Saturday 28 February 2015

Louise Kennedy's new idea in the bag

Published 13/09/2013 | 05:00

Michelle Rocha and daughter Natasha at the launch of the Louise Kennedy Autumn/Winter 2013 collection at the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin.
Michelle Rocha and daughter Natasha at the launch of the Louise Kennedy Autumn/Winter 2013 collection at the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin.
Lisa and Keith Duffy pictured with Louise Kennedy at the Irish designer Louise Kennedy’s 30th anniversary gala fashion presentation celebrating her new autumn winter collection.
Lisa and Keith Duffy pictured at Irish designer Louise Kennedy’s 30th anniversary gala fashion presentation celebrating her new autumn winter collection.
Louise Kennedy and Jeanne Beker pictured at Irish designer Louise Kennedy’s 30th anniversary gala fashion presentation.
Alison OBernik and Astrid Brennan pictured at Irish designer Louise Kennedy’s 30th anniversary gala fashion presentation celebrating her new autumn winter collection.
Jeanne Beker and Peter Shaffrey pictured at Irish designer Louise Kennedy’s 30th anniversary gala fashion presentation celebrating her new autumn winter collection.
Sabina Higgins and Louise Kennedy pictured at Irish designer Louise Kennedy’s 30th anniversary gala fashion presentation celebrating her new autumn winter collection.
Sabina Higgins, Louise Kennedy and Joan Bergin pictured at Irish designer Louise Kennedy’s 30th anniversary gala fashion presentation celebrating her new autumn winter collection.
Charlotte Bradshaw, Dylan Bradshaw and Lisa Duffy pictured at Irish designer Louise Kennedy’s 30th anniversary gala fashion presentation celebrating her new autumn winter collection.
Charlotte Bradshaw and Dylan Bradshaw pictured at Irish designer Louise Kennedy’s 30th anniversary gala fashion presentation celebrating her new autumn winter collection.
Mairead Whisker, Peter OBrien and Joan Bergin pictured at Irish designer Louise Kennedy’s 30th anniversary gala fashion presentation celebrating her new autumn winter collection.
Kathleen Watkins and Mary McNicholas pictured at Irish designer Louise Kennedy’s 30th anniversary gala fashion presentation celebrating her new autumn winter collection.
Sarah Morrissey wears a Kyra Black Starburst dress 1995, Karen Fitzpatrick wears an Olivia Art Deco Beaded panel black jersey dress 1995 and Thalia Heffernan wearing a Maxine Black Jersey Gown with black lace jewelled neckline detail at 3,995 at the launch of the Louise Kennedy Art Deco inspired Autumn/Winter 2013 Collection at The Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square.
Model Thalia Heffernan wearing a Maxine Black Jersey Gown with black lace jewelled neckline detail at 3,995 at the launch of the Louise Kennedy Art Deco inspired Autumn/Winter 2013 Collection at The Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square, Dublin.
Karen Fitzpatrick wears a Jelena Magenta Beaded Coat at 1,995 with Afra black beaded skirt at ,2500, Sarah Morrissey wears a Raya sapphire cape at 2,500, Karlie Poloknit at 295, Crista trousers at 350 and Kennedy bag in Kerry blue at 1,495 and Thalia Heffernan, wears a Kaya Magenta beaded top at at 1295 with Lulu magenta skirt at 395 at the launch of the Louise Kennedy Art Deco inspired Autumn/Winter 2013 Collection at The Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square, Dublin.
Louise Kennedy
Mairead Whisker and Peter OBrien at the launch of the Louise Kennedy Autumn/Winter 2013 collection at the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin.
Barry McCall and Paul Sheerin at the launch of the Louise Kennedy Autumn/Winter 2013 collection at the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Paula Hughes and Grainne Walsh at the launch of the Louise Kennedy Autumn/Winter 2013 collection at the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin.
Michelle Rocha and daughter Natasha at the launch of the Louise Kennedy Autumn/Winter 2013 collection at the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin.
Pamela Flood and Ronan Ryan at the launch of the Louise Kennedy Autumn/Winter 2013 collection at the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin.

IRELAND'S uncrowned queen of fashion, Louise Kennedy celebrated 30 years in business and the launch of her new business venture in designer handbags with a gala fashion show at Dublin's Hugh Lane Gallery last night.

The Thurles-born designer has moved into the sphere of iconic, personalised limited edition handbags. We've had the Birkin, the Kelly and last night, 'the Kennedy' was launched, a luxurious €1,495, manufactured in the finest French calf leather by Tanner Krolle, Britain's iconic luxury leather goods company.

Louise decided to dip her toe into the market with two bags, in jet black and kerry blue. Louise described her 30 years of design show as "an extraordinary milestone". "Looking back, it has been very nostalgic and it's amazing how the imagery from old shoots evokes all the memories from the various collections."

Showstoppers last night included graphic prints and beading mirroring the architectural details of New York's Chrysler Building.

For winter, there's a slightly oversized coat and for the party season, cocktail pieces in fine laces, silk chiffons. There are three hem lengths – knee-skimming, mid calf or ankle length.

Her show closed with a cavalcade of 20 black full length dresses and a stunning bridal gown.

Her prices start at €295 for knitwear and run-up to €895 for coats.

Irish Independent

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