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Earlier in the week we told you about all the amazing fashion brands we went to see at the Acappella showrooms. Remember? Well we love our STELLAR readers so much that we are going to share with you a little secret. The lucky public can get their hands on some of the amazing designs we saw and at just a mere fraction of the rrp cost!

From Wed 6th-Sat 9th October in Citywest Hotel, Acappella will be holding a sample sale of their S/S10 and  A/W10 must-have pieces. Brands included are Darling, Rare, St.Martins, S’nob, Culture, Yuki, Fever, Jarlo, Religion, People’s Market, Supertrash, plus more, all selling at discount prices (how much has not been revealed).

Sounds like there is going to be a fashion frenzy in Citywest. We recommend you get down their early- it’s open from 10am to 7pm daily and make sure to bring cash no cards are accepted!

We’ll see you there!

 

 

Mike camped out on Kilimanjaro...

So our bachelors are all pretty dashing, right? But one lovely Mr Mike McGuire has proven himself especially eligible. Not only has he recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital  in Crumlin (where he passed Stellar Point on the way to the top BTW) but he’s also running two, yep two, marathons in the coming weeks for the charity. Oh yeah and he ran this itty bitty 65km Adventure Race while he was at it.

Mike says he’s more than just a bit petrified about the double marathon leg of his journey, (Chicago on October 8th and Dublin, October 25th) having never run a marathon before, so why the bejaysus is he doing all this? “I was kindly taken around Crumlin Children’s Hospital to see where the money is needed.  While walking through, I met a 2 year old girl called Lucy who was undergoing her first chemotherapy session that day.  Since then, I have been in touch with her parents through the hospital and they have agreed to let her be my little motivator through my last few challenges.  The way I see it, if she (and her parents) have the bravery to go into a hospital every few days to go through the hell that is chemo, I should have the balls to go out running (I hate running, it’s the devils work) when I don’t want to.” 

Well isn’t he just dreamy? If you want to support Mike and his campaign to raise funds for Lucy, and the other children at Crumlin Children’s Hospital, you can register your donations here… http://www.cmrf.org/SponsorshipManager/Usr_EventDonation.asp?EventId=748 (100% of donations will go towards the charity, as Mike has covered his own training and travel costs.) 

Mike and his fellow climbers at Stellar Point *Mike says to excuse the wardrobe mishap, " I had ordered gear in from the manufacturer and when it arrived, the XL stuff made me look like Tom Hanks in “BIG”. As a result, I had to take the only jacket available, along with my turquoise snowboarding pants. The purple hat is the icing on the cake, I love this photo it looks like serious climbers were posing for a photo when a clown crept in."

 Don’t forget to vote for Mike and the other bachelors n our Bachelor of the Year competition. You could win the chance to meet all the lovely gents at our exclusive Birthday Party, and a gorgeous Tissot watch to boot. The deets are all in the October issue of STELLAR and voting closes on October 13th.

Last week one of Ireland’s leading fashion agencies Acappella launched their Autumn/Winter 10 fashion brands in the beautiful setting that is their showrooms in Fashion City, Ballymount. With an abundance of labels to be seen Stellar went along to check out the latest offerings from the likes of fashion brands Snob, Darling, Religion, Rare, Carousel (a new Irish owned label) to name a few.

The Acappella fashion presentation was inspired by the 1960s US drama Mad Men where Rare Opulence (Rare’s more glamorous older sister range) featured along with the one size fits all, adjustable collection from Jolaby.

Edgy, rock-star labels Religion and Supertrash stuck to what they do best offering up embellished leather jackets, skull printed tees, and skinny pants but not forgetting the more grown up elements like sequins, faux-fur and perfectly fitting dresses.

Darling offered a contrast to this with pretty floral-printed dresses and lace-trimmed pastel cardigans that seem to be inspired by clothing of the past. The mixture of vintage influenced clothing with modern shapes makes for one really cute, and on-trend label. After all everyone loves and needs a floral dress in their wardrobe. Our fave item was the Adele dress, which is perfect worn with riding-boots and ribbed cotton tights for winter but also the perfect transitional spring dress.

New Irish owned label Carousel was also exclusively featured for the first time. Their collection includes a number of adorable kitschy dresses that are nipped in at the waist and covered in strawberry, floral or cupcake prints. How cute, we hear ya say!

Acappella now supplies over 15 internationally recognised fashion brands and supplies up to 350 boutiques and stores around Dublin, so girls no matter what brand of choice is your bound to find it in a shop near you!

For stockists and buying enquiries contact barbara@acappella.ie.(Credits: Photography Patrick O Leary and Brian McEvoy, Make up Gillian Rafferty, Hair Gina at Zeba and styling Barbara Meade.

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