Sunday 23 October 2016

London Fashion Week kicks off today – here are the Irish names to look out for

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 19/02/2016 | 12:35

A model presents a creation from British designer JW Anderson during the 2015 Autumn / Winter London Fashion Week in London
A model presents a creation from British designer JW Anderson during the 2015 Autumn / Winter London Fashion Week in London
Cafe Royal, London, 18th Sept 2015. Paul Costelloe shows his Spring Summer 2016 designs Photo: Chris Yates
Simone Rocha’s pearl encrused red check Linton tweed for autumn winter
Simone AW15
Models are seen at the Danielle Romeril presentation during London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015

The Irish are hitting London Fashion Week in style.

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The international Fashion Month tour continues as editors, models and fashion enthusiasts alike make their way from one fashion capital to the next for five hectic days of shows, presentations, performances and parties. To help you navigate the jam-packed schedule, here are some of the Irish names you should be looking out for:

Paul Costelloe is one of the most established Irish names in fashion, and the industry veteran returns to London Fashion Week to kick things off. Now 70, the father of seven has shown that elegant design and beautiful tailoring never go out of style, and has had great success with his affordable luxury line at Dunnes Stores. But it will be all about refined glamour tomorrow evening as he exhibits his Autumn Winter collection at 5.30pm.


Since debuting his first collection at London Fashion Week back in 2008, JW Anderson has risen to become one of the industry’s most celebrated designers. Born in Derry, the 31-year-old is known for his unisex take on design and his thoroughly contemporary, playful approach to gender. His new collection is one of the most highly anticipated at London Fashion Week, set to take place at 4pm on Saturday.

As well as receiving recognition – and backing from luxury goods group LVMH - for his eponymous label, Anderson helms the iconic Spanish leather company Loewe. Since being appointed Creative Director in 2013, he has revived interest in the brand with trophy pieces such as the much sought-after ‘Puzzle’, the It bag of 2015. He will show his Autumn Winter collection for Loewe during Paris Fashion Week, at 9.30am on Friday March 4.


Another Irish fashion heavyweight showcasing their new collection across the pond is Simone Rocha, who has developed an international reputation with her innovative, romantic designs, and picked up a devoted celebrity following that includes everyone from Rihanna to Saoirse Ronan. We can’t wait to see what she has planned for next season – and who will be taking a front row seat on Saturday at 6pm.


Likewise flying the flag for Ireland is emerging talent Danielle Romeril. The Limerick School of Art and Design graduate honed her skills working for designers like Alberta Ferretti, Amanda Wakely and Tyrone-born Sharon Wauchob before starting her own label in 2012. Her laidback aesthetic focuses on well-crafted pieces with juxtaposed fabrics and a vivid colour palette, and the Dubliner will show her latest collection on Sunday at 2.30pm.


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