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

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

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

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

The crowds that gathered on the steps of the Paris Opera yesterday morning for Stella McCartney’s winter show included star guests: her father Paul, W(...)

Baby onesies, made in Africa, with ‘Made in Europe’ printed on the front. Photograph: Ute Grabowsky/Photothek via Getty

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This generation of athleisure starts and ends with Alexander Wang. Above, Wang’s collection for H&M. Photograph: Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images

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

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Cara Delevingne sports a 1970s looks at Saint Laurent’s Paris Fashion Week show. Photograph: Pascal le Segretain/Getty

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Karl Lagerfeld and models take to the catwalk after presenting the spring-summer 2015 ready-to-wear collection for Chanel during Paris Fashion Week. Photograph: Christophe Karaba/EPA

On a sunny September afternoon in Paris, a feminist demonstration was held; not in the streets, but on the catwalk. The Chanel ready-to-wear sh(...)