The Wilder hotel on Adelaide Road in Dublin 2. Built circa 1878 as a home for “aged governesses and unmarried females”, the formidable seven-bay Dublin building has had a long history. Photograph: Alan Betson

A former home for ‘bewildered women’ has become Dublin’s latest boutique guesthouse

Loah wearing Colin Burke top and earrrings by Chupi, skirt by Ros Duke. Film still: Perry Ogden/Showcase 2019

The director and photographer Perry Ogden on his new short films about Irish designers for Showcase

Brown Thomas S/S 2019:A model wears a Richard Quinn leopard print dress. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

The collection is floaty and feminine with echoes of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s

Kevin Smith, aka Kojaque. Photograph: George Voronov

Stylefile: Plus Cos’s new kids’ and babyswear, and communion classics at Arnotts

Japanese dressmakers. Photograph: The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images

Review: There are many illuminating stories contained in this thematic history of fabrics

Good quality brushes and rollers are required when painting

A step by step guide to preparing and decorating a room without making a mess

Back row: Karen (L) wears dark-grey Alala top €85 from Skulpt in Powerscourt Centre; black and grey leggings €7 Primark. Bairbre (R) wears a light-grey top by Vimmia €95 from Skulpt; black and white leggings from Primark €7. Jane, in front is in Lole burgundy top €45 from Skulpt; Nike black leggings €45 from Lifestyle Sports

Some fashion-forward pieces to wear for both night-time glamour and day-time yoga

The Norah jacket from Attention Attire is made from recycled sleeping bags and takes its name from Dr Norah Patten, set to become the first Irish woman in space.

Stylefile: Festival fashion sorted and Christian Dior exhibition in London

Helen Steele, artist and fashion designer, at home in Emyvale, Co Monaghan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The artist known for her wildly colourful canvases makes paint spatters matter

The #wearingIrish winners of Margaret Molloy’s ambitious project who travelled to New York.

It’s been a year of success stories in Irish fashion. Here are some memorable moments from Samantha Barry to traveller models

Meghan Markle and Melania Trump: two of the world’s most photographed women. Photgraph: composite

From the ‘I don’t care’ jacket to a white crepe gown, the stand-out looks of two style icons

The latest edition of Vestoj features a fascinating essay on Frida Kahlo

Stylefile: Plus the perfect gift for those interested in the wider issues of fashion

Go for glam: Women from the Irish hockey team: (back row l-r) Zoe Wilson; Deirdre Duke and Nikki Evans; (seated l-r) Anna O’Flanagan, Chloe Watkins and graph

‘We don’t often have a chance to wear a dress’ – fashion shoot with legends of Irish sport

Snowflake Queen shades from Jen Nollaig

Designer Jen Nollaig believes people - not just Christmas trees - should be decorated

A leather bag from Landa: the brand has just launched in Ireland and its collection comprises four different styles

Also, new brand Cozy Blokes releases standout fleeces with tweed details for men

Pure wool socks  36 each by Kathryn Davey made from 100% Jacobs wool and hand dyed with natural plant dyes  36 in pink, blue or mint. Scout Dublin, formalityonline.com, saltandstove.ie and the Irish Design Shop, Drury Street, Dublin.

Ideas for small Christmas fashion gifts from small independent Irish designers and shops

For Fox Sake jumper (€79.95) by Violet and Emma Lumsden is part of the new knitwear collection available in Avoca

Stylefile: New Vedonnaire knitwear range arrives in Avoca and Mariad Whisker announces pop-up store

Jenny Huston and Emma Manley in their Bloss Irish design pop-up in Dundrum Town Centre

Pop-up in Dundrum runs until January 7th and features the best of Irish design

Three piece check suit by Benetti 279

Style File: Suits from Benetti and jewellery from Leane & McQueen

Great Gatsby: Tara Flynn and husband Carl Austin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tara Flynn and Carl Austin put on their glad rags with costume designer Peter O’Brien

William Garvey drinks cabinet: a foolproof way to hold your drink in style

Sculptural lighting illuminates Collins Barracks while a Celtic spa in Naas offers refuge

Rescued from Nama, a house on Parliament Street that sold knives for 250 years has been given a whole new lease of life

Knitted mohair sweater with Jamaica on the front and Milan on the back €350 from MSGM

Style: Make a cosy statement this winter with these gorgeous sweaters

Lambswool scarf and dress by Liadain Aiken Knitwear, an exhibitor at the Dublin Christmas Flea in the Point Village.

Style File: With 140 stalls to choose from, Christmas shopping has never been easier

Maira Kalman and her son Alex Kalman: “We are all rather tidy. I love routine and ritual.”

