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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.

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We all remember Rihanna's ground-breaking debut Savage x Fenty lingerie runway show last year, featuring women of every ethnicity, gender, sex and age as well as pregnant women. It was FIERCE.

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The show was flawless, colourful and beautifully curated, and by GOD did we all feel seen. Bad Gal RiRi has become one of the world's most successful fashion businesswomen, artists and makeup moguls for a very good reason.

It's time for her highly-anticipated second annual Savage X Fenty show, a runway experience celebrating the new Fall/Winter 2019 collection from the music and fashion icon herself.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The fashion show will take place during New York Fashion Week in conjunction with NYFW: The Shows and will feature a combination of models, actors and dancers wearing the latest savage styles, offering up a new type of sexy, where attitude meets individuality.

RiRi is offering you a front seat to the show, and we can't thank her enough. The Savage X Fenty Show will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide on September 20.

You can bet that the bar is about to be raised, with a star-studded evening expected and a radical departure from tradition;

“I couldn’t be more excited that everyone will have full access to The Savage X Fenty Show this year! We are working on creating a bold, sexy, super energetic experience for our viewers,” said Rihanna.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios, made a statement on the exciting news;

“Rihanna has conquered the worlds of music, film, beauty and fashion. She has re-invented the idea of what fashionable lingerie should be for a global customer.  The brand authentically reflects empowering statements of inclusivity, body positivity and fun! 

"The Savage X Fenty Show promises to be a ground-breaking and truly unique experience and we’re thrilled to give our global customers an exclusive front-row seat."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Amazon Prime Video special will also feature an exclusive look behind the scenes at the making of the show, and we're expecting MAXIMUM Rihanna content.

Inspired to create a line of intimates that complements a variety of shades and shapes, Savage X Fenty celebrates fearlessness, confidence, and inclusivity. The brand's affordability and range of sizes, as well as a marketing campaign featuring every type of person, has garnered a huge fan-base.

“We want to make people look good and feel good,” explains Rihanna. "We want you to feel sexy and have fun doing it." 

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With sizes from 32A – 46DDD in bras, and XS-3X in undies and sleepwear Savage X Fenty is available to nab online.

We can't wait to sit in our new, stunning lingerie and feel empowered watching the show.

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Tommy Hilfiger is bringing his TommyNow show back to New York City after taking sell-out collections around the world with exciting Gigi Hadid and Zendaya collaborations.

The Fall 2019 Zendaya x Tommy experimental runway event will be debuted on Sunday, September 8 in Harlem, NYC with the global brand ambassador.

The designer made the brave switch from creating traditional collections featuring his own ready-to-wear designs to a series of collaborations back in 2016, but he's ready to come back to NYC.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The shows have gone on the road, with a theme park built in Los Angeles in honour of the Tommy x Gigi and Tommy x Zendaya collections, as well as staging a circus in London and a race track in Milan. 

There was even a 'Battle of Versailles'-themed dance floor in Paris, because why not? The blowout parties have been hugely successful, but for their Fall show, Hilfiger and Zendaya are coming back to where it all began.

According to a statement from the brand, Zendaya was inspired to display the collection at the iconic Apollo Theatre in Harlem.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"Zendaya's desire to bring TommyNow to Harlem felt like an amazing next step in expressing her vision for the future," Hilfiger said.

"Her statement-making point of view in everything she does is what makes her such an inspiring collaborator – it is honour to continue to provide her with a platform in the fashion industry to share this."

The dazzling show is set to take place this September, only months after Zendaya's powerful debut runway exhibition. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The 22-year-old Spiderman: Far From Home and Euphoria actress has made a splash across the fashion world, to say the least, with brand sponsorships and ambassador offers coming from all angles.

The likes of Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Patti LaBelle and The Supremes have graced the Apollo stage with their presence over the years, so Zendaya x Tommy has big shoes to fill.

Seeing as the pair already managed to book Grace Jones and a roller disco for their debut show at Paris Fashion Week, we're sure they've got something magical up their couture sleeves.

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Literally everyone in the audience of Valentino's revolutionary Paris Fashion Week haute couture show bawled like a baby.

For one, the iconic supermodel who has been slaying the game for three decades returned to the iconic house of fashion after FOURTEEN YEARS to close the show- Her Royal Highness Naomi Campbell.

