Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Berkley Belongings

Ahrends Burton Koralek’s Berkeley Library was the backdrop for our latest shoot which showcases pieces from Natalie B Coleman's AW13 collection 'I Belong to me'NATALIEBCOLEMAN studied fashion at the Limerick School of Art & Design and completed the MA course at Central St. Martins, London, before establishing her own womenswear label in 2010. We fell head over heels for her digital printed suits (as seen in Elle 2013) and her streamlined jumpsuits (with pockets!).
Trinity College Library was the building that kick-started the architectural practice Ahrends Burton Koralek. Richard Burton, Peter Ahrends and Paul Koralek studied together at the Architectural Association and when Koralek won first place in the competition for a new library at Trinity College he contacted the pair to set up a practice together. We love it when a college pact comes to fruition!

The building was completed in 1967, the first to be built at Trinity College since the 1930s and the largest since the 19th century. Now a protected structure, the simple surfaces of the reinforced concrete (made with white cement and light coloured sand) and large bay windows of curved glass in bronze frames have weathered beautifully.

Each season Natalie creates strong narratives inspired by women's stories, secrets and their longing for individuality. She has worked in New York and Iceland and her travels resonate in each collection.   We can vouch for the beautifully sophisticated finishing and attention to detail.

We just love the juxtaposition of the in-situ concrete, the granite and the liquid qualities of the glass against the bold prints and vibrant palette of Natalie's latest collection.
Thank you kindly to Natalie B Coleman for her collection, to Coldlilies for the wonderful jewellery and to Arnotts for supplying the beautiful shoes for this shoot. Special thanks to photographer Jason Branagan,  make-up artist and hair stylist Andie Pierce and Ciara Donnelly, both at LA College of Creative Arts.

All styling is our own.
Ciana wears:
First Look 
Digital print suit by NATALIEBCOLEMAN
Black platforms by Kurt Geiger(worn throughout)
Mary J Earrings by Kirsten Goss (worn throughout)

Second Look
Digital print maxi dress by NATALIEBCOLEMAN
Hex Zigzag Ring in Gold by Anna Byers
Black platforms by Kurt Geiger

Third Look
Black leather dress by NATALIEBCOLEMAN
Black platforms by Kurt Geiger

Becky wears:

First Look
Pink silk shirt by NATALIEBCOLEMAN
Blue leather pants by NATALIEBCOLEMAN
Starlet Aurora Cocktail Ring in Gold by Sonal Talgeri Bhaskaran 
Gold and perspex platforms by Jeffrey Campbell for Buffalo 

Second Look
Hammered Oval Ring in Gold by Tawny Phillips 
Isosceles Gilded Bangle by Niamh Spain
Black platforms by Kurt Geiger

Third Look
Black silk shirt by NATALIEBCOLEMAN
Red leather pants by NATALIEBCOLEMAN
Black platforms by Kurt Geiger

Monday, 2 December 2013

Grandad Lionel X Concrete Collar

Lionel March, Ciana's grandad, is a mathematician, architect and digital artist. Grandad March sent us on this picture of his 'concrete collar moment' and we just had to share!

Lionel wears a long man shirt by Canadian designer, Neeve Gayle on the steps of Casa Solaris in Puerto Rico designed by her husband, architect John Hix

In the late 1960s, Hix and his students at Cambridge University set up the 'The Autonomous House Team'. Since then the architect has devoted himself to the exploration of energy efficiency, solar architecture, the integration of climate and the natural environment and conservation. The house is the first off-grid guesthouse in the Caribbean and has us yearning for warmer months already.  

Thursday, 7 November 2013


Concrete Collar X Always Push from concrete collar on Vimeo.

In collaboration with the know-how of our good friend Avril Delaney, Concrete Collar ventured down the unfamiliar road of film to give you an up close and personal on all things PUSH.

PUSH watches are more than just arm candy. They signify the start of a movement which is the brainchild of Irish architects Andrew Griffin and Michael Bannon. The idea, born from a debate which questioned why good design is often exclusive, is embodied in their term 'massclusivity'. Cutting out the middleman and side tracking expenses and profit, PUSH aims to bring the product straight from the designer to the consumer.

These watches are the first product in this massclusive movement.  Economic and minimal in their execution they are refreshingly affordable with prices starting at €35 and 10% of proceeds going to Irish Cancer research. The sense of economy is carried through to the carefully crafted packaging which excited the design nerds in us almost as much as the watches themselves. No surface is left unused ensuring that there is no need for loose guarantee slips or lengthy instruction manuals.

