Monthly Archives: October 2015

Brought together by love of the Irish language

With a shared love of the Irish language, Ailis, a teacher in O’Carolan College, Nobber, Co Meath, and Stiofán, from Cootehill, Co Cavan, met in August 2012 while volunteering at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Cavan.

“It was a lovely way to get to know each other and it was just right from then on”, said Ailis who is “forever grateful” to her mother Mary for sending her to the Gaeltacht in Coláiste na bhFiann when aged 11.

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“I fell madly in love with the language, something really just clicked in me and it became my passion.”

Stiofán – a solicitor who’s also undertaking a degree in Irish part-time with Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh – proposed on December 23rd, 2013, beside the lake at the Radisson Blu Farnham Estate, Cavan, and the couple kept their wedding local too.

They were married by Fr Dermot Prior in a church in Lurgan where their vows were made as Gaeilge – their favourite part of the day.

Music came from soprano friends and two of the bride’s students, Patrick and Mary Horgan, who played the harp and entertained guests on the lawn at Richard Corrigan’s Virginia Park Lodge where the reception was held. The bride wore a Jesus Peiro dress from the White Rooms in Mullingar and carried a bouquet – from Cameo florists, Cavan – with a photo of her father Seàn Hanley who she lost to cancer aged 12.

His last present to her, a French porcelain doll, was dressed in a wedding gown and placed on a table alongside family wedding photos.

The Irish theme continued at the venue where seanfhocail were placed on each table and, after entertainment from the Beat Boutique, the bride and groom performed damhsa na scuaibe (the brush dance) together to the delight of family and friends.

The following day, the newlyweds planted a wedding cake tree in the grounds of Virginia Park Lodge in memory of Ailis’s father. Stiofán’s parents are Peter and Therese Cawley.

The couple, who are partial to a game of Scrabble as Gaeilge at their home in Virginia, spent their honeymoon in Slovenia, Italy and France.

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Bachelorette’s Shawn Booth Talks Wedding Planning With Kaitlyn Bristowe and Getting Ready for Movember

The 28-year-old recently surprised fans of the reality show by inviting fellow contestant Nick Viall to join him and create a Movember team to help raise awareness for men’s health. You can donate to their team here.

E! News caught up with Booth to chat about the cause that’s so close to his heart as well as his upcoming wedding to Kaitlyn Bristowe.

“Prostate cancer is something that I’m very passionate about and runs in my family and has affected some of my family members,” Booth told us when asked why he felt compelled to join the challenge.

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Booth hopes to use his platform to really make this “a big deal,” and they’ve set a goal to raise $100,000. All their differences aside, Booth says he and Viall are “both just trying to do as much as we can for the greater good, and really do something big here.”

In addition to leading the fundraising charge for Movember, Booth is settling into home life with his fiancé quite nicely.

“We’ve actually probably spent no more than 4 hours apart from each other since the finale,” he shared. “We’ve been with each other every single day since then.”

Booth further opened up about their special bond, saying, “It’s real, it’s genuine, and every day we learn more about each other. She’s an amazing person and she’s 100% wife material.”

Speaking of wife material, Booth says wedding planning is in their immediate future, we’re “going to set a date after the New Year.” The reason for the delay is simply due to the fact that the couple is “all over the place right now,” traveling, and enjoying their time together.

And while the two are never without one another nowadays, Booth admits the time they spent apart following filming was really hard.

“Especially to have to sit around for 10 weeks without anyone knowing that we were together, I mean that was absolutely brutal.”

As filming for the new Bachelor season dwindles, Booth jokes that Ben Higgins should keep a close watch on his phone bill. “Hopefully the girl he ends up with is not in a different country, so you don’t have to worry about your phone bill. The first time we got a phone bill after we were on the show, we each had $2,000 phone bills.”

Booth added, “He’s an amazing guy. I can’t wait to see who he ends up with. I know it’s getting pretty close to the end, so it’s pretty exciting.”

