Monday 5 December 2016

Saturday night out in head turning looks created by Liz Quin

Designer Liz Quin is famous for her tailoring and flattering silhouettes. For our AW16 shoot, she collaborated with an opera singer and two jewellery designers, to create a series of head-turning looks - vibrant in colour and rich in detail

Published 09/10/2016 | 02:30

Street scene figure print top with navy silky flounce cuffed sleeve, €159; red pencil skirt, €139; fit and flare red bouclé coat, €495
Street scene figure print top with navy silky flounce cuffed sleeve, €159; red pencil skirt, €139; fit and flare red bouclé coat, €495
Slash neck art deco diamonte detail, stretch sleeved dress. €295
Razor sharp eye: Liz Quin
Appliqué ribbon and matte sequin fitted black jacket, €349; pencil skirt, €159. Also available in cream.

Liz Quin is a fashion creative whose feet are planted firmly in the real world. She loves designing for busy women who know all about double, and indeed treble, jobbing, by balancing family life and careers.

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Years of experience in this style world means that Liz, mum to two adult children, offers exceedingly good advice when asked about wise additions to your closet.

"I have been through lots of the exaggerated fashion looks; from the shoulder pads the size of bags of sugar to the shortest of skirts. But in my view, you can't beat simply enhancing the female shape."

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Famous for her razor-sharp eye for cutting fabric, Liz (pictured above) says: "Tailoring is such a wonderful tool. It does not have to be formal, but fit and comfort in the right places is my forte, it's what I love to deliver to my customers around the country. I love slightly high waistlines which emphasise the waist at our narrowest part, give room for the tummy, accentuate the hipline and fall to a pencil hemline. It looks so feminine and natural and yet covers life's little bumps."

Liz's collections are "inspired by fabrics, both interesting in texture and colour, and nearly every fabric I use has a form of stretch because comfort is key."

One of her secret tricks when using embellished fabrics is to introduce narrow, stretchy side panels which, the designer says, "take inches off us. Sleeves are big at the moment, thankfully, but there are also many variations of the cap sleeve shapes too that one can use to enhance the arms.

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"A favourite look of mine for winter is the bracelet-length sleeve which I particularly love in my black dress (pictured above) with art deco beading on the neck."

In her leisure time, Liz is mad about her garden. "I adore the colours, especially right now with the Virginia Creeper. I send pictures of flowers to a print company who artistically transform them into beautiful mono digital prints. The street scene (main photo above) in AW16 was inspired from sitting at a bustling chic Parisian café but equally, next season could be inspired by sitting at a casual Trattoria in a tiny fishing village and admiring a vintage tiny floral print."

Liz describes her fashion shoot, done in Dalkey, Co Dublin, as "a joyful collaboration with other creative women. Siobhra Quinlan, my model, is a very talented soprano and composer. Helen Gallagher and Carolyn Macdonnell of Rodanthe jewellery make a collection of handmade precious and semi-precious stones from the gem mines of Ratnapura in Sri Lanka and I loved using their pieces with my clothes."

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