Creations turn heads as fashion talents revealed
When she's not buying from the world's top luxury brands in Paris, Milan, New York and London, Shelly Corkery is on the hunt for emerging talents at home in Ireland.
The fashion director of the Brown Thomas group yesterday unveiled the 22 stars of the annual CREATE showcase, which features a mix of established designers plus the newbies being offered vital commercial retail experience.
New names turning heads included Griffith College graduate Sarah Murphy, from Co Wicklow, who has given Aran jumpers a modern twist with beading and tulle.
Now in its seventh year, CREATE has become a launchpad for new student designers. A month after graduating from NCAD, the winners in the 'Designer to Watch' bursary, Laoise Carey, from Co Tipperary, and Colin Burke, from Galway, are exhibiting pieces. Meanwhile, the 2016 and 2015 bursary winners, Aideen Gaynor and Daniel Roden, have both been commissioned to create bespoke pieces for the showcase, which runs until Sunday August 13.
Aideen is currently working as a costume designer on American TV series 'Into the Badlands' and Daniel works with Marc Jacobs on the Paris design team.
Milliner Leonora Ferguson, from Co Tyrone, turned heads with her sculptural headpieces handmade with wire lace.
Established names like Mariad Whisker and Helen Cody are back at CREATE with new elements. Mariad has introduced vibrant colour alongside monotone pieces and Helen is showing an exclusive white shirting capsule collection.