The importance of economy rings through again on the watch face; PUSH one button to read the time, PUSH another to see the day's date. When dormant, the watch face is reflective giving you a discreet mirror with which you may subtly check yourself out in... although we are unclear whether that is intentional. Our secret's out. 

Available in a wide range of colours from lemon to our seasonal favourite, grey, our top picks are the black on black, gold on black or pure white versions.

The campaign, styled by the eternally-spot-on Aisling Farinella, has us wanting to leave all accessories on our vanity tables, adorning ourselves instead with PUSH watch goodness. 

All in all, from concept to execution, this is one deliciously seamless production and is pure music to our architecture and fashion loving ears. 

Head over to www.alwayspush.com for more information and find Avril here @avril_delaney

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Describing Architecture

Describing Architecture is an annual exhibition which explores the representation of architectural ideas. Curated by Alice Clancy and Antóin Doyle, the work of over 50 participants is on display bringing together artists, architects, landscape architects, graduates and students. The diverse body of work from models to photography, film, sculpture, drawings and painting offers visitors an insight into the architectural design process. 

This year the exhibition was held in the octagonal room in the Irish Georgian Society, South William Street. The building which is in the most atmospheric state of disrepair is set to be carefully refurbished by the society next year. As vital as we're sure the restoration work is to preserving the building, it would be a shame not to see it in its current state so be sure to pop in the next time you're having a stroll about town. 

Careful thought was given to the layout of the exhibition which was reminiscent of many architect's offices or student's workspaces. Display tables resembled architect's studio desks with desk lamps illuminating the work upon them. Bull dog clips fixed photographs, drawings and written descriptions about the works to the crumbling walls. 

As a recent graduate architect and an architecture student we know all too well how much time goes in to designing and developing architectural projects which may never be realised and are often seen solely by colleagues, fellow students or examiners. This exhibition offers a platform from which this work can be acknowledged and appreciated. We only wish we didn't have to wait another year for the next one!

Friday, 4 October 2013

Beacon of light

This concrete wasteland has an unsung beauty which was the ideal backdrop for a Derelicte inspired post. The 14-storey concrete skeleton has become iconic for all the wrong reasons- a Celtic Tiger graveyard to rival the Anglo headquarters shell in the docklands. The abandoned grey tower has supposedly been sold to Irish investors for a paltry  €1 million. The part-built block will accommodate about 125 apartments when completed though progress has been thwarted as developers await approval from planning officials.

Its reinforced columns and poured concrete floors provided an eery setting to showcase our favourite new pieces from Lithuanian label D.Efect and 2nd Day, the younger sister to Day Birger et Mikkelsen, both newly introduced to Ireland and available solely from Arnotts. 

D.Efect is headed by designer Egle Ziemyte and her husband Simon who both have highly impressive career histories. The couple cite Maison Martin Margiela and Acne as previous employers and these influences are evident in their signature clean lines and minimal shapes which we adore.

2nd Day is a youthful label where you’ll find quirky separates with a collection built around a jeans and denim lifestyle. Their urban,rock chick edge is clear-cut in the blazers, jerseys and t-shirts which are perfect for effortless twenty-four hour luxe. We're lusting after their CANARA fur gilet so badly!

Coats for this season are identified by their cocooning silhouette and dropped shoulder lines which is why we were drawn to D.Efect's Autumn Winter collection immediately. Our hero pieces for outerwear were the leather sleeved coat with oversized pockets on the front(worn by Ciana) and the oversized double-breasted coat in a dusty grey (almost pinkish). The peplum hem dress and striped silk skirt were also firm favourites. These timeless pieces won us over with their tailored shapes and quality fabrics- smart buys. We want it all!

Thank you kindly to Arnotts for supplying the beautiful clothes for this shoot. All items are available from Arnotts Department Store at 12 Henry Street, Dublin 1.

All styling and photography is our own.

Ciana wears:

First Look 

D.Efect COCO DANICA Coat in Beige

D.Efect black GILES trousers
2nd Day backless top
Own Zara boots

Becky wears:
First Look

D.Efect oversized GENNA coat
2nd Day black jeans
Own Asos boots

Ciana wears:
Second Look

D.Efect peplum hem ORINDA dress
D.Efect LOLA crop striped jacket

Shoes as before.

Becky wears:
Second Look

D.Efect striped skirt
D.Efect cream silk oversized shirt
2nd Day backless top
Shoes as before.