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If you consider yourself to be a bit of an art buff, or are a total novice who’d like to know more, why not do something altogether different this weekend and head along to the Art Fair in the RDS. The ma-hoo-sive hall at the RDS will be with exhibits from some of the country’s most renowned artists, as well as some up-and-coming, and very talented newbies. There is tonnes to see and it will be a crash course in what’s happening in the Irish art scene. It’s a great spot to pick up some really unique Christmas gifts, and who knows, you might pick up something really special for yourself while you’re at it?

 
The Art Fair runs from Friday the 5th to Sunday the 7th of November, General Admission is €10 but check out our Facebook page to learn how you can win tickets to the event. For more information log on to www.rds.ie/artfair

 

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.

Still in need of some items to complete your Autumn wardrobe? Then this 3 day sample sale could not have come at a better time!

Head down to Andrew’s Lane Theatre, Dublin 2, from noon tomorrow where you will see Superbeing, GSUS and Frenchurch all showing their stuff.

If casual street wear is your thing then you’ll find it here with sports wear inspired looks, as well as checks and acid brights included in the collections

What’s more, when you buy 4 items you can pick up a Frenchurch piece for free!

Shop the day away to the sound of the in house DJ and make use of the coffee and snacks to keep you going.

Take a break to check out the artwork sale that will also be running or chill out at the full bar.

The sale continues until Sunday at 6pm but be quick; we bet everything will be snapped up before long.

See you there!

Swapping is the new approach to shopping that is catching on everywhere. And we in Dublin are lucky to have Ireland’s very first Swop Shop boutique.

If you’re thinking musty old shirts and grandad jumpers then think again. The team at this Dublin fashion exchange only accept items that are in “immaculate condition, seasonal and reasonably on trend”. Which is great news for all of you who are lusting after a bargain designer buy.

‘Through the Looking Glass’ is the theme of their second Autumn Winter collection which has just launched. Their use of lace, velvet and ruffles help to create the Alice in Wonderland fantasy with pieces coming from Tommy Hilfiger, Topshop and Fornarnia.

Many items are available from between €0 and €10 depending on what you swap. So whether you want to create a new look or exchange that dress that has been hanging at the back of your wardrobe get down to their Crow Street store in Temple Bar and use your clothes as currency.

Outside the collection there are other great bargains to be had. Our favorites have to be these Miss Sixty leather effect trousers.

Log onto their website to check out more pictures from the gallery or for more information.

With recessionista shopping the new norm and renewal collections a big favorite, learning to get creative with your own wardrobe just makes sense.

Here to help are the Sip n’ Stitch team who promise not only to help you revamp your wardrobe but assess what suits your figure as well as give you some great styling tips.

So far so deadly? Tell us more you ask?

Well, no sewing machine? No worries. The focus of the six week course is on hand sewing and embellishments rather than technical machine work.

The course moves from revamping tops and dresses to a jacket overhaul and it doesn’t stop at clothes. The final week looks at hair accessories as well as bags and other bits and bobs. The team suggest bringing anything from runners to old curtains to help recreate your wardrobe. The potential seems never ending.

Alongside your wardrobe revamp, each week has a particular lesson from basic stitches during the first classes to ways to use elements such as cuffs, sleeves and pockets in a different way, towards the end of the course.

On top of all this the course will give you the opportunity to swap clothes and get to know new faces in a ‘boutique style’ setting all while sipping a glass of wine

Free drinks eh? Where do we sign up?

The course begins on Wednesday the 22nd at Om Diva Loft, Georges Street Arcade from 6.45 – 8.30pm at a cost of E108.

Places are sure to fill up quickly so to secure yours or to find out more information, give the team a call on 01 6791211. You can also check out their Facebook page here.

Well, eh, Style Wars…

If you’re just a tad addicted to Ireland’s answer to Project Runway, TV3’s Style Wars (we can’t get enough of the drama or enough of gawping at Caprice) then here’s your chance to meet the budding designers in the flesh and have them work their magic on you. 

The folks at Lipton have teamed up with the show and the fabulous people at Fran & Jane to host weekly events in the Fran & Jane Dundrum Town Centre store. Over the next few weeks a different a different Style Wars finalist will be working as a stylist in the store each Saturday, offering tips and advice for the season ahead. And while you peruse the clothes, you’ll get to sample some Fruit & Herbal tea too…win-win if you ask us. 