Celine Dion is moved to tears by haute couture relatively often, she's an appreciator of art. However, this show moved both Dion and Campbell to tears for it's celebration of black beauty.

Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli designed the stunning collection, which saw each model inspired by a beautiful flower, and featured bold and bright colours, diversity and petal eyelashes.

Celine Dion is an ebullient presence at every fashion week she attends, giving thumbs up to paparazzi when she's impressed and occasionally jumping for joy.

She couldn't help the tears from falling watching Piccioli's work, modelled by women of every ethnicity, but when Naomi walked down the catwalk in a sheer black dress, Dion WEPT.

It was one of couture's most diverse line-ups ever, with 39 black women walking. Picciolo said of his collection;

“Couture is the way that you can evaluate the uniqueness of life, but it was never meant to be for black women. It was meant for just white women. This is a celebration of black beauty.” 

Campbell wept silently as Picciolo was given a standing ovation at the finale, she has witnessed the inherent racism in the industry since she began.

The iconic supermodel broke down barriers, and was one of the first black women on the covers of high fashion magazines and on their runways.

The billowing gowns were modelled by Alek Wek, Liya Kebede, Adut Akech, Duckie Thot, Akiima, Sabah Koj and Ayak Veronica, among other powerful, high fashion faces.

The soundtrack was soul icon Roberta Flack’s The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face, which matched the emotional ambience perfectly.

The subversion of the racial norm was clearly hugely important to Naomi Campbell, who praised the designer on her Instagram;

“Congratulations on a historical moment, done in such an elegant manner no words needed to be said. Blessed to be part of such an incredible, spellbinding moment.”

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Paris fashion week has one of the worst records when it comes to casting diverse models.

Data gathered by The Fashion Spot revealed that just 15.6 percent of models in the Spring 2015 shows were women of colour, making Paris the least inclusive of any fashion week.

It's easy to see why both Celine and Naomi were overcome with emotion, given the immense occasion.

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The Victoria's Secret fashion show took place last weekend, and the controversy surrounding the event has been mounting ever since, despite the fact that it hasn't even been aired yet.

Ed Razek, chief marketing officer of L Brands (VS's parent company) threw caution (and tact) to the wind in his exclusive Vogue interview about the fashion show, which first began in 1995.

The public were less than impressed, to say the least, about his statements regarding transgender models in his 'fantasy' show, as well as his attitude towards Rihanna's ground-breaking Savage x Fenty lingerie show.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Razek was quizzed about the lack of diversity in his own show, which features predominantly skinny, cisgender white models, and had more than a few things to say on the matter:

"Do I think about diversity? Yes. Does the brand think about diversity? Yes. Do we offer larger sizes? Yes….Shouldn’t you have transsexuals in the show? No. No, I don’t think we should. Well, why not? Because the show is a fantasy."

As you can imagine, this caused major drama, as it appears to imply that transgender models are not part of the 'fantasy' world of Victoria's Secret.

Razek later issued an apology regarding his comments about transgender models, which wasn't received well:

His outspoken opinions on the 'fantasy' which excluded transgender models were not the only bone of contention. Razek also shared his own thoughts on Rihanna's phenomenally successful show:

"It’s a 42-minute entertainment special. That’s what it is. It is the only one of its kind in the world, and any other fashion brand in the world would take it in a minute, including the competitors that are carping at us."

"They carp at us because we’re the leader. …We’re their first love. And Victoria’s Secret has been women’s first love from the beginning."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"Everybody keeps talking about Rihanna’s show. If we had done Rihanna’s show, we would be accused of pandering without question."

Blogger and influencer Louise O'Reilly (@StyleMeCurvy) spoke out about the contentious chief marketing director in a tweet, which Bad Gal Riri LIKED.  The shade.

Her show featured a huge range of models ranging in size and ethnicity, as well as ability. Pregnant model and long-time Fenty ambassador Slick Woods walked the show while nine months pregnant.

Rihanna has yet to officially comment on the Victoria's Secret fashion show, but we highly doubt she'd be impressed by the now-infamous Vogue interview.

To think, it was only back in 2012 that Rihanna performed at the fashion show herself… how time flies.

2018 is a whole other fashion show ball game it seems.

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Dublin Town Fashion put on quite a show last night, debuting the hottest autumn looks selling this season.

