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Clodagh McKenna: ‘Everybody was getting worried about me not having my wedding dress, but I had in my head what I wanted’

The cook talks about her wedding, styling herself for TV and her collaboration with jewellery brand Juvi

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Clodagh McKenna wearing a blackberry charm from her new Juvi collection. Photo: Kristen Perers

Clodagh McKenna wearing a blackberry charm from her new Juvi collection. Photo: Kristen Perers

Nicki Hoyne's ankle boot in glitter black, €250

Nicki Hoyne's ankle boot in glitter black, €250

Clodagh McKenna wears a sweetcorn charm from her new collaboration with Juvi

Clodagh McKenna wears a sweetcorn charm from her new collaboration with Juvi

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Clodagh McKenna wearing a blackberry charm from her new Juvi collection. Photo: Kristen Perers

Self-sufficiency runs deep in chef Clodagh McKenna’s life — and I’m not talking just gardening and sustainable produce here. When it comes to fashion, the Cork-born cook, writer and TV personality has a strong ‘can-do’ independent streak, and if that means planning all her jewellery, clothes and accessories for the posts on her @clodagh_mckenna Instagram account and her weekly slot cooking on This Morning, which has an audience of millions, then she’s on the case.

Clodagh launches her first jewellery range next week, a collaboration with Irish brand Juvi.

She says when it came to planning her marriage to Harry Herbert at Broadspear in Hampshire last August, “everybody was getting so worried about me not having my wedding dress or not having a stylist”.

However, she explains, “I was like, I have in my head what I want and I’m pretty sure that I will be able to find it from Alice Temperley. I wear her dresses for red carpets. I love her style, and her clothes really fit me. I went down to her studio in Somerset. I was there for two hours and I came away with my dress. It was the first dress I tried on.”

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Clodagh McKenna wears a sweetcorn charm from her new collaboration with Juvi

Clodagh McKenna wears a sweetcorn charm from her new collaboration with Juvi

Clodagh McKenna wears a sweetcorn charm from her new collaboration with Juvi

When you know, you know. I’m intrigued by Clodagh’s modus operandi when it comes to choosing her TV outfits. “I do it probably about once a month. I’ll spend two days, and then, when I’m travelling into London or getting makeup done or whatever, I’ll be constantly looking at different looks and putting it together so I have some ideas. It was hard during the pandemic because it was all online; I like going into the stores and trying on specific things.

“It was only when I started on This Morning that I really started putting more time into it. Some things work on TV and some things don’t, and trying to create my own style — I love that 1970s style; the high-waisted flared jeans and simple embroidered or lace shirts. It does take a lot of time, but I definitely enjoy the process. It’s really nice because I get a lot of response from people.”

In her wardrobe, you will find denim dungarees and boots from the French label Sézane, H&M and Zara from the high street, boots by the Spanish designer Penelope Chilvers, Veja shoes, and tailored shirts from the sustainable London brand With Nothing Underneath.

“I’ve spent more money on jeans and then less on shirts. I went for Gwyneth Paltrow’s brand Goop because they are all sustainably made. I got them over three years ago and I wear them every week.”

The chef has also been putting time into her Juvi collaboration. A customer for the last 15 years, the project came about very organically after she phoned up to enquire about new pieces she could style for TV work and they enquired if she would like to partner with them.

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Clodagh For Juvi features four seasons of charms, and each represents fruit and vegetables that grow in abundance throughout each season.

“I love wearing necklaces with pendants and charms, and I thought I’d love something that would reflect everything that I’m doing at Broadspear, so I came back with the idea of doing something based around the seasons,” says Clodagh.

The four autumn charms are a wild blackberry, a sweetcorn wrapped in its husk, a plump pumpkin and Clodagh’s quintessential trademark, a happy hen. The charms come in sterling silver and 18ct gold vermeil, costing €64 and €69 respectively. The idea is that you can layer, and charms for winter, spring and summer will be added.

The range is available to pre-order today from juvidesigns.com and clodaghmckenna.com and in store from October 30 at Arnotts, Dublin, and Brown Thomas, Cork.

Boot time

Congratulations to Nicki Hoyne, who has been nominated for two categories in next month’s Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDA) Awards — for Rising Star and also Accessories Designer. This month, Nicki extended her Spanish-made shoe collection, adding four more colours to her range of tasselled flats, costing €205.

What also caught my eye was her short ankle boot, which Nicki calls a ‘wear-with-anything’ boot. It comes in four colourways — a glitter style in black and also available in purple, both priced €250, a black python boot (€270) and a purple pony hair (€290), all of which will be available to buy at Arnotts.

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Nicki Hoyne's ankle boot in glitter black, €250

Nicki Hoyne's ankle boot in glitter black, €250

Nicki Hoyne's ankle boot in glitter black, €250

Nicki’s ankle boots were inspired by the idea of Kate Moss backstage at a gig, ending up at a VIP party and dancing ’til dawn.

“It is darker and moodier than previous collections but still has vibrancy and texture,” says the Kilkenny native who founded the Shining Armour online accessories brand back in 2014 and whose career has seen her work for brands like Diageo, Nintendo, Marc Jacobs and Balenciaga.

Now she is firmly set on building a brand which is focussed on sustainability. Her handbag collection is handmade in Spain, with all materials sourced within Europe as close as possible to the factory. nickihoyne.com


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