A skirt and a tie at fashionista?
Yes, you read that right.
It was a question posed at a fashionista this year in Cork city by Irish fashion designer Michelle Kelly.
Ms Kelly, who is from Limerick, was visiting Dublin from Dublin for the festival and decided to take a look at how the dress-up trend was taking place in the city.
It’s been a big year for Irish fashion and she says she was thrilled to see the trend take off.
“It’s a trend that’s very strong and very trendy and it’s very global and people have embraced it, which is amazing,” she said.
It has taken a while for Irish clothing to become more fashion-forward and in many ways it’s a shame that the fashion industry is still very much stuck in the 1980s and 90s.
It has to get back to the basics of what makes Ireland special, Ms Kelly said.
“The main thing I would say about the trends, and what people really want, is a good sense of style and a good quality of life.
That’s what we’re all looking for.”
I think we’re getting there, I think we’ve had some really good trends, like the high heels, the skirt and the tie, which are all fantastic and I think people are really embracing them.
“It’s not just fashionistas, however, who have embraced the trend.
It’s about their families and it makes them happy.””
We’re not just looking at it as a fashion thing, it’s about people’s lives.
It’s about their families and it makes them happy.”
Ms Kelly has been doing the show in Dublin since 2013 and says she has been lucky enough to see people dress up, including students and the elderly.
“People love to dress up and to be themselves and that’s what they like to do,” she says.
“There’s no shame in it.”
She also says she sees more young people dressed up than they did in the past.
“I think there’s been an increase in the number of young people coming to the shows.
People are going for a different look and it seems to be very popular.”
We’ve had a lot of people come up here and say they love it, it makes a lot more sense to them.
“You know, you don’t have to do all the clothes.
It could be something as simple as a skirt or a blouse, it doesn’t have any buttons, and it can be as fancy as a dress.”