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Skirt and jacket €29.95; Skirt and tank €9.95; Dress, €39.95

If there is one high street store who knows how to do a lucrative celebrity, designer or capsule collection its got to be H&M. Hot from the successful collaboration with French designer Sonia Rykiel, the long anticipated Garden Collection for H&M has now hit stores and although its brrrr outside this collection will have you dreaming about long hot summer days in no time (we said dream, didn’t we).

This women’s collection is a mix of floral and feminine pieces made from solely sustainable materials. Ann-Sofie Johansson, Head of Design at H&M is extremely happy with how the weareable collection has turned out. “The mix of floral prints and khaki classics works brilliantly for day to evening wear”.

If you love bright romantic florals you will adore this as the vibe of the collection is seventies hippy chic. The collection includes a feminine chiffon dress made from recycled polyester with a colourful garden print, a strapless red dress in organic cotton with romantic roses (seen in picture above, €39.95) and a smock dress in organic cotton with an ethnic floral pattern.

We can’t believe every single garment has been produced using sustainable materials or using recycled PET bottles or textile waste as the best thing about this collection has got to be the price – most items cost from around €16.95-€35.95! Crazy we know, we nearly fell off our chairs when we saw them. Enjoy, we know we will.

We’ ve all known someone whose had breast cancer or been indirectly affected by it so to show our continuing support we are loving nothing more than fashionarity right now, that’s fashionable charity guys. Of course anything that includes guilty-free shopping, giving to charity and grabbing a brand new bargain buy all-in-one is STELLAR’s friend.

This year the retailers supporting the campaign include Marks & Spencer, River Island, Warehouse and Topshop. Launched yesterday the ad campaign featuring singer Kylie Minogue, model Claudia Schiffer and actress Sienna Miller was shot by legendary photography Mario Testino and five years on after beating breast cancer herself (go her!), Kylie appears scantly clad wrapped in only a silk sheet that bears the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer logo and has the strap line “Wear your support”.

Speaking about the campaign Kylie said, “It means so much to me to be part of this year’s campaign for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer. I wholeheartedly support their effort to raise funds for the vital work undertaken by Breakthrough Breast Cancer.”

Along with the range of black and white clothing being sold in various retailers a website has also been set up to buy the collection – so no excuses ladies. On http://www.fashiontargetsbreastcancer.org.uk you can view the collection, which includes skirts, t-shirts, scarves and footwear.

Since the launch of Fashion Targets Breast Cancer in the UK in 1996, the initiative has raised over £10.5m for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. So in order to see this number rise get clicking ladies. About 30% of the each item you buy  will go directly to Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

This year’s DCU Fashion Show is on tonight, March 23rd, at 8pm. If you’re passionate about fashion and want to see some up and coming, young and talented Irish designers, you can’t miss it.

The theme of this years show is “The Edge of Industry”, which will see the fusion of high street and vintage fashions. The looks incorporate hard industrial colours, textures and imagery as well as cutting edge outfits from ten different designers.

The show incorporates many different elements that will take you on a journey like no other. The show is on tonight in the Helix Mahony Hall at 8pm. Student tickets are €10, adults tickets are €15 and VIP tickets are €35.

Get your tickets from the Helix Box Office, or call 700700 or visit the website here.


 

If your anything like some of us at the Stellar towers and have left it to the last minute to organise your St. Paddys Day festivities then have no fear my fellow cailins (or maybe just Paddy and Patricia) the Guinness Storehouse has come to our rescue…

For one day only on St. Patrick’s Day, the Guinness storehouse will let anybody with the first name Patrick or indeed any variant of the name (mmm…check out website for all names derived from Patrick) with a special complimentary pass, otherwise known as the “VIP Pass” (Very Important Patrick Pass) – get out the fake ids people. No no, we would never encourage that sort of thing- so get your group of leprechauns, I mean friends and head down to celebrate 10 years since the Storehouse first opened its doors to the public!

Fire jugglers and street performers will greet you on your arrival. And for something a little more traditional, there will be an interactive Céilí Mór taking place during the day. Visitors can also learn how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness and Guinness brown bread with smoked salmon will be served to all visitors.

Remember Patrick’s must present official photo ID, e.g. passport, driver’s license, National Identity Card, at the point of purchase to gain free admission. For us other average Joe’s entry costs €15 and those who purchase a ticket online at http://www.guinness-storehouse.com can also avail of a 10% discount off adult tickets.

Need a fashion fix and some style tips in between issues of STELLAR? ebay.ie has the answer  you’re looking for, available to watch online.

eBay.ie, Ireland’s largest online marketplace, is launching a series of online video ‘Style Clinics’, full to the brim with style tips and fashion fixes for real girls and style fans. Available to watch online, the Style Clinics are hosted by some of Ireland’s most exciting emerging fashion talent.

