Monday 25 June 2018

The loves of my life ... Fashion designer Niamh O'Neill


Designer Niamh O'Neill
Designer Niamh O'Neill

Elle Gordon

The fashion designer and mother tells our reporter about the things that make her tick.

The person

There are two. Garrett is kind, loving, hard-working and smart. He has the most amazing sense of adventure, and I'm lucky to call him my husband. Our baby boy, Lugh, lights up the room and my life.

The memory

Living in Brooklyn and working in Manhattan, right after I graduated from NCAD. It was an eye-opening and unforgettable experience.

The moment of the day

During busy times, I love working late into the night. After midnight is my most creative time. I get a huge burst of energy, and the creativity flows. Don't try to wake me in the morning, though!

The song

Underwood by Ludovico Einaudi is my favourite song to work to in the studio.

The movie

My all time favourite movie is Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel.

The hero

My mother always taught me to dream big. She instilled in me, and in my five siblings, that we could achieve anything, and that nothing was beyond us. Belief is so important, and I thank her for it.

The book

The Circle by Dave Eggers is a good read. If I could recommend a book to anyone, this would be it.

The outfit

I'm lucky that my work gives me so many to choose from. My all-time favourite is a bright pink dress with a high neck and low back. It's so feminine, and feels beautiful to wear.

The accessory

A neck scarf. I have a few small square neck scarves, and I love to wear them with a white shirt and jeans.

The gadget

My MacBook Pro. It allows me to switch from designer to business person a million times throughout the day. I design all our prints with it, and also create orders and invoices. It's a necessity!

The pet hate

Being late. There are genuine reasons why people can be late, but if it's recurring, it can be annoying!

The beauty product

Wotnot Natural Self-Tan Lotion. I get it shipped from Australia. I'm not a huge tanning fan, but it's made with natural ingredients and gives a very soft glow to a pale Irish complexion!

The friend

Karen. We have been great friends since we met at secondary school in Dundalk.

Every time we meet, we turn into those giggling teenagers again.

The holiday

I work quite a lot in Milan, but I always love going to Italy for a break. So far, Lake Orta is my favourite Italian holiday.

The piece of advice

No is not always a definite answer. Make improvements, and try again.

The drink

A cool glass of pinot grigio.

The hotel

Ghan House in Carlingford, Co Louth. It's more of a guesthouse, but the food is excellent, and the location in Carlingford is stunning.

The bar

Muriel's in Belfast. It has a quirky, Parisian feel, and serves the most delicious, fresh, gin-based cocktails.

The hobby

Yoga. I've been doing it since I was a child. My 90-minute class on Wednesday evenings keep me sane!

The part of my body

My legs, for their length. At 5 feet 10 inches tall, I used to be self-conscious about my height, but now I love it.

The celebrity

I admire the actress Emma Watson. She has an Instagram page called The Press Tour, where she posts images of all the outfits she wears and how they were made sustainably and with integrity. It's interesting to read the story behind the garment.

The virtue

Loyalty. I'm very loyal to those I love.

The vice

I can be very grumpy if I haven't had enough sleep!

The smell

Diptyque Verveine candles

The taste

A hot vegetarian Thai curry. Saba is hard to beat!

The Niamh O'Neill autumn/winter collection is now available in Arnotts. An upcoming Arnotts Style Sessions event runs from Thursday, September 28, to Sunday, October 1

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