Maira Kalman, who once made beds in Lismore Castle, adores folding. So did her mother whose closet was so perfect it ended up in M(...)

Orlagh McCloskey and Henrietta Rix,  founders and creative directors of Rixo.

The best pals behind the Rixo label on going against the ‘samey’ Scandi grain

Gold star pendant from Chupi’s new collection being showcased at a popup in Macy’s, New York.

House of Ireland is leaving Nassau Street and moving to Grafton Street

Watch €34.99, spicy Mumbai bracelet €9.99, stainless steel bracelet €22.99, bag €27.99, skirt €34.99, jacket €49.99. All from Parfois.

Parfois, one of the world’s leading accessories companies, has new items every week

Irish Socksciety has teamed up with artist Shane O’Malley for its new range

Style File: Socks with a message and beautiful bags

Pink corduroy jacket (€325 Sandro, Brown Thomas), pink paisley silk blouse (€245 Sandro, Brown Thomas), navy cord trousers €220 Tara Jamon, Brown Thomas), pink velvet ankle boots (€46 lulus.com), leopard print hat with feather trim (€260 Anthony Peto “Bazaar”) small silk scarf (€85 Susannagh Grogan)

Leave tight skirts, tight trousers and stilettos at home; comfort is essential at all times

Scarf from Weaver & Wilde, a new Irish menswear accessories label made in Donegal

Wrap up in 100 per cent merino this winter with this range from Weaver & Wilde

Michael Mortell picutred in his appartment in Dublin in 2016 Photograph: Aidan Crawley

It’s cool, sophisticated and designed to suit contemporary apartment living

Get the high-low look: mix casual or sporty items with smarter pieces

Merging off-duty gear with formal workwear is becoming something of a trend

Gwyneth red leather and suede gloves by Paula Rowan €220 and Jokamin “Magician” scarf with playful motifs from €180.

Stylefile: No need to go dutch on Rowan’s creations; and the ‘In Search of Magic’ collection

Lounge in style with Carolyn Donnelly’s new collection for Dunnes Stores. Pictured here is a fleece sweater (€49), jersey sweatpants (€49) and fleece booties (€25)

Fashion: Stylish Dunnes collection features slate greys and dusty pinks

Style File: Dublin-based Brazilian artist offers workshops on how to tie headscarves

Carraig Donn’s floral dress  and Cos’s corduroy rig out are eye catching.

Stylefile: Cos brings imbues a modern twist to classic Corduroy and velvet this season

What women wear to work is as varied as the work they do. Photographs: Eilish McCormick

Workplace fashion in many fields has moved far beyond traditional stereotypes

Ankle boots: this selection should keep you stylishly grounded this winter

Looking for some on-trend ankle boots? There’s no shortage of options

MoMuse, ground floor, Powerscourt. www.momuse.ie Styling Aisling Farinella

Stylefile: Mary Grant’s new a/w collection features her familiar layering with new colours

Mustard knit Fisherman Out of Ireland €205, long floral skirt Pablo €185, burgundy suede bag Coccinelle 350, crystal tulip hoop earrings Alexis Bittar at Loulerie €179, green suede boot, Jonak €165

Combine traditional fabrics with florals and prints in contemporary ways

Sinéad Burke: “My physicality shaped my personality and ambition as an academic, writer and advocate.” Photograph: Yumna al-Arashi

The Irish activist and teacher has been making serious waves in the fashion world

Francesa Zedda at the Marks & Spencer Autumn Winter 18 Showcase at its Grafton Street shop. Photograph: Kieran Harnett

From cashmere to corduroy, the store’s trend expert Francesca Zedda says versatility is key

Peter O’Brien for Dunnes Stores: the fit-and-flare coat typical of the designer’s style, €350

Designer serves signature fit-and-flare coats and pared-back aesthetic loved by fans

At a  celebration of Richard Lewis’s  life at Victorian Chapel, Mount Jerome Cemetery. From left,  Eileen Pearson, Mariad Whisker and Mary O’Carroll. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

Tributes were paid to Lewis’s personality and sense of fun – his kindness, modesty and altruism

Yellow pinstripe shirt €35; Pocket pinstripe skinny trousers €50, waxed baker boy hat €35 by Paul Galvin for Dunnes Stores. Photograph: Perry Ogden

Stylefile: Elsewhere, Ieva Sungailaite’s unconventional accessories are loyal to her sustainable roots

Colour Carnival Hearthrob €590 by Sphere One

Talent and design get knitting needles working their magic

Richard Lewis: the late Irish designer at a preview of one of his collections, in 2008. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

‘King of Cling’, creator of ‘wonderful, timeless’ clothes’, designed for over 50 years

