”Creative Enniskerry” LIVE Styling Sessions with Mairéad Vickers at Smock Boutique

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Enniskerry village is showing off its creativity during National Drawing Day on Saturday 20th of May 2017 and we would love for you to join us!

The Schoolhouse for Art will be holding painting, clay sculpting and woodcarving demonstrations, life drawing with a live model (clothed of course!). Of course some creativity for the kids added too.

At Smock Boutique we will be creating a unique LIVE window display with personal styling clients receiving professional advice covering Colour, Style & Body Shape Analysis by boutique owner & personal stylist Mairead Vickers.

As always a bit of arty nibbling in our local eateries is a must while visiting beautiful Enniskerry!

Our scenic village really has something for everyone, including book readers, craft lovers, fashionistas & antique hunters, so come along and enjoy a taste of village life!

Fashion & Style Newsletter Issue 3

Fashion & Style Newsletter Issue 3

Working on the third issue of the MV Styling Fashion & Style Newsletter!

In this issue, Style File continues with my top tips to finding Wardrobe Heaven, regular section Colour Crush will keep you in the know, and Creative Corner reviews another fantastic new Irish designer!

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Stylishly yours,
MV Styling xx

Press Preview A/W 2014

With the emergence of an actual summer in Ireland this year, the thought of dressing for the cold, dull and dreary days ahead are probably far from your mind right now!
However, we all know things can change fairly rapidly around here so it’s no harm to think ahead and plan the looks you will be rocking later this year!

This week I checked out two of the high street’s offerings for Autumnal dressing at the ever trendy River Island and brand power house Bestseller; covering collections from Vero Moda, Vila, Only, Name it, Pieces, Little Pieces, Noisy may, lmtd, Y.A.S, Jack & Jones, Selected Homme and brand new label Only & Sons.

First up it’s the go-to chain for stylish and affordable fashion, River Island. With 7 fashion stories on view for the ladies including Preppy, Luxe Traveller, Puritan, 60’s Pastel, Snow, Grey and Noir, the vast array of trends for next season will excite and delight you!
I fell hard for the Grey, Snow and 60’s Pastel trends; the pieces are so easy to mix and match with your current wardrobe and will liven your predictably dark palette this Winter. These softer tones on bang on trend, will flatter a multitude of Irish skin tones and serve as multi taskers in your wardrobe, giving you plenty of choice for work and play next season!

**Must-have Item!**
Watch out for the amazing leather pencil skirt WITH POCKETS in nude and soft grey! Perfect for the office or a night out, depending on how you style it! Pair with a cashmere knit and courts for work, or mix it up with a casual tee, Chelsea boots and plenty of attitude for the evening!

And now for the guys! RI have created 5 fashion stories for you to choose from; Generation X, Frequency, Vinyl, Blinders and Techno Folk. As ever, quality, style and value for money is synonymous with menswear at RI. Outfit inspiration comes from a mixture of vintage nostalgia and modern styling. Choose to update your look next season with rock and roll heritage, 90’s youth culture, geometric prints and large-scale patterns to name but a few!

**Must-have Item!**
Invest in your style, it will thank you in the future, I promise! No better way to do that than with the classic camel coat. You will take this out of your wardrobe year after year, it will cover a multitude of occasions and you will definitely be the best dressed gent in any room!

Next up is Danish brand Bestseller. Known for its fast and affordable fashion, this is another Scandi brand gaining followers on the Irish scene. With over 20 labels to choose from online and in stores nationwide, including brand new menswear range Only & Sons, there is sure to be something for everyone next season! I went along to view A/W ’14 show with MFI Magazine editor Adam Gaffey. Check out some of the snaps hot off the runway over here!

I’ve popped a few of my favourites from the River Island collections and some snaps from the Bestseller Fashion Festival event in the gallery below for you to check out.

For more inspiration, images and to view the full collections, head over to www.riverisland.com and www.bestseller.com

Thank you to Emma @River Island and Tara & Shauna @Bestseller for two fabulous events!

Happy Shopping!
Mairead V

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With Adam Gaffey at the Bestseller A/W ’14 Fashion Festival 1/7/14 Photo by Leon Farrell at http://www.entertainment.ie

 

Women in Business

Women in Business

CityWideTV focuses its attention on the subject of women in business in the first of a series of videos which showcases the scope and range of female entrepreneurship here in Dublin and the country as a whole. This time round we talk to Fashion Consultant and Stylist, Mairead Vickers as she gives us an insight into what it is to run your own business and throws a light on the often overlooked area of Men’s Fashion styling.

Blurb by Susan Jackson.
Producer and Editor: Susan Jackson.
Presenter: Feargal O’ Lideadh.
Camera: Sean Mooney.
Sound: Darren Fitzpatrick.
Floor Manager: Iris Park.

Atelier 27 S/S 2014 Launch

Another week, another showcase!

One of the most exciting and inspiring parts of my job is to preview up and coming designers, labels & collections.
Having had my Penney’s Summer Showcase fill, with a splash of Lennon Courtney Central Dairy Launch last week, today it was the turn of my favourite Irish designer showcase space Atelier 27 at Om Diva on Drury Street.

