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Wednesday 24 September 2014

The bold and the beautiful at Louise Kennedy

Bairbre Power Fashion Editor

Published 21/03/2014 | 02:30

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From left: Thalia Heffernan wears Jodi blush blend coat €1295 and Jolie blush crepe dress with pearl encrusted pocket €995Irma Maliauskaite wears a Opal Blush Lace top with hand-embroidered pearl detail, €1,295, and Leonie Blush Jersey trousers, €495, Martha Christie wears a Juliette embellished blush silk top with €2500 and Dani Blush Crepe Skirt, €495
From left: Thalia Heffernan wears Jodi blush blend coat €1295 and Jolie blush crepe dress with pearl encrusted pocket €995Irma Maliauskaite wears a Opal Blush Lace top with hand-embroidered pearl detail, €1,295, and Leonie Blush Jersey trousers, €495, Martha Christie wears a Juliette embellished blush silk top with €2500 and Dani Blush Crepe Skirt, €495
Thalia Heffernan wears a Jules white linen jacket €695 styled with missy top €695 and Kylie shorts in Majorelle Blue lace
Thalia Heffernan wears a Jules white linen jacket €695 styled with missy top €695 and Kylie shorts in Majorelle Blue lace
Designer Louise Kennedy puts the finishing touches to model Martha Christie, who wears a Juliette embellished blush silk top, €2,500, and Dani blush crepe skirt, €495, while Thalia wears a Jodi blush blend coat, €1,295, and Jolie blush crepe dress with pearl-encrusted pocket, €995. Picture: Colin Keegan

THERE are times when a designer seeks to reboot their fashion story without abandoning, or endangering, their signature look.

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Louise Kennedy has done just that for her colour-fuelled spring/summer 2014 collection – and the intriguing clues lie in the lacy, scalloped shorts teamed with runners.

Coming from the lady who has dressed successive presidents, royalty and three decades of faithful Irish fans, Louise's latest collection is not about token shock factors for press day. Instead, it offers a lesson in how to do modern femininity using key, block building pieces.

Inevitably, a few eyebrows shot skyward yesterday when the model emerged in a luxurious pink cashmere blend coat teamed with white skinny jeans and runners.

But it began to make sense when you saw how 'hero pieces' like a cashmere coat can work one minute with a dramatic lace dress, or an office-friendly wool dress, then take on a whole new life with jeans.

MIX-AND-MATCH

Kennedy's show at her chic Merrion Square home in Dublin, with styling by Catherine Condell, proved to be a masterclass in what happens when you free yourself from the mental restrictions of keeping 'good clothes' at the back of the wardrobe.

Clever mix-and-match is achieved by working favourite colours across different fabrics and changing silhouettes.

The blush tones were hypnotic, particularly on wide- legged jersey trousers. The layered-up combination of a 'Jodi' coat (€1,295) and crepe dress with pearl-encrusted pocket (€995) was stunning, not least because of their simple silhouette. Throughout the show, we saw intricate micro pleating that flatteringly skim the body.

This is the second year that Kennedy has included shorts in her summer repertoire. For 2014, they're in scalloped lace and come with matching tops and tone in with the incredible silk and beaded chiffon kaftans which have become such a hit with her middle eastern clients.

Kennedy's holiday in Marrakesh and a visit to Majorelle Gardens, the late Yves Saint Laurent's summer home, triggered her colour passion.

The Lauren Majorelle blue silk kaftan with embroidered crystals (€1,295) pushed a lot of guests at Merrion Square into a holiday state of mind.

Irish Independent

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