Louth designer Niamh O’Neill parlays her trademark precision-cut technique this season with a Japanese twist. Expect turn-of-thecentury references combined with 1950s couture silhouettes in a vibrant melee of silk and organza. Available at exclusive stockists and online. Info: 0863530917; www.niamhoneill.com.
Wet weather getting you down? Make like the Canadians and opt for Sorel's ‘Dacie’ lace booties (complete with rubber high heel and microfleece lining). Pair them with skinny jeans and a puffa jacket for functional fashion points. Done and dusted. Info: www.sorel.ie.
Thursday, 26 – Monday, 30 0ctober: Belfast Fashion Week is back for its twelfth season in association with West Coast Cooler. Expect an exciting roster of runway shows, style events and parties taking place across the city with the hotly-anticipated Up-and-Coming Designers Night on Oct 15th. Info: www.belfastfashionweek.com.
Castlebar looks set to sparkle with the addition of a jeweller Nigel O’Reilly’s ‘by appointment’ luxury studio. Having trained with the Crafts Council of Ireland and worked with Bond Street jewellers and New York-based designer Don O’Neill, O’Reilly’s goldsmith and diamond-setting skills are highly sought after. Our advice? Go West. You won’t regret it. Info: http://nigeloreilly.com.
Is your social calendar bigger than your clothing budget? Fear not. BorrowMyDress.net is set to change that. Designed to ease the financial and fashion burden of a busy lifestyle, this unique website leverages Facebook as a friend-to-friend clothes lending platform. Consider it a stress-free way to get dressed. Info: www.borrowmydress.net.
We’re loving Irish artist and designer Rita White’s limitededition digitally printed silk scarves. Made her original drawings, each piece of wearable art tells a unique story. Would you like to hear about the ‘birds who wear shoes’? We would. Simply beautiful. Info: 0869583765; www.ritawhiteart.com.
Check out Annmarie O’Connor’s style at: www.annmarieoconnor.me