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Sunday 24 September 2017

New York buyers warm to Zoe's designs as temperatures plummet

A model in a design from Zoe Jordan’s A/W 2015 collection.
A model in a design from Zoe Jordan’s A/W 2015 collection.
Zoe Jordan (left) with Anouska Proetta Bandon in Donnybrook last year.
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Bairbre Power

Zoe Jordan's second-ever collection show at New York Fashion Week couldn't have been more appropriate and in temperatures of minus 10 - and the mercury dropping like a stone - guests not only liked her AW15 collection, they craved the luxurious, warm, furry pieces immediately.

Voluminous fur and shearling, ski-themed shapes with structured volume and a cropped, ice-white biker jacket with dramatic, shaggy Mongolian sleeves and hood were among the key looks stealing hearts.

"It's the coldest day in two decades and with the snow outside, it couldn't be better," said Zoe whose 'Serac' collection was named after the pinnacle point of a glacier.

Zoe used a colour palette of iced whites, powder blue, an alpine forest green and carbon black and threaded them through tactile fabrics from leather and heavy wools to natural fibres, technical sports fabrics, cashmere, jersey and silk crepe.

And in the ethereal, February light over a snow-clad Manhattan, Zoe's metallic weaves, laminated wools and technical foiling looked original and could hardly fail to capture the attention of those top-rung buyers attending from outlets such as Barneys, Saks and Bergdorf.

It was standing-room only for the Dublin-born designer's show at the swish Standard Hotel overlooking the Hudson river.

Dressed in one of her signature cashmeres "and a pair of trousers I stole from the collection" Zoe watched backstage while her parents, Eddie and Marie Jordan, sat front row before flying back to Monaco.

Irish Independent

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