Archive for January, 2010


Alexa Chung, Pepe SS2010 Campaign

Ah, who cares whether Alexa Chung was axed or she quit from her MTV US show ‘It’s on with Alexa Chung‘. I certainly couldn’t give two hoots. As far as the Transatlantic trendsetter is concerned, all I care about is;

1. The fact that I want that flippin’ Mulberry Alexa‘ bag more than I have ever wanted a bag before in my life; I saw it in Brown Thomas last week and could only marvel at its magnificence. Upon clutching it in my grabby mitts, the sales assistant asked me if I needed “assistance” (!) I told her, ruefully that I was only playing dress up with it…

2. She’s a bit on the skinny side since the move (please don’t lose any more dear girl); but 3. and most importantly, I love that she still manages to look so ridiculously fabulous after four years on the top of the style stakes.

Take her new ad campaign for Pepe jeans par example. These candid / behind the scenes shots (whether real or staged) show just how utterly fantastic the Chung is, especially in this first pic.


You can Ring my bell Erin Wasson.

From Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, to style bloggers like Fashion Toast, it seems that rings are the thing.



Fashion Toast

Good thing then that Erin Wasson‘s new Low Luv X jewellery range is about to go on sale on-line at and it’s delish; if covering your digits in ugly-pretty is your thing. It’s certainly mine – oh, make a note: if you can find a skull ring that fits, buy it immediately, it took me a year to find mine – anyway the collection comprises rings, bracelets and awesome silver crucifixes to complement the collection.

The collection launches this month and prices range from £60 – £230.

Olsen pics via


Happy Australia Day!

Because I need no further excuse to post photos from films by Australia’s enigmatic film director, Baz Luhrmann. The man is a visual genius; he can turn dour tradition in to vibrant modernity see (neon crosses below) and no-one else does as much over-the-top razzle, glitz and glamour on the big screen with as many sequins as he does and get away with it. His soundtracks are fantastic, the casting divine, the writing is perfect, the costumes and set designs outstanding whatever this post says, you’ll only know what I’m on about if you’ve seen these movies.

First, only because it stars fellow Antipodeans, Nicole Kidman and Kylie Minogue; Moulin Rouge! 2001.

Second, Romeo + Juiet 1996, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Clare Danes in the lead roles, in one of the most perfect films I’ve seen.

Third, Strictly Ballroom, 1992, not quite in the same league as his next, and previously posted, two films, but still fantastic; Luhrmann’s first movie was a tiny taste of what was to come. Starring fellow Aussies, Paul Mercurio and Tara Morice.

NB: I use to live just up to the left of this enormous Coca-Cola billboard in Kings Cross Sydney…

I’m leaving you with one of my favourite scenes from Romeo + Juliet, where Mercutio dresses in drag and mines along to a remix of Candi Staton‘s disco anthem, Young Hearts Run Free. Absolute Bliss.


Irish Designer, Joanne Hynes, to be NYFDA 2010 Student Mentor

Joanne Hynes, one of Ireland’s leading fashion and jewellery designers, has taken on the challenge of mentoring the student finalists in this years coveted Nokia Young Fashion Designer Award. Last years awards saw hundreds of fashionable types gather in the old Habitat building on Dame Street to see NCAD student, Aoife Gallagher, win the prestigious award having been mentored by Irish knitwear designer Tim Ryan. The fashion event was definitely one of my favourites in Dublin last year, the atmosphere in the room as well as the quality and originality of the designers’ collections made it a fantastic event.

This years students met their mentor over breakfast at the Morrison Hotel last week as she shared design tips and advice. One piece of fashion advice she gave was, to divide the price of an item of clothing by the number of times you think you will wear it, to make it a worthwhile purchase. I love this piece of advice, I was only saying to a friend earlier today, that there is nothing better than paying a little bit more for something to find yourself still loving and wearing it years later. I have a beautiful Versace top that I bout about 12 years ago that I now estimate to have cost me 0.07p. That’s what you call a worthwhile purchase.

