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Friday 29 August 2014

Inspired Choices: Irish talent on the high street

Bairbre Power

Published 28/10/2012 | 06:00

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Headband, €16; cardigan (available from November 12), €74; top, €90; jeggings, €35, and sandals, €60. All clothes and accessories are from River Island.
Jacket, €80 (in store November 19); shorts, €33, and bag, €47, all Chelsea Girl
Earrings, €20; shirt, €40, Chelsea Girl; jumper, €47, and bracelets, €13

Ever wondered who designs your favourite coat or dress and where they got their inspiration?

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Thumbing through the pieces at the River Island press day, it was hard not to have a crush on the gold foil and fur coat, a total glamazon that, I'm happy to say, will cost €107 when it arrives in store next week.

Yes, your diary needs to be ringed for November 5, the day this lightweight faux-fur number hits the shop rails, because it is totally yummy for the party season, weekend wear or plain cheering you up on a grey winter work day.

The genius behind it is Clarisse Walsh (23) from Letterkenny, who is barely one step up on the high-street fashion ladder and is showing huge potential. Clarisse won the National College of Art and Design (NCAD)/River Island bursary last year and was kept on by the high-street chain because of her obvious creativity.

She is the fourth NCAD graduate to intern with River Island and be kept on.

Lucy Moller is now designing River Island's vintage-feel Chelsea Girl range, while Sile O'Shea, also from Donegal, has come up with a really nice edge-to-edge tweedy jacket with embellished beaded sleeves, which will be out in store on December 3 -- just in time for the party season.

Meanwhile, Ann-Marie Rigney from Dublin is the designer behind the Love jumper on p24.

What's not to love about it?

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