February Wish List created by Shannon Barry






Spring is always a great time to add a pop of colour to your dark winter wardrobe. Yes, we still need to keep some of the winter woolies out because we do live in Ireland but who’s to say that it has to be the same old clothes we’ve been wearing all season?

I’ve been browsing online lately and the pastel options will be the end of me! There are some gorgeous pieces and I am also a sucker for boots. So here are my top 5 February wish list items.

1. Textured mint coat from Topshop // 2. The Fault in Our Stars (available in all book stores) // 3. Baby pink Kimono from River Island // 4. Initial “S” bangle from Alex and Ani // 5. Plated heeled boots from boohoo.com

Thanks for reading!

Much Love,
Shannon Barry.

Menswear Winter Essentials : By Adam Devlin


Guys, it’s December. I’m still trying to deal with the fact 2010 is over, let alone to think 2014 is less than a month away. Not to sound like an old woman, but honestly, where does time go..

Anywho, I’ve been trying this whole ‘buying staple pieces, rather than buying random things I don’t need’ in bid to stop spending as much money as I normally would (it’s going horribly btw), SO I’ve compiled a few staple items my wardrobe needs this winter.

A winter coat, a knit jumper, a good pair of jeans, a crisp shirt (that one can dress up and down), a quality bag and staple shoes (I forgot to include them into the picture, whoops!


Although these are all mens items, they are similar womenswear pieces on the high street so this is technically a unisex post haha! 😉


Halloween Makeup Ideas Created by Robin McGonigle

For those of you who love Halloween and enjoy being festive but don’t really want to go down the costume route, make-up is a great alternative! These animal inspired looks below are really easily achieved using only a few key products such as liquid liner, foundation and bronzer. They are really cute and would be perfect for any Halloween themed outing! So why splash out on expensive costumes when you can create one of these looks from things you probably already have in your make-up bag, plus its a good excuse to get creative and have a bit of fun!


Bambi Inspiration


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The Pen Portrait

As part of our fashion buying & retailing module we have to carry out an exercise called a Pen Portrait as part of our first assignment on buying for a store of our choice.

 A Pen Portrait is a written description of a target customer. It explains their interests, hobbies, their style whether they follow trends or whether they have their own personal style and what influences their style such as music or day to day events. We gave the customer a name to humanize them.

 Once we had written up our Pen Portraits, we exchanged them with each other in order to see if we could identify which shop the customer was targeted towards, most of us guessed them right. We then had to make a mood board to visualize their lifestyle.

 So now here is the fun part, I will share my Pen Portrait with you and see if you can guess which shop my customer is targeted towards, I will also share my mood board with you, which I created in Photoshop.

 Pen Portrait

Gwen is  21 years old and is an only child. She is living in Aberdeen with her parents as she finds it’s not affordable to live on her own. Her mum is a stay at home mom and her dad works away a lot. Gwen comes from an upper class family. She loves spending time with her parents and tries to bond a lot with her dad before it is time for him to go to work again. She is very close to her mum and they love to borrow clothes from each other.

Gwen is a student at the Robert Gordon University studying fashion management and is in her second year. Fashion has always been Gwen’s passion. Gwen has a part time job working in a shoe shop so that she can afford the things she likes and socialise with her friends. Jumpers and bags are Gwen’s favourite items. She also loves accessories. Gwen is a sociable and fun loving person. She enjoys music and one of her favourite bands is little mix. In her spare time she reads novels, fashion books and sketches fashion illustrations. Company magazine is her favourite which she picks up every month and admires the fashion collage pages. Gwen enjoys dressing up and looking good, it boosts her confidence when she feels good in what she is wearing. She dares when it comes to fashion, having her own personal style is important. She likes to customise her own clothes giving it her personal touch. She dresses in very quirky outfits that get noticed. Gwen’s friends are important to her. She enjoys meeting up for tea/coffee and spending afternoons vintage hunting for bargains. Movie nights in gives her the opportunity to wear casual and comfortable clothes such as her pajamas. Gwen spends far too much money on PJ purchases. Gwen welcomes every opportunity to dress up, she is not a big fan of clubbing but would make the effort for her friends if they want to go. Gwen prefers shorts rather than dresses and she would match the outfit up with a lacy top and ankle boots.