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All this week, Fashionista’s Eliza Brooke is hanging out in Moscow, Russia — and by hanging out, we mean zipping around to shows to report semi-live from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia. (Hey, there’s a seven-hour time difference.) Catch her daily diary here.

Fashion’s obsession with youth is nothing if not well-documented; critics of a disapproving bent have at their disposal an evidentiary treasure trove of advertising campaigns in which thin, smooth-skinned teens are cast to sell product to women three times their age. At the same time, the industry loves a wunderkind. The churn of hype and success around Alexander Wang wouldn’t be the same if the designer hadn’t staged his first runway show at age 24.

Of course, stories like Wang’s are rare. It’s hard to break into the industry, especially during fashion week, when editors’ schedules are jam-packed and leave little room for unknown quantities. That’s why I was somewhat surprised, at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia, to see a number of very young brands led by very young people given emphatic promotion by the publicists tasked with ferrying our horde of foreign reporters to various venues and events all week.

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One such label was the St. Petersburg-based Saint-Tokyo, designed by 25-year-old Yury Pitenin. Being a genius, I missed the runway show due to a timing mix up but made it backstage afterward to see the collection, which was part breezy floral prints and fluttering silver fringe and part combat-ready leather pieces (see photo above). It was an homage, Pitenin explained, to love in all its forms.

Outlaw Moscow, an outerwear-focused brand founded by two 25-year-olds, Maxim Bashkaev and Dilyara Minrakhmanova, had its latest offering on view in one of the main venue’s presentation spaces. There was something for everyone: silky embroidered bombers, heavy camel coats and leather jackets with colorful patches stitched onto the back — a risky affair for a start-up tight on cash, since one misplaced puncture mark would ruin the leather. The presentation at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, on the other hand, cost the Outlaw team practically nothing, Bashkaev said.

While that’s a financial coup for a young brand, it also speaks to the fact that Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia is still very much working to establish itself — a point proven by the budget allocated for flying in international press and putting us up at nice hotels. (Timely disclosure: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia paid for my trip and accommodations.) If this event reaches a more prominent position among the various global fashion weeks, will it not become a more challenging environment for young designers, too?

Regardless of the visibility they’ve been granted thus far, Saint-Tokyo and Outlaw Moscow did come out ahead of the pack. (Although the quality of the designs and workmanship from other designers was often much lower than what you might see in New York or Paris, so the competition was not as fierce as it can be.) And it was a 24-year-old who presented one of the best collections of the week: Jenia Kim, who showed her work at a casual boutique party on Thursday.

To celebrate a Saturday spent working the floor of its pop-up showroom, the Outlaw Moscow team hosted a party at a rooftop bar that night. Kim stopped by to say hello, and students volunteering at the event milled about with Moscow mules and Heinekens in hand. By 3 a.m., our crew was crowded around a table with Bashkaev and his friends, yelling about politics and singing along to Missy Elliot. Just your standard night out with a bunch of 25-year-old kids.

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What a Kiwi multicultural wedding looks like

Weddings: they bring families together, giving the happy couple a chance to integrate the traditions they grew up with as well as create some of their own.

As part of the Herald’s focus on superdiversity this week, we asked our online readers and Facebook audience to share their multicultural weddings. Take a look at how wonderful it can be when two people joining in matrimony create a beautiful, unique wedding:

“I would call myself a New Zealander but others call me European. My parents are both European from NZ: My father’s parents are Irish and my mother’s parents are English; my husband is half Tongan from a Tongan father and half Maori from a Maori mother (they wed in 1978 and remain married).

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I was never worried about our skin colour, ethnic differences or our cultural differences, because we respected each other enough to learn and accept our differences. We were also very lucky our family loved and supported us too.

My husband is an oldest son and the guest list would have been in the hundreds. Because of the cost, we choose to give very little notice and ran away to the country [Bethells Beach] last September.

