Something for the weekend

Tabitha

Well that’s Sunday sorted!

Farrell & Anderson

I have been such a bad blogger lately! Between interning and my part-time job, it’s hectic. Nonetheless, there are obvious perks. Perks such as being invited to preview menswear label Farrell’s AW12 collection in Brown Thomas ahead of its debut launch on Irish shores on Friday. An intimate gathering of some of the Irish fashion industry’s biggest movers and shakers, it was chaired by Lorraine Keane, with PR by Caroline Kennedy and Glenda Gilson grabbing a piece for Xposé.

Why the fuss over another menswear brand to be housed in Brown Thomas? The reason being that reformed hell raiser and Take That ‘manbander’ Robbie Williams is behind the label. I won’t go into too much detail as I will post a more in-depth piece on the collection itself in the coming days. But I will say this – Robbie, unsurprisingly, is a serious charmer, but also down-to-earth and clearly devoted to the label. Speaking exuberantly and with pride of the label founded as an homage to his beloved grandfather, Jack Farrell, Robbie has high hopes for the brand and its future endeavours.

Alongside his Head of Design, Ben Dickens (formerly Head of Menswear for Burberry, no less), Robbie sees Farrell as a line “for the working class peacock. It’s somebody that wants to make a statement, without making a statement. I think a lot of people do a lot of stuff that becomes more ‘costumey’ than it does actual day-to-day wear. Farrell is still very much dapper but, like I said, Saville Row quality at high-street prices!”

In other events from Friday, I popped into Topshop to catch a glimpse of JW Anderson X Topshop. Unfortunately, there was a slight mishap with the order and a good portion of the stock has been ‘misplaced’.  I was more than happy with what I did get my hands on though, mainly the above puffa-style paisley pencil skirt. While I haven’t purchased it as of yet – I’m still mulling over it – the skirt is gorgeous, and a total investment. I also tried on the matching shell top, but as is obvious, the bulky shape doesn’t do much for me.

En route to Topshop to check out the collection, I was stopped by two lovely girls from missguided.co.uk for a street style snap. It should be online in a few days or so and I’ll post it then. In the meantime, will anybody be shopping JW Anderson X Topshop? Or Farrell’s AW12 for that matter?

Presenting Dublin Fashion Festival

The fashion extravaganza that is Dublin Fashion Festival will begin this coming Thursday, September 6, running until Sunday, September 9; cramming all manner of fashion events into one dizzying schedule over four days. Taking over the city and kicking off with live fashion shows on the streets of Dublin, DFF 2012 will run fashion shows throughout the festival, culminating with a screening of the must-see Diana Vreeland biopic ‘The Eye has to Travel’ (more info on that here). Now in its third year, Dublin Fashion Festival – organised and hosted by Dublin City BID with the help of high street and independent retailers throughout the city – the festival aims to promote home spending and the development of Irish fashion on our high streets. Taking in all the city has to offer, from Fashion City and eclectic boutiques catering to specific niches like Atelier 27 and Beaux Bows in the Georges Street Arcade, to more mainstream outlets along the lines of A/Wear and co., DFF caters for all. Lorna Claire Weightman and Fash Mob blogger Rosemary MacCabe have already lent their services to the event, as will stylist Jules Fallon in the coming days as the festival really kicks into high gear. Amanda Byram is the face of DFF 2012, and officially launched the event to a media blitz  in the Westin Hotel recently.

With all that, the best part is that yours truly is getting the chance to be part of all the goings-on, having registered as a volunteer for the festival. Having missed out on shooting the lookbook, I was a little bit gutted about that. However, even getting the chance to be there for two days (between the 6-7 September) will hopefully satisfy the fash-cravings I’ve been suffering from lately! While I won’t be taking many pictures (we’ve already been warned that volunteers will be too busy to focus on anything other than the tasks at hand!!), I’ll be updating my Twitter and Instagram regularly (I hope?), giving those who can’t make it an insight into DFF 2012, all from a volunteer’s perspective.

Follow Dublin Fashion Festival on Facebook or on Twitter for all the latest updates, promotion and information about ongoing events. For a full list of events, see their website.

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lilac dream / pippa / moet / corner /

honours (!) / shutterbug / marching man / prom-tastic

#ootd / velveteen / vintage baby / V&A

Without a doubt, still my favourite iPhone app! Find me: @meghan_eve. As you may have also noticed, I’ve finally revamped the blog a little. With the help of Rhona Nolan of Rose Tinted Uncertainty, I am finally able to put my own stamp on the blog. With a range of new content and a fantastic new look, it really feels like I’m getting somewhere. The perfect start to my summer (I have been on work experience and awaiting college results), I can now look forward working on Style from Scratch and beginning my career, somewhere, as a qualified journo (!!).

Newsflash: The Kilo Sale

Having been a fan and customer of Shutterbug’s for some time now, I only jumped at the chance when owner – Blanaid Hennessy – went looking for volunteers to help out at their first ever Kilo Sale [For those of you who aren’t familiar with Kilo Sales, in this case you pay €20 upfront and can help yourself to a hefty kilo of whatever catches your eye – bargain!].

I was only delighted to come on board with the guys for one weekend on the 7 & 8 April, where myself and a host of other helpers will be working at Absolut Style at Set’s day out in the Langton House Hotel in Kilkenny. Come one, come all – you won’t regret it. I think the problem may be staying under budget on the day? At any rate, I’ll surely be blogging about it so if you don’t get the chance to check it out, I’ll have all the pictures and gossip from the weekend’s festivities.

For more info on Shutterbug’s Kilo Sale & Absolut Style at Set , check out their Facebook pages here & here.