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Enduring appeal of the perfect satchel

Fashion Forward: A round-up of this week’s biggest fashion news and style tips

The mini-satchel in graphite glitter (€97) is a perfect example of a modern take on a classic

Schoolbag chic

The first satchel created by the Cambridge Satchel Company, 10 years ago, was inspired by traditional leather schoolbags, and it’s a look that’s lasted. The handbag and accessories label, which has collaborated with an inspiring list of designers including Vivienne Westwood, recently opened and outlet at Kildare Village. The mini-satchel in graphite glitter (€97) is a perfect example of a modern take on a classic. See cambridgesatchel.com.

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Steal vs splurge

Be a star in this Starina Jacquard dress for €108 from Monsoon (due October) or see them in this Clara printed silk-satin number for €711 from HVN.

Style secret

“Keep it simple, clean lines are hard to beat – reference trends but don’t be a slave to them. When you find an especially flattering fit or silhouette, go with it, buy doubles. When it works, why question it.”

Helen McAlinden

Wear it

In its latest collection Original Penguin is taking inspiration from creative New York pioneers such as Jackson Pollock and the Bowery Boys. With fresh takes on classics such as bombers jackets and chambray shirts, this is a collection for the lads. Original Penguin is available in Arnotts and selected stores nationwide. Sherpa houndstooth jacket €210; quilted track-jacket (alternative to US version pictured) €125.00; and short sleeve Jasper stripe polo €85.00.

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