Style: Bairbre Power... in her shoes
The Irish designers bringing new style to our lives
Hands up who has a style crush on Amal Alamuddin? Mrs George Clooney has sensational pins and equally fabulous taste in shoes, so I was thrilled this week when I discovered how she is showing love to a new brand of shoes driven by Irish businesswoman, Anita Flavin.
Anita is creative director of the Italian-based, Ennio Mecozzi label, which has been responsible for lots of shoe-envy since it launched last spring.
"Amal Clooney saw the lookbook, went onto the website, loved the shoes and ordered three pairs," Anita explained. That was a great compliment indeed from Amal, who has excellent fashion taste - her wedding party shoes in Venice last September were quite exquisite. So too were her recent trips out in Vince cognac leather sandals, Giambattista Valli black patent and nude satin slingbacks, and her LK Bennett 'Cannes' laser-cut blush leather courts.
But Amal is not the only celeb taken with Anita's shoes. "Poppy Delevingne's received a copy of our lookbook and she replied to say she loved it and would like to order the 'Poppy' style shoes and bag," says Anita. "Ennio is currently making the shoes and they are to be sent this week to both Amal and Poppy."
And speaking of newness, the Irish fashion world has a new, home-grown label this week - well, a little sister label to an existing power brand. Aideen Bodkin (pictured right in white jacket) is the Dublin-based designer who dressed Mary McAleese for her inaugurations and was responsible for many of the smart outfits worn by first lady, Mrs Sabina Higgins, on the State visit to the UK last year.
This week, the designer launched the 'Dress by Aideen' label, a collaboration with Kilkenny stores, to mark their first year of sponsoring of the Best Dressed Lady competition at the Galway Races, which takes place on July 30. The debut collection has 13 pieces and, for the first season, it will be available exclusively to Kilkenny at their stores in Nassau Street, Swords and Galway. There are dresses with above- and below-the-knee hemlines, handy separates and one cropped jacket.
Dress by Aideen is certainly less occasion wear than her existing label, and less expensive too. The concept is to let you dress the look up, or down, depending on your wardrobe requirements.
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Aideen Bodkin with model Kelly in Dress by Aideen's floral A-line 'Martha', €229; pearl earrings, €35, bracelet, €55, both Newbridge Silverware; Orla Kiely slate bag, €160.30.
Dress by Aideen 'Pearl' jacket, €225; top, €97; 'Grace' skirt, €179; Christina Belle necklace, €319; Absolute pearl earrings, €12; Aideen Bodkin clutch, €124.95.
Dress by Aideen 'Jasmine,' with gentle ruching across the tummy, €199; Dyrberg/Kern earrings, €75, bracelet, €69 and watch, €219; Calvin Klein clutch, €80.
The 'Dress by Aideen' collection is available exclusively at Kilkenny Shops on Nassau Street, Swords and Galway. All accessories in our shoot are available in Kilkenny shops nationwide and online at kilkennyshop.com.
Photography: Steve Humphreys