Monday 18 December 2017

Five fashion labels and brands on our radar this week

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From Irish design talent to international celebrity favourites - here's what caught our attention recently.

Colin Horgan

After making waves in Ireland, Kerry native Colin Horgan is preparing for a move to London to cut his teeth at The Royal College of Art. The rising womenswear designer has been tipped as 'One to Watch' since graduating from Limerick School of Art and Design with a first class honours under his belt. His work, which has been featured in Vogue, Tatler, IMAGE and Marie Claire magazines among others, was given an invaluable profile boost when Madeline Mulqueen wore one of his creations to support fiancé Jack Reynor at the Transformers premiere in Beijing, and again this year at the Cannes Film Festival.

His innovative designs incorporate incongruous fabric combinations and manipulations. See some shots from his new A/W 15 collection below.

Ciara Silke

Galway based designer Ciara Silke launched her eponymous scarf collection after she graduated with a degree in Printed Textile Design from the National College of Art and Design. Her luxury scarves are executed in silk, twill and cashmere and feature stunning colour combinations and intricate patterns. No doubt inspired by iconic designer Diane Von Fusternberg whom she worked for for three seasons in New York City, Ciara's designs are elegant, wearable and ultra feminine.  Her scarves, designed in Galway and crafted in Italy, are sold in selected boutiques across the country.

Emma Manley

Emma Manley's womenswear collection continues to go from strength to strength. This season, the Dublin designer launches her debut knitwear range, which consists of luxe staples to compliment her hugely popular main line, Manley.

Currently in its fifth year, the 'Manley' range's A/W 15 collection incorporates wardrobe classics such as pencil skirts, mid-length swing dresses and boxy jackets in sumptuous fabrics such as suede and leather. The brand's recognisable silhouettes are often laser cut and embellished by hand. At the core of the collection is impeccable tailoring, something Emma learned under the direction of late designer Alexander McQueen during her stint working at his London headquarters.



Any brand that delivers fast fashion at affordable prices is a hit in our books. Department store Heatons is fast becoming our go-to place for stylish, trend driven pieces including winter woolies, footwear and denim. The recently unveiled A/W 15 collection is inspired by chic city living, with lots of tailored jackets, cosy knits, easy day dresses and capes.

Also new this season is Heatons' first denim brand, True Denim, which offers a variety of shapes and styles to flatter every Irish woman. If you're after some on-trend 1970s flares, they've got a great pair at a steal.


Melinda Maria Jewellery

The mere mortal will probably never have access to the luxe labels favoured by Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lopez and Emma Stone. However, the cult Los Angeles based jewellery label Melinda Maria which is favoured by these high profile women is about to land on our shores. Exclusively stocked in Arnotts, the desirable handcrafted designs, which start at an affordable €30, are sure to be a hit with Irish women.

The contemporary range is comprised of glamorous 14k or 18k gold and rhodium plated brass pendants, earrings, cuffs, bangles and stackable rings with semi-precious gem stones.

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