Sporting striking yellows and reds, models strutted their stuff down the runway wearing gorgeous garments from Pennys, River Island, Vila, and basically every clothing store that resides in Dublin.

But the star of this year’s Dublin Fashion Festival was none other than the talented Michelle McAuley from Edinburgh College of Art.

This was no easy feat for the young fashion star as the competition was tougher than ever. The ten finalists were neck-in-neck when the judges were trying to narrow down a single winner.

Competitors showed off a wide array of unique and fab clothing including:

a futuristic, fierce pull-over by Heather O’Connor, a utility-inspired shift dress by Tara Woulfe and a colourful, washed-out cloak and pant ensemble by Rita Zachary.

And we loved Olaymi Edun, Daniela Vasilean, and Susan Rogers' long, bold dresses that dominated the stage with their innovative looks.

Anna O’Doherty’s green and silver layers reminded us of one of our favourite films, The Lizzie McGuire Movie.

Katy McCullagh from Ulster University designed a sleek, red pantsuit with gorgeous sheer sleeves, and Colette Downey stood out as the only competitor to create clothing for a male model. The long-lengthed cloak placed patches of leather on wool, emitting cyber-punk vibes.

But the judges were ruthless in their decision, choosing Michelle as the Young Designer of the Year 2018.

The young winner’s stunning red, knitted dress represented Irish heritage and traditional crafts by combining various different textiles together into one piece.

The dedicated fashion superstar studied basket weaving, cable knitting and linen weaving to create the unique, rouge ribbed dress, according to Evoke.

Michelle was all smiles when she took the stage with an arm full of flowers and proudly posed with the model wearing her Frankenstein beauty.

Congratulations to the young, innovative designer! We can’t wait to see what you create next.

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This May, TV presenter Lorraine Keane will host a unique fashion event to raise vital funds for the hunger crisis in East Africa and beyond.

Supported by some of the nation's best-loved brands and favourite fashion/lifestyle personalities, the event will combine a fashion show and designer auction with a public sale, selling a wide range of brand new and pre-loved designer and highstreet clothes, bags and accessories.

"For seven years now, I have been travelling to the developing world with various Irish NGOs – all of whom do remarkable work – so I've seen first-hand how peopel are struggling to survive on very little," Lorraine explains.

"Every time I come home, I realise how much stuff we have. We have too much. It doesn't feel right."

So in November, Lorraine decided to organise an event that would enable people to get rid of their unnecessary purchases while helping to raise money for the people who hardly have enough to survive. 

Talking about her reasons for the event, the former TV presenter continued: "Millions of people have already died and it is estimated another million people will die in the next twelve months unless we do something. 

"I am hoping that between us, in just one day, we can make a difference with FashionRelief – a public fashion sale of pre-loved or worn-once designer clothing and accessories.

"I think you’ll agree we all have too much stuff. Even one item can make a difference."

The event will be held from 11am to 5pm in the RDS on May 13 and will feature premium and designer bags, clothes, and accessories.

Besides Lorraine, there will be other high-profile attendees, some of whom will be manning their own stalls selling their personal pre-loved items.

There will also be three fashion shows featuring donations from retail outlets, celebrity supporters, and designers. We can't wait to see all of the fabulous wares and support this worthy cause!

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For many of us, Gigi Hadid is seen as the 'it girl' of our generation.

Between having her own Barbie, having Zayn, and now having a second collection with Tommy Hilfiger, she's climbed the ranks of stardom pretty well over the past few years.

She's smart, beautiful and sophisticated, which is why we probably prefer her collections over other celebrities'.

And we have to say, after seeing the TommyxGigi fashion show that took place in LA last night, she didn't disappoint us.

Bringing in a new wave of trends, we can see that stripes, abs, and tennis-chic are all going to be major this year.

The collection breaths California girl with a blend of the original Tommy Hilfiger… and it's totally class.

We'll be drooling over this collection for months to come… if only our bank accounts would allow us to buy it all.

Fancy watching Gigi in action and buy the catwalk looks while you're at it? Check it out below:

 

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We all know that homelessness is a major crisis in Ireland, and apparently people sleeping on freezing streets is inspirational for one fashion designer.

New York Fashion Week: Men is currently underway, and N.Hoolywood, a Japanese brand, is facing serious backlash after their show.

