Dublin-born businesswoman and activist Ali Hewson may be married to one of the world’s biggest rock stars, U2’s Bono, but she has made her name co-founding the ethical fashion label EDUN Clothing which encourages fair trade with third world nations and the abolition of sweatshops and child labour.
The lovely Bow boutique in Dublin’s Powerscourt Townhouse is an independent store opened by three Irish designers Wendy Crawford, Eilis Boyle and Margaret O’Rourke. Check it out for unusual designs, unique accessories and vintage finds. http://www.bowpowerscourt.com/
Fabulous, Irish fashion label Chupi is known for its pretty, colourful frocks. The label’s creator, Chupi Sweetman began her career at just 17, and sold her designs at Topshop’s flagship St Stephen’s Green store. She has now branched into jewellery design, making delicate pieces with semi-precious gems and 14k gold. http://chupi.ie/
Waterford feature writer Deirdre Morrissey is known for her fearless approach to fashion, and she scooped the Best Dressed Prize at Ireland’s inaugural Most Influential In Fashion Awards last year. The glamourous blonde is not afraid to break the style rules, and for that we applaud her!
Eilis Boyle specialises in luxury, womenswear with an emphasis on dramatic, almost gothic looking pieces with a feminine feel. We love her cashmere pieces too, particularly the dandy neck-bows! http://www.eilisboyle.com/
Faye Dinsmore, model, blogger
One of Irish modelling’s most promising faces is Donegal-born Faye Dinsmore, who is signed to IMG Models. She spends her time jetsetting across the world for photo shoots, but she keeps her feet firmly on the ground, and has set up a blog to debunk the glamourous lifestyle of modelling. Definitely one to watch. http://blog.fayedinsmore.com/
Goddess Rooms, Greystones
If vintage is your thing, and you have a few pennies to spare, then the Goddess Rooms in Greystones will be your idea of heaven. This luxurious store has an fantastic selection of couture atelier, bridal and wonderful vintage pieces – perfect if you’re looking for stand out piece. http://www.thegoddessroom.net/
NCAD fashion grad Heidi Higgins spent a year working with the fantastic Louise Kennedy, and it shows in her elegant designs. The designer’s collections are stocked in boutiques across the country, including her flagship studio and boutique in Portlaoise. http://www.heidihiggins.com/
When people think of the term ‘Irish Style Icon’, Imelda May’s name often pops up. The Liberties singer has carved out a stellar career with her rockabilly-influenced music, and has been an inspiration in the style stakes too. With her burlesque look of thick winged eyeliner, rouged lips and ‘50s style clothing, she has set herself apart from the fashion set.
Leading Irish fashion and accessories designer Joanne Hynes has garnered a strong following for her incredible designs, we in particular are fans of her oversized neckpieces which pull any outfit together. Her work is stocked internationally, and in 2006 she was awarded the Brown Thomas Irish Designer of the Season Award. http://www.joannehynes.com/
Kate & Ava
Dublin fashion label Kate & Ava is known for its feminine, luxe dresses and sharp tailoring – perfect for the modern woman. http://www.kateandava.ie
Internationally renowned designer Louise Kennedy has made her name crafting beautiful, refined pieces that have a timeless feel to them. Visit her store at 56 Merrion Square, Dublin, to see her designs, as well as her exquisite bridal collection. http://www.louisekennedy.com/
We adore Merle O’Grady’s futuristic and edgy accessory designs, which have featured in the pages of Vogue, Elle, Instyle and Grazia. Her pieces have quite the celebrity following, with stars such as Rihanna, Florence Welch, Cheryl Cole and Beyonce donning her designs. http://www.merleogrady.com/
Natalie B Coleman
Natalie B Coleman is one of the many rising stars in the Irish fashion industry. Recently tipped as 'One to watch' in 2012, the designer who studied fashion at Limerick School of Art and Design and the MA course at Central St. Martins, London has made quite an impression with celebrities like Lilly Allen investing in her designs.
