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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.


While we all might need a bit of rescuing after the long weekend there is certain situations during the year that stress and panic hits. Whether its exam season that gets us down or going on holidays and simply boarding a plane, nerves hit people in different ways. At times like this we say, ‘bring on Rescue Remedy’ and don’t let stress get in your way of achieving high standards and living life to the max.

Celebrating 80 years, Rescue Remedy can help to get that much needed feeling of calmness and serenity. It might not make you remember the exam answers but with a steady head, your thoughts are more relaxed and you are more likely to think straight and find a solution. Not only does the original formula now come in handy a spray bottle, it has expanded the range to Rescue Pastilles, €7.95 and Rescue Chewing Gum, €4.95 handy for on the go rescuing and easy sharing among friends.

The original formula contains natural ingredients such as Rock Rose for terror and panic, Impatiens for irritation and impatience, Clematis for inattentiveness, Star of Bethlehem for shock and Cherry Plum for irrational thoughts. Sounds like a cocktail of goodness to us. I’m feeling calmer already.

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

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.

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!

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. 


 


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 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

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