RSVP Women of Style: Clementine MacNeice
In the latest instalment of the series, fashion stylist, Clementine MacNeice talks life, career and style with RSVP’s Blathin de Paor
Your path in the industry
For as long as I can remember I always wanted to have a career in fashion, yet my path to the industry was an unconventional one. I moved to Dublin 8 years ago to study English and Drama in Trinity College as my parents were adamant I had a fall back path before I pursued my career in fashion. During my university years I threw myself into assistant styling work, costume in theatre and essentially a full time job in retail. Despite my studies not being fashion based every other aspect of my life was utterly consumed by it. After I graduated I continued to assist in lots of different TV shows whilst holding down a full time job in retail. As I began to get more and more work on my own I had to take the leap and go freelance full-time. It was such a scary and exciting time but I am certain my hands on experience I gained over my university years were integral to my journey becoming a stylist.
Your greatest achievement
It is difficult to pinpoint one particular achievement as I find every couple of months it tends to change. Styling commercials for big brands like BMW, AIB and Jameson and seeing my work on some of Ireland’s most popular TV shows is always so amazing. I guess my biggest achievement is having worked so hard to get to this point in my career in the roundabout way that I did.
My style is very minimal and simple. I love classic, timeless pieces that you will wear now, and again in twenty years. I think there is nothing more chic than Parisian style; jeans, pumps, a crisp white shirt, blazer and a good bag. Less is always more.
Your style icons…
Jane Birkin and Carine Roitfeld are my icons. No one wears a t-shirt like Jane Birkin did in her day and Carine Roitfeld personifies all that is chic and class.
Your favourite piece…
My Mulberry ‘Alexa’ bag and my leather jacket. I remember the very day I bought it ten years ago hidden at the end of a sale rail. To this day I still haven’t found a leather jacket as nice.
Your skincare routine
My skin is very temperamental so I have to be careful what products I use. I use a lot of Avene and La Roche Posay products as they are gentle on sensitive skin. I am also obsessed with Nuxe’s Huile Prodigieuse for face and body. It is gives the most amazing glow to the skin and is great for enhancing a tan.
Your favourite products
In terms of makeup I swear by Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation and Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder for a beautiful glow. I prefer a very natural barely there look, so these two products and Clinique high impact mascara are my staples for every day wear.
Your ‘me’ time…
I think it is important to treat yourself every now and then when you get some me time. I like to go shopping, get my nails done or just enjoy an evening on the couch with a good film, a cheeky takeaway and a glass of MacIvors Cider, my favourite tipple.
I love to jog and go to the gym. I recently had a few sessions with a personal trainer and it has really got me motivated to exercise when I have free time.
Your favourite restaurant…
I have to admit I am not the best in the kitchen so I love eating out! My favourite spots at the moment are Fade Street Social, Delahunt and Coppinger Row. Paulies do the best pizza and Forest Avenue for brunch is sensational.
Your favourite holiday destination…
I have been lucky to travel to some gorgeous places over the years. I lived in Santa Barbara in California for three months which was an amazing experience, but no matter where I go my heart is always in France. My mother is from Paris so I feel such a connection to the city having been going with her regularly since I was a baby. I try to go twice a year but I don’t feel like I’m on holiday, to me it’s a home from home.
Your stress busting tip…
Laugh! When I am stressed I call my mum, my sisters, or I meet up with the girls. We laugh until we cry and this is the best way to forget all your worries, at least for a while.
I live with three great friends so the living room is the heart of our home, with the fire on in winter it is an amazing place to relax. I love the feeling of warmth and cosiness in a home.
Your favourite piece…
I’m going to have to say my cat. I got Ardal three years ago when she was barely a month old, she is our lady of the manor!