From Aoife’s sustainable collection made with Econyl fabric.

August miscellany: a monthly round-up of news, views, people and topics in fashion 

Alanagh Clegg and Freya Oatway in Four Threads Studio, Kildare.

Designer Alanagh Clegg of Four Threads and milliner Freya Oatway of FAO create an alliance

From André Leon Talley’s explosive memoir of excess and extravagance to Chanel’s Riviera heyday, five essential new fashion books (...)

Meet six people making waves in the industry with their own products and designs

Dubliner Sean Byrne will graduate as a fully fledged haute couturier in October.

A monthly miscellany of news, views, people and topics in fashion

Mná i Bhláth - the award winning collection by Róisín Pierce. Photograph: Deo Suveera

Exceptional craft skills and a commitment to sustainability featured strongly in this year’s RDS Craft Awards

Anastasia shirt dress, €100,

In many shops, mannequins stamp the point at which society paused and fashion became more PPE than pastel pink

 Neon zing hoops €35, part of Melissa Curry’s new jewellery collection

Irish designer’s latest collection Freedom is designed to stimulate the senses

Rebecca Marsden seamless knit by Santoni.

From Normal People’s earrings to top design awards, the latest news in style circles

Hayden Cassidy in action.

Her soccer career may be over, but Hayden Cassidy is top of the game in male grooming

Give your mood and self-confidence a boost by wearing brighter clothes

Valentino: The Last Emperor is a story of a love affair, charting the designer's relationship with his partner Giancarlo Giammetti (right). Photograph: Chelsea Lauren/Getty

Deirdre McQuillan picks her favourite fashion movies and documentaries

From hairbands to apps, Irish designers are responding to challenges posed by Covid-19

Gwen Cunningham campaigns for change within industry and education and helped create a Closet Mass Index (CMI). The CMI  is a tool that makes people take a very honest look at their wardrobes.

T-shirts go through five continents to reach you; Gwen Cunningham wants that to change

Lucy Downes of Sphere One

The knitwear designer 'obsessed with zero waste' specialises in luxury cashmere clothing

 Easter Sunday is  a time traditionally associated with rebirth and renewal, and in fashion – fresh and new ideas for spring

Here’s some different ways of putting colour and print together and how shorts suits can work when the cut is right

Multicoloured feathered headpiece by Debbie Fanning €250. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov

Race meetings and weddings are on hold, but millinery by Anthony Peto and others still inspires

Caoimhe Ryan’s cashmere jumper. Photograph: Alfredo J Llorens

Green dresses have hit the headlines recently after the royal visit

From FeeG’s spring-summer collection. Laura Whitmore, Jo Malone and Kathryn Thomas are some of the collection’s high-profile fans

Shops may be closed for now, but Irish designer FeeG’s collection has us dreaming

Coronavirus has shut down ready-to-wear catwalk shows that are critical to sales in the fashion industry. Photograph: Piroschka van de Wouw/Reuters

The virtual showroom is filling a need for luxury fashion giants in wake of crisis

 Ruth Monahan and daughter Maya Devaney (11). Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

This Mother’s Day, we asked five stylish mothers and daughters to comment on each other’s style

Dopl has a wide selection, along with bags, candles, books, socks and assorted accessories. Dopl has a wide selection, along with bags, candles, books, socks and assorted accessories.

Style file: A vintage fashion fair in the childhood home of Oscar Wilde

Margaret Molloy

Celebrating the men and women flying flags for Ireland from Auckland to Rockland, Paris to Belgrade

Monserrat gloves by Paula Rowan.

Cotton dresses and wooden armchairs: The Dublin shop selling fashion and furniture

Sonny 95 per cent wool, 5 per cent cashmere knitted scarf €79. Photograph: Max McClure

McKernan’s Woollen Mill weaves scarves for all seasons sold all over the world

Models on the catwalk at the Arnotts  Arnotts Spring/Summer 2020 fashion show. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Traditional dark workwear replaced by something more colourful for women of any age

Perry Ogden with Grace, Nancy and Daisy the dog. Photograph: Perry Ogden

The Dublin-based photographer is the subject of Skin+Soul, at Dublin Film Festival

Cruising along the majestic Danube in the Ama Magna. Our three-day itinerary takes us to Vienna, Esztergom and Budapest.

