Kantan collection arrives in Harris Agencies

Kantan collage 1.jpgA very exciting new label is winging its way to Harris Agencies….

Kantan is a boutique brand combining premium fabrics, high quality tailoring and sophisticated feminine designs to offer a contemporary take on boho fashion for the modern woman. The look book photographs alone have gotten us all excited; the styling is really fantastic.

This collection has something for everyone. Despite the fact that I am usually a real dress devotee, some of my favourite pieces in this collection are the separates. This elegant floral print shirt is perfectly paired with a skirt in a similar green colour palette but a clashing brocade print. This is such a sophisticated way to wear the clashing prints trend.

The selection of printed camisoles is perfect for day-to-night dressing. Made from 100% silk they are luxurious enough to take you from work to cocktails, even if you’ve paired them with jeans. However a pair of killer heels is, as always, advisable.

One final plus- the model’s red hair, pale skin and freckles have put my mind at ease about how well these shades will suit our Irish complexions! I’ll take one of everything please. Guest Blogger Holly Hinchy for Nickysragtales

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Rainy Day shopping @ Powerscourt Dublin

The weather has taken a turn as we say here in Ireland. Roughly translated it means anything from a torrential rain fall which lasts all day and all night or what we call here a soft day which means the rain is gentle yet persistent. If I was visiting Dublin city and wanted to know where I should head to on such a day for some retail therapy and good food I would definitely head to the Powerscourt Shopping Centre. When I go to different cities there is no doubt but that I am looking for local design, local art and a taste of the country that I am visiting.

When it comes to Irish design, Powerscourt Shopping Centre is Dublin’s fashion mecca. Following on from the success of other Irish designers, Louise Rawlins ofIrish Couturewas recently named as ‘One to Watch’ at the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards in Galway and her latest Capsule Collection consists of five stunning one off pieces made from lamb’s wool to light and airy linens.The Design Centreis still the premium destination to go to when looking for up-and-coming Irish and international designers.John Rocha, Preen, Roisin Linnane and accessories from Philip Treacy, Erickson Beamon, Lara Bohinc, and House of Harlow 1960 are among those stocked in-store.

For knitting devotees,This is Knithave launched their range entitled ‘Townhouse Yarns,’their newest hand-dyed offering. The craft emporium that is rated number two on Trip Advisor in ‘Shopping’is a must-see for creative people with a passion for Irish knitwear.Marion Cuddy, Irish Designers Emporiumis tucked away on the top floor and has introduced innovative fashion graduate Emma Collopy, who is tipped for international success. Acclaimed milliners also stocked are Sarah Stephens, Suzie Mahony, and Isobel Marrinot that are not to be missed if looking for a race-day worthy look! This summer,The Loft Marketwill launch ’WinnerWednesday‘ where they will hold a draw on Facebook for a piece from one of their talented fourteen designers. It will kick off on June 25thfor 12 weeks giving shoppers a chance to bring home your very own Irish design.

 

Top Reasons to visit:

  1. Brush up on your history!For those interested in the history of the 18th century Georgian Powerscourt Townhouse,Free Tourswill take place throughout summer everySaturday, 11am and 3pm. Book in tobe guided through the magnificent rooms and with a little imagination conjure up images of life in the 18th century as preparations for a dinner and dance are under way!
  1. Make some memories with all the family at the Doll’s Store Hospital and Museum.For an alternative day-out in the city, TheMuseum of Childhood showcases a collection of antique dolls and teddy bears, some of which date back to the 1900’s. No journey to Dublin would be complete without engaging in this unique and memorable experience, so visit and view the extensive range of dolls, doll’s houses, miniature furniture, and teddy bears. Entry is free to the museum.
  2. Head to a photography exhibition!‘Radharc Eile’ Details from a Donegal Hillsidecomes to the centre this July.The exhibition is a collection of 10 photographs showcasing colours and silhouettes of the hillsides of Seantealach by photographer and graphic designer, Peter McBride.

For more information please visithttp://www.powerscourtcentre.ie/or see the Powerscourt Centre Facebook and Twitter.

Monochrome moments

Tags: , , , , , — Nicky Harris, June 13, 2014
One of my very favourite fashion trends for this summer is a classic monochrome look for formalwear.
A few weeks ago we took a look at the timeless appeal that crisp white pieces hold, particularly during summertime. There really is something magic about white against a lovely glowing tan.
The current twist is to pair beautiful bright white with elegant black for an edgy take on this perennial favourite.
Last week saw theVeuve Clicquot Polo Classic in New York, or as it might also be known; a super glam charity polo event held by a champagne company. A few of my favourite stylish ladies were in attendance (at a champagne festival? Surprise, surprise) and all in white or monochrome. The very lovely Dakota Johnson, Busy Philipps, Lupita N’yongo and Olivia Munn really knocked it out of the park with interesting prints, texture and cut-outs, without making the number one summer fashion faux-pas- looking OTT.
I’ve also pulled together my favourite monochrome looks by Diva. Throw on a monochrome dress and take the easy way to looking cool and chic this season! Just add a pair of strappy sandals and you are good to go. But don’t forget your floppy hat!
Diva dresses (L-R) Keisha, Savoy, Emmy-Lou, Brompton, Lauren.

Holly Hinchy

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Wedding Season Dressing

It’s finally wedding season! If you are anything like us here in Harris Agencies you will have at least one upcoming wedding. And though you don’t want to go overboard or, horror of horrors, upstage the woman of the hour you still want to look your best for the occasion. This season the possibilities are endless, and how do you narrow down all those beautiful dresses, glamourous jumpsuits and daring shortsuits?
One way to help make the decision is to consider the location/style of the wedding.
According to Marie Claire for an outdoor reception or garden drinks “nothing works better than pretty floral prints and pastels”. Luckily the high street is awash with the most gorgeous fresh floral print dresses in fantastic bright colours. This Chislehurst dress in lime bouquet by Diva is set to be a season bestseller.

