51st Irish Antique Dealers' Fair

Visit the RDS ,Dublin to experience the Irish Antique Dealers' Fair from the 23rd to 25th of September 2016.There is an eclectic mix of paintings,jewellery,furnishings and silver on display.There are many related lectures taking place with a myriad of dealers displaying their antiques.Well worth a visit!

The Weekend: London Fashion Week - 10 Designers

London has been seriously killing it over the weekend this season. With a mix of beautifully curated presentations and shows, here are some of the highlights we have witnessed this weekend at the fashion capital. 

No 1 Versus Versace 

Set in an industrial basement, the surroundings were dark and edgy, which complimented the collection beautifully. The clothing was edgy in a sort of basement grunge, biker way with lots of leather, belts (yes boob belts!), with a military influence. Front row was Gigi Hadid, supporting sister, Bella who walked in the show.

Julian McDonald 

The celeb crammed show was held in a school hall, with the collection being heavily influenced by ballroom. With a mix of beautiful embellished gowns fit for dancing. Julian McDonald was also one of the few designers to combine his womenswear collection with menswear at London Fashion Week.


At Mulberry, the catwalk was paved, like a British street with the collection featuring many tea dresses and patent raincoats, perfect for the British summer time. Also to feature were hints of military, a sign that the now AW trend will last, and beautifully embellished pieces.

JW Anderson 

Bloggers around London are going crazy for JW Anderson right now. And it’s easy to see why with the latest collection presented this weekend. With a take on Tudor style, influenced by Henry VIII, the collection combined historical style with bright prints and exuded femininity.

Henry Holland

Henry Holland also presented, and it was a big one for the designer as it is Holland’s 10 year anniversary. Happy Birthday HH!. At the show we saw the return of his famous logo t-shirts which were very 80s. The collection however, featured many colors of gingham, prints and layered silhouettes

Top shop unique 

Topshop Unique was held at Spitalfields market which was set up with a number of stalls in true market spirit. Topshop have jumped on the see-now-buy-now bandwagon, so calm down! You can go over to Topshop’s website now and snap up the pieces fresh from the runway. Mr Topshop, i.e. Phillip Green was not present at the show, which was very much 80s themed with punk influences and lots and lots of bright pink! There were some perfect pieces that would work brilliantly as an office-to-nightlife wardrobe.

Simone Rocha 

At London’s Southwark Cathedral, Simone Rocha presented her SS17 collection. With a Victoriana feel, the pieces included checks, beautiful Broderie anglaise dresses and lots of ruffles and draping. There was also a lot of red floral prints within the collection.


Preen showed on a runway scattered with flowers, with a collection that oozed the ‘English rose’ look. With florals, obviously trending for spring, and many pieces decorated and enhanced with ruffles, a trend that again seems to be sticking around. Some of the pieces were a little edgy, for example, polo shirts with the addition of more ruffles, but beauty trend wise, forget the flower crown, at preen it was all about flower tattoos.

Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantzou went back to her Grecian roots and did them proud with statement making Grecian pop art featured within her SS17 collection. The collection was very print heavy and make sure to check out the olive branch statement earings! We also saw tunics/ dresses layered over wide leg trousers, a trend that is gradually breaking through on the street style scene around the world.

Charlotte Olympia 

Charlotte Olympia, quirky as always, created a spectacle this season at her SS17 show, which had a real 1940s musical feel to it. With dancers clad in sequin leotards carrying around big bananas. Also check out the fruit suits! As for the collection, her footwear was also very fruity. Dare we say Fruitware?

Stay Tuned for more LFW news coming your way this week.

Day 1: London Fashion Week kicks off.

London Calling. Day one at London Fashion Week.

Today marks the beginning of a new fashion week in a new city. London Fashion Week. The events were kicked off yesterday and last night with various events and at Number 10 Dowling Street where the Prime Minister Theresa May and the Chairman of the British Fashion Council, Dame Natalie Massenet held a reception for representatives within the British fashion industry. Theresa May stated that “British fashion is of huge importance to our country, contributing £28bn to the UK economy and supporting nearly 900,000 jobs. I was delighted to welcome representatives from across the industry to Downing Street ahead of London Fashion Week - which is one of the biggest and most influential fashion events in the world”.

Today’s shows featured presentations and shows from names such as Steventai, Aquascutum, DAKS, PPQ and Shrimps.

See below for a preview of the collections.

The Steventai Presentation

The Aquascutum Presentation

 More information and up to date schedule here

Day 8: New York Fashion Week, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren.

Day 8 at New York Fashion week holds some very big, recognized names indeed with the kings of the New York Fashion houses. Firstly, Michael Kors, who is probably on every Park Avenue Princesses speed dial.

The Michael Kors has been repositioning itself into as luxury proposition with previous struggles with mostly outlet sales so what was the high end collection like this fashion week. The show this year was very much inspired by retro flower power, with many sixties silhouettes and bright colors and flowery prints. It was definitely an attempt to brighten things up with a happy factor after the tough times faced by the fashion house.

Accompanying the show was a live performance by Rufus Wainwright.

The other fashion house to present was none other than New York’s Ralph Lauren. The show was literally a traffic stopper, as the house closed the stretch of Madison Avenue outside the Upper East Side flagship store to use as it’s runway. Another label to go to see-now-buy-now, the AW17 collection was shown. The collection featured many references to western style, but with glitzed up sequined numbers with plenty of embellishment and fringing.