The show demonstrates how stylish shopping can be done online, allowing you to part with a lot less of your hard earned cash while still looking up-to-the-minute and stylish.

This first Style Clinic vid features up-and-coming stylist Rosie Geoghan-Keogh, who gives one lucky lady a makeover, taking her from plain jane to fashion forward. Rosie offers tips on how to dress to suit your shape while nabbing some great bargains on ebay.ie.

The eBay.ie ‘Style Clinic’ can be seen on the eBay.ie Facebook page here. It starts this week, don’t miss out!

 

Mia Farrow's elegant innocence in The Great Gatsby

Urban Outfitters’ new TBA Collection, designed by Binbin McNiven, takes it’s inspiration from actress Mia Farrow (the woman Woody Allen left to date his adopted step-daughter…weird).

Appearing as a wide eyed innocent in 60’s horror classic Rosemary’s Baby or a decadent 1920’s flapper in The Great Gatsby, Mia was the definition of sophistication and cool, and had an inherent innocence, grace and naive charm. The TBA collection tries to capture all the features of Mia Farrow’s look over the years.

The combination of metallics (which featured prominently in many Oscar gowns this year) and soft powder colours, TBA’s latest collection creates an effortless sex appeal which takes inspiration from some of Mia’s on-screen vixens. 

The collection features some classic, modern shapes and styles including:

  • Baby doll dress with hand made beaded peter pan collars
  • A four tier hand-beaded mini dress
  • Jazzy flapper dress
  • Metallic beaded gold long waist coat

Here are a couple of the new pieces to get an idea, pop in to Urban Outfitters and check out the whole range.

 

Nude tiered dress from new TBA Collection

 

Gold Dress from new TBA Collection

http://www.urbanoutfitters.co.uk

 

One half of one of STELLAR’s favourite blogging duos, Stylebitches, the goigeous Blanaid Hennessy has been on to us about a new event she’s running that’s pretty darn exciting. The inaugural ‘Absolut Style at Set’ event takes place this Easter Bank Holiday weekend (April 2nd,3rd,4th), in the opulent surroundings of the new Set theatre at Langton’s House Hotel in Kilkenny. 

A three-day event of vintage fashion, furniture and films, along with makeovers, style talks, live photoshoots and performances followed by fun nights out, all in association with ‘Absolut’ Vodka. 

The line-up goes a little something like this…
On Friday, guests can relax into the plush SET seats and indulge a full day of fashion inspired movies, from ‘The September Issue’ to ‘HBO’s Grey Gardens.’ 
Saturday and Sunday are the official ‘Absolut Style at Set’ days, with a vintage fashion and furniture shopping centre, the Gosh cosmetics makeup room, the Kerastase hair salon, along with live photoshoots and performances, The Courtyard food fair, and, for  the beleagured blokes, chuck them in The Men’s Den in Harry’s Bar, for live sport and whiskey tasting.
Guests will also have the opportunity to get fashion advice from top stylists Annmarie O’Connor (The Irish Examiner) and Laura Cunningham (TV3) and interiors advice from premier interior designer Simon Rawlings (Creative Director of the international design company, David Collins Interiors).
At night time, SET will be transformed for two full-on club nights out:
Saturday Night is ‘The Stylebitches Night Out’ , with a ‘demented’ dress code, ‘Absolut’ cocktails, crazy performances, neon warpaint and while the ladies themselves, The Stylebitches, take to the decks. 
Sunday Night is the ‘Soul Kitchen’:  DJ Davey Holland plays urban and soulful sounds, with a retro dress code, Absolut’ cocktails, make-up ladies and alcoholic cupcakes, (sound’s like our kind of cake).

And that’s only the start of it, with lots more to be announced. In you’re interested, (eh, yes please!) or want to pick up some tickets, contact http://www.set.ie, email styleatset@gmail.com or call Langton’s on 056 776 5133. 


 


Purse £8.95

 If like us, you’re always on the look-out for new opportunities to test the benefits of retail therapy, look no further than www.hamptonblue.co.uk. Stocked with gorgeous jewellery, quirky gift ideas and the cutest baby clothes what you ever did see, all at really low prices (that’s the beauty of UK sites sometimes). It’s a go-to website if you need your shopping fix, without the killer credit card bill and a great place to bag a really unique treat for someone special. Have at look at our top picks and decide for yourself…x

Scarf £13.95

Bracelet £12.95

 

Wall Hooks £9.50

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