Saturday 20 July 2019

The Irish Designers showing at London Fashion Week

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Designer Paul Costelloe walks the runway at the Paul Costelloe presentation during London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013/14 at The Portico Rooms, Somerset House on February 19, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Designer Paul Costelloe walks the runway at the Paul Costelloe presentation during London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013/14 at The Portico Rooms, Somerset House on February 19, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
A Model On The Catwalk At The Paul Costelloe Show During London Fashion Week At Somerset House, London. (Photo by John Phillips/UK Press via Getty Images)
Orla Kiely SS 14
Orla Kiely AW 14
J W Anderson
J W Anderson
Danielle Romeril
Danielle Romeril
Danielle Romeril
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Simone Rocha poses with the Fashion Designer award at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in Berkeley Square Gardens on June 3, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: A model prepares backstage at the Simone Rocha show at London Fashion Week AW14 at Tate Modern on February 18, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: A model walks the runway at the Simone Rocha show at London Fashion Week AW14 at Tate Modern on February 18, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Miles Willis/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: A model walks the runway at the Simone Rocha show at London Fashion Week AW14 at Tate Modern on February 18, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Miles Willis/Getty Images)
Actress Keira Knightley wears dress by Simone Rocha
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Models pose at the Paul Costelloe presentation during London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013/14 at The Portico Rooms, Somerset House on February 19, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

Freya Drohan

Goodbye New York, it’s all kicking off across the pond from today. But who are the Irish names we need to watch out for?

Fashion Month continues, with editors, buyers and bloggers decamping from the Big Apple to Big Ben in time for the next shows.

Paul Costelloe will show his Spring Summer 2015 collection today at 5.30pm.

A Model On The Catwalk At The Paul Costelloe Show During London Fashion Week At Somerset House, London. (Photo by John Phillips/UK Press via Getty Images)

Costelloe is the most established Irish designer who remains on the schedule of London Fashion Week (his contemporaries such as Louise Kennedy, Lainey Keogh, John Rocha and Philip Treacy no longer present collections in the capital.)

Esteemed designer Orla Kiely will show her new season garments on Saturday morning.

The Irish woman, whom The Guardian once proclaimed as “the Queen of Prints” has enjoyed incredible commercial success thanks to her foray into kitchenware, stationery, interior decor, furniture and wallpaper.

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Continuing to blaze a trail for the new generation of Irish design talent are J.W. Anderson and Simone Rocha.

Anderson, who formed his label eight years ago, has had a stratospheric rise as of late.

His modern, structured, androgynous designs elevated his profile and it was only a matter of time before multinational luxury goods giant LVMH came knocking.

The conglomerate invested a significant amount in his eponymous brand, and also appointed him as Creative Director of fashion house Loewe.

Likewise flying the flag for home talent is Simone Rocha, who has fashion flowing in her blood thanks to father John.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: A model walks the runway at the Simone Rocha show at London Fashion Week AW14 at Tate Modern on February 18, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Miles Willis/Getty Images)

Celebrity endorsement, NEWGEN sponsorship and an aesthetic that toes the line between high concept yet wearable and accessible, Simone is the poster woman for fledgling Irish designers.

Following her Autumn Winter collection which fused snakeskin and tartan with an Anne Boleyn influence, 28-year-old Simone will show on Tuesday at 11am.

 

Hotly tipped for success is Dubliner Danielle Romeril.

Following in Rocha’s footsteps, Danielle was named as one of the British Fashion Council as one of its NEWGEN designers (i.e. one of London’s seven most promising talents.)

Danielle, a Masters graduate from the Royal College of Art in London, cut her teeth with Alberta Ferretti and Amanda Wakeley and launched her label in 2012.

The 30-year-old describes her work as “vibrant, youthful womenswear with a relaxed aesthetic and a focus on nonchalant femininity.”

Her juxtaposition of fabrics and her innovative silhouettes mark her a cut above the rest.

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