Thursday, August 20, 2009

Designer Marie Forkin

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Cream and silver silk mesh puff ball dress (left) with flattering wrap over bodice detail and hand stitched crystal embellishments. This dress is very flattering for many age groups and is available in a range of colours. Price €380 - The cream fish-tail Marino wool coat with matching shift dress which has contrast organza bow detail ( right) providing a very chic and timeless total look. Matching black trousers are also available with this coat to allow it to be worm for less formal occasions, giving greater versatility to the customer. The trouser shape and length is a personal to each customer and this will be taken into consideration during fittings. This outfit is available in a range of colours. - Cream fish coat €550 : Shift Dress €380.
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Mid calf length cream with silver lurex thread wool coat with detachable contrast silver collar.This wide belted coat has a matching shift dress with similar silver mesh bodice and crystal embellishments.It is a suitable outfit for all glamorous occasions. Price €480
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Heather fish-tail wool coat with gold lurex tread worn here (extreme left) with matching cropped trousers and gold mesh top for less formal occasion. Coat €530, trousers €150
The heather wool coat can also be worn with matching shift puff ball dress (modeled here next to heather coat) This puff ball dress in matching fabric has a bronze pleated silk bodice with hand stitched crystal detail giving a more glamorous feel. This dress is a very flattering silhouette suitable for all figure types. This mix and match capsule range is a very versatile, ventage look, of the moment and yet timeless. Puff Ball Dress: Price €380. The full length cocktail dress in silk and gold lurex mesh with fabulous bow detail is very flattering to the body shape with its loose flowing style lines. If required a matching bolero can be made to order, in similar colour to compliment this evening dress. Price dress: 600 euro, bolero €150 euro. The black fish-tail Marino wool coat with matching shift dress which has contrast satin bow detail (extreme right) providing a very chic and timeless total look. Matching black trousers are also available with this coat to allow it to be worm for less formal occasions, giving greater versatility to the customer. The trouser shape and length is a personal to each customer and this will be taken into consideration during fittings. This outfit is available in a range of colours. Black fish coat €550 Shift Dress €380

Designer Maire Forkin provides "The Total Look" for exactly this reason: - for example her statement piece - The fish-tail coat with matching shift dress, or fish-tail coat with matching trousers and complimentary top. This 18 pieces collection is chic, edgy and beautifully tailored with very flattering silhouettes, carefully designed to flatter all figures.

Maire lived in London for sixteen years working in couture houses in Savile Row and for the High Street chains. She has built up an impressive client base in both the UK and Ireland. Maire is now living back in Ireland and works both in Dublin and the West of Ireland. Maire meets each customer privately to decide on style and personal fit to best suit each individual’s requirements.
The pieces in this limited collection range in price from €150 to €800 and appeal to a wide age range.
This collection is made to order in both tailoring and evening wear. For further information and to view the entire 2009-limited Autumn/Winter collection, please visit: - Mobile: 00353 86 172 1563

A striking timeless collection of special occasion dresses with a sexy glamorous cut in flutter fabrics for pure red-carpet dressing, & designer office workwear tailored with a unique twist in pinstripe & red-shimmer, or Prince of Wales & raspberry pink.

Posh Frocks & fashion corset bodices for special occasions or alternative bridal & bridesmaid, & fitted skirts, office dresses, corseted waistcoats & pocketed trousers for boardroom chic to night time glamour.

Testimonials!!"...if I had a pound for everytime somebody said to me my dress was amazing, I would be very rich!! made me feel a million dollars! People were stopping me in bars and saying "where on earth did you get your lovely dress?" I felt like I was famous!'s a really truly special dress!" LW. Anglesey, North Wales UK

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Aryn K

Aryn K has built an individual identity as a line that is strongly influenced by vintage fashion. The pieces are all very novelty and edgy avant garde but still carry a feminine feeling. The line has unexpected elements that read a vintage feeling such as a mixing of fabrics, pleating, tucking and symmetrical lines.
Aryn K has developed a strong following from their customers that come to them for innovative styling, great shapes and great lines in the pieces.

For more visit

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Voom is by designer Joy Han. It's the label that celebrities love to wear in LA. Joy is an innovative designer and is known as Ms Galliano in the fashion industry. Eva Longoria, Jessica Alba and Katherine Heigl have all been spotted wearing her designs. The collection is unmistakably colorful and vibrant, the choices of colors and fabrics used are unique to Voom. Since it's launch in Ireland at the end of 2006, Voom has now an avid following of Irish celebrities. It is mainly an occasion wear brand and is sold in selected high end boutiques across Ireland and Uk.
For Enquiries in stocking this label in the Uk please visit

Monday, August 17, 2009

Unicorn Label by Sophie Rieu

Unicorn is a women's designerwear label founded by Sophie Rieu in 05. Sophie is French; she fell in love with Ireland while on holiday with her parents as a teenager and has lived in Ireland since 94. She studied journalism in DIT and went on to work as a freelancer for about three years by which time she was selected by Green MEP Patricia Mc Kenna to become her press officer. She studied design at the Grafton Academy as a hobby while working in the European Parliament, and got totally hooked (she used to knit and always loved fashion since a wee girl) and then decided to go full time as a designer. She set up Unicorn Design in 03 and sold directly to clients from capsule collections made from organic/fair trade cotton. As the company grew and designs became popular she then created the first collection of designerwear in 05 with more elaborate designs made from an array of carefully chosen exquisite natural and organic fabrics. The label Unicorn is about timeless understated elegance with a pinch of playful quirkiness plus added ethics on the environmental and social front. The label has won a no of awards including a Top 50 New product at Showcase 08 award and the Best Creative Designer award 08 in a public poll run by the USA consultancy Chic Eco. Unicorn has been stocked throughout Ireland as well as the USA; Japan; Germany and the UK.

