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We love anything that saves us a few quid so we can have that holiday in the sun this year. So of course we have checked out the new vid from Style Clinic on how to shop neutral on Ebay hosted by designer and stylist, Kim Gilbert. If you want clever tips on how to update your wardrobe without spending this is the place to come to learn.

Watch how Kim updates her wardrobe without breaking the bank and gets rid of unwanted items at the same time!

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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 you want a weekend filled with fashion, style and shopping rather than rugby girls then there is only one place to head this weekend and that’s the RDS. The Xpose show with all its glamour and glitz and presenters has been taken on the road once again this year. Check out our very own Stellar stand and drop by to say hi and nab your mag for half price at a €1! This year there will be fashion and beauty masterclasses held where our very own Fashion Editor, Corina Gaffey will be dishing the tips on all the latest trends. Plus as always there is the fashion show where top Irish models will strut down the catwalk.

A weekend not to be missed by any fashionista girlies.

What do Africa and Dublin have in common? Well not the weather anyway that’s for certain, but fashion of course.

This weekend if you’re not heading away and adore fashion, Africa Dublin Fashion Weekend is being held in the RDS to showcase top African designers in Europe – but be warned stereotypes are not welcome.

Finally making the deserved leap onto the international catwalks African designers who have long been stamping the African runways will showcase their talents. Ngwenya, a Zimbabwean who has studied and worked in Ireland for the last ten years will open the show that takes place in Thomas Prior Hall, beside the RDS, bringing together the African designers.

It’s been a long time coming that African designers are getting recognised for their talent on the international scene struggling previously to make a statement in the fashion realm. Ngwenya told the Sunday Business Post, ‘‘Africa is rising in terms of fashion.” South Africa is one of the most emergent fashion industries in the world, so it’s no joke that there is something to be learnt from these fresh designers. Expect bright, colourful nods to African tradition rather than full-on bias khaki safari jackets, tribal headbands and leopard-prints.

The following designers are showing along with many more…Bot i Lam, Deenola, Afro-Chique, Ms Mi, Afro-Ropean, and Dieko.

Thomas Prior Hall (Beside RDS Arena), Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
2nd, 3rd & 4th of April 2010
For more info: http://www.africafashionweekenddublin.com

With Easter weekend just one more working day away many of us will be thinking about jetting off on little last minute voyage persay. Whether it be down to grannies humble abode in Kerry, an extreme surfing trip with mates in Donegal or a sunny city break in Barcelona we all have one thing in common – what to pack for the weekend break.

The fine art of packing light is something that takes years to master and as self-confessed fashionistas in Stellar mag we would like to think that we are pretty well darned equipped to share a few tips in this area. From our backpacking days to packing up clothes for photo shoots we know what every girl needs to make her trip a light yet still fashionable one.

1. Start off with a chic bag and invest in a leather one if your budget can afford it as it will last longer and age better (like ourselves of course). Check out this tanned leather one from Accessorize, €51. Remember to pack the heavier things at the bottom with the lighter items that are more likely to crease on top.

2. Prepare your outfits before hand and bring things that will mix and match easily when you are there. A pair of jeans is a must, one blazer/jacket that will look smart in the the day and evening and the essential item, the striped tee- even though your going to Kerry you’ll feel as if your on the French Riviera. This one is from River Island, €17.50.

3. Accessories are the key to simple outfits when travelling and a statement necklace or even a bright red lippy can change a little black dress from day to night. We love this turquoise and gold Angie Gooderham one from House of Fraser, €132.

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.


 

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

 

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