Joanne Hynes for Dunnes Stores: the designer models the collection herself, photographed by Tiberio Ventura

Fashion: Look out for her foxy dress with chequerboard collar and go-faster stripes

Suits you for travelling: Reuben Avenue’s new collection is designed for comfort, simplicity and sophistication

Stylefile: New Irish brand Reuben Avenue releases easywear collection designed for comfort

Green Carpet: Marco Bizzarri with Sinéad Burke, winner of the Leaders Award, backstage at La Scala, in Milan, on Sunday evening. Photograph: Dave Benett/Getty

Cate Blanchett, Cindy Crawford and Julianne Moore present sustainable-fashion awards

Orla Kiely and her husband, Dermott Rowan: they developed the Orla Kiely business from making bags on their diningroom table in Canada

Why Ireland’s apparently most successful designer is shutting her doors

Paul Smith Collection: cashmere coat and roll-neck sweater. Photograph: James Mooney

An Irish creative team cast from the street to model the designer’s new collection

Get your paws on this beast of a coat from Richard Quinn – the boldest outfit of London Fashion Week. Photograph: Stuart Wilson/BFC/Getty Images

Rocha, Chung, Quinn and Beckham were among the most memorable of the spring/summer collections

Paul Costelloe: “I am lucky to be still showing at London Fashion Week whether good, bad or indifferent,” the Irish designer says. Photographs: Joe Maher/BFC/Getty

Irish designer’s London Fashion Week show included Italian florals and plain Irish linens

 A model walks the runway at the Simone Rocha show during London Fashion Week  in London, England. Photograph: Tristan Fewings/BFC/Getty Images

The Dublin designer’s towering veiled hats strike a grand note at the romantic S/S 19 show

Models on the runway at the finale of the Victoria Beckham show during London Fashion Week. Photograph: Tristan Fewings/BFC/Getty Images for BFC

Deirdre McQuillan: Languid ease and colour speaks volumes as the designer celebrates 10 year in business

A model walks the runway at the JW Anderson show during London Fashion. Photograph: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for JW Anderson.

Irish designer’s collection was something of a departure from his usual form

Red pillbox with silk chiffon rose and veiling by Philip Treacy at the Design Centre, Powerscourt.

Stylefile: Hats, Ascot, fascinators and fashion prints

At the giraffe sanctuary in Nairobi. Photograph: Fionn McCann

A new railway line from Nairobi to Mombasa covers 430km avoiding a notoriously dangerous highway

Plato’s Beryl Signature Ring, in 18ct yellow gold, with green beryl and coloured diamonds

Fashion: Nigel O’Reilly’s Irish jewellery can compete with top luxury houses’

London Fashion Week: Richard Malone’s spring-summer 2019 collection opened the event today. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

The Wexford designer’s workmanship was clear in his spring-summer 2019 collection

A model walks the runway at the Sharon Wauchob Spring/Summer 2018 fashion show during London Fashion Week in 2017. Photograph: Victor Virgile/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Image

Irish designers include Richard Malone, Katie Ann McGuigan, JW Anderson, Simone Rocha and Paul Costelloe

Navy leather biker jacket, Michael by Michael Kors, €560; Floral ruffled dress, Whistles, €259; Silver leather bag, Calvin Klein, €135; Navy boots, Carvela, €155

Strong on colour: Russet, rust, orange, sapphire and red dominate collections

Pink coat €240 SET, Arnotts; top €118, trousers €199, both Marella at Arnotts; earrings €270, Loulerie.

This winter, disproportionate shapes speak volumes – protective wear for uncertain times

Flat head screw earring from €75 from Edge Only.

Style file: Designers showcase their talents in Longford

Floor length dress hand embellished with crystal and feathers Photograph: Louise Kennedy

A bride in a black dress and ballet inspired skirts dominate new season collection

Inis Meáin’s  Raftery coat, €750

Stylefile: vintage store Lyon Loring; and an Inis Meáin coat named after a blind bard

For the dedicated follower of ... tartan: Coat €30, dress €18.

Fashion forward: clashing patterns and retro styling is spreading into accessories also

Louise Stokes: fans of her jewellery boutique, Loulerie, will now be able to find her jewellery at Arnotts

Stylefile: Louise Stokes branches out; and Jake McCabe’s #MaximumStyle at TK Maxx

Silk shirts €111, wide leg pleat front trousers €128, longline double breasted coat €350, suede slip on trainers €103

Fashion: The brand’s winter collection focuses on supersoft cashmeres,sheepskins, woollen and jersey clothing

From the Cos autumn winter 2018 collection, which goes  on sale from  September 12th.

