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Style Notes: Let yourself be seduced by color and introduce a little art into your wardrobe

I love nothing more than art and fashion, so when I can combine the two and introduce artists’ works into my wardrobe, it’s a win-win situation. Kate Bickmore’s floral landscape oil paintings are something, and building on the success of a brand collaboration with Karen Millen, the US-born, UK-based artist has returned for do a second collection with them that reinvents his original prints.

This is a limited edition collectible, and print placement varies from piece to piece, adding to a sense of individuality within the artful range.

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The Karen Millen X Kate Bickmore Ball Gown

The Karen Millen X Kate Bickmore Ball Gown

Stars of the show, the structured ‘Apotheosis’ ball gown (€428) with pockets, and there’s also a wide selection of dresses, including a cute mini with dramatic back detailing.

The story of ensembles is strong, with in particular a woven blouse (€209) and matching cropped palazzo pants (€259). Available in sizes 6 to 24, this Karen Millen X Kate Bickmore collection certainly depicts a new perspective on after-dark dressing. karenmillen.com

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Cropped blouse and palazzo pants


Cropped blouse and palazzo pants

Cropped blouse and palazzo pants

#floralsonfriday

When I first started researching the topic of proactively introducing art into our wardrobes as a way to elevate those dark gray January skies, I certainly didn’t expect to be doing anything. art myself. This moment of unexpected creativity was born thanks to an invitation from the artist and textile print designer Caroline Duffy.

I love watching the new pieces come to life on her Instagram account and the transition from watercolors created in her home studio in Dundalk, Co Louth, to silk scarves made in Como by artisans using unique printing techniques.

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A watercolor by Caroline Duffy


A watercolor by Caroline Duffy

A watercolor by Caroline Duffy

She launched a self-care element called #floralsonfriday sessions, where you can paint while watching her in action on her Instagram account.

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Classes are for beginners and experienced artists alike, and Duffy gives you a list of what you need in terms of paint and paper.

“All you need is to be ready to have fun and not worry about the outcome,” says Duffy, who creates original paintings, prints and products, while collaborating with fashion brands. fashion and home goods that design textile patterns.

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Caroline Duffy wearing her 'Passionful' headscarf


Caroline Duffy wearing her ‘Passionful’ scarf

Caroline Duffy wearing her ‘Passionful’ scarf

For fans of her work, I thought I should mention that the latest addition to her collection of sustainable luxury scarves is ‘Passionful’, a striking print of colorful primrose flowers and bold stripes. The 70cm x 70cm scarf in 100pc silk twill costs 135€. carolineduffydesigns.com

Tribute to Harry

There’s rarely a day when you won’t find me wearing one of my two little Jennifer Rothwell silk scarves, and it all started with a conversation with the fashion designer in a New York skyscraper about a Harry Clarke stained glass window in my local Dublin church.

Rothwell’s Harry Clarke Print Collection was inspired by The Eve of St Agnes stained glass windows with vibrant purples, blues, oranges and reds.

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Jannifer Rothwell's Madeline scarf


Jannifer Rothwell’s Madeline scarf

Jannifer Rothwell’s Madeline scarf

The panels, themselves inspired by English poet John Keats, tell the romantic story of two lovers escaping to be together on a cold, windy, stormy night, and come to life in Rothwell’s “Madeline.” scarf, which is my favorite.

The 54cm x 54cm silk square is the perfect size for a chic scarf and costs €55. Rothwell also makes matching face masks and elaborate plus size scarves. While she also creates beautiful sets and dresses, I don’t think you can beat the sheer pleasure of the comforting caress of silk on your throat and neck. jenniferrothwell.com

color therapy

It’s hard to believe it’s been three years since artist and fashion designer Helen Steele launched her popular and affordable sportswear collaboration with Dunnes Stores. Her pieces have been the absolute stars of my work-from-home wardrobe, which is why I was like lightning when her latest collection hit stores this month.

Steele has been a strong advocate for the benefits of chromotherapy, and this new collection was inspired by luminous stellar explosions and the vibration of supernovae.

On her puffer jacket (€30), dots painted over four weeks to build up visual energy in stimulating colors and flashes of her painting skills on the sleeves of her four-way stretch zip-up swimsuit (€25 ), which comes in chic khaki and also black. I’m so glad to see that Steele has taken back his super useful black longline hoodie ($25) with its flattering side flaps.

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Dunnes Stores Unisex Loungewear


Dunnes Stores Unisex Loungewear

Dunnes Stores Unisex Loungewear

In other Dunnes Stores news, the company has launched its One collection of unisex leisure pieces available in a wide range of sizes. The range is aimed at adults and children from 4 to 14 years old.

Unique style coordinates have an oversized fit. The four mainstays of the range are a cotton blend sweatshirt, hoodie, joggers and t-shirt which come in plain cream, navy and green. dunnesstores.com