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The good, the bland and the ugly in fashion this autumn

Confused by trends, clueless about culottes and clunky shoes? Our fashion forecaster Annmarie O’Connor is here to help.

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Get the Hollywood glam look this Hallowe’en

Forget vampires and zombies: Halloween is your excuse to go all-out glam, Hollywood-style. Rachel Marie Walsh recommends tools and tricks that make it easy.

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Making the cut: Top 10 female forces in world of fashion

FASHION, primarily consumed by women was once controlled largely by men — male designers, business owners and financiers shaped what women wore and made the resulting profits from dressing them. 

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Eight winter coats to keep out the cold and warm your heart

It is what’s on the outside that counts, or so the fashion cognoscenti have declared with the humble coat being heralded as the autumn/winter ’14 hero piece.

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How to master the art of barely there beauty

Achieving the ‘no make-up’ make-up might seem easy but looking natural takes a bit of effort.

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Find out what gives Cork city its edge on fashion

Ahead of Cork Fashion Week, five of the city’s movers and shakers tell Claire O’Sullivan what gives the city its edge

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Why are so many men turning to cosmetic surgery?

Anxious to keep their jobs, men aged 35 to 50 are using Botox to banish their wrinkles, brow lines and so-called crows’ feet. Others are resorting to surgery to look toned, youthful and less stressed, says Áilín Quinlan.

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Ten things we’ve learned from London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week is over and those in the know are already discussing Spring/Summer 2015’s trends. Drop these designer phrases into conversation to sound like a front row regular.

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Jonathan deBurca Butler is not such a silly daddy

While the hugely popular British preschool animated television series, Peppa Pig, portrays the father in the family as a lazy bumbler, his redeeming qualities do offer an alternative view to kids.

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Find out what beauty products really matter this season

THE AUTUMN/WINTER 2014 catwalks were awash with new make-up trends. 

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Do you strip off in front of your man?

Comments from insensitive partners and pressure from media images of perfection can make women, who are already conscious of their changing bodies, uncomfortable with nudity and their exuality, says Áilín Quinlan.

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Fashion buys and classic trends for autumn/winter

From Vince to Hugo Boss to Kenzo, a host of new labels is coming to Brown Thomas Cork. Here we showcase the best looks for autumn/winter.

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Annmarie O'Connor de-clutters and gets the perfectly organised wardrobe, a 'happy closet'; opposite, Victoria Beckham wears one of the pieces she is selling for charity.

A decluttered wardrobe could lead to a happier life

As Victoria Beckham clears out her wardrobe and sells 600 pieces for charity, fashion editor Annmarie O’Connor launches The Happy Closet — a lifestyle/wardrobe decluttering service with a difference, exploring the link between hoarding and happiness, well-being and being well-dressed.

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Sinead Cady performing a make-up demonstration at her studio.

Meet the top Irish bloggers changing the face of the make-up industry

Vloggers and YouTubers are regarded as highly influential by the beauty industry. Now Irish women are getting in on the act, with some even earning a living. 

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September glossies set trends for the year ahead

As Anna Wintour’s Vogue movie revealed, the September issues are the biggest of the year for the glossies, setting the trends for the year ahead. Annmarie O’Connor sees what’s in store.

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Sleeveless navy jumper, €22.99; cream cable knit jumper, €29.99, New Look

A guide to the perfect transitional wardrobe

Not ready for an a/w wardrobe in August? Worry not — Annmarie O’Connor is here to save the day.

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Fairytale fashion for summer festivals

SUMMER has arrived, bringing with it Electric Picnic and a wave of festivals — and the opportunity to dress for them. 

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Tailor your beauty regime to combat urban life

IF you’re living or working in a big city, you may not be able to see the daily environmental aggressors, but their effects can manifest on your face.

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All things bright and beautiful

IF there’s an optimum time on the calendar to experiment with colour, it’s high summer.

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Shoes of former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos, displayed at the shoe museum in Manila

The secret to feeling high and mighty in shoes

Rose Mary Roche looks at why we own so many pairs, covet more — and don’t even wear half of those we own.

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Size triple zero the new double zero

The latest fashionable size for a woman, the equivalent of the waistband on a six-year-old girl’s skirt, perpetuates the irresponsible and unhealthy message put out by the industry, for commercial gain.

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Elle Macpherson is getting better with age

ELLE MACPHERSON, all 6ft of sun-kissed long lean limbs and a tumbling mane of blonde hair, is earnestly telling an audience of women in Selfridges, London, what it felt like to struggle with a muffin top, fatigue, and finding herself so irritable she shouted at the kids.

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METALLIC ART

The lash effect

Next season’s make up trends are firmly focused on the eyes. Zoe Clark creates the latest looks from Lancôme.

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Travel beautifully light

Shrink down your beauty routine to meet your luggage limits. Lisa Haynes unveils the minis to suit your case.

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Andrea Q Robinson

We need more than anti-ageing creams

The next time you reach out to buy that anti-ageing product, bear in mind that it’s just a label developed mostly by men in suits who think women over 50 are past it.

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Make your bikini body glow

FOOTBALL isn’t the only focus of Rio right now. Famed for their toned curves, some of Victoria’s Secret top supermodels hail from Brazil.

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The long and short of it: what your hairstyle says about you

After years of GHDs and poker straight tresses, hair is once again becoming a statement of individualism thanks to celebs like Katy Perry and her rainbow-coloured locks.

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Silicone valley on the streets of Rio

Brazil is not only famous for its soccer team. Sathnam Sanghera meets pioneering plastic surgeon Ivo Pitanguy, the country’s most celebrated person after Pelé.

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Kick off the World Cup carnival spirit via your cosmetics

SO What if the World Cup isn’t top of your priorities? Revelling in this summer’s Brazilian-inspired beauty turns the football thing into a whole different ball game...

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