 

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The range commended the homeless for their inventiveness in how they dress, using blankets and sleeping bags as coats and plastic bags to protect shoes from water damage.

"As our designer travelled the cities of America, he witnessed the various ways in which people there lived on the streets and the knowledge they have acquired while doing so," said notes at the show according to Cosmo

"His observations of these so-called homeless or street people revealed them to be full of clever ideas for covering the necessities of life."

 

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The models appeared on the runway touting black plastic rubbish bags, with extra garments artfully draped an tied over their shoulders.  

The clothes were oversized, highlighting the issue that homeless people have acquiring well fitting garments. 

The slogan "Outdoors, Be safe, Survive" was emblazoned on coats and plastic bags.

 

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Advocates for the homeless and fashion critics alike have labelled the show "tasteless," "tone-deaf" and "insensitive."

"Hopefully,the proceeds from the sale of this collection will go to initiatives benefiting the homeless youth who inspired it," said one, though N. Hoollywood have not said that the sale of any of the items will go towards supporting homelessness services.

It's all a bit too close to Zoolander territory for us. 

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26 designers, 800 attendees and one brilliant cause.

It's not often that a charity event can hold its own in the world of fashion, but the ARC Fashion Show does just that.

Following on from the success of last year, the show returns to Dublin's RDS this Monday April 4, with a host of amazing Irish designers already confirmed.

With all funds raised going direction to ARC Cancer Support Centres around Ireland, this is one night of fun and glamour that's worth every penny.

Among this years confirmed names is Irish design mastermind Helen Cody, who counts Amy Huberman and Stephanie Roche among her fans.

This will be Helen's third year to showcase at the event, after being approached by producer Eddie Shanahan back in 2014.

Other designers confirmed include Heidi Higgins, Emma Manley, David O’Malley and Mairead Whisker.

This year will also see six milliners – Martha Lynn, Aisling Ahern, Margaret O’Connor, Elaine Keogh, Aoife Kirwan and Davina Lynch – showing off their exquisite creations.

As with every year, five of the models in the show will be 'ARC Angels,' clients of ARC who are battling cancer.

The ARC Fashion Show takes place on Monday 4th April at 8pm at the RDS Concert Hall.  Tickets cost €50 and can be purchased by calling 01 830 7333 or visiting the ARC website. You can also donate €4 today to ARC by texting ARC to 50300.

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When it came to finally getting the job of her dreams, model Gigi Hadid definitely had to put in the hard work.

The 20-year-old made her debut walking the runway at the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York City on Tuesday. 

He rmom Yolanda Foster, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star and former model herself, told E! News her daughter auditioned twice before finally landing the gig that she had always wanted.

The emotional moment Gigi found out she would be walking in the show took over social media last week.

"I still get emotional thinking about it. I've seen it 100 times and every time I see it, I start crying because I know it is something that she wanted so much and she worked so hard to get," Yolanda said of the video. 

"She's only 20 years old. She tried out twice and didn't get it and to get it the third time, it was just so special."

Gigi had already starred in a campaign for Victoria's Secret but it was her dream to walk the runway. Also earlier this year, she made headlines over her comments about body image. In August, she told The Daily Mail Australia that she did not want to be like "two pounds soaking wet."

Her mom shared a moving messages in support of her model daughter after the show:

"Hard work does pay off and dreams do come true……#ProofIsInThePudding," she captioned her snap.

Gigi’s mom has also made her struggle with chronic Lyme disease known. The disease  causes major fatigue and has occasionally landed her in the hospital.

"I'm getting better," she told E! News, explaining that despite her exhaustion she wanted to support her daughter at the event. 

"I'm probably about 60 percent but still spending most of my days in bed and resting."

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When Rihanna was announced as a performer for this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, the angels and her fans were all delighted. But with only a weeks notice, RiRi pulled out of the major event and left everyone sorely disappointed. 

She did her best to kiss and make up last night though as she sent a very sweet note to the VS gang ahead of their show yesterday.

The note read, "Wish I was there with you guys. Kill it tonight. See you all next time. Love, Rihanna." The note was also accompanied by a bunch of pink balloons. 

We have a feeling Rihanna was feeling nostalgic about her 2012 performance, however, she's not leaving out the possibility of being part of the show again in the future. 

So there seems to be hope of a VS and Rihanna mash up yet!

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