How to break away from black and add a touch of glam­our

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS - Emma Fraser

Gemma Collins had a chat with us this week about break­ing away from black clothes, and the lit­tle touches that can re­ally make an out­fit.

Sav­ing up to go trav­el­ling for a few months means buy­ing new clothes is low on Collins’s pri­or­ity list. But a good bar­gain can be hard to pass up, and even one new item can breath fresh air into your wardrobe. Tell us about your out­fit to­day? I’m wear­ing Nine Crows sun­glasses. I love a good cat’s eye, it makes me feel a lit­tle glam. They were ¤18. My neck­lace, I found in my jew­ellery box. I got it when I was young, and it was prob­a­bly gifted to me. I think it’s a san­dal. I’m not ex­actly sure, but peo­ple keep be­liev­ing the san­dal thing, so I’ll keep go­ing with that.

My ear­rings are from a mar­ket in Berlin, they where some­thing like ¤3. I love pick­ing things up at mar­kets, they al­ways feel a lit­tle bit more spe­cial. I got my leather jacket on Asos.

It was a good while ago, so I can’t re­mem­ber the ex­act price, but I re­mem­ber think­ing ‘I have to have it at that price’, so I nabbed it im­me­di­ately. I would say it was around the ¤30 mark, and I like it be­cause it bright­ens up my usual all-black out­fits.

My top is from H&M and was ¤12. It’s black, over­sized and com­fort­able. My jeans are Top­Shop Jamie jeans. I have about four pairs of th­ese, but I seem to have grabbed the most faded ones this morn­ing. Th­ese are my go-to for com­fort, and if I’m not wear­ing th­ese, you’ll prob­a­bly catch me wear­ing a pair of black Levi’s.

I got my run­ners in Bos­ton last Novem­ber, when I was vis­it­ing my brother. They def­i­nitely have them here and I think I paid around $100. A hol­i­day treat. Again, they’re black, so they go with ev­ery­thing in my wardrobe. How would you de­scribe your per­sonal style? I would de­scribe my per­sonal style as ca­sual with a bit of struc­ture. Colour-wise, mostly black with a lit­tle bit of white and grey thrown in. What are you most look­ing for­ward to this sum­mer? There’s lots hap­pen­ing this sum­mer that I am look­ing for­ward to, but if I have to choose, I think it would be bring­ing The Game, a show we made for the Dublin Theatre Fes­ti­val in 2015, to Bris­bane at the end of the sum­mer. I am hop­ing to stay on and travel around Aus­tralia and south east Asia, pro­vid­ing I save enough be­fore then. Pho­tographs: Katie McLough­lin Robin­son (vi­ola), Aoife Nic Ath­laoich (cello), David Adams (harp­si­chord). Witches, Bitches and Britches — Gen­der Bend­ing in Baroque Opera. 8pm 091-705962


The Gre­gory Walk­ers. The Isle is Full of Noises. Fam­ily Show fo­cused on the mu­sic at Shake­speare’s Globe Theatre. noon

The Good Ladies of Gal­way. Green Ladies, This Emer­ald Isle meets the Green 7 Pleas­ant Land. 4pm Alla Francesca. Tro­bar et Joglar, songs by Bernard de Ven­ta­dour, Comtesse de Die, Jaufre Rudel et al. 8.30pm


Kather­ine Manley (so­prano), Madeleine Shaw (mezzo so­prano), Peter Kirk (mezzo so­prano), John Milne (bass), Kilkenny Choir and Orches­tra/Philip Ed­mond­son. Mozart: Li­ta­niae Lau­re­tanae;

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