Friday 31 October 2014

Heidi Higgins: In your sundae best

Published 25/03/2012 | 06:00

‘Charlotte’ turquoise/lime dress, and ‘Charlotte’ orange/pink dress, €315 each. Photos: German Collins
‘Alicia’ wool-crepe dress with purple lace and silk georgette sleeves, €355
‘Phoebe’ wool-crepe dress with silk-satin collar, €315

Bairbre Power has the scoop on the cool summer offerings from Irish designer Heidi Higgins

There's an Italian ice-cream parlour palette to Heidi Higgins's new collection, in which the young Irish designer displays a savvy eye for tailoring, pricing and problem solving.

For those who crave a clean silhouette and the price of a one-piece outfit, the NCAD graduate has explored different materials and how to integrate cap sleeves into her frocks.

A chance win in the style stakes at the Punchestown Races the week after she opened her boutique in Portlaoise three years ago put the spotlight on Heidi's first collection.

It was baby steps until then, with a weekend stand at The Loft market in Powerscourt.

But after featuring in the Irish Designers CREATE pop-up store last September, Brown Thomas invited Heidi to join them in the Designer Rooms this season, and the bright colours beckon like honey to bees.

Now into her fifth collection, Heidi says her philosophy is undisputed femininity and wearable elegance, topped with playful details and contrasts.

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