For more information; please go to

Winter 09 by Unicorn futher explores elaborate tailoring techniques while using exquisite fabrics with a great history oh heritage and culture. The collection is called midnight Dreams and has dark shimmering black contrasting with Magentas and bright teal blues; beautiful red and gold hues clamming with rich browns and jade.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Irish Designer launches

1. Jersey One Shoulder Mini Dress €295, Braided Belt €95.
2. Gold Silver Smocked Art Deco Dress Below Knee €395, Earnings, Erick Beamon €259.
3. Purple/Black Smocked Coat €595.
4. Jersey Two Tone Polo Neck Long Dress €395.
5. Brocade Black Coat €595, Black Silk Tie Neck Dress €395, Prada Boots €790.
6. Black Jersey Backless Dress €395, Necklace, Erick Beamon €429.
7. Jersey Black Drape Wrap €295, Black Jersey Tank Dress €295, Gold Necklace Stylists own.

All clothes by Jennifer Rothwell
Now available to pre order on line at or on call Jennifer directly 00353 85 721 0702

Friday, August 7, 2009

"As featured on Mary Queen of Shops"

Labels include Johnny loves rosie, Inwear, Great Plains, angel Jackson, Sara Berman and lots lots more.
Contact Selkie 45 Low Petergate, York, YOI 7HT 01 904 626242

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Dare to Accessorize!!!


Many women have a longstanding fear of accessorising. Well, maybe fear is too strong a word. It is more like they worry about overdoing it or feel self-conscious and unsure about their choices. As a result, they are slow to add accessories to their wardrobe. While this is certainly a valid choice, they often feel like they are missing out on a great way to expand their wardrobe and jazz things up a bit. A watch, simple diamond earrings, and of course, a handbag are about as far as they go. Even these, however, are generally understated. There is a whole world out there to explore, but they find the sheer volume of choices overwhelming.

It is often a case of never having learned how to accessorise. When they feel the urge to experiment and wear a piece of jewellery, they feel uncomfortable or too obvious and take it off. Sound familiar? Despite their discomfort, they remain intrigued by the effect it can have and long to add that kind of statement to their wardrobe. But how, they wonder?

When it comes to accessorising, keep two things in mind:

  • Accessories are powerful. They are usually beautiful, bright, sparkly or simply unusual, and, as a result, they draw attention.
  • There is more to accessories than jewellery and scarves. Eyeglasses are an accessory. So are brightly coloured fingernails. Patterned or coloured socks or stockings fall into this category, as do hair clips, scrunchies, and sometimes the buttons on an outfit. Even highlighted hair is an accessory.

Accessories can enhance an outfit or be distracting. Finding things that blend with the mood, texture, colour scheme, and personality of what you are wearing is key. If you are new to the art of accessorising, use these tips to get started:

  • Ease into it. Although, as a novice to the world of accessorising, I suspect there is little chance that you’ll go crazy and wear a necklace, earrings, bracelet, pin, etc. all at one time (even if they match!), it is best to choose a single piece that delights you.
  • Don’t accessorise in the dark. Have you ever stopped at a jewellery counter with every intention of purchasing something only to be frustrated? This is a result of shopping blind, so to speak. It is difficult to accessorise something you cannot see. So, the next time you feel the impulse to shop for accessories, wear the outfit you want to accessorise or if it is for a special occasion bring it with you.. That way you will be able to tell if the necklace works within the neckline of your jacket, or the teal is really the same teal as your sihirt, for instance.
  • Follow the Pattern. If the outfit has geometric designs on it, look for earrings with angular lines. If your outfit has soft swirls or flowers, pick up on those features and colours in the necklace you choose. This will complement the outfit and create harmony.
  • Weigh Your Options. Winter weight fabrics, colours and textures are often heavier than those worn in the summer. Maintain a similar feel so that your summer clothes don’t look overwhelmed and your winter choices are not lost.
  • Silver vs. Gold. Usually it is best (although there are exceptions) to wear all gold or silver. If, for example, the buttons on your jacket are gold, wear gold. If the stitching has a silver sheen to it, wear silver. This creates a harmonious look.

Accessories are fun. They add beauty and personality to an outfit. I guarantee that once you’ve tried it you will be hooked for life!

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Monday, August 3, 2009

Bridal Design

Judy Mott opened her bridal studio in 1990 having studied historical costume at Canterbury College of Art. In this friendly studio each dress is cut and fitted personally by the designer in a relaxing, enjoyable atmosphere.The past two decades have seen Judy establish a reputation for her immaculate cut and fit and her impeccable attention to detail. The current trend for separate corset bodices with skirts are what Judy is particularly known for. Many of her couture designs are hand beaded using swarovski crystals and pearls. All bodices and skirts can however be made as a dress if prefered.If you have visited the bridal shops in London and been disappointed by the service and choice then visit Tunbridge Wells designer, Judy Mott. Here you will receive personal attention from Judy and her team in a charming un-pressured environment. The most popular designs this season start at £2000. Five to six months notice are required if you would like a dress made.To book an appointment to try on a selection of our extensive range of corset bodices, skirts and dresses, please ring 01892 510107. All separates are interchangeable with each other and can be made up in a huge choice of fabrics and colours. Samples are stocked in size 8 to 16.