#FashionForwardNation: Who's On The List? - The Gloss Magazine
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#FashionForwardNation: Who’s On The List?


Since when did our streets, places of work, school gates, cafés and restaurants become such a VISUAL FASHION FEAST? Something that has eluded us in the past, is now a reality: THE IRISH ARE STYLISH. 100+ WOMEN prove the point …


Jessica Garland Blake

Resident in London, fashion student Garland Blake wears Acne, Stella McCartney and Dries Van Noten. @ihavethisthingfor

Eimear Varian Barry

Cork-born style blogger Barry has translated her love of fashion into a career as an online influencer. Currently awaiting the arrival of her third child, her daily mood informs how she dresses. She shops at Zara, H&M and Topshop. @eimearvarianbarry

Joolie Collier

Laois native and freelance stylist Collier lives in London, where she has been named “one to watch” by Stylist magazine. Her OOTD Instagram posts are a constant source of inspiration. @jooooolie


Lauren Arthurs

Blogger Arthurs has managed to combine her two loves – travel and style – into an enviable full-time blogging job. Her approach to dressing is fun and fearless. @lovelauren_eu

Aoife Mulvenna

Architecture student Mulvenna eschews trends with a capsule wardrobe of neutral staples, inspired by her love of all things structural. @aoifemulvenna

Photographed by Kenny Whittle at Glovers Alley at The Fitzwilliam Hotel. www.gloversalley.ie. Make-up by Brown Sugar


Musician Loah celebrates her Sierra Leonian roots in how she dresses. Think eye-catching headwraps, layered jewellery and vibrant colours. @musicbyloah


Ruth Negga

Award-winning actress Negga’s red-carpet style is flawless, from futuristic Louis Vuitton to ethereal Valentino.

Armelle Mitchell

As the owner of pre-loved designer clothing store No 38 Dunville in Ranelagh, Mitchell specialises in finding exquisite and unusual pieces. @no38dunville


Jenny Drea

NCAD graduate, model and designer Jenny Drea is currently working at Marchesa in New York. The relocation has influenced her personal style, which is pared-back and cool. @dreajen


Shelly Corkery

Having honed her eye over years in the fashion industry, Fashion Director at Brown Thomas, Corkery is the epitome of good style. Her enviable wardrobe is full of designer must-haves and quirky accessories. @shelly.corkery

Pippa Holt

Former British Vogue Fashion Features Associate, Holt swapped Melbourne via London for Dublin, where she now designs her eponymous line of kaftans. She wears colour and mixes prints with aplomb. @pippa_holt_kaftans

Jane McFarland

Formerly at Matchesfashion.com, Northern Irish McFarland is now Fashion Director at The Sunday Times’ Style magazine. Her Instagram feed is a masterclass in how to make the season’s trends your own. @jane_mcfarland


Nikki Creedon

As the owner of edgy boutique Havana, Creedon carefully distils the season’s trends from a select group of designers. Her own style is both fashion forward and classic. @havanaboutique

Simone Rocha

Beloved by the fashion industry insiders and celebrities alike, designer Rocha is known for her feminine silhouettes. We love how she pairs her own dramatic dresses with trainers. @simonemingming

Danielle Romeril

Irish fashion designer Romeril is based in East London which inspires her urban cool aesthetic. @danielle_romeril


Saoirse Ronan

Actress Saoirse Ronan, here in Chanel, has wowed in Atelier Versace, Christopher Kane, Rodarte, Gucci and Calvin Klein this award season.

Sarah Greene

Cork actress and star of Ransom, Greene is one to watch. Her red carpet appearances are always inspiring – think bold colours and dramatic silhouettes. @mssarahgreene


Helen Steele

No one embraces colour quite like fashion designer Steele. We rate her confident approach to dressing and unique talent for mixing her own pieces with statement accessories. @helensteelefash

Ciara Flood

Formerly a buyer at Net-a-Porter, Flood is a director at Makers & Brothers and co-founder of &Open, the corporate gifting business. She wears Rosie Assoulin, Tabitha Simmons and Saint Laurent. @ciarafloodo

Fiona Byrne

Offaly-born, New York-resident interior designer, Byrne is rarely seen in anything but her preferred colour palette of red, black and white. She wears jewellery by Bauble Bar, FHH and Giles & Brother. @nycfiona


Suzie McAdam

Interior designer McAdam has an eye for the sophisticated. She shops for demure dresses and eye-catching accessories online at Net-a-Porter. @suziemcadam

