Style on the Streets of Dublin – Autumn/Winter 2013
Stitches, Fabric & Soul blogger Stephen Moloney goes head-hunting for Dublin’s autumnal style-makers.
Dublin’s bustling warren of streets can hold its own when it comes to the personal style stakes. Something has been bubbling up over the past five years or so that has given rise to a diverse sartorial street-scape that is eclectic, bold and fiercely individual in outlook. Made up of a new generation who strive to shed any connotations of conservatism and misconceptions of naffness, it is helped along by a continually growing network of independent retailers and pop-ups which marry the modern and traditional. In simpler terms, there’s never been a more exciting time to watch a city get dressed and hit the pavement.
Morganna Murphy, a textiles student at NCAD, considers the charity and second-hand shop scene around Phibsborough and Capel Street should be the first port of call for finding the best and most bargainous bits around town. Om Diva, where her own work is on sale, is also great for discovering young design talent.
Anna O’Shea recommends Pygmalion and the Workman’s Club as two essential after hours spots not to be missed on any visit to Dublin. For shopping, she cites Costume as the independent hotspot for finding easy-to-wear luxurious pieces from the likes of Thakoon and Isabel Marant.
Kyle Cheldon-Barnett thinks that for truly individual and directional pieces it’s worth looking to students at the National College of Art and Design and taking full advantage of the end-of-year degree exhibition if it’s the next big thing you’re after. After that, he reckons there’s nowhere better than Indigo & Cloth for a well curated selection of international menswear.
Tom Godfrey advises visitors, especially those on the hunt for some authentic fifties-era vintage menswear to pay Flip in Temple Bar a visit.
Sían O’Carroll, who’s wearing garb from 9 Crow Street, reckons that it’s the best spot in town for vintage duds and accessories and recommends a visit to their carefully edited inner city showroom where the most individual pieces are constantly being sourced and added.
Jennie McGinn chooses to support young Irish designers like Danielle Romeril who she wears up top. As well as this, Om Diva is a necessary stop-off for vintage dresses, crazy accessories and bright colours. Head to Fallon & Byrne for drinks whilst nabbing one of the best cheeseboards in town.