Irish designers a cut above the rest at fashion week
IT is not so long ago that Irish developers were snapping up all the best properties in London.
Hopefully, the early Irish dominance of the city's biggest fashion event will persist in the future and bring better results.
Yesterday, two dynamic Dublin designers showed London Fashion Week what it takes to inspire bored consumers to go shopping in a recession.
While Paul Costelloe was missed by diehards after he dropped out of his high-profile opening day slot for one season, it fell to Zoe Jordan and Orla Kiely to fly the Irish flag yesterday, with the Rochas -- father and daughter -- coming up today.
Zoe pulled an A-list audience, including her Formula One father Eddie, to show a collection of clean lines inspired by the people, colours and architecture of Andalucia.
Her celebrity pal, the model Poppy Delevigne, opened and closed the show in two outfits that underlined just how much Zoe had developed as a designer, extending her exploration of boyish androgyny with sexy femininity.
However, it was a charcoal grey leather jacket with long, lean extended torso and asymmetric zip to one side that won the plaudits.
Set in a 1920s-style tearoom, models waltzed their way round the Orla Kiely presentation with gents in black tie.
Ms Kiely's signature, nostalgic style was evident in every aspect -- from the heavy wool pinafore dresses to the off-white silk collared blouses.
Models clutched at patent, plum satchels and sparkly gold totes while waiting to be asked to dance. The hemlines were shorter and retro prints were there in force.