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

This year a record number of fashion students – 64 in total – will graduate from the two main colleges in Ireland, 37 from NCAD and 27 from LSAD. The(...)

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

Emma O'Carroll Textile specialist From Roscommon, the daughter of architects and one of a family of 12, O’Carroll started making and selling Aran(...)

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

An artist, fashion designer and printmaker working out of a converted duck hatchery in Co Monaghan, Helen Steele is known for her exuberant and playf(...)

In the low late January sunshine, uniform rows of bare vines roll out towards the distant Luberon mountains. By summer this landscape will be ablaze (...)

Angela O’Kelly at  home with some of her favourite black items, and some of her own jewellery. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Internationally renowned jewellery maker and curator Angela O’Kelly lives in Co Dublin. Made from paper, plastic, fabric and precious metals, her nec(...)

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

Gráinne Walley Designer Walley (21) is a final-year student at NCAD who is applying hand-crochet methods to oversize chunky natural yarns – linen and(...)

Jockey Adrian Heskin after competing in The Cardinal Capital Handicap Hurdle at Leopardstown. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Covering the races at Leopardstown at Christmas always feels a bit like staring in a Samuel Beckett play, except it’s Bono not Godot that has folk wai(...)

Ashling Kilduff: “I enjoy working with the designers and I am very involved with many of our designers on their collections, helping them to pick fabrics, choose sleeve length, zips and finishes”

The Design Centre was established more than 30 years ago, starting life in the Galleria on Stephen’s Green in Dublin. It was effectively a gallery of (...)

 Shelly Corkery, fashion director for Brown Thomas. Photograph: Alan Betson

For every applicant for a shop floor job in Brown Thomas, there are hundreds who want to skate straight in as a fashion buyer. Ideally in a flippy (...)

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

‘We are now in a grey phase with punches of colour. We have gone through cream, magnolia and brown,” says Brian P Nolan, managing director of Brian(...)