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RSVP’s Women of Style: Shauna Harrison

In this week’s RSVP Women of Style, RSVP’s Blathin de Paor chats life, career and style to Irish fashion designer Shauna Harrison

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CAREER

Your path into the industry…

I have always had a huge interest in fashion from a really young age. My nana was a dress maker and she used to make clothes for myself and my sister when we were young. I always loved the idea that nobody else had them, it made them so much more special. This always stuck with me growing up. I studied in UCD for a year before dropping out to work on a portfolio to get to fashion college. I graduated from the grafton academy in June where i studied fashion design for 3 years. I specialised in wool and separates collections.
Your greatest achievement…
My biggest achievement to date was dressing Vogue Williams for the National Television Awards over in London in January. I couldnt believe I had been given the opportunity to make a gown for such a huge event, let alone make the dress within a deadline of 12 days! Initially I was a little overwhelmed but once we had agreed on a final design everything came together perfectly. ITV then contacted me when they found out i was making Vogue Williams dress for the NTA’S. We spent a day filming the background story in dublin and once the dress was complete we unveiled the dress on camera in Manchester. The piece was then aired on Gok Wan & fearne cottons TV show.

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FASHION

Your style…

My designs are very feminine and dressy however my personal style is pretty casual day to day. The studio can get chilly so layers are very important. I usually shop in Zara, Topshop, Urban outfitters, Cos & French connection for everyday wear.

Your style icons…

My ultimate style icon is Audrey Hepburn. I have always been completely in awe of her elegance. Her style was so classy and timeless. What she wore a half century ago is still in style, nobody rivals her ability to look completely feminine.

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Your favourite piece…

I was given a vintage fur coat as a gift from a friend a couple of years ago and i literally look like a teddy bear when I wear it but its one of my favourite pieces I have in my wardrobe.

 

BEAUTY

Your skincare routine…

I make sure to drink plenty of water to keep hydrated especially in the cold months to prevent my skin from drying out. I cleanse twice a day, morning and evening and exfoliate using St Ives apricot scrub. I try to wear minimal make up during the day to let my skin breathe. My favourite moisturiser is Creme Divine by L’occitane. Although it’s pricey (€88) it not too heavy and the scent isn’t too powerful. The packaging is also really pretty!

Your favourite products…

I absolutely love Charlotte Tilbury’s range of lipsticks. All the colours are gorgeous as is the gold packaging. I also wouldn’t go anywhere without my YSL mascara volume effect faux cils.

LIFE

Your ‘me’ time…

I love winding down with a glass of wine (or 2) or going out for brunch…lunch and dinner! I’m a sucker for watching a soppy romantic comedy or a good documentary on Netflix.

Your hobbies…

I am also a fashion illustrator. I love spending time in my studio doodling away. I find it really therapeutic as well as enjoyable.

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Your favourite restaurant…

Luna, just off Drury street. The food is amazing and the atmosphere too. It also has a slight ‘grand budapest hotel’ vibe off it. The interior is gorgeous and the waiters are all dressed in Louis Copeland Tailored burgundy suits.

Your favourite holiday destination…

Barcelona. I went with my boyfriend for a mid week break last year and it was one of the nicest places I have ever visited. There is art on every corner of every street and the Gaudi museums are incredible. The streets are full of tapas bars and grand squares which are filled with music and street performers. It is one of Spain’s most cosmopolitan cities but has a bit of everything with old world gothic streets and beautiful beaches.

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Your stress-busting tip…

I find the only thing which really helps me to switch off is to go for a really long run. A very cliche answer but exercise releases neurotransmitters that has an antidepressant-like effect on the brain whilst helping to decrease any muscle tensions.

HOME

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Your style…

My home style is pretty girly. I absolutely love Laura Ashley printed wallpapers and floral prints. Pastel colours and an abundance of soft furnishings make it cosy and homely.

Your favourite piece…

My studio. I have just moved into a beautiful new studio space in the chocolate factory which is a new creative community developing in the old Williams & Woods building in Dublin on Kings Inn Street. My studio space is bright, vibrant and colourful, the perfect place to be creative.

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