Gather ‘round the wardrobe, boys and girls. When big occasions come around, one glance at your unironed clump of clothes means a last-minute shopping spree is in order. Spend NYE in Dublin City and you’ll find a zillion permutations of a new look for the new year – we’ve asked one expert for a little style guidance to help you pick through the city’s dozens of independent and vintage boutiques.
Aisling Farinella is one of our foremost fashion stylists. She is a regular contributor to Irish publications including Image magazine and the Irish Times. Her styling is frequently published in a variety of international online and print publications with recent work featured in Dossier online, Fashion Copious and Submission. Alongside her editorial work Aisling regularly styles for musicians and music videos including Mmoths, Heathers, Little Green Cars and Kid Karate. She was co-stylist on the video for Rihanna's 'We Found Love'.
Aisling is also editor and co-creative director of Thread magazine, an enormous, indispensible independent fashion magazine that shows off the cream of Irish fashion. We sent her out with a shopping bag and a tough task: put together three perfect outfits for 2014.
The Urban Man
In Dublin, Indigo & Cloth is the one stop shop for guys. The chief independent retailer doing contemporary men’s fashion, an entire scene has built up around the store. With an in-store coffee shop and the best place to pick up some of the finest fashion publications it has become a hangout for the city’s young creative talent.
As you can see I’m a big fan of Swedish brand Our Legacy and this graphic shirt teamed with a coated shirt jacket (while not rainproof I’m pretty sure it’s drink-spillage proof!) - perfect for a big NYE night out on the town. Scrub up with a haircut at the Waldorf Barbers, then get yourself a Push watch from Irish architect/designers and you are good to go.
Party Like it's 1999
I think you could probably wear these Merle O’Grady earrings with anything and you’d still invite plenty of conversation. NYE deserves a little sparkle with a super vintage ‘bumble bee’ dress from online retailer Dandylion Daydreamer. The ultimate coat for a big night out when you know you’ll be hanging around looking for a taxi at some point is this amazing fur lined parka from one of my favourite boutiques, Costume at Castle Market.
The Final Countdown
Start the New Year supporting some Irish design with a sweet silver skirt from Dolly Delinquent, a patent shirt from Emma Manley and a studded cuff from Una Burke. You’ll get the best selection of up and coming Irish fashion designer for the ladies at Bow in the Powerscourt and Om Diva Atelier on Drury Street. And you’ve got to have a little leopard for any good night out. Get your nails glammed up at South William Street’s Tropical Popical and your hair groomed at nearby Preen.
If you’re thinking about hitting the shops when visiting Dublin this New Year’s, why not check out Thread Dublin’s Facebook page and, of course, check out some of the locations mentioned above.
Check out further details on Dublin’s New Year’s Eve Festival 2013