It’s no surprise that the colour pink has been embraced by forward looking designers, from Simone Rocha to Celine

Fashion designers, it is said, are no longer dictators, their looks slavishly copied year on year by the waiting hordes. In these days of social me(...)

Winter is a challenging time for skin. Fluctuations in temperature between the freezing outdoors and often smotheringly overheated indoors put skin(...)

Yomiko (centre), in a Poppy Ivory Fine Lace Bridal Gown with Delicate Scatter Beadwork, with Karen Fitzpatrick (left), in a Lilianna Orchid Silk Organza Digital Print Dress  and Sarah Morrisey, in a Pari Ivory Crepe Tunic with Petal Embroidered Sleeves  and Crista Red Capri Trs, all part of the Louise Kennedy Spring Summer Collection 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A Japanese woodblock print of cherry blossoms on a card from the Chester Beatty Library shop was the starting point for Louise Kennedy’s spring collec(...)

Valrhona Guanaja

VALRHONA GUANAJA €4.50 for 70g, €64.28 per kg Okay, let’s deal with the negatives first. This chocolate is not cheap and it is not easy t(...)

My phone rings while I’m doing my sit-ups – five hundred – in the living room. It’s, like, a number I don’t recognise, but I answer it anyway. A wo(...)

The Karen Millen shop on Grafton Street. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Karen Millen ladies’ fashion store on Dublin’s Grafton Street is to close and make way for another trader. A number of international brands(...)

Photograph: Patrick Mchugh

From Newport in Co Mayo, Lisa Ryder started making silk scarves that quickly became known for their vibrant graphics and colours, earning her quite(...)

Splash of Ginge, ridden by Jamie Bargary, on the way to victory in the BetBright Best for Festival Betting Handicap Chase at Cheltenham.  Photograph: David Davies/PA

Jamie Bargary proved an able last-minute deputy as he drove Splash Of Ginge to victory in the BetBright Best For Festival Betting Handicap Chase at Ch(...)

The queue outside JD Sports on Dublin’s Henry Street at 8:30am on St Stephen’s Day  as sales start in many  major stores. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times 2:31

A bleak December 26th this year might have persuaded any right-thinking person that venturing outside would constitute reckless behaviour. But you h(...)

Pink lace bra, €42.95, pin lace brief, €27.95, both Elle McPherson. Melita robe with lace detail, €190, Vivis, all from Brown Thomas

This is a time of year when male shoppers set forth for brief encounters in city shops in search of fashion fantasies. “This is the one departm(...)