Style Counsel for the year ahead
Katie Byrne reveals the trens, people and places which will make an impact over the next 12 months
IT'S OUT with the old and in with the new as a host of new places and faces come to the fore for 2011.
We've compiled a hot list of rising stars, taste-makers and emerging trends for the year ahead. What will we be wearing? Where will we be going? And what trends will make it big?
Time is of the essence as the average Irish lunchbreak shortens. The Elemis SpaPod, housed in a designated room in Harvey Nichols (Dundrum Town Centre), is about getting maximum results in minimum time. Choose from a menu of custom-facials or use their state-of-theart facial mapping technology beforehand to assess your skincare needs. A relaxing experience is delivered by highly qualified beauticians — and you'll still have time to grab a sandwich . . .
Imelda May has brought rockabilly into the mainstream as a host of retro music nights are taking off across the capital. See www.rockabillyireland.com for more.
Fashion designers have circumnavigated the colour wheel for spring/summer. Whether it's fuchsia pink, crisp white or neon brights, your wardrobe will be getting an infusion of colour.
>ALL LACED UP
Tea-stained sheer numbers and flirty, lingerie-inspired embellishment are big news for spring/summer. Pick up genuine antique lace from vintage markets and fashion into hairbands and neck pieces.
>THE NEW SUPERFOOD
Forget acai and pomegranate. The latest health drink is coconut water; extolled for its health-giving and super-hydrating benefits and advocated by a roll call of celebrities. Madonna recently invested in one of the leading makers of the drink, Vita Coco. From health shops nationwide.
>SUPER SLEEK HAIR
Hair was slicked back and shiny on the spring/summer catwalks. Try cult hair range Moroccanoil, which tames even Medusa-like tresses. Moroccanoil, €38 from Zeba (www.zeba.ie).
>LES PERLES DE CHANEL
Chanel nail polishes command lengthy waiting lists when they launch and the rock-inspired Black Pearl, €21 — on counters January 28 — is expected to follow tradition.
Vintage enthusiasts have been well looked after with the opening of Horse & June on Drury Street and Dirty Fabulous on Wicklow Street — finally, quality vintage clothing at accessible prices.
>BANG FOR YOUR BUCK
Expect all manner of shopping enticements in 2011, from flash sales to one-off deals. The Savvy Shopper (savvyshopper.ie) will point you in the direction of upcoming sales in Dublin and beyond, while CityDeal (citydeal.ie) sends incredible offers straight to your inbox.
Irish label Laundry Room has expanded from a line of party dresses to incorporate knits, trousers and blouses. With quirky finishes and accessible price tags (dresses cost in the region of €50), buying Irish fashion is easier than ever. Available in 40 outlets nationwide, including Arnotts.
>HIGH OCTANE FITNESS
According to those in the know, we'll be swapping low impact fitness, such as Pilates and yoga, for redfaced, cardiobased bootcamp training, zumba and TRX suspension training.
RioBlush, a collagenproducing body treatment that has been hailed as the most successful skin rejuvenation treatment for stretch marks, has arrived in Ireland. Prices start from €150 per area. Call the Ailesbury Clinic, Dublin 4, to find out more on 850 918 133.
>FINE DINING FOR LESS
The Michelinstarred L'Ecrivain is offering a threecourse lunch menu for €25, while Conrad Gallagher recently reduced a four-course meal and a glass of Prosecco in Salon des Saveurs to €20 through CityDeal.ie.
Booking a holiday? Treks and trails will become more popular than poolside lounging. According to travel group Black Tomato. (www.blacktomato.co.uk)
Ditch the tweezers and book in for a tint because big, Brooke Shields-like brows are on trend for spring/summer.
‘It' dresses can now be borrowed rather than bought at Irish website Secret Chic (secretchic.ie). For an even better selection, try Girl Meets Dress. (girlmeetsdress.com) and for vintage pieces, pop into A Store is Born, Clarendon Street (only open on Saturdays), where most of the vintage gowns can also be rented for a reduced price.
Dip-dyed hair is back for another season. Look towards Alexa Chung, Drew Barrymore and Sarah Jessica Parker, who all sported versions of the look. For a cheaper option, just grow out your colour . . .
Milkshake bars are mushrooming up all over the capital. At Shakes on Dame Street and Buffalo 19 in Harold's Cross they will put any chocolate bar you like into the mix, while Eddie Rocket's has opened a Shake Shop in the Dundrum Town Centre.
>SUPPER CLUB DATING
Singles are opting for relaxed supperclub atmospheres to meet someone special. First Date organises group dinners and wine tastings for discerning singletons. (www.first date.ie.)
>COVER ALL THE BASES
Clarins Everlasting Foundation quickly became a bestseller when it launched last year. The recently converted are now eagerly awaiting the arrival of the brand's Skin Illusion Foundation, €29, ideal for achieving the dewy look of spring/-summer. On counters February 7.