Posts Tagged ‘NYFDA


From Mood Board to Fashion Show Winner

… OR, chatting to other bloggers

I have been very lucky to be involved with this years Nokia Young Fashion Designer Award. I took part in a talk last night at the exhibition in Powerscourt Townhouse, organised by Spy. I chatted about what it’s like to be a blogger, how I got started and answered a heap of great questions from fellow Dublin bloggers and people who are interested in starting their own blog. It made me realise that although it is still quite an underground phenomenon in Ireland, blogging is on the increase here. The US and European countries like Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany are really at the forefront of the blogging world and the prospect that Ireland is getting involved is really exciting.

It was a really amazing experience, nerve-racking naturally, but getting out and meeting real, rather than virtual people was so refreshing. Not that on-line contact isn’t really rewarding, but it was great to have an excuse to get dressed up and make and effort. Every blogger knows the comfort typing away at home, slurping tea and wearing your dressing gown. (For warmth, you understand…)

The people I spoke to had various queries about writing and running blogs; mostly about building followers and which platform to use. I was really lucky to have chosen WordPress; of course all platforms have their pro’s and cons but I just felt straight at home with this one. The wordpress forums are amazing and an invaluable source of support and information. There are some really knowledgeable people who post on there and I know I wouldn’t have been able to get the blog just as I like it if it wasn’t for the advice I was given so generously on there.

They also wanted to know how bloggers get inspiration. In my experience I just post about things that I really love, because it’s my blog and I’ll cry if I want to.  I think it’s that, that makes blogs different to magazines; they don’t rely on sales and therefore any content is completely the authors choice. I know the ones I really love are so appealing because the author has a certain ‘voice’ which makes them individual.

Speaking of blogging about what you like, I’m a sucker for a fashion designer’s moodboard and this year’s NYFDA finalists’ were incredible. They show just how talented the designers are; having an idea for a dress / design is one thing, executing it well, is something altogether more impressive.

Runner up:

Butterfly Effect by Matthew Karp

From the sketch to the final piece:

Runner Up:

Encased by Niamh Rafferty

From the sketch to the final piece:


Knotted by Emmy Slattery

From the sketch to the final piece:From the sketch to the final piece:


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.


Nokia Young Fashion Designer Award Winner

The old Habitat building on Dame Street had never seen action like it when Dublin’s fashion crowd were seen queuing to get in yesterday evening. Even when the shop was open I doubt there was ever such a crowd inside it’s walls. The venue had been decked out fabulously and the Perrier Mojitos were in full flow as Dublin’s fash’ pack studied each other before being ushered to the catwalk.

Models and student designers mingled with judges and media types as front row (FROW) seats were fought for. The event was such a success that half the audience were unable to sit and had to stand behind the gathered ‘beautiful people’. Brendan Courtney introduced the designs from the 20 finalist’s which were all presented to us in a fantastic opening runway show.

The mood boards for each design had been displayed for us to view before the show and were works of art in their own right. It was as they moved along the runway, however, that we were able to see just how much detail, skill and talent had gone into each stunning creation. Continue reading ‘Nokia Young Fashion Designer Award Winner’

Shop Once Removed Vintage

Who Was Here?

  • 2,432,153 hits

Subscribe to Whisty’s Blog

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 2,411 other followers

Follow Whisy in Instagram

The last hurrah for warm weather? Where better to spend the day than on #richmondhill looking at the view of the #Thames before going #onsafari in #richmondpark? . . . #london#surrey#richmond#autumn🍁🍂 #trees#river#riverthames#sky#sunset#leaves#turningleaves#style#polkasots#blondehair
Walking along the #regentscanal is a perfect way to spend the afternoon. . . . #london#northlondon#kingscross#canallock#bridge#waterways#reflections#mulberrybag#style#leopardprintskirt#shades#architecture#stpancraslock#leatherjacket#towpath
Apocalyptic #skies in #muswellhill? There’s only one thing for it grab some #chippy chips from @toffsfish and hide under the #bridge ‘til it all goes away! . . . #sunset#shadows#london#northlondon#architecture#railways#takeaway
#polkadots and #hotspots This weather is a dream, it’s so nice to take five on the banks of the #riverthames and embrace its #coolbreeze . . . #summerinthecity#london#riverside#shorts#tan#shades#chilling😎
When you think you know #london and you stumble on a #hiddengem like #theancienthouse in #walthamstowvillage and you realise you have so much more to see. . . . #elizabethan#eastlondon#architecture#stow#wattleanddaub#cottage#postbox#redpostbox#blueskies#discovery
#nelson knows what a #planespotter #geek🤓I am... it’s the #redarrows though! 😍 . . . #raf100#flypast#trafalgarsquare#london#centrallondon#nelsonscolumn#planespotters#wing
How many? When you’re in #trafalgarsquare being a #touristforaday and you’re on the #flightpath. 💕my #hometown #london #raf100
#grimupnorth? Not a bit of it! #lakeconiston in #spring complete with #lambs and #littlefluffyclouds . . . #nature#lakedistrict#trees🌳#lakes#north#cumbria#countryside
Follow whistyblogs on Twitter

Follow Whisty on Twitter

LaWhisty on Pinterest

Follow Me on Pinterest

Flickr Photos

Latest Visitors

October 2018
« Dec    



Stats 01/06/11 – Now

wordpress visitors

%d bloggers like this: