Style note: Queens of Archive party wear suits royalty, Allicano’s reincarnation, and a collective pop-up

How many party dress dilemmas has Queens of Archive solved? Since launching her brand, Dublin-born Sarah Plunkett and Belfast-based Nicola Orme have proven themselves to be true superstars in reading the desire for nostalgia.

The heirloom’s distinction is to give it the charm of a 1970s rocker, celebrating the stylistic proofs of rock queens like Stevie Nicks and Chrissie Hynde.

As party season approaches, the good news is that the Queen’s latest collection just hit their website – and it’s real honey. The Wild Idols collection features a variety of costumes that dance the night away, including a metallic ‘Jenni Dean’ mini.


Dress ‘Jenni Dean’, €327.95, Queens of Archive

The designers introduced a new sleeve shape here to accentuate the shoulders with extra lift, for the most flattering silhouette. This dress is priced at €327.95 on their website, and if die-hard QoA fans love the fit and feel of past ‘Ronnie and Francois’ dresses, then ‘Jenni Dean’ is a natural choice. That’s the thing about QoA fans – they know the stock name and how many of us are still berating ourselves every time we see Imelda May in her QoA classics and think, at Why don’t we buy it when we see it!


Dress ‘Emmaretta’, €420.95, Queens of Archives

And talking about Imelda is always amazing, how many of you have seen her on Jools’ 30th Birthday Bash on BBC2 and wondered if that incredible black and gold dress, adorned with liquid-like metallic stripes, was QoA? Yes, that’s right and it’s called ‘Emmaretta’ (€420.95) and captures what the designers call a ‘late 70s lustrous dream’. The V-neckline, voluminous sleeves, and slit front combine to make a great piece but act fast darlings, it’ll sell out fast.


DeBarres blouse with bow tie, €230, Queens of Archive

If you prefer sleeker shirts and jeans, check out the ‘De Barres’ attraction shirt with bow tie and voluminous sleeves (€228.95). Christmas party season wouldn’t be fun without velvet. Abba’s ‘Genie’ dress (€479.95) has puffy sleeves but has a bit of a twist Dancing Queen and, I can assure you, those sleeves will be pulled down and off the shoulders for extra style.

The collection is available online at and, as of last week, the Seagreen store in Dublin is the exclusive Irish supplier of this range; understand

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Allicano is back

Great to see Una O’Reilly’s new Allicano store doing so well in Malahide, after more than 20 years in the heart of Dublin. Allicano paved the way with Una’s signature modern femininity. She makes black fun, and fans flock from all over the world in search of slitted dresses and organza wraps.

The brand’s post-pandemic rebirth saw her opening earlier this year at the New Street Mall, across from the Donnybrook Fair store, and Una’s current collection includes these beautiful items like tulle robes (€303, left side), Available in black, cream, red, and purple, and matching skirts — this split-cut satin dress costs €198 — and be sure to check out her handy kimono sleeves (€158).


Head wrap from Una O’Reilly, who has a new store in Malahide, Co Dublin

It is turning into an exciting second chapter for the Allicano brand. The group has already started selling in Los Angeles, London, Paris and New York. They are looking at the markets in Dubai and Australia and I firmly believe that the confidence to think globally is fueled by the confidence that comes from winning the Prestigious Women’s Clothing Retailer of the Year 2022/23 gong. gong. Una’s philosophy of creating pieces to fit all shapes and sizes, dedicated to making clients feel elegant and comfortable, remains the same.


Violette dress, €330, from the Allicano collection

“It’s great to see all of my old customers come to the new stores,” she said. One of the things that impressed the Prestige awards judges was Una’s versatility in sizing, and her custom sizing service is not only available in-store — customers Online retailers can contact Allicano about changes if they do not see the size they requested.


Allicano Kimono Sleeves, €158

design collective

Style Ignite Flanagan’s energetic sisters, Jane and Ruth, have created a pop-up store called Design Collective, which opens next Wednesday at 32 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2 and runs through New Year’s Eve.


Style Ignite ‘Blair’ beanie, €30, half zip ‘Harlow’ in melange gray, €119

Some of you may remember the location. That’s where the Greens Are Good For You girls had a pop-up last year, and let’s treat Flanagans fairly for taking the initiative to do this collective pop-up.


Scarf dress, €690 from Caroline Duffy, available for purchase at the Design Collective pop-up

You’ll find Peelo bags, KDKs, Sómas candles, jewelry by Caroline Duffy, Laura Chambers and Emma by Jane, among others. In a recent move, Emma by Jane founder Jane Asple launched an adorable jewelry collaboration with stylist Clémentine MacNeice; find it for sale on and even in Arnotts. Style note: Queens of Archive party wear suits royalty, Allicano’s reincarnation, and a collective pop-up

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