Designer Showcase

Designer Showcase

Store front Atelier 27 at Om Diva

Store front Atelier 27 at Om Diva


Inside these stylish surroundings a wealth of fresh fashion goodies awaits me!
I made my way upstairs to view the perfectly placed display cabinets packed with handmade treasures, alongside colourful rails of exciting, inspiring and original garments from the latest generation of Irish design talent.

Dolly Delinqent

Capulet & Montague


The busy space is soon brimming with a crowd of eager fashion folk waiting to take in the offerings, and of course the latest innovative designs do not disappoint!
Ruth and the stylish team at Om Diva keep us under control with a glass of bubbly and freshly cooked fish & chips, now who could ask for more?!

Designers Ciara Kilbride & Jocelyn Murray Boyne with Illustrator Killian Fallon

Designers Ciara Kilbride & Jocelyn Murray Boyne with Illustrator Killian Fallon

Sarah McGinn of OPSH

*Spotted, but sadly no pics!
Fashion Editor Bairbre Power & Stylist Cathy O’Connor


And finally, a chance to catch up with college buddy and fellow stylist Mari before collecting our goodie bags filled with treats including this beautiful illustration by Killian Fallon.

With stylist Mari Paduano

With stylist Mari Paduano

Illustration of SS 2014 Jocelyn Murray Boyne collection by Killian Fallon

Illustration of Jocelyn Murray Boyne’s SS 2014 Collection by Killian Fallon

For more info on the designers and Atelier 27 at Om Diva, check out the Om Diva Facebook page

Lennon Courtney Studio Launch 12/03/14

With fresh ideas, creativity and talent in abundance, noted design duo Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney took the plunge and opened the doors to their latest venture at No.19 Stephen’s Street…
The Central Dairy

During a busy day of styling and shoot research, fresh from the print & colour explosion at Primark’s Summer 2014 Showcase , and in the mood for some more previews & collection sneak peeks; I took an hour to stop in and check out Sonya and Brendan’s new digs at No.19.
Greeted, welcomed & ushered in by the lovely Deborah & Helen, I stepped into a bright, elegant and beautifully balanced space at the studio front. Images from the design duo’s first collaboration teamed with a quirky chair display adorn the otherwise plain walls. Neat rails of garments line the studio shop front, leading on towards the work space area behind. In choosing a neutral palette to display the brand’s signature relaxed tailoring and clever use of colour; it’s these quirky yet functional finishing touches that sum up what we’ve come to know and love from this creative couple.

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Knowing the original collection was having a sale moment, and naturally having already scanned the options on my previous night’s online research marathon, I made a bee-line for the bargain goodies!
My top picks from the collection include these must-have investment items; the Olive Tulip skirt, the Tux jacket and the Peplum top.
High quality materials, clever design and classic style; these versatile pieces have been carefully made to blend with and enhance your current wardrobe.

Fresh from the sale rail excitement, and just about to make a giddy exit; in walks stylist, presenter, designer and all round fashion guru, the lovely Sonya herself!
Naturally dressed to perfection in Lennon Courtney, she kindly obliges my eager questions, amateur photography & general chit-chat!
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Feeling thoroughly inspired; I leave No.19 eagerly anticipating my next visit and the next exciting installment from Lennon Courtney.
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PRESS RELEASE
MARCH 2014

LOGO

SONYA LENNON AND BRENDAN COURTNEY LAUNCH IRELAND’S FIRST LIVE STUDIO

SEE, STYLE, SHOP!
On Wednesday, 12th March, Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney celebrated the launch of their new live studio located at The Central Dairy, 19 Stephens Street, Dublin 2. The studio will offer a number of unique experiences for consumers, as they can pop in and see Brendan and Sonya work, make an appointment to be personally styled and of course shop the latest collection, ‘Vacation’. The studio is now open for appointments from Monday to Saturday, from 10am until 6pm.

Upon arrival, guests enjoyed a prosecco reception, before being treated to an exclusive screening of a documentary on the history of the building. Those in attendance included Alison Canavan, stylist Cathy O’Connor, TV presenter Lorraine Keane, jewellery designer Natasha Sherling, stylist Courtney Smith and handbag designer Pauric Sweeney.

The latest collection ‘Vacation’, which is now available in the studio, has a core palette of muted tones in light greys and blues, with some added statement accents in fuchsia and royal blue. Known for celebrating femininity, Lennon Courtney has also introduced some new and exciting fabrics this spring / summer including stretch canvas, silk and cashmere. Irish made knitwear also plays a key role in the collection – with luxuriously soft cashmeres and lambs wool, light and delicate, in the form of off the shoulder tops and knitted tees.

Lennon Courtney is available to buy at The Central Dairy, 19 Stephens Street, Dublin 2 and online at www.lennoncourtney.com. Prices start at €40.

Follow Lennon Courtney on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/pages/Lennon-Courtney

About Lennon Courtney
Fashion crusaders and stylists Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney have combined their 35 years of experience in the fashion industry to create their first collaboration. Irish designed it includes a full knitwear range produced by leading craft-makers and producers in Dublin. Their designs are informed by a shared philosophy that focuses on developing clothes and styles that are uniquely tailored to the shape of modern women. Collections and key pieces are based on an analysis of body shape and lifestyle needs each season.