River cruising is a delightful way to visit majestic cities like Vienna and Budapest

A hand-painted faux leather jacket by London-based Irish designer Aisling Duffy

Style File: Irish-Italian duo Banshee gives Viking-era clothing a fresh look

Models wearing designs by  Dries Van Noten at Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday. Photograph: Piroschka van de Wouw/Reuters

Paris Fashion Week: No matter how glitzy, flashy, shiny or ostentatious, the Belgian designer's show oozed extravagance and glamou(...)

Models walk beneath feminist-inspired signs at the Dior show at Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

Dior’s #MeToo feminist-inspired fashion show revisits the 1970s in modern ways

Fringed coat from River Island

Stylefile: Conscious fashion, new tweed looks and fashion inspiration from film

Richard Malone with models wearing his collection. Photograph: Woolmark Prize

First time award has been won by an Irish designer

Feather trim double breasted duchess satin coat €2,295 Christopher Kane at

Collection includes outfits for the ceremony, and the days before and after too

Paul Costelloe with models wearing designs from his autumn/winter 2020 collection

JW Anderson presented daring shapes heavy on craftsmanship for a dramatic collection

Storm Dennis did not deter the hundreds of guests to see the mega fashion extravaganza

Models walk the runway at the Simone Rocha show on Sunday during London Fashion Week. Photograph: Eamonn McCormack/BFC/Getty Images

Religious themes ran through the Irish designer’s collection, with underlying femininity

Models present creations at the Victoria Beckham catwalk show during London Fashion Week on Sunday. Photograph:  Henry Nicholls/Reuters

While the camera crews and mobile phones buzzed about the hall, Victoria Beckham ler her clothes do the talking

Models present creations at the Richard Quinn catwalk show at  London Fashion Week on Saturday night. Photograph:  Henry Nicholls/Reuters

The designer delivered a breathtaking tour de force of glamour and imagination

A model presents a creation by designer Molly Goddard during the catwalk show for the Autumn/Winter 2020 collection on the second day of London Fashion Week in London. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

The Killing Eve designer’s freewheeling silhouettes echoed the spirit of the modern female who is fundamentally a child at heart

The idea of an expensive dress worn for one day and then consigned to the attic is beginning to look like an outmoded concept. Photograph: Paula O’Hara

Many of today’s brides are opting for more affordable garments that can be worn again

Models on the catwalk during the Richard Malone Autumn/Winter show at London Fashion Week at the BFC Show Space on Friday. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA

Wexford firebrand shows his most refined, elegant and mature collection to date

TommyXLewis, a collaboration with the brand Tommy Hilfiger and Formula 1 racing driver Lewis Hamilton, is expected to be one of the highlights of London Fashion Week. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

What are this year’s big trends, who are the Irish designers in London and more

A coat by Alla Sinkevich, one of the designers taking  part in a new exhibition in Kilkenny

Style File: Generation exhibition in Kilkenny, River Island’s maternity jeans and more

Cutting edge: Native Denims jeans

Native Denims is Ireland’s first studio making jeans with Savile Row-style craftsmanship

Accessorize now has vegan handbags and backpacks available in its stores

With plant-based diets and veganism on the rise, fashion brands are finding alternatives to leather

Sophia: ivory dress, €330, Isabella; white satin shoes, €45, Rainbow Club.

