Trend Watch: Tassels & Pom Poms

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While browsing through the A/W press shows this last few weeks, I seemed to gravitate towards anything and everything with a tassel and/or fringing. While walking through the Oasis showcase and nattering on about how much I love a pom pom, I looked down at my outfit and realised I was wearing a skirts covered in fringing and tassel bracelets. I don’t think I needed to explain, really.


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The style – which I referred to as ‘stuff with shit hanging from it’ at the press launch….I know they are going to rob that tagline by the way. – is popping up everywhere for A/W, both on the catwalk and the high street. Two stores doing it very well are Zara and Oasis.

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And lets not forget about the humble pom pom, from shoes to bags, to jackets and earring, if you don’t own something with a pom pom on it, well, you’re a loser really. Best pom poms on the high street go to River Island and ASOS.

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All of the above is a by line to the whole gypsy/folk style ruling the runway right now. And long may it last, and continue to trickle onto the high street, packaged in an affordable price tag!

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In the Fold – Exhibition at Kildare Village


In the Fold – an exhibtion that showcased eight up and coming Irish designers, which exhibited at International Fashion Showcase at London Fashion Week in March – has now launched at Kildare Village.

Kildare Village was the main sponsor for In the Fold, brought to you by Irish Design 2015 and curated by Gemma A. Williams, under the direction of Aisling Farinella – Fashion & Textiles Advisor for ID2015. The eight designers involved were; Rory Parnell Mooney, Michael Stewart, Caoimhe MacNeice, Naoise Farrell, Richard Malone, Jocelyn Murray Boyne, Oliver Duncan and Laura Kinsella.



Guests at Kildare Village will have the unique opportunity to see the work of these innovative young designers and attend a series of fashion and design focused talks to take place at Kildare Village each week. The series of events hosted by Kate Coleman from Le Cool Dublin, will allow guests and design aficionados to meet with some of the designers and engage with them around each unique area of expertise.



We attended the launch of this beautifully curated exhibtion in Kildare and had the pleasure of hearing four of the designers speak about their journey during In the Fold and London Fashion Week, life after college, and what Ireland can do for up and coming designers to progress their careers – within Ireland – and make the world outside college a little less daunting.


One to watch: Designer Richard Moore spoke articlately and with passion about being true to yourself as a designer, the waste that luxury fashion houses produce, and how he believes the Irish fashion industry can improve and nurture new talent. At twenty two, this kid is seriously going places.

If you are taking a visit to Kildare Village pop in, its really worth a look. You can also engage with these talented designers in exclusive events at Kildare Village throughout May:

Thursday 21 May: ‘Sustainability of Fashion’ with Richard Malone

Saturday 23 May: ‘The Craft of Weaving’ with Oliver Duncan Doherty

All events are complimentary but booking is essential as spaces are limited!
To reserve your place:
telephone (045) 534 945


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J.Crew & Jenna Lyons: “Sequins are the new black”

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I must have Googled ‘J.Crew at New York Fashion Week 2015’ about twenty times today, waiting with bated breath for images to appear online from today’s show. And, when they did appear, I was not disappointed. I know, I know, #NYFW has seen many high end designer shows over the last few days, with exquisite pieces that probably took a team of fifty to make with hand sown beads etc., etc. But who doesn’t love J.Crew? There is no shame in being as excited for this show as you are for Chanel – no, I am not say Jenna Lyons is the same as Coco, I am not mad. But I do have a serious – possibly stalker like – girl crush on, Jenna. Everything she touches, and wears, turns to sequins gold. Today, I fell even more in love with her when she utter the words ‘Sequins are the new black’! Music to my magpie ears!

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The collection shown today sticks with Jenna and J.Crew’s principles of grown up sophistication, for a women who moves, wants to be comfortable, dressed, but never over dressed. Parka jackets with fringe skirts, floor length sequins skirts with denim – Jenna, loves to rock denim as part of a more formal outfits – and tones of spring colours like mellow yellow and candy pink.

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Jeans with frayed ends – a trend that took off at the end of 2014 – and polo necks were all back. I don’t think I have seen a show at #NYFW that has not had a polo neck in it. Is it a global reaction to the cold weather we are having? Or did all the designers have a meeting and decide on one item so they could share? Anyway, whatever the reason, they look great, warm and chic.

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The canary yellow that has popped up throughout the line is really refreshing, yellow is not used enough in my book – be careful, its a tricky colour to pull off – and was used subtly on faux fur stoles and coat lining. Very cleaver, Jenna.

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The floor length sequins skirt is a show stopper, even when paired back with a denim shirt and tan belt – which gives it quiet an Americana edge. I have always championed sequins as day wear – or anywhere – so I hope we see this look popping up on the, slightly more affordable, high street. And the accessories did not disappoint either with the clutch as the bag of choice, pointy, court style pumps in fun animal prints, and floral sandals – still a little chilly for those without a sock.

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All in all, the collection was a masterclass in styling as much as in design. It makes me want to get out my scissors and start attacking the end of my jeans and my Momsie midi skirt to create some fringing, and update my sad over-sized parka with some bright yellow lining – I am all about the DIY ladies. That is until I have enough wonga in the bank to afford the real thing.


Image source: Popsugar, Elle, Manrepeller


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Its that time of year again, New York Fashion Week, day 1. That means the streets of NYC are a public catwalk for the next four days. Check out the street style right here. #wearit


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A little Bey and Jay-Z thrown in for good measure. Loving B’s outfit.


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First Model With Down Syndrome Walks at New York Fashion Week


Jamie Brewer an actress, best known for her role in American Horror Story, who just happens to have Down Syndrome, became the first model with Down Syndrome to walk down the catwalk at New York Fashion Week yesterday.

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Designer, Carrie Hammer, booked Brewer to model as part of her “Role Models Not Runway Models” campaign, which the designer started when she was first asked to show her line at Fashion Week.

This is not just about fashion, this move, and the campaign, is breaking boundaries for people with intellectual disabilities in the world of fashion, and beyond. And Brewer herself sees the significance; “Young girls and even young women…[see me] and say ‘hey, if she can do it so can I”. Brewer, told Today; “It’s a true inspiration being a role model for any young women to [encourage them] in being who they are and showing who they are.”

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Hammer told Today; “I called up my existing clients who were all incredible women and one of them happened to be a doctor and a sex therapist who happened to be in wheelchair. It was never intended to be this incredible statement.”

Hammer did include a model in a wheelchair on both her runway and print campaigns and, even if unwittingly, this has become a statement and sparked a new debate on our – and the fashion industries – definition of beauty.

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Referencing the dress she wore at New York Fashion Week, Jamie said; “It’s amazing, it’s really neat. Many women have many sides to their personality, this dress fits…mine. I am honored to be in it.”

It’s time for change, fashion is not exclusive to the skinny, pretty or rich, its something everyone can enjoy and have a passion for. Therefore, the shows, campaigns and social media threads should reflect this.

Bravo Hammer and Brewer.