Fashion Forward: Prints to dye for and marvellous metallic mules

Dominique McMullan and Deirdre McQuillan round up this week’s fashion news and style tips

ON CREST OFA WAVE Tonn is the Irish for wave; it's also the name of a new menswear range just launched in Avoca, inspired by Ireland's Atlantic coast and its 50-year surf heritage.

Designed by Dubliner Mary Harding who spent a decade in New York's fashion industry, it consists of organic cotton T- shirts and sweatshirts that are garment-dyed and in vintage colours.

Details count: the sweatshirts, for example, have Baird McNutt linen in the back neck tape and Magee linen in v-neck inserts, while graphics relate to Ireland's surf history, including one from a print issued when Ireland hosted the European surf championships in 1972. There's also a map highlighting Sligo's many surfing breaks.

This T, for example, with a motorcycle motif in 100 per cent cotton, is €39.95 from (wooden board handmade to order from


STEAL V SPLURGE Treat your tootsies with these gold-padded metallic mules for €550 from Gucci, or walk tall in these metallic mules for €29.99 from H&M.

PRINTS TO DYE FOR The "Audrey" project between Jigsaw and the New York-based artist Audrey Louise Reynolds has three interesting aspects.

The first is the exclusive range of multicoloured organic prints she has created using rain (!); the second is a limited edition of 50 pieces with hand-dyed prints on cotton cashmere/silk; and third is her collaboration with Irish company Baird McNutt, a family- run firm over 100 years old where she swapped traditional dyeing materials for natural ones including beech vines and red earth to create a special dyed linen collection.

That includes this carbon grey linen shirt which can be bought from jigsaw-online. com at €129 and in the Belfast store, but not in the Dublin shop in South Anne Street unfortunately.

STYLE SECRET "Don't be so worried about what people think, just be confident in yourself." – Roksanda Ilincic, fashion designer

MANE CHANCE Hanover Quay has a new hair salon – a fast-track service for serious mane makeovers. It's the brainchild of two self-confessed blow-dry addicts who are also busy mothers and tech addicts, ex-Google and Facebook and now with Stripe and SoundCloud. Sonia Flynn and Orna Holland have opened the Roller Blow Dry Bar with a cool interior, Cross Gallery art, and iPads for every customer. Get a Vixen, a Bounce, a Straight Talker or a Weekend, each €30 for a blow dry. Roller Blow Bar, 23 Forbes St, Hanover Quay, is open from 7am Monday to Friday, and Saturday from 9 am.



This spray-painted leather midi-skirt by Christopher Kane should really be hung in a gallery, but you can also hang in on you, for the not-so-meagre price of €3,445