Fashion, Wearable art


Irish Dancing


    One of the most enjoyable gigs I ever covered as a journalist was the World Irish Dancing Championships when it was held in Cork. I wish I one of the 7,000 spectators along with the 1,600 competitors at Oireachtas Rince na h-Éireann 2016...

My Neck of the Woods


  Over the weekend, it got progressively colder, which is as it should be of a Berlin January.   It was so cold on Saturday that on the square expanse of wind-whipped Alexanderplatz a young couple, laughing, hunkering down by the U Bahn entrance pulled...

Alice Munro and The Diamond Earrings


  Some time ago in Dubai, Himself bought me a pair of diamond earrings.  Simple studs which – like the eyes of the Yellow Rose of Texas ‘sparkled like the dew.’ I put ‘em on and hardly wore any others for the past 15 years....

A Year in Brocante 10: Upscaling and Hacking


                                    “Upscaling” is the next step up from recycling.  It means taking something old or broken or molecularly challenged or unfashionable and re-inventing it as something new. ‘Upscalers’ would...

Michael Guiney and his Ilk


  I got an awful fright in September; it was all over the Irish news that Clery’s department store in Dublin was going into receivership and part of the company’s holdings, Guineys on Talbot Street, was closing down.   Originally established in 1853 as “The...

A Year in Brocante 9: Fornasetti Coasters


  When our children were small we parents swapped around clothes and toys and paraphernalia.  I cannot remember how many of the group’s babies were wheeled out in a red pram (but no doubt Martin can! [Naoise, Catriona, Lucy, Maddy…….?]) but the most popular of...

Talking Blues and Hobos


Woody Guthrie’s centenary, steel guitars and talking blues, freedom and freight train whistles and the Dust Bowl mentality which has replaced Ireland’s Celtic Tiger bravado lead this restless mind to John T Davis and frocks.   Its called polygenesis. Years ago, in a previous incarnation...

A Year in Brocante 1: Feedsack Fashion, Sugarbag Style


In France, we have Brocantes, which are antique markets, Marche aux Puces which are Flea Markets, Braderies (street fairs, often with local vendors selling goods on trestles outside their shops at a reduced price) and Vides Grenier (“Empty the Attic”) which are garage sales. There are...

Skeletoes


                      My New Year’s Resolution for 2012 was ‘More Culture, fewer shoes.’ “Why Belle?” Because I have so many boots and shoes, sandals and slippers that I have lost count of the number I own....

Victoria Beckham and I


        Victoria Beckham was a singer known as ‘Posh Spice’ with the band “The Spice Girls” before (and sadly, after) marrying the celebrated English footballer David Beckham. They are a grand young couple, each with their own …er…talents – especially kicking balls,...