harvey Nichols, €71; and a top from Bershka, €14.99

They’re no longer just for the gym: stretchy clothes are the new skinny jeans

Channel your inner animal for a Zuu training session where you imitate animal movement

Train like an animal (seriously), try crossfit, wear your fitness or try an aerial workout - there is something for everyone

Alice and Olivia blouse, €266, Harvey Nichols; Happy Socks, €9, Arnotts; Circle Intarsia Jumper, €59 COS Wicklow Street Dublin 2 and wwwcosstorescom, House of Holland Sweater, €322 Brown Thomas; New York Blaze A Trail Fox Tote, €405 Kate Spade; Crew Neck Cotton TShirt, €60 James Perse at Brown Thomas; Cuchamp cufflinks €90 Arnotts; Wool Beanie Hat, €75 Paul Smith at Brown Thomas; House of Holland Skirt, €281 Brown Thomas

Get some vibrant colour into your life this month. You’ll look better and it will lift your mood during the post-Christmas slump(...)

Coming in from the technological fringes, customised object printing is here

Tweak, personalise and redesign your own 3D printed fashion accessories in Love and Robots pop-up shop

Dominique McMullan adapts to life in Lidl. Photograph: Dave Meehan

We challenged a discount supermarket aficionado and a luxury food addict to see how the other half shops for one week. Here’s what(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said it was ‘the blackest of black days for Paris, for France, for its citizens, and through them for the citizens of the free world.’  Photograph: Reuters

‘We are witnessing carnage on the streets of Paris . . at the hands of those who seek to wreak havoc’

From left, Angelina Matluma, Tony Alexander Stone, Phoebe Lettice, Meti Olan, Frida Silvermark and Donia Coibanu

Street style at London Fashion Week: It’s not on the catwalks, but on the streets outside, where the real (and surreal) fashion ha(...)

From left, Rosie O’Reilly, Chupi, Emma Manley, Helen Steele (at back), Laura Kinsella, Jill de Búrca, Honor Fitzsimons, Lisa McCormack (on chair), Maria Dorai Raj and Natalie B Coleman

Later this week at London Fashion Week, 11 young Irish designers will be showing. Who are they and what are they all about?

Photograph: Thinkstock

Survive autumn-winter and look stylish doing it by following this handy guide

Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa feels more remote than the 30 minutes it takes to drive from Dublin

Whether you are short and stout or long and lean, there are summer clothes out there that are flattering as well as fabulous

Summer clothes can be scarily revealing, but it is possible to get through the season with outfits that feel as good as they look

The many looks of Cos: ‘We’re constantly evolving’. All items pictured are available at COS, Wicklow Street, Dublin 2 and www.cosstores.com

Smart, modern, minimalist style is at the centre of what the COS brand is about. Head of menswear Martin Andersson elaborates

First and foremost, stick with the basics. Think Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire: a plain fitted T, jeans, a good leather belt and a bomber jacket. If all else fails, this combination will work.

Inject some colour, ditch the short-shorts, bin the bucket hats, and remember: skinny jeans are not for everyone

Big deal: Dominique McMullan (centre) with her friends Orlaith Kane,  Emma Priestman, Sarah-Grace Keane and Ciara Walsh

The creative friend you shared music with, the friend who knew when to tell you to cop on, the friend who was always there at your(...)

Catch up with our Irish Times swimmers in their final week before swimming a mile

From left, ADAM GAFFEY wears a three-piece suit from River Island, shoes from New Look and a shirt from Collar & Cuff; KEITH KENNY wears Dubarry boots, Replay denims, J Lindeberg T-shirt, Replay shirt, and a Guess hooded top; and KYLE CHELDON BARNETT wears a Cos coat and vest, Sun Buddies glasses, Trippen boots, Christopher Raeburn backpack, H&M trousers, and a Craig Green long shirt. Photographs: Eric Luke, Nick Bradshaw, Alan Betson

For the modern man, individualism is celebrated and sought-after, although fashion remains tribal and is influenced by lifestyle a(...)

"We can no longer ignore the big, wet elephant looming in the corner."

Conor Pope: ‘I’m going to have to up my game if I am going to make it to the end’ Dominique McMullan: ‘After yesterday’s efforts, (...)