Selina Cartmell

The Gate’s Cumbrian-born Artistic Director likes well-cut, quality tailoring and edgy fabrics. @cartmell_selina

Niamh McCoy

At Gallery9, her Naas boutique, McCoy celebrates quality design and cutting edge brands. It’s no surprise then, that her own wardrobe is brimming with dramatic shapes. @gallery_9_concept_store


Deirdre McQuillan

Irish Times Fashion Editor McQuillan lives by the adage less is more. She favours classic pieces and is beautifully accessorised with vintage jewellery. @deirdremcquillan

Carolyn Donnelly

Self-proclaimed lover of fashion, Carolyn Donnelly, creative director of Dunnes Stores, loves the sleek and minimal. @iamcarolyndonnolly

Philippa Buckley

As one of Ireland’s foremost interior designers, Buckley is a well-established tastemaker. Her own approach to dressing is simple and minimal. @philippabuckley


Fiona Leahy

London-based event planner Leahy is a maximalist. Her use of colour is fearless and refreshing and her collection of out-there accessories is truly enviable. @fionaleahydesign

Zoe Coleman

Coleman’s penchant for all things vintage extends far beyond her role at the Irish Georgian Society. @illbeyourmirror

Photographed by Kenny Whittle at Glovers Alley at The Fitzwilliam Hotel; www.gloversalley.ie. Make-up by Brown Sugar

Marija Aslimoska

The owner of perfume boutique Parfumarija, Aslimoska believes fashion is a tool of self-expression. She wears Proenza Schouler at work, Rick Owens for everyday cool, and Delpozo for special occasions. @parfumarija


Debbie O’Donnell

In her job as series producer of TV3’s Xposé, O’Donnell always looks camera ready. @Debbie_odonnell

Clodagh Shorten

Here wearing Rick Owens and Dries van Noten, the owner of cool Cork boutique Samui likes clothes to make a statement. Her style is relaxed and European. @samuicork

Caitriona Balfe

Starring in Outlander, Balfe became one of Hollywood’s most in-demand actresses. Now a red carpet regular, she is not afraid to take risks, whether in colour, proportions or shape. @caitrionabalfe


Freida Gormley

One half of the cult interiors brand House of Hackney, Gormley is known for her love of prints and patterns.

Celestine Cooney

London-based stylist and freelance fashion director Cooney has her finger firmly on the style pulse. Her love of leather separates, animal print and vintage T-shirts is well documented on streetstyle blogs. @celestinecooney


Nina Walls

Proprietor of MaxMara Belfast (and the only franchisee in the UK), Walls enjoys a special relationship with the Italian brand. Mixing chic separates and designer accessories, she is always impressive. @maxmara_belfast

Gerardine Connolly

Barister Connolly has a passion for clothes and is known for her extrovert and unusual wardrobe.


Laragh McCann

Laragh McCann has modelled for leading fashion houses including Chanel, Prada and Miu Miu. When she’s off duty, however, the photographer and director favours more low-key style. @laraghmccann


Aideen Gaynor

Parsons student Gaynor is fast building a fanbase for her womenswear collection. We rate her classic, cool look. @aideenag

Catherine Johnson

Catherine Johnson’s clothing label – Three Graces London – is all about luxe beachwear. At work, she wears modern tailoring and chunky jewellery. @threegracesldn


Lesiele Juliet

Stylist and creative director at party-planners Etcetera, Sydney transplant Juliet can spot a hot trend a mile away. She buys Zara leather pants in bulk and Joanne Hynes at Dunnes Stores. @ladycoconuts

Petria Lenehan

Though fashion designer Lenehan’s own collections are anchored in the past, her wardrobe is anything but old-fashioned. @petrialenehan

Zoe Jordan

London-based fashion designer Jordan wins style points for her laidback look. @zoe_jor_dan


Fionnula Flanagan

The actress and political activist’s style on the IFTA red carpet proves age is no barrier to style.

Karen Barrett Baral

Australian-born interior stylist turned property developer, Baral is a fan of show-stopping dresses and has a covetable collection of Alaïa pieces.

Odette Rocha

Odette is known for her statement shoes, voluminous outerwear and luxurious fabrics, and wearing designs by Simone and John.

Photographed by Kenny Whittle at Glovers Alley at The Fitzwilliam Hotel; www.gloversalley.ie. Hair and make-up by Brown Sugar.

