NEW YORK, Paris, London and now Dublin? Following the trend set by some of the coolest cities on earth, Dublin Fashion Festival Kicks off here later this week.
And with street fashion shows, pose-offs and fabulous cocktails, the capital looks set to be transformed into one big catwalk for the three-day event.
Launching the third annual celebration of style, DFF host Amanda Byram said: “No matter where I travel, Dublin town is still one of my favourite places to shop, not only because of the variety of shops, but also the great bars and cafés you can nip into for a mid-shop pit stop.”
But can the Big Smoke really hold its own alongside the Big Apple when it comes to style in the city?
In a city of 1.2 million people, five of its most fashionable residents reveal what they think gives Dublin the edge.
As capital cities go, Dublin is small but perfectly formed. It’s got everything you need — shops, restaurants, bars and gigs.
As I’m originally from Mayo, the country girl in me sometimes feels a little cooped up in the capital — so I try to escape to the wild West at weekends. Childhood memory: My first trip to Dublin sans parents as a teenager. I smashed open the piggy bank, got the bus with my friends and went wild in Miss Selfridge!
I go to Neon on Camden Street about twice a week for their spicy Mekong Duck. But the best bit is the free ice-cream cone afterwards.
Anseo on Camden Street is dark, dusty and cramped — but the atmosphere is always electric. Best for fashion: BT2 in Dundrum Town Centre stocks two of my favourite French brands Maje and Sandro.
Apartment living means that I’ve had to find a garden elsewhere. I prefer the Iveagh Gardens to St Stephen’s Green because its quieter.
NYC. I have lots of family and friends living there, so it’s always my first choice for a holiday.
Whether it’s catching a show at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, a comedy gig in Vicar Street or live music in Whelan’s, there’s always something to do in Dublin.
The cost of everything from rent to food means you have less spare cash to spend on doing any of the above! Childhood memory: Both of my parents are from Tipperary and we grew up in Cork, so it wasn’t until I started working for RTE that I really got to know Dublin. Now I’m busy making new memories!
Well, it all depends on my mood: I love Diwali on George’s Street for Indian, Acapulco (also on George’s Street) for Mexican, or Lemon on South William Street if it’s pancakes I’m craving!
I’m a big fan of “old man pubs”, such as Grogans on South William Street where my tipple of choice is a Jameson and ginger ale. As a country girl, it will come as no surprise that Copper Face Jacks is my favourite nightclub!
Whenever I go to AllSaints in the Powerscourt Centre, I always spend way more than I should.
There’s nothing nicer than a walk along Dun Laoghaire pier followed by an ice-cream at Teddy’s. Beyond the Pale: I’d happily live out the rest of my days in Rio de Janeiro.
I’ve travelled the world and lived in some amazing cities — but nowhere beats Dublin for the banter.
Junkies — there are a lot of them in certain parts.
When I was kid, I used to stay with my granny in the city every Friday night. We’d go to bingo on Westland Row and stop off for a bag of chips on the way home. Now, every time I pass the bingo hall, it brings me right back to those cherished evenings with my nan.
Saba, on Clarendon Street, is hands-down the best Thai food in Dublin. If I can’t be found on a Friday night, there’s a good chance I’m in there propping up the cocktail bar.
Against the Grain, on Wexford Street — it’s a no-fuss bar with an impressive selection of beer and nice, mixed crowd.
I love browsing for vintage bow ties in Harlequin, Castle Market.
In the snow, the Phoenix Park transforms into the ‘Irish Alps’ — it’s great fun with a sleigh.
I fell in love with Biarritz when I was at the University of Bordeaux.
Both of my parents are Dubs, and I know every back street in the city as a result of driving around with them as a child.
The weather — it kills me. When the sun is shining though, Dublin is the best city in the world.
Every Christmas my mom and dad would take me and my brother Damien to see the Switzers window on Grafton Street. We’d make a day of it with Christmas shopping, a movie at the Savoy and dinner at Kingsland Chinese restaurant afterwards.
I love everything on the menu at Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse and Grill on Dawson Street — especially the asparagus with hollandaise sauce.
For drinks, 37 Dawson Street. For dancing, it has to be Lillie’s Bordello on Grafton Street.
I get all my red carpet dresses from Lara Boutique on Dame Lane. I’m obsessed with skull print at the moment — and Lara also has the coolest skull t-shirts in town.
Living in Castleknock, the Phoenix Park is right on my doorstep. I love walking my dogs the entire length of the park from gate to gate.
I love Cork — the city, Kinsale, wherever! Cork women are probably the most stylish in Ireland too.
The people — Dubs have the best sense of humour.
Moaning taxi drivers. They moan about everything: the weather, traffic, money. Give over, already!
Performing with Michael Jackson when I was nine as one of the ‘Heal the World’ kids during his Dangerous tour at Lansdowne Road in 1992. I could see my house from the stage!
Yamamori Noodles on South Great George’s Street because the food, atmosphere and staff are always superb.
Call me biased, but my home away from home is The George. After 25 years, it’s still the gay epicentre of Dublin — if those walls could talk!
On a sunny day, I love cruising around the city in a convertible with the top down and pop music blaring, having a chuckle with my pals.
Toronto is my second favourite place on the planet. I lived there briefly in 2004.