Gwen goes shopping on a regular basis and unless she is looking for something in particular she will shop for casual wear. Her favourite shops include  New Look, Primark, Topshop and vintage stores. Gwen has a soft spot for vintage clothing. It allows her to feel and look different from others in the high street. Having her own image is important to Gwen. She cleverly compares prices and searches for quality determining what is worth the money before purchasing.

Comfort is Gwen’s priority when it comes to style. Her style icons are Jade ThirlWall, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams. Gwens favourite season of the year is Winter so the majority of her clothing are jumpers, boots and cardigans. Jewellery wise she loves to keep it simple and prefers silver jewellery over gold but likes gold statement pieces.

 Mood Board


By Shannen van Ravestijn

Recycled Garment created by Amy Holland

The inspiration for my recycled garment originally came from the sports looks that have recently featured on many catwalks. This inspired me to use footballs as my material for this design project. I investigated how I could work and use this material to create a garment and found that the individual segments of a football have a unique and striking appearance. The strength of the material then inspired me to think about garments inspired by armour to represent this strength. A playsuit with shoulder pads was the result. I separated the individual football segments and resewed them in the patterns I wanted. The graphic simplicity of the segments didn’t suit a complicated design and I felt a simple shape best portrayed the strength and masculinity of the initial concept for the garment. I chose to photograph my garment with a sense of harshness and strength to compliment the design so I chose an old, abandoned bridge as my location and styled the garment simply, with striped tights and sporty trainers to compliment the original material.

Stylist/Photographer: Amy Holland

Model: Lisa Holland
Garment by Amy Holland


GTI Fashion department offers a choice of courses to suit all students who dream of a career in the
fashion industry.

Fashion Design level 5 is a course suitable for those who wish to pursue a career in fashion design.
Modules include Design, Drawing, Sewing, History of Fashion and Pattern Drafting. Students also have
the opportunity to go out on Work Experience which is brilliant for the CV as well as making contacts
and gaining experience of how a business works on a day to day basis.

Fashion Retail Course is a perfect choice for anybody who adores fashion and wants to work in the
industry, but not as an actual designer. Fashion is a global industry and there are lots of amazing
evolving careers apart from designing. Even ten years ago all courses related to fashion seemed to
concentrate on the design aspect and very little was available in the styling, merchandising, editorial or
business aspects of the Fashion Industry. With Fashion Retail at GTI you get a good basic grounding in
these areas of the industry. Fashion Buying and Retail are taught alongside Marketing, Styling and the
History of Fashion and trends.

Advanced Fashion Industry Practice is the 2nd year, level 6, following on from Fashion Retail. Many GTI
students choose to complete this second year for a more in- depth study of the subjects on level 5 and
for the introduction of new modules. Students with prior experience in the Industry are also eligible
to apply. Students have an opportunity to participate in a work experience placement in Europe for
three weeks and to participate in many Projects for Applied learning, including Fashion Fiesta, an annual
showcase for student creativity.

Many GTI fashion students go on to Further Education, while others set up their own business or work
with established fashion designers. Several students each year progress to LIT and NCAD to study
Fashion Design at degree level and GMIT offers many courses that are suitable for progression from GTI.
We also have students in the UK in prestigious colleges such as London College of Fashion and Fashion
Retail Academy, established by Philip Green, who owns Top Shop and lots of other high street stores
within the Arcadia Group. GTI are proud to have had finalists in major fashion competitions over the
years. Veronica Casserly won Gillette Dress of Your Dreams Competition in 2007, and had nationwide
coverage in all the newspapers and on TV3. GTI also have had finalists in Nokia and DCU Competitions
and every year for the past four years we have had several finalists in THE GOLDEN EGG FASHION

GTI FASHION FIESTA is a student organised event and a celebration of GTI Fashion. A project for Applied
Learning, the Fiesta includes LIVE windows in Brown Thomas and Antony Ryan Department stores in
Galway on Tuesday 23 April. The fashion show takes place in The Meyrick Hotel on Thursday 25 April at
7pm. All welcome. More info on www.gti.ie

Spring/Summer Accessories Trends-Midi Rings

Midi Rings are becoming one of this year’s must haves! With celebrities like Rihanna and Kristen Steward already spotted wearing them! You can wear just one or stack them up for a more dramatic effect. Midi Rings are available all over the high street so there’s no reason not to be on trend this Spring!