We wanted our cultural identity to be present: This included being blessed before the wedding in English, Tongan and Maori. We took extensive photos to share with those who were not able to attend. We also chose to respect my husband’s Tongan family who could not make it from Tonga by taking a picture in traditional wedding wear to honour them.

Pita and I have been together for over 9 years and aim to follow both our parents’ footsteps to be blessed in our marriage and meet their 30+ year anniversaries and more.”

“I was born in South Africa but am now a NZ citizen and my husband is Indian. Before we got married, we went to India so that I [could] meet his family who are very accepting of our relationship. Two days before our wedding, we had a ‘Bollywood Night’ where everyone wore traditional Punjabi outfits and all the girls got henna done on their hands. I got a traditional wedding henna done on my feet and hands.

Our wedding was more Western than Indian, but my husband wore his traditional Indo-Western wedding dress and the men in my family also wore traditional Indian clothes to support my husband. I wore a white dress. Half our guests were Indian and the other were Kiwis. We had a buffet-style dinner. A lot of the music that the DJ played was Indian songs and everyone danced the night away.”

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Fashion Week wins plaudits

HCM CITY (VNS) — International fashion designers attending the second Viet Nam International Fashion Week last week have been raving about the creativity and energy they see in this country.

Sebastian Gunawan, dubbed “the king of fashion” in Indonesia and one of the handful to be honoured as an Asian Couturier Extraordinaire, who displayed his Melange Des Sens collection at the event, said during his stay in the country he saw so many new Vietnamese talents.

“I have a question: why does Viet Nam have so much talent?”

He did not attend the inaugural event last year, but “through the media, I saw the fashion week was quite successful and I wanted to visit Viet Nam anyway.”

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“Vietnamese fashion has something for me to learn.”

Dr Frank Cintamani, founder president of the Asian Couture Federation, said he could see several young talents in Viet Nam.

France-based Julien Fournie, who was among 29 prominent international designers at the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, said he decided to come to Viet Nam to display his collection because he loves Vietnamese aesthetics.

“So many have impressed me during the time I have been here for the fashion week.

“Before this event I did not have much idea about fashion in Viet Nam, and resorted to Google.”

He said he was impressed with the colourful designs, youthfulness and energy of his Vietnamese colleagues and also the general populace.

“I saw several beautiful Vietnamese women dressed well on the red carpet.”

Viet Nam is an interesting place for fashion since people want to learn about it, he said.

He had a special word of appreciation for designer Thuy Nguyen, whose designs he said were amazing and the colours perfect.

“When I saw Vietnamese model Kha My Van and invited her to open my show in Paris, she was happy. I was satisfied with the performance of Vietnamese models.”

He described another Vietnamese designer, Hoang Minh Ha, as juxtaposing tradition and innovation.

The most important thing for a designer is to tell a new story and to tell about themselves, because if they treat fashion like that they would have freedom and liberty, he said.

After visiting HCM City’s War Remnants Museum, he said “this country, your amazing country, rebuilt everything in 40 years.”

Renowned Japanese designer Yumi Katsura, who has been in the industry for 50 years, was somewhat more forthright than her colleagues about Vietnamese designers, saying some of the collections she saw need improvement in terms of materials and techniques.

“I feel that Vietnamese designers are eager to grow, be successful and be better designers in a short term.”

Katsura seemed to amaze even her colleagues by presenting 40 wedding dresses and accessories worth a million dollars.

The Viet Nam International Fashion Week, organised by Multimedia JSC, drew to a close on Sunday. — VNS

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Vicky Pattison puts on a seriously busty display in figure-hugging bandage dress as she hits the town with pals

She recently split from her boyfriend of six months, Stephen Bear.

And Vicky Pattison was showing the love rat what he was missing as she hit the town with a host of her TV pals, including Ex On The Beach’s Jemma Lucy and her former Geordie Shore star Gary ‘Gaz’ Beadle.