The average parent is willing to spend €215 on clothes for their child for the big day

Bryan O’Sullivan (left) and his husband James O’Neil who  works with him in the London-based business. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

London-based Bryan O’Sullivan given the gong by Elle Décor

Style File: Sustainable baby clothes; the Irish operation connecting boutiques and buyers

Alice Halliday at work draping on a mannequin

Alice Halliday hates waste, so she transforms it into beautiful things

Pink mist trellis stitch throw €149.99

Those bold knits, originally worn by hardy fishermen, are now beloved by celebrities

Still from Boo George’s film So for the DCCI

StyleFile: A butterfly-inspired collection, a jeweller to watch, and the new hags

Aer Lingus crew wearing the new uniforms designed by Louise Kennedy  (from left): Oisin Leong, Aoife Costelloe, Victoria Elmore, David Rodgers, Eszter Dornfeld and Byron Kumbula. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Airline’s new design includes trouser option for female staff for first time in its history

Aer Lingus uniforms, from the the first military-style attire in 1945 designed by Sybil Connolly to 1998’s  look by Louise Kennedy. Photographs: Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus has a long history of using Irish designers to create clothes for cabin and ground crews

The BT 2020 Fashion show at the Douglas Hyde Gallery in Dublin. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Metallics and sequined décor were flashpoints at the BT colletion for spring/summer 2020

in 1998, Louise Kennedy created the existing uniform, which after more than two decades has been the most enduring.

Irish airline to unveil new uniform designed by Louise Kennedy on Wednesday

Jumpsuit by Michi €245 from Skulpt in Powerscourt - a performance bodysuit with mesh insets. Photograph: Bríd O Donovan

Jane Shortall of ConfiDANCE urges people to find an activity they enjoy this new year

Black kimono cardigan by Fiadh

Irishman honoured with French arts award and a Dingle weaver looking to nature

Perriand loved beachcombing on the Normandy coast

Architect Charlotte Perriand is celebrated in major Paris exhibition

 The Cassidy quintuplets (from left)  Dearbhail, Cian, Amy, Conor, and Rory.Photograph: Alan Betson

Today the five are 18-year-olds on the cusp of adulthood, individuals with their own ideas and ambitions

Ruth Negga photographed by Barry McCall, who is holding a limited number of masterclasses next month

Barry McCall is holding a limited number of one-day classes starting in January

Actor Chris Evans in the film Knives Out.

Donegal factory ups production to cope with demand after American’s become fascinated with chunky knit

Stylish gifts from Christian Lacroix, Helen Hayes, Parfois, Simone Rocha, Costume and Om Diva

Fashion-friendly present ideas for every budget from €5 to €500

This honey grey cashmere sweater (€495) is from Paula Marron’s fifth knitwear collection on her label Castanea

Style File: Also, stylish long johns for the man in your life and baby shower gifts

Apex Poinsetta - we had poinsettas on either side of the fireplace at Christmas so this is my ode to them - frames have glitter fairy wings and fake flowers. I pulled stems from the flowers and replaced them witj gold snowflake decorations. Photograph: Edward Keegan

The designer has reached peak glitter with her new colection – Advent Garde

Silk taffeta skirt and knit by Lainey Keogh at Look the Business event which is stocked exclusively by Khan in Blackrock. Photograph: Magazine/Conor Healy

Style File: Irish Fashion Collective show to feature very best in Irish design

Workers in an Indonesian garment factory. Photograph: Muhammad Fadli/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Book review: Dana Thomas’s third book is sharp, well researched and shocking

Taryn de Vere wearing a red velvet dress – a gift from her mother about 20 years ago – which she upcycled with glitter. The headpiece, earrings and wrap she made herself

Some of Dublin’s boldest partygoers reveal their outfits for the Christmas season

One of a kind: an evening bag made by Cathy White  from 1920s silk shawls for her latest collection

Style File: Celbridge boutique with glorious vintage and Mary Grant takes a write turn

Valerie Reid, soap maker, at home in Dalkey. “I like working from home and the freedom it gives me.”  Photograph:  Tom Honan

It’s hard to make money as a craftsperson, but it helps to have a studio space at home

Domino Whisker with Mr Blue, her father’s lurcher. Photograph: Greg Purcell

After her father’s illness, the artist found a way to tell everyday stories through embroidery

Embroidery work for YSL Met Gala 2018 by Rebecca Devaney

Rebecca Devaney embellishes gowns for designers including Dior, YSL and Chanel

Worldwide, we throw away 2.1bn  tonnes of clothing – much of it to landfill or shunted out to Africa.