"I have gone on holiday by mistake. I am in Finland, and as luck would have it I have found myself in a hotel with a swimming pool(...)

Shirts and blouses are the go-to for office wear for a reason

Dressing for the day job can be a minefield. Just follow these guidelines

I think my main issue is my total lack of inner thigh muscles so I’m going to practise that this weekend and am hoping for Victoria’s Secret legs sometime next week.

Conor Pope: ‘I am starting to quite enjoy the lengths’ Dominique McMullan: ‘Be kind and listen to your body’

I am nothing if not a slow learner, which is why it has taken me so long to realise that my breathing is all over the shop. In an ideal world, I would breathe every three strokes, alternating between my left and right sides. But this is far from an ideal world

Dominique McMullan: ‘I am falling in love with swimming’. Conor Pope: ‘It has taken me a long time to realise that my breathing is(...)

Dominique McMullan: ‘I’m slowly developing an addiction’. Conor Pope: ‘Things appear to be much better’

Go big or go home: the Swedish agency Forsman & Bodenfors got Jean-Claude Van Damme to do the splits in its Volvo trucks ad

Featuring Tomi Ungerer, Forsman & Bodenfors, Snask, Niels Shoe Meulman, Veronica Ditting and Ian Anderson of the Designers Republi(...)

"Swimming, it turns out, is all about the Zen. Breathing, remaining calm and moving slowly are cornerstones of the sport. I really, really like this concept."

Dominique McMullan: ‘Sometimes I am like a torpedo' Conor Pope: ‘I am still struggling'

At the launch of Swim Ireland’s  ‘Swim for a Mile 2015’  are, from left to right, Sam McGuinness, Simon Community, Erica Roseingrave, public affairs and communications manager, Coca-Cola, Sarah Keane, chief executive, Swim Ireland, Dominique McMullan, Conor Pope and Killian Byrne. Photograph:  Ramsey Cardy / Sportsfile

Water can kill you especially if you cannot swim: that's just one of the many reasons to learn how to swim a mile as soon as possi(...)

The Formula One heiress was in Dublin recently for a product launch. Dominique McMullan went along and learned more than she expec(...)

David Rawle and Chris O’Dowd in Moone Boy

Chris O’Dowd and Nick Vincent Murphy are widening Martin Moone’s world

Textile Ted

We’ve rounded up the best men’s gifts so you can have your pick of the pack

. . . is that I sit very close to a food writer’ Dominique McMullan, journalist

Eye Gandy

You may not recognise his name, but you probably recognise his face. With his gentlemanly style, piercing blue eyes and soft manne(...)

Designer turned painter

From Brick Lane to Istanbul’s bazaars, we hear about the best bargains to bring home from your holidays

Photograph: Getty Images

Top 5 fashionistas on Instagram

Photograph: Dave Meehan

An unsporty smoker, whose toughest outdoor challenge yet was at Electric Picnic, spends 24 hours in the wild learning to be like B(...)

Little girl snaps a photo of Laura Whitmore at the launch of last years Dublin Fashion Festival. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

The pick of Ireland’s fashion pack on twitter

Laura Whitmore in John Rocha. Photograph Getty Images

Irish film and television stars wore Irish designers on the red carpet, with John Rocha a clear favourite

Robin Wright as Claire Underwood in stills from the Netflix hit, House of Cards, above and below

Confidence is key to capturing the Claire Underwood look - we took six shots of our favourite character from the Netflix hit, Hous(...)

Grace Walsh, Jess Crowley, Michaela O’Shea and Nicola Power of St Paul’s Community College, Waterford city, wearing trousers. Photograph: Patrick Browne

While many schoolgirls are happy in their regulation skirts, others bemoan the lack of choice – as does designer Louise Kennedy, w(...)

If the thought of a church full of identikit mini-brides makes you nauseous, you’ll be glad to hear the pendulum is beginning to swing back to a simpler time
Trending: Communion dresses

Plainer styles are back in vogue

With all eyes turning from New York to London, we pick our top 10 must-see looks that graced the Manhattan catwalks

As a teddy exhibition opens in Dublin featuring everything from Bono’s bear to vintage Paddington, five people tell us what their (...)

 Alexa Chung: ‘People who don’t know who The Cure is shouldn’t be allowed out’. Photograph: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
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