The 27-year-old star flaunted her hourglass figure in a grey bodycon dress that clung to every curve as she partied the night away at the Oxford club in Manchester on Saturday.

She's got some front! Lucy couldn't decide whether to flaunt her legs or chest, so did both simultaneously

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Vicky made the most of her ample assets in the strapless suede number, which she teamed with a chic dusty pink cape.

The MTV star added a pair of nude coloured heels and an oversized gold clutch bag to set off her look, as well as a matching cuff bracelet.

She styled her long dark locks in touseled curls and opted for a heavy smoky eye and some nude lipstick.

Vicky may have turned heads in her plunging ensemble, but that was nothing compared to her co-star Jemma.

The tattooed star was practically spilling out of her LBD, which barely concealed her modesty as she sashayed along the street.

Jemma was making the most of her curves in her one-shoulder dress, wearing her brunette locks cascading down one shoulder.

Also putting in an appearance was ladies’ man Gaz, who was dressed down in a leather jacket and white T-shirt.

Vicky has been single since parting ways with her Ex On The Beach lover Stephen after he revealed that he loved Megan McKenna during the series finale.

‘He’s literally been the most vile, horrendous, snaky, conniving and manipulative person I have ever met’, she scathingly told new! magazine.

‘I’m truly shocked that I’ve allowed myself to get so taken in – but there you go. Love is blind, or in my case, blind, deaf, stupid.’

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Highlights of Fashion Week in Los Angeles

Over the past two weeks a trio of organized shows — L.A. Fashion Week, Arts Hearts Fashion and Style Fashion Week — presented collections by both established and aspiring designers from the West Coast and around the world. Here is a look at some of the more notable lineups.

Maria Korovilas: Maria Korovilas, who launched her line in 2012 at Gen Art’s Fresh Faces in Fashion show, is one of the few L.A.-based designers who has managed to build a strong retail business — current accounts include Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Anthropologie and Satine — and continues to expand her brand with red carpet and casual wedding dress capsules. Both were on display, along with a strong spring 2016 ready-to-wear collection, at a private presentation at the Mondrian hotel.

Korovilas RTW Spring 2016

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What began as a novelty dress collection of pretty lace shifts and two-piece sets has expanded to include skirts, tops, jackets, shorts, a romper and a jumpsuit that Korovilas described as “streamlined Victorian with a printed tilt.” While the main collection featured plenty of pastel lace, the designer also used silk chiffon, organza, canvas, denim and linen, creating whimsical sailboat and love letter prints for some pieces, while solid looks were embellished with embroidery, lace insets, origami pintucks or French knots.

Korovilas used simple silhouettes for the formal styles, covering a long slipdress with rectangular pale blue paillettes or a cropped top and A-line shirt with a beaded patchwork. Summer and beach brides would be pleased with floaty lace gowns or a tiered two-piece set made with yards of pleated chiffon. — M.M.

Ashton Michael: To reset other people’s perception of him as a designer, Ashton Hirota based his spring collection on two things he hates the most: the color pink and cargo pants. “I didn’t want to be pigeonholed as an urban gothic streetwear designer,” he said after presenting his men’s and women’s looks on a small army of tatted-up androgynous models. He also reduced his reliance on leather and interspersed the colors black and white as well as hoods sparingly throughout his collection. Instead, he chose denim as the base for palazzo pants, culottes, skinny jeans, sleeveless shirts and bodysuits. His street cred remained intact through the proliferation of frayed hems and bondage straps. — K.T.L.T.

Sue Wong: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Sue Wong has been turning out a prolific, accessiblypriced collection of sparkly eveningwear for nearly 30 years, so she knows well to stick to her formula of body-conscious, embellished gowns in a range of metallics and rainbow colors. Her spring 2016 collection, titled “Alchemy & Masquerade” provided ample fodder — 79 looks, to be exact — for real women to feel like princesses and queens on special occasions.

