CREATE at Brown Thomas shines spotlight on Irish style
She counts Lady Gaga as a celebrity client and milliner Margaret O'Connor is about to get a whole lot more famous.
Hailing from Co Clare, Margaret is one of 15 exciting, emerging and established designers from across accessories, graphic print, jewellery, textile design and ready-to-wear to feature in the Irish Designers CREATE show, which launched last night at Brown Thomas on Grafton Street, in Dublin. Her commercial hats sell for between €50-450, while her couture pieces can run up to €3,500.
This is the fourth year of Irish Designers CREATE, which has been spearheaded by Shelly Corkery, fashion director of Brown Thomas, to help indigenous designers to sit along some of the world's leading luxury brands.
The showcase will run at Brown Thomas, Grafton Street for the next month.
Meanwhile, the Kennedy sisters, Dairine and Keira of KDK are proof that you can take a fledging luxury brand to new heights.
Starting with cashmere scarves, this is their third year as part of CREATE and last night they unveiled a new range of separates which cost from €145.
Dairine, who is married to ex-Leinster captain Leo Cullen and is expecting their first child in two months, looked elegant in one of her KDK smocks.
Her sister Keira said their new dress range is made in the same factory used by international designer Elie Saab, the man responsible for Julia Roberts Emmys beaded short dress.
"We were inspired by the Coco Chanel quote 'Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury,'" explained Keira.
"We were influenced by Chanel's belief that a dress should be suitable for both day and evening and our simple and elegant dresses can be dressed up or down," she said.