Sunday 17 December 2017

Louise Kennedy's collection tells exquisite floral story

Sarah Morrissey wears an ‘Abby’ navy silk blouse (€495) and ‘Drake’ pencil skirt with hand embellished stripes (€1,795)
Sarah Morrissey wears an ‘Abby’ navy silk blouse (€495) and ‘Drake’ pencil skirt with hand embellished stripes (€1,795)
Karen Fitzpatrick wears ‘Lilianna’ orchid silk organza digital print dress, (€1,895 )
Yomiko wears a bespoke ‘Poppy’ ivory fine lace bridal gown with delicate scatter beadwork costing €4,995
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A VISIT to the Chester Beatty museum in Dublin for an exhibition of fashion plates from Paris last year saw Louise Kennedy buy a postcard of a geisha with cherry blossoms.

And so the seeds were sown and the Irish designer found inspiration for her SS15 collection which follows an exquisite floral story with delicate pink, floral embroidery and 3D embellishment.

There were two private showing for clients at her Merrion Square townhouse yesterday and guests were treated to a beguiling retinue of sleek models dressed in gentle pinks, whites, navy and an equestrian print devised by Mel Bradley.

Newly engaged model Yomiko was the perfect choice to wear the new 'Poppy' bridal gown (available from €3,995, depending on the lace), one of six new wedding dresses which Louise is introducing this season.

A sky blue cashmere coat looked stunning teamed with simple white tee and skinny jeans with flat shoes and this is exactly what Louise desires, seeing her ladies bring their luxury pieces into their daily lives.

One lady who can enjoy the more formal side of Louise's fashion vision is the first lady, Sabina Higgins, who was front row, and an obvious big fan of the Tipperary-born designer.

"I've never been to Japan but I feel like I deserve a trip now," laughed Louise.

The opening piece in the show, the Drake skirt and Abby silk blouse, signalled the start of a strong navy story that would have drawn applause from Coco Chanel herself because of the appealing use of jersey and beautifully tailored trousers.

Irish Independent

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