Li-Ann Smal wears an Erdem dress at the launch of the Brown Thomas autumn-winter collections. Photograph: Eric Luke

Brown Thomas kicked off the winter fashion season yesterday with a stylish show in the store’s new accessories area, part of a €9 million development (...)

Karl Lagerfeld and model Cara Delevingne appear at the end of his autumn-winter 2014-2015 women’s ready-to-wear collection for Chanel at the Grand Palais. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

There comes a point when the seasons change and women want new armour to face the day, to raise the spirits and freshen up a tired wardrobe. Freud (...)

Models present creations by Stella McCartney as part of her autumn-winter 2014-2015 women’s ready-to-wear collection show during Paris Fashion Week. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Yesterday, in the middle of Paris Fashion Week, I saw women crowding around the rails in Zara on the Champs Élysées, stopping at the black-and-whit(...)

A model presents a creation from the John Rocha autumn/winter 2014 collection during London Fashion Week. Photograph: Reuters/Olivia Harris

Fashion occasionally mirrors life, but was it mere coincidence that so many collections at London Fashion Week at the weekend featured rainwear(...)

I have a soft spot for denim, but am not in the mood for jeans. How can I weave that most durable fabric into my spring/summer look? Denim i(...)

A Lanvin one-shoulder raspberry dress, a Proenza Schouler silver foiled dress and a Lanvin metallic shirt in red from the Brown Thomas collection. Photograph: Alan Betson

With its winter sale ending this week, Brown Thomas’s breakfast fashion show, held yesterday in its stylish new restaurant, introduced the new spring (...)

The spectre of Christmas presents: Think about who you’re buying for and ask if it is worth it. If not, contact them and suggest a joint embargo – in a light, jolly way – and chances are they will be delighted. Photograph: Getty

Advent: ’Tis the season to be Christian – or at least that is what Advent is supposed to be. It has been hijacked by everyone from Homer Simpson to Pe(...)

Faux fur coat, €90 (embellished jumper, €40; faux leather pencil skirt, €50) at A-Wear

You can never rely on the Irish weather: when you pray for sun, you get rain; when you wish for snow, you get sleet; when you’re guaranteed an extra f(...)

From left : Lanvin Butterfly dress  and red coat,  suit by Dior and crepe dress from  Bottega Venetta at a preview of the Brown Thomas autumn-winter collections in Dublin last night. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

“Red is the strongest colour, followed by black and navy,” said Shelly Corkery, Brown Thomas’s fashion director, at the store’s preview last night of(...)

Above, left to right. Green dress (€176), by Mary Portas,  green fine-knit jumper (£60, houseoffraser.co.uk), by St Martins ; gold pouchette (€129), by Biba. Yellow twist-detail dress (€129). Oversized printed shirt (€129), paisley-print skinny jeans (€116), by Mary Portas. All at House of Fraser

There are plenty of advantages to being in one’s 20s. You get away with a lot, by virtue of being young and foolish; you still have all of your teeth;(...)