This season Wong favored illusion mesh yokes and beaded empire-waist bodies over floaty chiffon skirts, as well as cap sleeves and backless halters. Her allover floral and vine embellishments in metallic thread were most effective on solid columns in soft hues such as pale pink and dove gray. — M.M.

Iimuahii: San Francisco-based designer Elena Slivnyak is already a favorite of song sirens Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and St. Vincent and Iimuahii, her futuristic collection of sculptural designs, is destined to make a splash on the red carpet and in over-the-top music videos. Working primarily with Neoprene in a limited palette of gray, white and ice blue, she gave an added dimension to her coats, dresses and leggings by cutting holes and jutting shoulders and skirts away from the body. Still, Slivnyak’s tailoring is so precise that a few of the pieces — like a sheath with three-quarter sleeves and a double-breasted car coat — could easily be worn by a fashion lover who works in a creative field. — K.T.L.T.

Mulierr: Colombian designers Lorena Cuevas and Paola Tarazona presented a strong collection inspired by the shapes of both insects and outer space. Handwoven open knits draped gracefully over the body, as did scarf-neck dresses, asymmetrical shirts and languid pants. The mineral gray, white, navy and teal palette felt sophisticated and contemporary, as did the pairing of simple bottoms and streamlined, often layered tops and jackets. — M.M.

Salo Shayo: Mexico City-based designer Salo Shayo’s third collection combined traditional, old-world Mexican silhouettes, such as oversize A-line tops and pleated skirts, with new media as he placed prints of images pulled from his Instagram feed. Shayo placed the photos — close-ups of cacti, boulders, even the face of Michelangelo’s David — strategically and sparingly onto stark white tunics, accordion-pleated skirts and layered pants cut from stiff denim and gabardine, giving the collection a modern, arty air. Colors such as leaf green, pineapple yellow and navy were used as accents for a strong, minimalist vibe. — M.M.

Zhivago: The Australian label, launched in 2012 and designed by friends and former retailers Lara Kovacevich and Lydia Tsvetnenko, brought an appropriate measure of sparkle and sex appeal to Los Angeles Fashion Week. The tight, tailored separates and dresses in metallic herringbone sequins, black leather and nude jersey looked right for a Hollywood red carpet or a Kardashian cocktail party — Kendall and Kylie Jenner are among their celebrity fans — while the full-length gowns struck a nice balance between covered up and exposed. They paired high necks and long sleeves with thigh-baring slits and bare backs. — M.M.

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Ahead of Toronto fashion week, Malorie Urbanovitch reflects on being a cross-Canada success story

For Malorie Urbanovitch, the fifth time was the charm. Last March, the Alberta-based designer made her fifth appearance at World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto with a fall collection inspired by a three-week trip she took to Morocco in late 2014. It featured vibrant, tapestry-inspired intarsia knits, tassel trims, shearling accents and structured bags in bold shades of suede. The combination of classic silhouettes and unexpected detailing not only wowed the audience, it prompted Quebec-based retailer La Maison Simons to pick up the line for its Edmonton store, where it arrived earlier this month.

Urbanovitch is no stranger to such success. On the Toronto runway, she won the Mercedes-Benz Start Up award in 2013, and, since then, the 28-year-old has consistently debuted beautiful clothing and accessories to a packed runway room. She will do so again on Oct. 22 with a spring collection that explores a more painterly approach to design, created in collaboration with Edmonton artist Bernadette Paetz.

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For anyone who understands the challenges of operating an independent fashion business in Canada – mainly how to reach a limited audience across a vast country – Urbanovitch’s patience and steady growth since launching three years ago is remarkable. “A lot of the time, you feel like you’re treading water, trying to get ahead,” says Urbanovitch via Skype from her Edmonton studio, a few weeks before her show. “Slow growth. That’s kind of the plan. I don’t want to bite off more than I can chew.”

