Thursday 18 January 2018

Ireland's rising fashion stars

Simone Rocha at the 2013 British Fashion Awards.
Simone Rocha at the 2013 British Fashion Awards.
Li-Ann Smal
Model Clara McSweeney

The Irish are tipped to take the London fashion world by storm. Here are the names to watch

Simone Rocha

Winner of the Emerging Talent Award for Womenswear at the British Fashion Awards last year, the 27-year-old Dublin native's star is on the rise.

A BA graduate from the National College of Art and Design, and a graduate from the acclaimed Fashion MA at Central Saint Martin's College in London, Simone (pictured right) debuted at London Fashion Week showing her Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter 11 collections.

Her designs have been worn by actor Saoirse Ronan, model Lily Cole and fashionista Alexa Chung and stocked in Dover Street Market in London, Paris, Chicago, Milan and Seoul.

Her A/W14 collection "Sylvia Plath" will grace the catwalks at London Fashion Week on February 18.

Li Ann Smal

Model Li Ann is 19 years of age from Greystones, Co Wicklow. Her mum is from Malaysia and her dad from Poland.

Li Ann was discovered by model agent Anne Morgan at the start of 2012 and was placed with Storm Model Management in London in October of last year.

This past year Li Ann has been a regular on the catwalk for Brown Thomas and Arnotts. She has shot for Vogue China's February/March issue, Elle Girl Japan, iD online, Italian Vogue online and

JW Anderson

Heralded as a great talent by Donatella Versace, 28-year-old designer, Jonathan Anderson, from Magherafelt in Co Derry, is making waves in the fashion world.

In 2005, he graduated from the London College of Fashion with a degree in menswear, and worked as an assistant at Prada. In 2008 he launched his menswear label JW Anderson and following its success launched a capsule women's collection mirroring his men's collection.

Jonathan won the Emerging Talent for Ready-to-Wear at the British Fashion Awards 2012 and the New Establishment Award in 2013. In September last year LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton took a stake in JW Anderson and made Jonathon creative director of Loewe.

He shows as part of London Fashion Week on February 15.

Clara McSweeney

Aged just 16, model Clara McSweeney has already debuted at London Fashion Week for designers Bora Aksu and PPQ .

The Cork-born teen, who has been described as the next Kate Moss, was the first Irish model to ever walk three shows at the prestigious event.

The 5'11" blonde, blue-eyed beauty from Macroom, Co Cork, is currently in London casting for this season's fashion week.

Irish Independent

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