Maria MacVeigh

Interior designer MacVeigh describes her everyday look as utilitarian, but off duty she is more adventurous. She shops at Costume and online at Vestiaire Collective, and picks up accessories while travelling.


Edel Traynor

Grafton Academy graduate Traynor is a contemporary womenswear designer with a playful approach to dressing. @edel_traynor

Sonia Reynolds

Whatever the occasion, fashion industry stalwart Reynolds always looks polished and impeccable.

Roisin Lafferty

Interior designer Lafferty chooses black over colour and always steps out in flamboyant shoes. @roisinlaffertykld


Helen Kilmartin

The owner of interior design mecca Minima, Kilmartin’s personal style is modern and pared-back with a touch of luxe.


Samantha Barry

Glamour magazine’s new editor-in-chief, Cork-born Samantha Barry is a Gucci fan. @samanthabarrynews


Doreen Kilfeather

Photographer Kilfeather is often seen in smart separates, natural fabrics, great brogues and her trademark glasses.


Dearbhla Keenan

Brown Sugar make-up artists Dearbhla Keenan shops on her travels, in Dublin at Om Diva and online at Asos.com. @dearbhla.mup

Clodagh McKenna

Chef and entrepreneur McKenna’s look is unabashedly feminine. She often wears pieces from vintage brand Circus, found at Dublin’s Carousel boutique. @clodagh_mckenna

Eva Power

People Tree, Cos and Carolyn Donnelly’s The Edit are staples in the wardrobe of the Ethical Silk Company owner. She endorses natural weaves and also wears Everlane and Reformation. @theethicalsilkco

Photographed by Kenny Whittle at Glovers Alley at The Fitzwilliam Hotel; www.gloversalley.ie. Hair and make-up by Brown Sugar.

Alex Calder

Communications Director Calder uses clothes as a form of expression. She likes voluminous, sweeping coats, billowing sleeves and oversize scarves, and wears Everlane, Cos, Joseph and Victoria Beckham. The 1960s chanteuse Francoise Hardy and Beryl Markham are her muses. @caldalex


Dominique McMullan

For former Irish Times writer and columnist McMullan, fashion is fun. She shops on the high street at H&M, Zara, River Island and Topshop with occasional pieces from Finery London. @bobbleheadmo

Lucy Nagle

Elegance is a key consideration for knitwear designer Nagle, who works with cashmere. She wears ladylike dresses and luxe fabrics. @lucynaglestudio

Rebecca O’Byrne

Fashion blogger O’Byrne travels the world for work. In her suitcase? A Stable of Ireland scarf, Louboutin heels and Céline sunglasses. @hautesofabulous


Louise Flanagan and Kate O’Dwyer

The duo behind Kalu boutique (in Naas) always look impeccable. O’Dwyer wears Hache and Ter et Bantine while Flanagan is a fan of Maria Grachvogel and Sara Battaglia.


Louise Kennedy

Designer Kennedy embodies pared-back elegance. She favours clean lines and femininity for both day and eveningwear, accessorising with antique jewellery, Manolos and Louboutins. @1louisekennedy

Louise Stokes

Stokes, of jewellery boutique Loulerie, has a preference for cashmere and gorgeous silks in rich colours. She wears LA Collection dresses and buys at Damoy Antwerp boutique in Belgium. @louleriedublin


Caroline Sleiman

Sleiman, co-founder and director of Coffee Angel, always looks elegant and understated. Her go-to labels are MiH for jeans, Costume for separates, Gianvito Rossi for heels and Chanel for handbags.

Sinéad Burke

Academic and activist Burke’s approach to dressing is playful, but she is serious about making fashion more inclusive. Pictured here with Natalia Vodianova, she is dressed in Burberry, who designed pieces especially for her. @minniemelange

Chantal Adekoya

Model Adekoya is a new face on the fashion scene. The Co Carlow student favours athleisure and high street labels when she’s not on the runway.


Sonya Lennon

Fashion designer and entrepreneur, Lennon embraces colour, print, avant garde shapes and out-there accessories.

Sarah Gill

Gill, of Seagreen boutiques in Monkstown and Ranelagh, has an eclectic but refined personal style. She looks to Milan’s 10 Corso Como and Montaigne Market in Paris for inspiration.

Charlotte Temple

At the helm of the family business, Magee 1866, ex-soldier Temple makes tweed fresh and modern.