Urbanovitch is pragmatic in both business and design. “I don’t think I’m a conceptual designer. I don’t really make wearable art. Everything is pretty functional,” explains the University of Alberta film studies grad. That approach is exactly what attracted a big department store like Simons to her work. “What we liked about the line was its general simplicity, the timelessness of the pieces, the subtle seventies vibe, and her use of materials and attention to detail,” says Richard Simons, vice-president of merchandising at La Maison Simons. “It is important to us to support local designers throughout Canada. As we expand, I believe it will be more and more important to integrate local designers into our assortment.”

For any independent brand, especially one working with large retailers with high expectations, keeping the cash flowing, ensuring quality and meeting deadlines is essential. Urbanovitch and her business partner, Michael Meneghetti, have established a cost-effective manufacturing plan that allows the brand to grow without being financially overwhelmed. As she was starting to become recognized for her luxurious knit pieces, it was crucial to source them from an ethical manufacturer that could deliver a top-notch product and be willing to take smaller orders.

While at a trade show in Paris, Urbanovitch and Meneghetti met a woman who runs a women’s knitting collective in Craiova, Romania. After seeing the collective’s work, the duo jumped at the opportunity to work with them. “They have a cottage industry there, which is something that’s died in most other places,” she says. “It’s a tradition that’s kept going.” Each knitter is assigned one garment from the collection, which she sees through from start to finish. “They take a lot of pride in their work,” says Urbanovitch. Her other clothing pieces are now also produced in Romania, while leather handbags are made in Italy.

Even though the brand is gaining momentum with high-profile retailers such as Simons, as well as Edmonton-based Gravity Pope, Urbanovitch and Meneghetti also work additional jobs to ease the financial pressure on the small business. Meneghetti is the director of Mode Models in Edmonton, an agency that also represents Urbanovitch as a stylist, a role she’s had for a decade. She works on styling editorials, fashion shows and commercial work, sometimes even bartering her expertise for someone else’s. “If a photographer needs a stylist, I would do it for free and then they can shoot my lookbook for free,” says the ever-resourceful Urbanovitch, adding that a tight-knit creative community is one of the perks of being based outside of Eastern Canada’s fashion bubble.

“It would be nice not to have to worry about financials, then I could just focus on being a designer, getting new accounts and perfecting my craft,” she says. “But I tend to work really well under pressure.” Some of that pressure was recently eased when the company hired a third staff member to work on marketing and sales.

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Ring of truth?

Does Cara Delevingne have something to tell us?

The model, 23,and her girlfriend of 11 months St. Vincent, 33, were wearing identical diamond rings on their wedding fingers as they cuddled up close at the Chanel runway show in Paris, prompting speculation they’re engaged.

The loved up pair seemed closer than ever as they watched the presentation of Karl Lagerfeld’s 2016 spring and summer collection, with Cara at one point resting her head against St. Vincent’s shoulder.

Leggy couple: The touchy-feely two wore coordinated thigh-skimming ensembles for Karl Lagerfield's showphoto:black evening dress has contacted Cara’s spokesperson for comment but has not yet received a response.

The British beauty and the musician – real name Annie Clark – both put on a leggy display in Paris on Tuesday.

The model and actress dressed in a thigh-skimming black T-shirt dress and her girlfriend wearing a sheer black blouse and mini skirt.

In June, St. Vincent posted a photo of a note that said: ‘Marry me, Annie Clark’ on her Instagram account.

She captioned the picture with: ‘Ok…’

The same month, the Suicide Squad and Paper Towns actress confirmed her feelings for the 33-year-old in an interview with Vogue.

‘I think that being in love with my girlfriend is a big part of why I’m feeling so happy with who I am these days,’ she said.

‘It took me a long time to accept the idea, until I first fell in love with a girl at 20 and recognized that I had to accept it,’ she explained.

The happy couple started dating late last year, but their romance was first reported in March, after they were spotted leaving the BRIT Awards together.

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