Probably one of Ireland’s most recognisable names in the fashion circle. Although she started work on hat design, she is most famous for her handbag designs and her designs have been featured on a variety of other items including kitchenware, cars and has even teamed up with Barry’s tea! http://www.orlakiely.com/
This Galway man hardly needs an introduction! Known for his exsquite head pieces, Philip counts Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Middleton amongst his legion of fans. His career was born with the help of Isabella Blow and has seen him design for some of the biggest fashion houses in the world. http://www.philiptreacy.co.uk/
Queen Beauty Emporium
The Queen Beauty Emporium on Dublin’s Aungier Street is a one-stop shop for all your beauty needs – from hair to makeup and salon pampering. The fantastic Zara Cox is at the salon’s creative director, and head beauty therapist Lorna McDermott takes a wonderfully calming, holistic approach to the treatments. http://queen.ie/
The Róisín Linnane Collection is one of the most sought after in the country, and found in designer boutiques like Emporium Kalu in Naas, The Design Centre in Dublin; Tres Chic in Malahide; and Les Jumelles in Galway. Naas-based Róisín is a firm favourite with women across the country for her feminine yet practical clothes.
The Shutterbug store in Kilkenny is both a gem of a find – both a vintage store and a photography studio, set up by brother and sister duo Blanaid and Eoin Hennessy. Stylist and blogger Blanaid has cleverly harnessed the power of Facebook to promote their fabulous vintage finds – and often their wares are sold as soon as photos are posted online! Keep updated on new stock here: http://www.facebook.com/shutterbugshop
Irish knitwear designer Tim Ryan is renowned for his sexy and ethereal knitwear pieces. The Tipperary-born designer now resides in London and has garnered a cult following for his garments which are innovative, stylish and unique.
Una Burke is fast becoming a household name both here and abroad, and the fact that Lady Gaga commissioned her creations for her Monster Ball tour has only managed to help her. Her sculptural leather accessories and abstract body pieces are inspired by medieval war armour and easily recognisable. http://www.unaburke.com/
This organic seaweed beauty product manufactured based on Ireland's Atlantic coast is pure Irish luxury in a bottle. The brain-child of Neil and Mark Walton, Voya has become a bathroom staple. http://www.voya.ie/
Sharon Wauchob had a rural upbringing in the northwest of Ireland, and left to study fashion in Saint Martins in London. She has had great success since then, having worked as an in-house designer for Louis Vuitton and launching her own label in Paris in 1998. Wauchob has a very distinctive aesthetic, an edgy, grungy look which has garnered a cult following among the fashion crowd looking for something different.
X Factor - Sorcha O’Raghallaigh
Offaly-born designer Sorcha O’Raghallaigh has had an incredible rise to fame, with none other than Lady Gaga donning one of her designs on The X Factor. Since then Sorcha has been named as one of Selfridges top emerging talents in their Bright Young Things initiative. Definitely one to watch! http://sorchaoraghallaigh.co.uk/
There’s no shortage of young designing talent in Ireland at the moment, we profile two of Irish fashion’s rising stars.
Emma Manley cut her teeth in the fashion industry with internships in London and New York with Alexander McQueen and high-end sportswear brand VPL NYC. The up-and-coming designer also had her creations stocked in Brown Thomas, as part of a special effort to promote Irish fashion. We love her edgy yet feminine aesthetic, now to save up for one of her pieces! http://www.emmamanley.com/
Simone Rocha could have been overshadowed by her famous father, John Rocha’s, notable achievements in fashion. However, the young designer has made a name for herself in the notoriously competitive fashion industry, having shown her designs at London Fashion Week and designing a capsule collection for high street favourite Topshop. http://simonerocha.com
One of the most established hair salons in the country, Zeba has homed some of the best names in Irish hair styling including Stephen Kelly and Paul Dromgoole. Based in Dublin’s city centre and Maynooth, the salon is a haven for those needing a little hair TLC! http://www.zeba.ie/
By Sarah McIntyre & Janice Butler