Wednesday 28 September 2016

Louise chooses bold winter brights for autumn

Published 11/09/2015 | 02:30

Aisha Coat in purple and orange jacquard lurex (€2,750); Isla cashmere blend top (€795); Lianna skirt (€1,295); Suzi orange cashmere blend coat (€1,495); The Kennedy 26 in orange (€1,395); Dasha purple and orange silk skirt (€2,795); Bristol purple silk top (€485); Marlena jacket (€995); and Lianna skirt (€1,295)
Aisha Coat in purple and orange jacquard lurex (€2,750); Isla cashmere blend top (€795); Lianna skirt (€1,295); Suzi orange cashmere blend coat (€1,495); The Kennedy 26 in orange (€1,395); Dasha purple and orange silk skirt (€2,795); Bristol purple silk top (€485); Marlena jacket (€995); and Lianna skirt (€1,295)

Fashion designer Louise Kennedy has delivered a masterclass in using colour to create textures and form.

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Her AW15 show at her Dublin home was a mix of standout fabrics and bold winter brights with clever silhouettes offering maximum wardrobe versatility.

The 'field of gold' foliage outside her salon was a clue to the opulent use of colour awaiting guests. Many arrived asking about the Brooke Cape jacket in black copper lurex on the invitation.

For AW15, Louise is bold with her dramatic hues, such as black and gold, inspired by a viewing of Faberge evening bags during a visit to the Metropolitan Museum in New York last year.

Black double-faced crepe is adorned with glittering embellishments and the 'Marigay' and 'Iman' (€3,500) encrusted evening gowns are the show stoppers. Meanwhile, the visually rich amethyst/amber and gold/bronze lurex cloths were specially created in Como.

"This season was inspired by fabric texture and colour. We sent colour combinations to the mill to co-ordinate with our cashmere/cashgora coatings," explained Louise.

"The gold lurex reminded me of molten lava and I love how it adds a 3D effect to the cloth. Although jacquard is a luxe fabric, I love how it has such a modern look."

American philanthropist Barbara Hutton, who had one of the finest collections of Art Deco jewellery, was the muse for the bejewelled necklines and sleeves and Louise has embellished her jersey gowns with pearls and Swarovski crystals.

Irish Independent

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