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River Island S/S18

January 15, 2018


Spring Summer 2018 at River Island offers quirky and unique reinventions of the season’s trends. With our fit for every occasion separates through to essential beach-babe attire, each piece exhibits River Island’s high street luxury allure whilst celebrating ethnicity and street culture. Unveiling an array of contrasting fabrics, textures and prints to create decadent and drastic dimensions for the season ahead.

80’S GRAPHIC is still shining through into the new season. The colour palette is stripped back to minimal monochrome, with the focus being on power dressing. Using oversized jewellery, white on white suiting and sultry frills, the collection oozes glamour with a casual edge. Styled with noteworthy logo-bearing bags and Parisian-esque berets, accessories take centre-court with bright bursts of colour.

Larger-than-life silhouettes in muted tones give a masculine feel to BIG EASY. Utility dressing is amplified by playing with proportions to accentuate and draw attention to the midriff. Show-stopping waistlines with paper-bag designs, tiny bracelets under billowing jackets and soft but crisp cotton create a tweaked yet refined look. LUXE ETHNIC touches on artisan influences. It is made up of modern, handcrafted pieces incorporating pops of lace, tassels, embroidery and paired with raffia bucket bags. Smocked ruffle tops are paired with cotton trousers and shirts are deconstructed for a modern take on a timeless classic.

With the new season comes a melange of diverse textures and fabrics. Plastic and vinyl bring a shine and sheen element into the mix with KITSCH KOKO. Layering transparent plastics in pastel hues onto frayed tweeds creates an intricate balance of an advanced futuristic feel and natural textures. Colours are vivid and bold and styling is finished with patterned bow-knotted headscarves.

Denim is revamped and reinvented to create SWEET STREET. Jackets have been reconstructed into cropped tops and the classic baker boy hat has been given an urban upgrade. Silky pyjama- inspired pieces in cloudy pastels add a delicate touch to the rawness of the LA-inspired product. Tracksuits have been overhauled and turned into a very chic wardrobe staple that can be dressed up with a sharp blazer or worn together with a matching set to create the ultimate off-duty vibe.

Head-to-toe collaging in bright shades make up PRINT CLASH. Montages of checks, contrasting stripes and complex graphics indicate more is most definitely more. Geometric shapes compliment delicate florals, whilst powerful animal prints dazzle next to original khaki camouflage. Rules are ignored and anything goes.

Stay Lawless,

Niamh X

Feature, Lifestyle

Fashion or Pain?

November 3, 2017

Who loves heels? I know I do but there is a percentage of women that refuse to endure this pain for fashion. Honestly, there are times I wish I was that smart. There really is nothing worse than being out with friends and unable to move with the sheer physical and sometimes unbearable pain. Some of us ( i.e me) choose wine as are remedy others wear flats. But what if there was a solution would you consider embracing a heel for a night? If your answer is still no then hear me out. No matter if you have a pair of flats or heels chances are new shoes have to be worn in and unfortunately, that is a painful process. So give heels a chance!!

Women who avoid wearing heels there reasons can differ but it is usually pain related. Another reason which many won’t admit is that there afraid of walking in heels and falling. It takes practice and I’m not sure if I have even mastered it myself after all these years wearing them. I won’t lie there is nothing worse than seeing a woman beautiful dressed however has embodied a Frankenstein walk. Its less than flattering. Lately, I found myself ditching the thin stiletto heel and opting for a block heel. I immediately saw a change in my mood because sore feet make you cranky no matter how nice you are there’s only so long to can hold a brave face. Besides being comfortable block heels are perfect for a casual brunch with friends or a day wandering the shops.

I have picked out some of my favorites from the high street. But remember it is winter so if you are going to wear these sandals during the day than adding a cute pair of socks into the mix. Frostbite is real and dangerous. If you are still not convinced then I have one more positive note to give. Are you a practical shopper? If so then a blocked heel is a practical buy. Although these are A/W pieces they are also perfect for a summer party. So really you are getting a shoe that fits every occasion and season.

Stay Lawless,

Niamh X





Feature, My Wardrobe


October 5, 2017



How many times has your style changed? For myself personally, I have lost count. At twelve I rocked the sock sleeve inspired by Avril Lavigne. Then there was the era from of Abercrombie & Fitch. At college, I think there was some confusion as I would wear river island sandals in the midst of winter with jeans and leather jacket. I know what was I thinking. But there was one thing that I have loved to wear continuously from the early age of twelve and that has been a puffer jacket.

Since my teens, the puffer jacket has evolved from a causal dual coat to wear while walking to becoming a fashion statement of its own. Designers like Moschino have taken a basic fabrication and made it into something that is memorable for all the right reasons. But no one embraces daring designs like the high street and let’s be honest they always get it right. Dunnes Stores is renowned in Ireland as the no. 1 grocery store however that will soon change. If you haven’t noticed Dunnes Store has reinvented its business. Instead of picking up Brennan’s bread you are now greeted by designs from Irish designers such as Paul Costello and my personal favorite Joanne Hynes.

This seasons A/W 2017 collection Dunnes Stores have embraced a vibrant palette which mostly consists of pinks. Last winter we seen pink frequently used by many designers. Jcrew set the tone with there faux fir pink coat with oversized lapels which I proudly own. But I am getting a little off point here, just so you know pink has been in for the last year and I don’t see it changing anytime soon.

I have picked out a selection of fashionable yet practical puffer coats that I think you ladies and possibly gents will love. At the end of the day, the lovely thing about puffer coats is that they are unisex. In relation to style, I wore my Savida coat with jeans and a cardigan/top. My jeans are from Free People and I am ashamed to admit these are the first pair that I have bought in five years. Terrible but true, having bad skin I found a lot of denim irritated my skin and I always felt more comfortable in skirts, until now. For the last year I have searched high and low for bell bottom jeans and finally found a pair that I love. The denim is soft with a little stretch which is always welcome in my book. I have picked out other jean styles in case bell bottoms is not your thing. My top is a lace cardigan that I purchased from Primark this summer and I embellished it with my favorite brooch from Jenny Vander Vintage. If you click on the looks below you will find a direct link to the product. So happy shopping ladies and of course…..

Stay Lawless,


(Photography by Yong, Instagram Smashnj)




Feature, Style by Lawless

You Magazine “End of Summer”

August 13, 2017
Feature, Lifestyle

River Island A/W 2017

June 27, 2017


Hello again,

It has been a while. I have been working on a few exciting projects that I will later share. But until then I wanted to share my latest whereabouts last Wednesday ‘River Islands A/W17 Preview.’ For the last three seasons, River Island shoe collections have taken over my room literally. There are eight shoe boxes in my wardrobe not including several others decorating my floor this very minute. It’s hard to resist a cute pair of boots especially when they are sixty euro. No matter what the style or current inspo, River Island has always maintained an affordable choice. This collection will be no different.

One important part of my job is to always stay ahead of each season which I love. It is no hidden secret that the autumn winter months are a full-time party. For me personally, when I think of party wear the 70s jumpsuit quickly passes my mind. However, another iconic era that transformed the disco era was the 80s. Metallic frills, bold silhouettes (including the permed hair) made this a memorable decade in fashion. River Island has embodied some of these timeless elements creating a collection that can be adored by many. If you love exaggerated sleeves, vibrant colors and a touch of faux fur then this collection is for you. I have not yet been given a date when the first pieces will be released however I predict August would be a time to start looking. I hope this has given you ladies something to look forward to and of course…

Stay Lawless,