A STYLISH TRIO
Is your working wardrobe stuck in a style rut? Professional help offers insider information on how to dress for success. Accentuate the positive, writes ALANNA GALLAGHER
“We all have to get dressed for work every day, and it’s important to look good. The idea is to try and instill a sense of enjoyment in the experience,” says fashion stylist Sonya Lennon, one of thewomen behind The Luxury Workshop, a “holy trinity” of professional hair, make-up and clothing skills, united under one groove to give professional women grooming lessons.
The corporate entertainment idea was set up to help encourage wellbeing and confidence among working women.
“Women tend to dress safely and functionally throughout their working lives. We spend five long days out of seven working. It’s a long time to hate the way you look. It’s important to improve your sense of self-worth,” she says.
“Men have golf and football matches to bond and network. In contrast women, if they’re not big sports fans, have very few connection opportunities. Females tend to focus on the negative, which can create a lack of confidence. Irish women need to accentuate the positive, which can be very difficult to do on your own,” says Lennon.
Luxury Workshop offers hair, make-up and clothing secrets to the uninitiated. Together, Lennon, make-up artist Mary Bruton and hair stylist Zara Cox, are a trio with extensive experience in the business. The information they have accumulated is, says Lennon, something that they have taken very much for granted.
For Bruton, the simplest way to change your look is to start body brushing. “It jumpstarts the lymph system in the morning, exfoliates and invigorates and dispenses with the need for exfoliators and other expensive accoutrements. It helps eliminate cellulite.”
“Hair too is really important,” says Cox. “It’s on your head every single day, yet it’s usually the poor relation compared to what we might spend on clothes and makeup. Everyone has bad hair days.
“You need to develop a maintenance programme for it, one that works with your lifestyle. I’d prefer to talk to my clients about their hair than their holidays,” says the former artistic director of Toni and Guy.
At a recent event, organised by Bank of Scotland, the trio managed to physically alter the way a dozen women looked on the spot.
“One woman hadn’t worn high heels since she got married to a short man 24 years ago. She had one of the best pair of legs I’d ever seen yet she’d done a Nicole Kidman on it,” says Lennon.
“It’s a bit of craic but at the same time everyone in attendance went home armed with the ability to see past their own pigeon-holing and take that important first step out from their style cell.
“It’s the humanitarian end of fashion’s stick. Instead of using it to beat yourself with, we invigorate individuals with a new sense of their net worth.”
Left to right: make-up artist Mary Bruton, hair stylist Sonya Lennon and stylist Zara Cox pictured in the Dylan Hotel.
NAME: Mary Bruton EXPERTISE: Make-up
NAME: Zara Cox EXPERTISE: Hair
NAME: Sonya Lennon EXPERTISE: Clothes