Fashion isn’t only industry making waste but Dana Thomas argues it is trying to change

Costume designer Sandy Powell in front of a Derek Jarman painting at IMMA. Photo Deirdre McQuillan

Oscar-winning costume designer talks Derek Jarman, The Irishman and The Favourite

Wild flowers foraged in the west and photographed in Glendalough

New book from Appassionata founder Ruth Monahan features floral displays in diverse locations sround the country

The Gate’s Christmas Carol: Kate Gilmore, Fionnula Flanagan and Camille O’Sullivan. Photograph: Agata Stoinska  

‘You use all your womanly wiles’: A very modern Christmas Carol

From St Petersburg - an irridescent outfit from Nikolay Legenda

Russian is having a fashion revolution with Moscow a style capital bolstered by a new generation of designers

Potential Christmas present: brass hangers from, priced €90 for four

Style File: MoMuse marks 10-year anniversary with discounts on jewellery

Naoise Jo Farrell with her model at her catwalk show in London

StyleFile: Organic denim, tartan trends, and a Griffith graduate’s showcase in London

Caroline Donnelly, wearing a navy  wrap jacket €129 and white T-shirt €25 from her own collection. ‘These days we all lead many lives, often in the same day, and women can find the clothes to match all these aspects of their busy lives in Dunnes,’ she says

The emphasis on quality and value is why this veteran designer is proud to be working for Dunnes Stores

Spooktacular: M&S’s pumpkin stud earrings

Style File: The Collective jewellery store expands and Zoe Jordan’s new collection

Pearl embellished high neck top, €98 from Nasty Gal

The model-turned-actor on finding confidence and her new collaboration with Nasty Gal

Thai jewellery at the Chester Beatty and a party-worthy collection from Heidi Higgins

Cos play: the Irish store, in Dublin, is one of only 25 of 197 internationally to get the Bauhaus capsule collection

The Swedish brand, whose Bauhaus collection has just arrived, specialises in elegant restraint

A good yarn: new book examines the history of wool. Photograph: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Book review: Esther Rutter travels across Britain to explore the cultural role of knitting

Shirt €490 Comme des Garcons, belt €255 Anne Demeulemeester, coat €2490 by Rick Owens.

Nikki Creedon has always been the best advertisement for her Donnybrook boutique

Ann Chapman at her bench in Stonechat, Westbury Centre, Dublin.

Precision work and training of the eye are key skills demanded of the goldsmith and stone setter

Silver peg pendant by Yvonne Kelly

Style file: Scarf by top artist Dorothy Cross and new collection from Debbie Millington

Winter menswear: men are buying the essentials that will last right through winter

Keep to the essentials and just buy what you need this winter

Alexander McQueen: Irish linen and crochet was at the forefront of the fashion group’s spring summer collection

Paris Fashion Week: Sarah Burton worked with Ireland’s oldest linen producers to create an outstanding collection

Elk – dove grey herringbone Donegal tweed coa, €765.

Designer Anna Guerin’s coats are ‘transitional’ pieces for cold, crisp days

Winterwear: Dr Martens Sinclair Arcadias, and Nicole snakeskin heeled slouch boots, by Public Desire

Whether lug soles or something more ladylike, just make sure they go with that winter coat

Models walk the runway during the Christian Dior Womenswear Spring/Summer 2020 show as part of Paris Fashion Week. Photograph:  Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis   Getty Images

Front row guests included Julianne Moore, Jennifer Lawrence and Karlie Kloss

Eilish McCormick has photographed fashion by a stellar line-up of Irish designers for Arc

Photographs, underwear, knits and another Scéal

Winter wardrobe: varying tones on the same spectrum can have a harmonising effect on outfits

Quiet shades of brown, black and cream never go out of fashion and blend well together

Lacroix, from Arles, was known for the sunny prints of his native Provencal and his penchant for l8th century dress and those references resurfaced in billowing ensembles of leopard and botantical motifs

Innovative once-off collaboration between the two designers was in itself a homecoming

Katie Ann McGuigan: the designer from Newry is a rising star at LFW. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/PA

Sharon Wauchob, Roksanda Ilincic, Molly Goddard and Richard Quinn also shine

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