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For a more classic wedding Marie Claire recommends this season’s “ladylike midi-length dresses in jewel tones.”A classic shape dress in a vivid bright colour, like the Highwood pleated dress below, will flatter your figure for years to come. It really is worth investing in this piece as you can wear it again and again with just an update of accessories. A metallic mini satchel adds a new twist to this classic outfit.

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Another popular trend for wedding guests this year is the colour pop. This Oasis jacquard dress combines one of the colours of the year- orange- with a smart textured fabric. This particular dress looks really fantastic with a tan (as seen on Emma!) Minimal accessories let the dress speak for itself.
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Happy Moods of Norway

Tags: , , , , , — Nicky Harris, April 29, 2014

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Who ever said clothes were serious business got it so wrong well at least when it comes to Norway’s favorite label. Happy. quirky Moods of Norway presents clothes that go the extra mile to inject humor into their offer. If you ever travel on Norweigen Air be sure to ask the crew if you can have a peek at their sew in labels and socks, oh and the silk lining in their otherwise traditional uniforms. You will certainly smile or even laugh, that’s for sure!

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Moods of Norway by nickyh59 featuring Moods of Norway

White Out

Tags: , , — Nicky Harris, April 23, 2014

I probably post a similar post as we move towards Summer but there is truly nothing like a brand new white piece that multitasks as well in your Summer wardrobe. A new white shirt worn casually with jeans or a white dress or sandals adds to any woman whatever their coloring or body shape. One thing is it’s probably a good idea to buy good quality for that crisp look that seems to work in the better fabrics and cuts. Wear White out, or for that matter in and have a sunny white summer.

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White Out by nickyh59 featuring a long slip

Salad Days

Tags: , , , , , — Nicky Harris, April 17, 2014
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Salad Days by nickysragtales featuring red flats

Cool Coachella

Tags: , , , — Nicky Harris, April 15, 2014

 

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This past weekend saw the coolest festival of them all, Coachella, take place in the inhospitable Californian desert.
The line-up was excellent, of course, but it was surprisingly similar to an Electric Picnic schedule, for example Outkast, Pet Shop Boys and Beck are headliners at both festivals this year.
So what is it about Coachella that makes it so achingly cool compared to other music festivals?
To my mind, what makes this event so different is a very simple equation:
Sunshine + Proximity to L.A. = Celebrity Fashion.
That’s what we want to see! One of the Kardashians in a floor length black lace coat (this year: Kendall). Selena Gomez in a see-through crochet dress that would look more at home in your granny’s good sitting room (as curtains or doilies, as required).
As far as I can tell a good percentage of the attendees (ahem Poppy Delevingne) just wore bikinis, and there are no pools of any kind on site… Confusing.
Electric Picnic simply can’t compete with that level of fabulousness. Cara Delevingne might be know for her effortless street style and long legs but even her royal hotness wouldn’t brave lashing rain in a pair of hotpants. Thanks anyway Stradbally!
Apart from the fascinating fashion decisions on display there were some genuinely sensible items being sported. One in particular is something I’ll certainly be adopting for the festival season; the tiny cross-body handbag. On the surface sure, it seems ridiculous. That bag can’t hold her sunblock, purse, first aid kit, glow sticks etc. But just think of the advantages. You don’t have to carry all that junk- someone else will! Think how much easier it will be to dance. Plus maybe you won’t lose your phone (for once!)
As such my new favourite accessories are handmade leather bags by UK brand Zatchels. They are so beautiful and classic that they will go with everything, even your trusty wellies. And you can wear them long, long after you’ve hung up your ill-advised hotpants.
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Introducing Eleanor Milman, artist and illustrator

Tags: , , , , , — Nicky Harris, April 8, 2014

I asked my extraordinarily talented artist niece to explain where she draws her inspiration from:

I have been infatuated with drawing for most of my life and over the years, have gained experience in many different artistic media on a vast range of projects. As a result, I have developed a distinct style that is cynical, fanciful, surreal, and airing on the edge of comic. In the last few months, I have focused on illustrations and cartooning while completing my BA at McGill University in Montreal, QC. Currently, I illustrate for two of McGill’s newspapers and magazines. The topics of articles that I illustrate are varied, having ranged from neuroscience to cannibalism. In addition, I have shown my work at several local art exhibitions, for one of which I was invited to design the logo.I have had a great deal of success with this work, and have learned in the process to be efficient and productive in taking the germ of an idea and developing it into an original composition that makes a statement. Most of my other pieces, though, are merely visual representations of whatever happens to be going on in my head at a given moment. In the future, I intend on focusing more on scientific illustration that is anatomically accurate, visually aesthetic, and informative.

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5insanity_Eleanor can be contacted by emailing eleanor.milman@gmail.com

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Tonal sandals, a Summer staple

Tags: , , , , — Nicky Harris, April 7, 2014

We have been wearing tonal courts now all year round and paired with Falke skin tones tights they have proven to be the most elegent to the eye, especially for women who wish to give a taller image. It doesn’t take much to realise that we can now easily do the same for our summer look. There are numerous tonal sandals in every collection and at every price. A small block heal is comfortable. Most come with ankle straps so if you are ankly challenged then make sure to leave the strap loose rather than neat. The tonal shades will ensure a lengthened asthetic and if you need to you can wear Falke’s ‘makeup for legs‘ Shelina tights or stay ups with sandal toes for perfect leg skin colouring. Falke tights are available in Brown Thomas nationwide, McELhinney Ballybofey, Arnotts and Clery’s in Dublin along with independent boutiques across Ireland.

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tonal sandals by nickyh59 featuring leather shoes

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