Simone Rocha

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Simone Rocha, winner of the  womenswear designer of the year  at the 2016 Fashion Awards  in London. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

London-based Irish designer Simone Rocha scooped the Britain’s womenswear designer of the year award at the Fashion Awards at a gala event in the Roy(...)

Danielle Romeril: “It was about identity and putting a vision for yourself forward and being lucky enough to have friends who knew a bit more than I did.” Photograph: Johnny McMillan

Don O’Neill recalls his upbringing in Ballyheigue, Co Kerry as nothing short of magical. “The castle behind my house is haunted,” he says. “ We woul(...)

Simone Rocha eclairs from Prêt-à-Portea, coming to the Merrion Hotel in February 2017

We’re already thinking of ways to escape the gloom that descends after new year, and the Merrion Hotel in Dublin is coming to the rescue with Prêt-à-P(...)

‘My fondest memory is my first runway experience, seeing something I had created on the runway, and seeing it up on Vogue afterward and featured in magazines. It was such a fantastic feeling. I just knew then I wanted to do this forever.’

Helping some of the world’s top fashion designers to bring their visions to life is just part of her job for pattern-maker Ina Marie Igoe. Born and r(...)

Graphic prints on a long skirt with ankle boots, by Teatum Jones; Femininity with farmyard boots, from Simone Rocha’s spring/summer 2017 collection; Off-the-shoulder stretchy striped knits from Richard Malone

When it comes to fashion, Ireland’s loss is the UK’s gain. We export some of our best talents abroad to a country which values the industry and its £(...)

Bay Garnett. Photograph: David M Benett/Getty Images

Writing a profile of a woman of substance is easy to get wrong. In the effort to make a relatively unreachable subject accessible, it’s too tempting (...)

Saoirse Ronan Actor Considering what she has achieved already it’s hard to believe that Saoirse Ronan is just 22. Since her brilliantly sinister (...)

Striking graduate designs in red with a heavy scarf by Zoe Redmond, knitwear by Aisling Duff, a casual split-colour outfit by Eavan Butler and beautiful pleating from Nino Sanaia

This year a record number of fashion students – 64 in total – will graduate from the two main colleges in Ireland, 37 from NCAD and 27 from LSAD. The(...)

A bag from Livia Firth’s micro collection for M&S.   This summery starburst ensemble of shoes – flats, courts and pumps – is from Dolce & Gabbana’s new Rainbow Lace collection

RAINBOW LACE GRACES BROWN THOMAS This summery starburst ensemble of shoes – flats, courts and pumps – are from Dolce & Gabbana’s new Rainbow La(...)

We think Tar Mar would approve of these agressivly cuffed jeans and of Michael Kors new smart smartwatch

TREACY TREAT AT TRINITY Former model turned PR Mari O Leary was Philip Treacy’s first muse when the milliner was a student in NCAD and the pair hav(...)

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