Ruth O'Connor

Ruth O'Connor

On the road again

On the road again

A camper van allows you to see Ireland while still bringing plenty of the comforts of home with you, writes Ruth O'Connor.

Metropolis: School for fashion

Metropolis: School for fashion

The National Tailoring Academy at Louis Copeland aims to halt the steady decline of Irish tailoring by upskilling a new generation of graduates, writes Ruth O'Connor.

Take some time on the Tyne

Take some time on the Tyne

Newcastle is a compact, friendly city where weekend visitors can fit in culture, fashion, good food and, of course, a night on the town, writes Ruth O'Connor.

Metropolis: Enduring vintage

Metropolis: Enduring vintage

Little and often is the key to wearing vintage, writes Ruth O'Connor.

Metropolis: Spring into action

Metropolis: Spring into action

Before you go out shopping for your spring/summer outfits, take a look at what you have in your wardrobe and do some 'weeding', writes Ruth O'Connor.

Metropolis: Divine dresses

Metropolis: Divine dresses

Lace, satin and flowers all feature in Communion dresses this year, while the full length is still the most popular choice, writes Ruth O'Connor.

Once more to the brocades

Once more to the brocades

More is more typifies the season's trend towards decadence with Baroque flourishes in elaborate fabrics, writes Ruth O'Connor.

Heady world of hats

Heady world of hats

Hats used to be confined to weddings and Ladies’ Day at the races, but a new clutch of Irish designers are bringing them onto the high street

Celebrate in eco-style

Celebrate in eco-style

Luxury champagne house Veuve Clicquot’s Hotel du Marc has been given a renovation that any environmentalist would be proud of

Weaving a successful spell

Weaving a successful spell

Avoca Handweavers revamps its mill products for the home market

Going bananas about pyjamas

Going bananas about pyjamas

A documentary on the outdoor pyjama-wearing phenomenon unearths some of the struggles faced by teenagers today

Won over by the west

Won over by the west

Irish designers utilised innovative approaches to wow the fashionistas at London Fashion Week A/W 10

Well Travelled

Well Travelled

The coast with the most

Sew easy

Sew easy

Sewing is undergoing a creative renaissance, as people seek to revitalise their jaded wardrobes

The beautiful South

The beautiful South

Aside from catering for various artistic styles, South Studios represents a haven for creativity and original expression