It’s all to celebrate the Lipton challenge on the latest airing of the show in which each of the finalists had to put together a Lipton Herbal & Fruit inspired look and create a headpiece, direct a photoshoot, and put together a magazine spread worthy of a glossy like STELLAR (phew, we’d need a cuppa after that). 

And if you like what you see on the telly, you can win a Lipton inspired Fran & Jane ensemble all of your own. They’ve got seven up for grabs, so check out their Facebook page for details on the comp as well as info on the weekly store events. 

Seven, count 'em, seven former Miss Irelands line up in infusion-inspired ensembles...

Our prayers have been answered. No Stellar towers didn’t receive black Chanel 1.55 handbags for everyone in the audience, however when news came in that we only have a week to wait until the long-awaited Topshop makeup range is available, we just got a little bit giddy. Topshop are to launch their makeup collection on May the 5th at the St.Stephen’s Green Topshop store with an exciting four-day event, with make up artists showing customers the  product and application techniques.

Topshop has always been directional, combining fashion-forward items of clothing with trend setting accessories to create an overall shopping experience. Lizzie Dawson, Topshop Designer tells us that, “‘From the start  we wanted  to create  a range that would appeal to all yet have the uniqueness customer expects from Topshop.’ It will be interesting to see if they can live up to expectations with the makeup range.

So far, so good. The colours are bright and fun, the textures are gorgeously  blendable,  we’re sold. Plus with rumours circulating that the pigment is up to MACs standard we can’t contain the excitement.

The best thing about this collection seems to be the kitschy packaging, nothing less was expected. Also, prices range from €6 to €20 for a collection of 97 items in the core range and then in true Topshop style there is going to be limited edition ranges and its even rumoured celeb makeup artists collaborations.

Wowser. Over-excited? We are.

If you like your style with a pinch of ethics, like to know where your threads are coming from and make good choices when it comes to your fashion purchases then Fashion Evolution is the event for you. Organised by ethical fashion group Re-Dress, Fashion Evolution is an ethical fashion week that encourages fashionistas both inside and outside the industry to have a fresh perspective on sustainability in fashion. Running from the 4th-8th of May this is the third consecutive year for the event to take place in Dublin and sees organisations and groups from across the industry come together to promote a change. 

What’s in for you, you ask?

Well there’s something for everyone with an interest in fashion whether it’s re-hashing old clothes, to launching your own label, plus a special appearance from ethical designing superstar Katharine Hamnett. 

Re-dress have kindly given us a list of some of the workshops and events below and while you’re at it, check out http://www.re-dress.ie/fashionevolution.html for booking info and further details! x 

Fashion Evolution

Fashion Mentoring Sessions – Calling all fashion entrepreneurs, designers, photographers, stylists, students and fans of fashion. This is your chance to sit down with some of Irelands most influential industry experts and ask questions, connect and learn more about the industry. Essential for anyone pursuing a career in Fashion. Mentors include: Constance Harris, Fashion Editor of the Sunday Independent; Stylist, Aisling Farinella; Professor Angela Woods, Head of Design Faculty NCAD; Andreas Pettersson, noted fashion photographer, amongst others. Wednesday May 5th, 6.30 – 8.30pm, The Sugar Club, Leeson Street, Dublin 2. Booking is essential.

Irish Fashion Industry Conference – ‘How Sustainability can Revitalise the Irish Fashion Community’. This is the only conference of it’s kind in Ireland and brings together international experts in sustainability to discuss how this new way of doing business is changing the world of fashion from high-street to high-end. Places are limited and booking is essential. Tickets are priced at €40 and €20 for students.

EJF Cotton T-Shirt Exhibition – Exclusive designs from John Rocha, Alice Temperley, Christian Lacroix, Giles Deacon amongst many others encapsulate the ideals of the Environmental Justice Foundation campaign on child labour in the cotton industry. The exhibition will run from 4th – 8th May in The Greenhouse, Andrew Street, Dublin 2. 

DIY Fashion Skills – Taking inspiration from Vivienne Westwood’s ‘Do It Yourself’ manifesto, Fashion Evolution will host a week’s worth of fashion workshops including Crafternoon Tea, French Knickers and Cocktails, Curious Collars amongst others showing that it’s easy and fun to be sustainable where fashion is concerned.

Fashioning Entrepreneurship, an evening lecture – A panel discussion on what it means to be a fashion entrepreneur in Ireland to-day . Wednesday May, 5th,9pmDublin 2. Tickets are priced at €10. SHARP in The Sugar Club, Lesson Street. 

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.

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