Ruth O'Connor

Ruth O'Connor

Innovator Liz Bacelar on the intersection of fashion and technology

Innovator Liz Bacelar on the intersection of fashion and technology

Liz Bacelar, inventor of the phrase ‘fashion tech’, is redefining and exploring the many ways fashion and technology can integrate, from the space-age to the intimate – and what that will mean for the sector in 20 years

A close-knit company

A close-knit company

Two childhood friends set up cult knitwear brand Electronic Sheep 21 years ago. As they hit this milestone, there is plenty to celebrate

Peak practice: Freya Oatway's millinery mission

Peak practice: Freya Oatway's millinery mission

With headwear having a moment, milliner Freya Oatway is determined to capitalise on the trend, writes Ruth O’Connor

Beauty and the banal: The Dundalk designer breaking the rules

Beauty and the banal: The Dundalk designer breaking the rules

Andrew Bell uses the latest technology to produce brilliantly engineered designs which simultaneously try to move away from the destructive nature of our disposable culture

The future of fashion

The future of fashion

How will the fashion industry survive what many are calling its ‘year of reckoning’? Ruth O’Connor investigates

Floral tribute

Floral tribute

Why fashion’s floral trend shows no sign of fading away

Who lives in a house like this?

Who lives in a house like this?

Top architect Colm Doyle's Camden Street pad is a feast for the senses, combining cool charm with an enviable eye for detail, writes Ruth O'Connor

Look of the Irish

Look of the Irish

Ruth O’Connor selects the best of contemporary homegrown design

Only connect

Only connect

Colin Harris’s exquisite furniture pieces, which draw inspiration from influences as disparate as Eileen Gray and Egon Schiele, are designed to bring ‘a feeling of joy and connection’ to those who use them, writes Ruth O’Connor

The fashion designer and the Fury

The fashion designer and the Fury

Fashion critic Alexander Fury is championing emerging Irish designer Stacey Wall and her textile-heavy garments inspired by social photography, writes Ruth O’Connor

21st-century Aran

21st-century Aran

What do fashion insiders want to wear now? The humble Aran sweater, which this year has taken on a whole new cachet. Ruth O’Connor explains why your gifting wish list ought to start with A

A question Of Taste

A question Of Taste

Alan Aboud has been a creative director for nearly 30 years, cultivating an aesthetic sensibility like few others. Here, he tells Ruth O’Connor about the objects, places and touchstones that move him

Lustre for life

Lustre for life

Pearls are back in fashion, and Irish design house Inner Island brings a new aesthetic to this timeless gem

Appearances unplugged

Appearances unplugged

Katherine Ormerod is the author of a new book, Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life. She tells Ruth O’Connor how over-reliance on Facebook and Instagram can dangerously undermine our happiness

Irish fashion's fab 15

Irish fashion's fab 15

It’s been a significant year for the Irish in fashion, with breakout names making international waves as the local design scene produces daring new players. Ruth O’Connor dusts down her little black book to share the 15 names to know in the business of Irish fashion