As an Alpha Mentor at the #websummit in Dublin this week I happily spent the time amongst the overriding whiff of aftershave, sore feet and sky high optimism. Fashion related web products were plentiful enough though none excited me except for perhaps Ringly (see my post below)
There were no women being ‘used’ to sell stuff and no overt marketing in the old fashioned in your face sense which was refreshing. Web Summit has a code of practice which is very strict regarding the use of what is now a sexist and truly sick making method of selling. Women in short skirts with legs and boobs showing were a no show. The Wifi was truly woeful and I gave up trying to Tweet or use Instagram so I used my Irish phone to tether to the laptop so we had WiFi and used my power pack to keep the phone charged all day. For people who needed to demo their apps and sites it was frustrating. All the Alpha companies paid upwards of €1500 to be there and came from all over the world.
I heard some good talks and some nonsense old fashioned snake oil salesmen talks. One young man with a business that enables people to make their own sports videos advised the young audience that if you are going to crash make it a head long big one!. I heard the word bootstrap several times over meaning no moneyfrom #Alpha startups pitching. Some of them had already had investments of several thousand euro and were looking for more!!
I am glad that Buzzin.io had me there to at least keep them grounded and focused. Meetings with Enterprise Ireland, IDA and KPMG among other potential key partners are now in place. The Buzzin.io model is, I think, a good and ethical one with the tag line ‘Sharing is rewarding’ and I am continuing to mentor as long as they want me. The event was stimulating and reinforces the idea that you can’t beat old fashioned face to face networking.
I’m having a ball at the Dublin Web Summit this week even though I feel like an OAP! What I lack in tech knowledge I make up for in enthusiasm and wide eyed wonder at all the different Alpha and Beta companies alongside the big boys…they are all there. I’m with Buzzin.io and we are ON tomorrow but today I found Ringlyand was surprised that I really liked the rings, they were great quality and I would probably buy one even without the additional Smart tech that means I could leave my phone out of site and not beside me on the table when out to dinner. It is always rude to be hanging out of your phone in social settings but the thoughts of missing those important family or business messages win over good manners every time. One of these on my finger would eliminate the need to be rude and that’s a win win for me.
We are getting ready to show our new vision to the world at the Dublin #websummit. We will be exhibiting on Tuesday the 4th of November in the eCommerce area of the RDS Main Hall, stand number ECM155.
We invite you to leave your details or come visit us at the Summit and learn a bit about the economic revolution we are setting in motion through our social platform, which rewards users simply for sharing content online.
Looking forward to seeing you at the Summit!
– Buzzin Team
I am ‘helping’ the young guns (one of whom is my inspirational nephew) at the Web Summit and we are exhibiting on Tuesday. Buzzin is rolling out and will give real rewards to recommendations..a simple idea that will be so good for small business and event planners who need to get the word out. I am so excited to be part of what will be the most amazing event for all involved….
Work is pretty hectic at present with lots of new Falke customers sending in orders daily for the luxurious sheers and the hugely popular opaques. Diva Catwalk dresses are flying out with customers popping into the showroom which we love because at this time of year we can give them more time. Sonia Pena and Campione customers are looking for repeats and specials and that is a good sign. We prefer to under rather than over sell to all our retailers. The last thing any agent wants to hear is that their products end up on the sale rail. It’s unseasonably hot so we are lucky not to be in the business of selling coats even though I am still searching for my perfect one as sure as eggs are eggs it is going to get cold soon.
I got a kick up the backside today, a nice one at that. Somehow I am a finalist in the Social & Personal Fashion blogger of the year competition. I do remember sending in an application some months ago and promptly forgetting about it. The final takes place at Ennis Fashion Week which continues year after year to show how it’s done. Take one small to middling Irish town full of great boutiques and the collective strength of the organisation skill takes on a whole new dimension. So, I along with several others (and I list them here so you can check them out for yourself) will have ourselves a brilliant time in one of the best fashion destinations in Ireland on the 30th October!
Now to the subject of this blog. I’m in the hunt for a coat. This is not something I do every year. I like good coats and ones that are warm as I spend my Winters fighting off the cold so a cheap lookalike just won’t do. For this I have to spend a small fortune so each one needs to be tried on. The ones above caught my fancy so I will now go shopping and when I have one will report back on what I found and also how much I had to fork out!
Fashion should be fun it should be inspiring, it should enhance rather than detract and while it is serious business in terms of generating jobs and money it is not that often that hate and evil enters the fray. AntiSemitism is on the rise world wide at the moment with calls for death to Jews in Paris and across Europe commonplace, attacks on the street of Manhattan, Synagogues defaced, windows smashed etc etc, the list goes on and on. Add to this the absolute evil and vitriol on Twitter and Facebook where closer to home a GAA player calls out to ‘Punch a Jew’ and it takes three weeks to get a meek apology and another week for the GAA organisation itself to make a statement.
So it was no surprise to me to see that Zara who already have a track record going back to 2007 for being taken to task for selling a bag with a Swastika on it are at it again. To say I am sickened is to put it mildly. There is simply no excuse that can justify this, no amount of ignorance. It took more than one rogue designer in Zara to produce this and every single person along the chain needs to be taken to task..
*UPDATE* Zara issued an apology citing the fact that the childs shirt was modelled on a sheriffs uniform with a star. I personally never saw any sheriff wearing a striped pyjama type top? They say they have disposed of the offending items. Their ‘apology’ rings very hollow indeed. Newsweek reports hereand from the Jerusalem Post here
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
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.
Louise Rawlins Irish Designer @Irish Couture
The Dolls Hospital & Shop
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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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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