Sunday 25 September 2016

The loves of my life: Helen Cody, fashion designer

Published 17/08/2015 | 02:30

Helen Cody. Photo by Gerry Mooney
Helen Cody. Photo by Gerry Mooney

The fashion designer on her inspirational father, a hand-smocked dress her mother made and the man who doesn't want to change her.

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The person

My father, always setting the bar so high; sometimes so high we couldn't see it - but when we got there . . .

The memory

Picking cowrie shells on the beach in Skerries when I was a little girl

The moment of the day

When I wake up really early and it's not raining, and I bring the dogs for a walk

The song

Secret Garden by Bruce Springsteen

The movie

Dior and I. Breathtaking

The hero

My best friend, the most inspiring man I know

The book

Room, by Emma Donoghue. It's soon to be released as a film, directed by Lenny Abrahamson

The accessory

A diamond snowflake

The outfit

A red-and-white hand-smocked dress my mother made me, with matching red patent Mary Jane shoes. I was four, my first fashion moment

The gadget

My iPad, I'm addicted

The pet hate

Too much noise; selfishness, rudeness and lack of generosity

The friend

The person who understands me best and doesn't want to change me

The beauty product

Organic face oil by a little chemist in London; magic stuff

The holiday

The next one, I'm exhausted!

The piece of advice

Hurry slowly

The drink

Mint tea

The hotel

The Shelbourne, D2

The bar

L'Absinthe, Paris

The hobby

I'm lucky, my work is my hobby

The part of my body

My hands

The celebrity

My dogs. Everyone loves them!

The virtue

Never taking the good things that happen for granted

The vice

Chocolate

The smell

Wild orange and peppermint oils by doTerra

The taste

Melted Saint-Marcellin and a glass of Bordeaux at Les Editeurs in Saint-Germain, Paris, on a cold evening

Helen's new collection is launching soon, see helencody.com

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