Of the collaboration with the awards, Joanne said, “I am extremely excited at the opportunity to mentor these young designers. I love hearing their ideas and helping them transition brilliant thoughts into works of art. I am very much looking forward to seeing what [they] come up with. The motivation and creativity of this year’s finalists is exceptionally inspiring”. It sounds as though this years event is going to be yet another fantastic show, I can’t wait to see the designs, let alone the final show pieces. Photo: Joanne Hynes with model Yomiko in one of the designers pieces.

The inspiration for this years designs is, Nokia’s information portal.


Dublin Fashion Designer Jennifer Rothwell to Show at Showcase Ireland

Among many other designers in attendance, of course, Jennifer Rothwell will be debuting her AW10 collection this weekend at Showcase Ireland. Her design talents have brought her from NCAD to New York and back again, and earned her the “Brown Thomas Designer Mentor Programme Award” a mere 7 months after launching her label.

She graduated in 1995 and has worked in the fashion industry since then. So ok, she’s caught the eye of industry insiders but what about the clothes? This photograph was taken at Collins Barracks at the official launch of Showcase Ireland earlier this month. The dress in the centre is a piece from Jennifer Rothwell‘s latest collection, it’s a beautifully simple, silk printed piece and I want it. It’s gorgeous.  Her collection actually has a few different elements to it; there are these printed silks but there are also some very understated jersey pieces too – see below.

The other featured designers above are, left Edel McBride, Jennifer Rothwell, right, Heather Finn. Below images from Jennifer Rothwell’s AW10 preview collection.


Beauty Interview – Irish Independent Online

Wednesday January 20 2010

Laura Whiston, a writer and fashion and style blogger from Dublin shares her make-up routine with us.

Morning routine?

After cleansing and moisturising, it probably takes about 10 -15 minutes to do my make-up depending on where I’m going. Nights out can take twice that time.

First beauty memories?

When I was eight, much to my Mum’s delight, my sister and I decided to make a concoction with her make-up. I think we’d been reading George’s Marvelous Medicine (by Roald Dahl)at the time and needless to say it was a one-off occasion!

First product ?

Not product exactly but my birthday is on Hallowe’en so it was glittery false eyelashes to go with a fancy dress costume, I’m not sure if I still have them.

What’s your top tip?

You can’t go wrong with the basics so I ALWAYS check for the foundation line between your neck and face. I probably got that from Cosmopolitan magazine when I was still in school but it serves you well, I think there are times in a girls life when she can smudge a bit and get away with it but the foundation line is the measure.

Do you go out without make up?

No, not unless it is an absolute emergency, and I don’t mean a ‘bread and milk’ type emergency. No one need ever see me without slap!

In the bag and on the wish-list?

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF15  in the bag (EDIT: Lancôme Juicy Tubes lip gloss in Lychee is also in there and something I can’t actually live without in winter) and Creme de la Mer is on the list …

What’s the most you’ve ever spent on a product and why did you buy it?

I’ve never really gone too mad, I always used to buy YSL Faux Cils mascara, it was about €25 and it lasts about a month. As good as it is, I always thought it a bit of an overspend seeing as most mascara lasts about 3 months. I’m casting round for a replacement.

Do you tend to go for bargain buys or are you swayed by the adverts?

I’m a consummate shopper, so I never bargain hunt. I’m always convinced that there is some reason why anything is cheap. I can be swayed by the amount of sales a product has made, like the Max Factor False Lash Effect mascara sold over 1 million so I’ll give that a go defo.

Where do you head for a beauty fix?

Harvey Nichols / Debenhams / House of Fraser. Big departments stores mostly. It’s such an assault on the senses.

Is there a trend you would like to see come into fashion?

I wish the whole 60’s Twiggy drawn on lashes trend would come back in for a season. I’d love to give that a go. I like fashion that’s a bit whimsical.

Who’s vanity case would you snoop in?

Christina Aguilera or Dita von Teese – I would love to see just how many (or how few) products it takes to look so pristine.

A big thanks to the utterly fabulous Sinead Van Kampen of for including me!

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