Saturday 22 July 2017

Designer traps the first lady of Chile

Sarah MacDonnell (left) wears a Selene wool crepe dress (€895), Lizanna Kirwan (centre) wears a Clara green lace gown (€4,500), and
Karen Fitzpatrick wears a Zarah silk print shift dress (€1,295) at the Louise Kennedy fashion show yesterday.
Sarah MacDonnell (left) wears a Selene wool crepe dress (€895), Lizanna Kirwan (centre) wears a Clara green lace gown (€4,500), and Karen Fitzpatrick wears a Zarah silk print shift dress (€1,295) at the Louise Kennedy fashion show yesterday.

Bairbre Power Fashion Editor

Irish designer Louise Kennedy has been the darling of two Irish presidents, Robinson and McAleese, bringing chic, classic tailoring to the Aras.

But now the LK reputation has spread to Chile, a country that knows all about Irish ingenuity -- thanks to the Mincon rock drilling bit that triggered the release of the 33 miners.

Indeed, Cecilia Morel, the wife of Chile's president, Sebastian Pinera, celebrated the miners' release by going on a shopping spree in London at Kennedy's exclusive West Halkin Street store off Knightsbridge.

Newly arrived from Paris, the wife of the new Chilean Ambassador to London discovered the Irish designer's store and was swiftly followed by the president's wife, for whom the store was opened for a private visit last weekend.

In a new foray, Louise has introduced bridal fashions this season and showcased the first of her gowns at a special Mercedes-Benz lunch and fashion show at the College of Physicians, Kildare Street, yesterday.

Philosophy

For Irish brides who have been spending abroad at the likes of Tiffany of Fifth Avenue and dress expert Vera Wang on Madison Avenue, the new 'shop local' philosophy could be of benefit to Kennedy -- and Irish diamond jewellers like John Farrington who supplied U2's Adam Clayton with his diamond for Naomi Campbell in the 1990s. His diamond solitaires and clusters caused a frisson of excitement beyond the frocks and furs yesterday.

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