 Kristen Stewart


Vanessa Hudgens

By Sarah Flanagan

Styling Exhibition

!!!! Exciting News – Exhibition !!!!


A Pop- Up exhibition of Fashion Photoshoots by talented GTI students will take place in Jigsaw, Fairgreen Road on Thursday 18th April from 6 to 8pm and on Friday 19th April from 5 til 7pm. This event is free of charge and complementary tea/ coffee and cakes will be on offer on Thursday evening to guests. All donations at this event will go to the Jigsaw, Galway who provide a free and confidential support service for young people age 15 – 25 living in Galway.  There will be spot prizes and a raffle on the night giving someone a chance to win a makeover – the perfect treat for all fashionistas!

 This directional fashion- forward Exhibition takes place as part of GTI fashion Fiesta 2013, a Project for Applied Learning which puts the focus on student creativity with many departments in GTI participating  – student hair and makeup artists will show their creative, eye catching concepts in collaboration with the fashion design students. Other fashion events as part of GTI Fashion Fiesta 2013  include the amazing “Live “ windows on Tuesday 23rd April in Anthony Ryan and Brown Thomas and a model walk of 100 models wearing spectacular student creations on Thursday 25th April from GTI at 5pm to The Meyrick Hotel, followed by a spectacular Fashion Show in the hotel. GTI Fashion Fiesta is the highlight of the student fashion calendar in Galway.

 “Jigsaw Galway is a free and confidential support service for young people aged 15 – 25 living in Galway city and county and is located on Fairgreen Rd in Galway City (across from the new coach station). Jigsaws aim is to support young people in Galway who are struggling and to ensure they get the support they need, when and where they need it.  For more information on Jigsaw call 091 549252, email galway@jigsaw.ie or visit our website on www.jigsaw.ie/galway

All events are open to the public.

Hope to see you there.


The Style Team x

Fashion Nails

Everyone is aware that nails are a big fashion must have, from bright colours to accented nails to amazing nail art. It’s every woman’s dream to have them all!

I have compiled some images
which I feel would make great statement nails to complement your casual and evening looks.

Accent nails with bright pink

Accent bow and baby pink

Classic black

Cute flying saucer

Rainbow pastels

Pastel Mix

You may even be inspired to chose one design for your own nails the next time you take a trip to the salon. These designs could also be recreated at home at your convenience as a more affordable option.


Check out Tom Bachik, a California skater boy with a graphic design background who fell into the nail business in 1994 and has since built up an impressive clientele (ScarJo, Gwen Stefani, and Victoria Beckham are all fans).
Bachik’s work on Victoria Beckham
By Rachel Meenaghan

British Supermodel Cara Delevingne


The beautiful Cara Delevingne, at just 20 years old, is one of the most sought after models in the world, walking in nearly 50 shows between New York, London and Paris Fashion Weeks. She is a fashion icon in her own right. Cara isn’t just your average model, if there is such a thing, she is also one of many stunning Victoria Secret Supermodels. Last year Cara was awarded model of the year at the British Fashion Awards and has not once disappointed us. Herself and Rita Ora have teamed up to launch her very first fragrance campaign, replacing Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as the face of Burberry Body Tender. Cara’s life is one that most people would envy, and as well as being famous for her thick eyebrow trend, she is just as famous for her goofy faces and poses as she is for her incredible looks and physique. This model is one to keep an eye out for. She is definitely one of our favorites.

Cara being her goofy self, still looking as beautiful as she would on the run way

 Cara walks the catwalk for Peter Pilotto during London Fashion Week 2013

Cara wears a design from the Unique collection during London Fashion Week 2013

Cara walks the runway for Jeremy Scott during New York Fashion Week 2013

Cara walks the runway for Matthew Williamson at London Fashion week 2013

 Cara walks the runway for Oscar De La Renta during New York Fashion Week 2013

Cara walks the runway for DKNY during New York Fashion Week 2013

By Saskia Pechova