“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

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

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