Stylefile: Swedish giant cuts an interesting shape as Beautiful South helps redesign Rathmines

Shelly – two-piece and cape: tailored wool top with Bardot neckline and side frill detail worn with tailored trousers. Can also be made with a mid-calf length or full-length skirt. Comes in a wide range of Italian and French wools in a choice of colours. Approx €1,600.

Fashion: Maire Forkin has dressed everyone from a Eurovision winner to Saudi royals

Print shirt (€185) by the Coventry-based visual artist Jam Sutton.

Stylefile: Artist Jam Sutton gets shirty and eco clothing from Clare

Anna, Lady Oxmantown in the library of Birr Castle wearing a green crepe wool Jacqmar dress that belonged to her grandmother in law Anne, Countess of Rosse. The dress would have flouted wartime restrictions so it is believed that Anne bought it prior to the war.

A collection of some of the exquisite dresses worn by Princess Margaret’s mother-in-law is to go on display in her family home, Bi(...)

Nollaig Rosa: ‘My take on summer meets Christmas with vintage costume jewellery and the finest fake flowers.’ Photograph: Edward Keegan

Fashion: When Jen Nollaig’s Christmas collection went viral she challenged herself to create something sunnier

Vintage cushion covers: Katie Lamour’s work can be enjoyed first-hand at the   Linen Biennale which takes place in Northern Ireland later this year.

Stylefile: YSL and Katie Lamour impress with past and present craft

Blue shirt and pinafore from Penneys bought four years ago. “I don’t buy from Penneys any more” Pic Ste Murray

Avoiding fast fashion: ‘There is a massive emphasis on global warming’

Hustle & Bustle jacket €160 with rainwrap skirt, €59. georgiaindublin.com

Stylefile: Swimwear that’s good enough to eat and 100% cotton blouses

Dea Birkett inside her circus caravan

Dea Birkett is back as ringmaster of her own show to celebrate 250 years of the circus

Fashion: Bring in the clowns for inspiration and a fun look

Navy feather jacket, also comes in black - €238, wide leg navy trousers - €182

Fashion: Appeal of the Irish brand has been growing in boutiques at home and abroad

Dublin-based firm Theo & George has released Breton stripe T-shirts for €59

Style File: Backless dresses expected to be most popular debs dress choice

Givenchy tweed coat with brown belt, Gucci leather wrap with white skirt, Erdem silver skirt

Brown Thomas autumn/winter show brings back big shoulders and 1980s ‘CEO fashion’

Penneys have reorganised their sizes to emphasise body positivity and plus size fashion

Changes in clothes sizes suggest positivity and diversity are gaining traction in fashion

The sheiling for Deirdre and Naoise in the mountains overlooking Loch Etive

An Irishwoman’s Diary on a new take on an ancient legend

Limited edition T-shirt with image by David Wojnarowitcz is €79 from loewe.com

Stylefile: Blame Stella McCartney for the popularity of pineapple prints

Pink cashmere jumper, €1,150 by Lainey Keogh

Fashion: Traditional native craft gets a modern, technical twist

Tweed coat by Alison Conneely

Stylefile: Hammer sterling silver rings at the Collective jewellery store on Drury Street

Rose print  dress, €165, crystal heart earrings, €32, sunglasses, €28, at Om Diva, shoes, €88, Buffalo ShoeLab

A series events are planned to mark 12 years of the glamtastic Dublin boutique

Faye Dinsmore wearing one of her sweaters. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The model and knitwear designer lives in a big rented house with her husband, Web Summit's Paddy Cosgrave, their baby Cloud and fi(...)

The colourful plaster sculptures of Annie Morris in the Louis Vuitton flagship in Place Vendome, Paris

Stylefile: The Louis Vuitton flagship store in Paris’s Place Vendome and the best tote bag

Mignonne Gavigan flamingo stud earrings €335 exclusively at Loulerie, Chatham Street, Dublin. loulerie.com

Stylefile: From bold couture to handcarved pieces that connect to the Irish landscape

Look great, feel good, and keep entertained during these long summer days

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Here’s how to keep your feet fresh and avoid blisters and sores this summer

McQueen, often referred to as McCabre McQueen for his dark vision, pushed the boundaries of fashion like no one else.

Stylefile: Movie time and earrings to flatter all skin tones

Jordan Hannon “What Can You Do When You Live in a Shoe”. Photograph: Aron Cahill

The National College of Art and Design class of 2018 are an impressive bunch

Cashmere sweater, €345, by Laura Chambers

Stylefile: New menswear collection from Cos

Delilly dress by Ted Baker €799.

Fashion: Savvy brides are spending less on the dress and more on shoes, bags or jewellery

Stylefile: Museum collection of scarves and a Turkish designer at Kildare Village

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