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RESPECT, the organisation in charge of fundraising for capital projects and research within The Daughters of Charity Disability Support Service, have announced their latest event and we are blown away.

An afternoon of style will take place featuring Irish fashion designer Catriona Hanly in aid of the charity, with an Autumn/Winter 2019 collection on display.

RESPECT supports people by improving their surroundings and allowing them to be more independent, through capital building projects and ground-breaking research initiatives.

The unique fashion showcase is taking place on Friday, October 18 in the Herbert Park Hotel, Ballsbridge from 12.30pm. Mark the date on your calendars, gals; it's set to be brilliant.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Guests of the event will be treated to an afternoon of fun and fashion with Catriona, who is set to show off her latest collection as well as offering a sneak preview of her Spring/Summer 2020 plans.

Hanly’s fashion collections have made waves at home and abroad, with her stand-out creative designs being worn by global celebrities and personalities including; Madison McKinley, Amanda Byram, Victoria Smurfit, Vogue Williams, Lorraine Keane, Anna Daly and Celia Holman Lee.

The designer's statement jewellery line is available in over 350 boutiques in Ireland, the UK and the US and she has delivered interior projects in leading hotels and private residences worldwide.

RESPECT's services are ultimately about helping people to improve their quality of life and reach their full potential, and Catriona is the perfect person to collaborate with.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Speaking about the fundraiser, Sister Zoe Killeen, Director of RESPECT, commented,

“We are delighted to join forces with Catriona for this special fashion fundraiser. We are calling on fashion lovers and supporters to join us on October 18th to help raise much-needed funds for RESPECT.” 

Catriona commented on the fundraiser, and expressed her passion to have a role in helping the charity;

“RESPECT is a very worthy cause, so I am really looking forward to hosting this special fashion afternoon to raise funds for the charity."

She added; "All the team at RESPECT work tirelessly to provide support to improve the lives of people living with intellectual disabilities, so I am delighted to play a part in helping them to raise vital funds.” 

Tickets for the fashion fundraiser are priced at €125 each with proceeds going directly to RESPECT’s current building and research projects.

To secure your ticket today contact RESPECT on 01-6856502 or head to their website here.

Feature image: Instagram/@catrionahanly

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Yesterday, the eyes and ears of the world were firmly rested on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and their new baby.

The couple debuted the first photos of their newborn, and shared the name at St. George's Hall at Windsor Castle.

Little Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is clearly adored by his royal parents, and Meghan chose to wear a very special trench dress by rising biracial menswear designer Grace Wales Bonner for the occasion.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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According to Richard Palmer, the dress is intended to show unity between the two families. The royal reporter described the momentous event as, "A day for the couple to introduce their son to the family as well as the waiting world."

"It’s also my personal opinion that this was a good day for Buckingham Palace after the shambles of day one which exasperated British and overseas media trying to cover the story."

Archie is the first baby of mixed race in the senior ranks of the royal family since the 18th century, and the style of his mother reflected this wonderful merging of two loving families of two nations.

Meghan always embodies symbolism within her fashion choices, and she has chosen to send a vitally important message about representation while showing her first born to the world.

The pair managed to step in front of the cameras just 48 hours after welcoming a new baby to the world, but Harry and Meghan managed it with glowing smiles. Meghan's sleeveless, double-breasted trench dress was immediately noticed.

British designer Grace Wales Bonner runs her own namesake brand, Wales Bonner, and has won prestigious awards for her menswear collections. She was raised in Southeast London and has a Jamaican father and English mother. 

It speaks volumes that Markle chose a biracial designer for one of the biggest moments of her life.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Meghan paired the beautiful dress with Manolo Blahnik BB suede pumps, and a gold and turquoise necklace by Jennifer Meyer. Her diamond stud earrings completed the look.

Markle has previously expressed a passion for representing her own racial background, and has been open about her struggles as a mixed race woman;

"While my mixed heritage may have created a grey area surrounding my self-identification, keeping me with a foot on both sides of the fence, I have come to embrace that."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Bonner has also expressed her emotions about her identity struggles, telling The Guardian in 2017:

“At school, I had some pressure to prove my blackness. It takes you a while to work out being ‘this’ doesn’t mean that you have to be ‘that.’”

The designer continued, "I have to be between places, because that’s a creative space for me. I guess that is the foundation of what I am doing, a meeting point and collision of cultures."

Bonner is only in her late twenties but recently won the coveted FC/Vogue Fashion Fund, which awards a £200,000 prize to a rising talent.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Grace is renowned for her menswear designs, but is known as one of the UK's most celebrated young designers. She was also awarded the revered 'LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers' in 2016, and graduated from the esteemed fashion school Central Saint Martins.

Each fashion choice Meghan makes is surveyed by the masses, and there's no doubt that she is aware of the ripple effect of her style. The Duchess is reflecting the diversity which the British royals must now embrace.

Grace welcomes gender fluidity in her stunning collections, as she told GentleWoman: "I love it when a boy puts on one of the embroidered jackets that the women wore and doesn't know the difference- my work is about being open to interpretation."

Bonner references black culture consistently in her work and draws inspiration from Nigerian writer Ben Okri and artist James Hampton.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We have seen the tuxedo/trench style on the Duchess on the tour of New Zealand in 2018 with Prince Harry, where she sported a navy blue tuxedo-style dress by Kiwi designer Maggie Marilyn.

In another fashion moment, Meghan wore an iconic striped tuxedo dress design by Altuzarra in as she attended a reception for the Commonwealth Youth Forum last year.

Archie marks a new age for the monarchy, with Meghan bringing positivity and genuine compassion to the royal family. The baby is the first biracial British-American royal, and is seventh in line to the throne.

Keep up with her apparel selections, and you'll be in for a symbolic treat each time she debuts a new outfit.

The historic image of the six members of the British monarchy gazing fondly at Archie has been shared across the world on social media, and offers a hopeful message for diversity in the UK.

Feature image: Instagram/@meghanmarkle_official

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Not satisfied at being a successful model and actress, Cara Delevingne can now add ‘fashion designer’ to her list of professional attributes.

The star has designed a capsule collection for DKNY and she shared the news last night on her Instagram account, saying: “Get Ready!!! It’s Coming… #Cara4DKNY”

DKNY have confirmed the news saying the collection is mostly comprised of unisex clothes and includes beanies, T-shirts and a leather motorcycle jacket with removable sleeves.

This is good news for prospective models as Cara will be casting two or three fans to join her in the campaign for her new collection.

Cara asked her Instagram followers to “post a pic of yourself looking fresh to your Instagram and tag #CaraD4DKNY and #CaraWantsYou between now and 16 June” to be in with the chance to join her in New York for the shoot.

Sounds like a dream opportunity!

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Just yesterday, Victoria Beckham was welcomed to Condé Nast College in London to speak to students who wish to pursue a career in fashion and design.

During her visit, the businesswoman got the chance to try out a treadmill with a built-in-desk, allowing the user to kill two birds with one stone.

Of course, being the “Posh Spice” that she is, the fashion designer tried on the multipurpose tool with her trademark heels – how brave!

She then tweeted an image of herself on the machine and wrote:

“Every office should have one of these, work out and work at the same time!! Genius!!”

We would love to have a go on this machine – without our heels of course!

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