Inside/Out: From tie-die revolution to Grand Designs and talent shows

LOVE it or loathe it, tie-dye has been making its groovy presence felt on the international catwalks in recent months.

Inside/Out: From tie-die revolution to Grand Designs and talent shows

LOVE it or loathe it, tie-dye has been making its groovy presence felt on the international catwalks in recent months.

And now, Austin Powers-style, it’s been gyrating its way into our homes, thanks to wallpapers in this uniquely 1960s-inspired design.

But we’re talking high fashion rather than the highs of full-on psychedelic decor — Prada, Stella McCartney, Chloé and Dior are among the design houses that have been reviving tie-dye on the runway.

And while it may be an opinion-dividing trend, believe it or not, searches for tie-dye have increased by nearly 200% since the beginning of the year, making it one of the most sought-after fashion moments of 2019.

It’s also been creating a swirl of interest in the world of food and drink with the Starbucks tie-dye frappuccino release.

So, after all that, are you feeling bold enough to use it to revamp your interiors palette? If so, check out the vivid collection of wall designs by MuralsWallpaper.

Punchy colours inspired by acid washes are elevating tie-dye and making it look fresh for its comeback.

The bright shades of these murals move away from garish colour combos of flower-power festivals of times past and into a lush current style. Ideal for daring decorators, it’s also a fit for even the most minimalist, patchouli-averse of homeowners; check out the website muralswallpaper.

As Austin would say: “Yeah, baby, yeah!”

Purple power

Speaking of rainbow hues, anyone who likes to splash a dash of purple or violet in their hair to banish brassy tones will be familiar with the need to be extra diligent about giving the shower and bathroom a thorough rinse afterwards — unless, that is, you like to daub a temporary touch of colour on the tiles.

But if you want to clean up your highlights without the onerous task of scrubbing everything from bathtubs to grouting immediately after a wallow reminiscent of that classic Cadbury’s Flake ad, check out Kérastase’s Blond Absolu range.

It is formulated to brighten blonde as well as hydrate and protect your locks — and all that without staining bathroom suites! We love the collection’s Masque Ultra Violet, €43.

On the box

He’s said he was turned down by Grand Designs fan Meryl Streep and the show’s host, Kevin McCloud, is now set to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series.

Kevin has previously told how he once offered tickets to the Oscar-winning actor and claimed that he never had a response from her.

Kevin McCloud
Kevin McCloud

The presenter is marking two decades of the programme with a special episode, “Kevin’s Grandest Design”, in which he reveals his top five buildings from 180 episodes.

In this one-off special to launch Grand Designs’ new series of, Kevin revisits the buildings and people who have most inspired him over the years.

It’s also a chance to revel in the brilliant architectural mix of inspiring homes — from concrete-vaulted glass-fronted pavilions through to heroic restoration projects and handcrafted “hobbit houses” made of hedgerow and stuck together with dog-lick.

Tune in to Channel 4 at 9pm on Wednesday, August 28.

Singing out

Property agent Savills’ annual fundraiser Cork’s Got Talent hit all the right notes both with its audience and chosen charity when some 10 acts took centre stage before a panel of judges at the Clayton Hotel in March.

Now Enable Ireland, which provides therapies and rehabilitation services to children and adults with disabilities, will benefit to the tune of €40,000 from the proceeds.

Catherine McAuliffe, a director at Savills Ireland, presented Enable Ireland with the cheque at the charity’s new facility in Curraheen.

The show’s overall winner — and recipient of a €1,000 cash prize — was singer Gemma Geary, 17, a student from Mitchelstown who was sponsored by Murnane & O’Shea.

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