Maria Fusco

Regardless of the occasion, this self-professed “fashion therapist” manages to infuse every outfit with verve and attitude. @ladyfusco

Susan Zelouf

Furniture designer and contributor to THE GLOSS, Zelouf’s look is glam and fearless. @susanzelouf

Photographed by Kenny Whittle at Glovers Alley at The Fitzwilliam Hotel; www.gloversalley.ie.

Maya Brischle

Seattle native Brischle originally came to Dublin to study, but six years later she’s still here. A stylist, brand consultant and manager at colourful Dublin boutique Om Diva, she shops in boutiques and on the high street. @mayabrischle


Sharon Bannerton

PR guru Bannerton mixes vintage finds with directional designer pieces to create her own signature style.

Edel Kinane

Marketing Director at JustEat.ie, Kinane describes her style as clean and contemporary. She wears Marni, Simone Rocha and Alexander Wang. @ekrowell

Oonagh O’Hagan

Who says pink can’t be powerful? The MD of Meaghers Pharmacy, O’Hagan wears Oscar de la Renta, Victoria Beckham, and for special occasions, Dolce & Gabbana. @oonagh_ohagan


Alison Canavan

Model, wellness coach and author, Canavan always travels in style. @alisoncanavanwellness

Teodora Sutra

In-demand model Sutra’s favourite place to shop is Zara although she likes to splurge on Lya Solis leather trousers. @teodorasutra


Rosalind Walshe

Creative Director at Avoca, Rosalind Walsh’s wardrobe consists of bright coats, great tunics, cool boots and bags, with cashmere scarves of her own design and an edgy pair of specs.

Breege O’Donoghue

As a champion of Irish design, O’Donoghue is proud to wear Penneys clothing, which she describes as good value for money.

Anne O’Leary

The CEO of Vodafone Ireland always looks the business, embracing colour and heels. Dresses from Victoria Beckham and Roland Mouret suit her svelte triathlete figure while she swaps a briefcase for a bag by Chanel or Mansur Gavriel. @annatters


Fiona Mullan

Mullan, the VP of International HR at Facebook, favours neutrals and clean lines. She wears Converse All Stars by day, heels and jewellery for evening.


Holly White

Lifestyle blogger and co-owner of snack brand Nutmost, White is passionate about sustainable fashion and sticks to classic pieces. @hollywhite.ie

Annmarie O’Connor

Style writer and author O’Connor is a confident follower of fashion. Her day-to-day looks are bold and trend led. @aocdotme


Amy Huberman

Actress, writer and the nation’s sweetheart, Huberman wears Umit Kutluk, Joanne Hynnes and Helen Steele, dresses from sustainable label Reformation and pieces from Anthropologie. She has her own shoe brand and a collection of jewellery for Newbridge. @amy_huberman

Gina Akpe-Moses

Rarely seen out of her running kit, sprinter Gina Akpe-Moses enjoys the frivolity of getting dressed up and has an enviable figure. @gina_moses

Annemarie O’Brien

From Leopardstown to Longchamp, Ascot to Dubai, successful horsewoman and photographer Annemarie O’Brien (wife of trainer Aidan and mother to four horse-mad offspring) flies the flag for Irish design, notably Louise Kennedy.


Sharon Wauchob

Like many fashion designers, Tyrone-born Sharon Wauchob wears a capsule wardrobe of black cashmere sweaters, cigarette pants and loafers. @sharonwauchob

Danielle Ryan

Publisher Danielle Ryan feels clothes should represent the wearer. She shops at Theory, Joseph and MaxMara for investment pieces and has had custom pieces made by Wairare Boswell in LA. @tearneck


Terri Cooper

Mother of two, Cooper, a self-professed “style explorer”, is training to be a personal stylist at the Dublin Institute of Design. Her wardrobe is a mix of designer and high street. @thestylecoop

Karen Fitzpatrick

Former model Karen Fitzpatrick is now a make-up artist but still always looks runway ready. @fitzykk

Laura Whitmore

Television presenter Laura Whitmore has graduated from her rock chick roots to a more sophisticated look. @thewhitmore


Dolores Cotter

Entrepreneur Cotter always looks striking and sophisticated. She favours colour, and adds elegant, statement jewellery.

Bairbre Power

Fashion editor Bairbre Power’s job is to record major fashion moments and interview celebrities and designers. A mine of fashion info, she always looks elegant. @bairbrepower

Aisling Dodgson 

Head of Treasur at Investec, Aisling Dodgson is always exquisitely and appropriately dressed in and out of the board room. We have yet to see anyone wear print as well as she does.

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