Oh, the tyranny of the wristband. As my housemate got ready to leave for Body&Soul Festival the other day, I overheard him on the phone saying “No! I can’t get in that way, I’m only a PUNTER.” Used to having a crew pass, he was having a difficult time getting used to being one of the ordinary everyones who make up the bulk of festival goers. I remember going to the very first Garden Party Festival - a one day-er held only in the walled garden part of Ballinlough Castle, now home to Body&Soul. Once you were in, you were in. No re-admittance allowed. Naturally, I hadn’t dressed weather appropriately and as night fell, desperately wanted to get back to my car to get something warmer. A friend who was part of the crew gave me his AAA pass to get in and out, and from then on, I was ruined. I went everywhere I possibly could, just to see, and decided I could never go to a festival under normal circumstances again. Some years later, and I’m still hooked on wristbands, lanyards, and every other sort of accreditation that gets you into places most of the rest of the crowd can’t. My Instagram feed will shamelessly feature a shot of my bony wrist in various poses, clad in some calibre of a wristband. Maybe I’m the only one guilty of this weird and probably somewhat pathetic fetish, but if there’s anyone else out there, I’m starting an Instagram hashtag: #ilovewristbands. JOIN ME!
Too beautiful. Jaquet Droz’s Petite Heure Minute Year of the Horse watch.
Sometimes the best days off are the ones where you get lots of those little things done, in a carefree, life of leisure type way. Maybe that’s why I’m channelling a French Riviera dwelling sailor in Armor Lux, Saint James and nautical tote bag. Now where did I leave that yacht…
Dublin’s creatives came together for a three days of inspiring, hilarious and thought-provoking talks at Offset 2014. Taking advantage of the extensive mingling and the glorious surrounds of the Bord Gais Energy Theater, I photographed a (very tiny) fraction of the delegates. They battled Dublin’s wildly changable weather with smart layering (the €30 Uber voucher in the delegate goodie bags came in handy too). Click the title to see more.
Trends for men were slim, down filled jackets, colour, beautiful brogues, patterns, and of course, beards. Women were wearing mannish coats and shirts, Mom jeans, slim, patterned trousers, beanie hats, statement necklaces, huge scarves, and a vast array of various heights and styles of ankle boot. The ubiquity of trainers worn with anything and everything by both men and women confirmed that they are definitely having a serious moment.
Aoife Walsh | Publisher and Editor, The South Circular
Kate Coleman | Deputy Editor, Le Cool Dublin
Acky Fakhry | Designgoat
Roisin Agnew | Junior Editor, Image.ie
Cian Brennan | Designer, official Offset photographer and lens-lender to me (thank you!)
Sam Doyle | Creative, In the Company of Huskies
The Nikes of Offset.
Dublin’s annual creative conflagration is in full swing and footwear for the Dublin design, advertising and media community is dominated by Nikes of various sorts. Here are some I surreptitiously captured this evening. Will be posting more shots (legitimately captured) of stylish delegates over the next couple of days.
There’s a new breed of watch around, and they make a refreshing counterpoint to the often bulbous excesses of the major watch companies. Ultra-slim and elegant, with luxurious and unusual straps and classical faces, they have a vintage inspired aesthetic.
Interestingly, there has been such an increase in demand for affordable and elegant watches that several have launched from successful Kickstarter campaigns (such as Rossling & Co, pictured first). Aside from the stylish elegance of the design of these watches, they are affordable - another change from the usual fashion for watches - coming in under €200. (Okay, aside from the Nomos which is more like €2,000, but is so beautiful, and helps to fund Doctors Without Borders.)
Ansley Watch Co - Sailor Series Rose Gold
Daniel Wellington - Classic Cambridge
Rossling & Co - Silver and White with grey tweed strap
Nomos - Tangete Doctors Without Borders
The gorgeous & Other Stories, cooler sister of H&M and bolder sister of COS, has just announced that they will begin shipping to Ireland and Austria in the spring. Joyous news for us stranded in Ireland without even a stand alone COS shop (yet) let alone the delights of an & Other Stories store.
Exact launch date is unconfirmed but they promise to kep us update on their Facebook page.
For too long Belstaff have (for me anyway) been a sort of pseudo-Barbour, pedalling a similar heritage driven motorcycle/countryside aesthetic. When Wolsey came along with their rugged early twenthieth century explorer thing, I pretty much forgot about Belstaff. BUT NOW. Their AW14 menswear collection is everything Belstaff should be. Slightly dystopian vigilante gang, slightly World War One motorbike batallion, it’s tough, warm, and indisputably cool.
Image via Stylesight.
Things I want today.
Grey eminence. Luxurious softness at Ralph Lauren Pre-Fall ‘14.
Images via Fashionista.com.
Things I want today. These appeal to the Austrian in me. Antonio Marras, pre-fall ‘14. Images via Style.com.
The new Equestrian Collection from Massimo Dutti for AW13 is perfect in its distillation of everything that is elegant, aspirational and glamorous about equestrian chic style a la Betty Draper, Jackie Onassis, Grace Kelly and her great grand-daughter and Gucci muse Charlotte Casiraghi. Working for a major equestrian apparel brand, it’s interesting to see this continued adoption by mainstream fashion of a style that riding clothes have moved away from in recent years in favour of more advanced fabrics and clothing styled for athletes. As a rider I am very slowly letting go of my attachment to my traditional, made-to-measure tweed hacking jacket and considering a more sporty competition jacket and I love that the elegance of old fashioned equestrian style continues to be relevant and accesible with this collection.