Irish designers streets ahead in the style stakes
TWO Dublin-born designers are taking the British fashion industry by storm -- talents that stretch from the high street to the top end, luxury sector.
Zoe Jordan was yesterday unveiled as one of the 2012 BFC/'Vogue' Designer Fashion Fund nominees in a star-studded shortlist that represents the best developing womenswear and accessories labels.
It is the latest accolade for Zoe, daughter of former Formula One supremo Eddie Jordan, since she left a career as a trader.
The Hong Kong-based, Irish-born designer is up against leading design names like Jonathan Saunders, Marios Schwab, Mary Katrantzou, Meadham Kirchhoff, Nicholas Kirkwood, Peter Pilotto, Richard Nicoll and Roksanda Ilincic.
The £200,000 (€238,000) prize is aimed at helping the winner become an international fashion brand, with the winner announced in the March edition of 'Vogue' magazine.
Zoe said: "I am honoured to be nominated for this incredible award. It's without doubt the highlight of my design career so far."
Previous winners include Christopher Kane and Erdem.
Meanwhile young NCAD fashion graduate Lucy Moller, from Killester, proved yet again that within five years of graduating she has what it takes to have an impact on the high street.
Lucy is head designer of the Chelsea Girl range at River Island, and her pieces were amongst the stand-out favourites at the store's spring-summer 2012 press day yesterday.
Lucy's retro-style tie front blouse and shorts, modelled left by Sarah Morrissey, cost €27 and €30 respectively.
The Chelsea Girl chain was bought in the 1980s by River Island, who invited Lucy to recreate its nostalgia.