Tuesday 17 September 2019

A walk in the park: Louise Kennedy mixes the modern and classic with her luxe jewel tweeds

Tweed success: Louise Kennedy ‘Gabriella’ coat in
lurex tweed (€1,495) with ‘Cassandra’ corsage (€195); ‘Lara’ floor-length tweed dress, (€1,495).
Straw bucket hat by Anthony Peto. Photo: SASKO
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Tweed success: Louise Kennedy ‘Gabriella’ coat in lurex tweed (€1,495) with ‘Cassandra’ corsage (€195); ‘Lara’ floor-length tweed dress, (€1,495). Straw bucket hat by Anthony Peto. Photo: SASKO LAKAROV
Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power

Classic tradition and stylish modernity played out in the manicured gardens of Dublin's Georgian Merrion Square as fashion queen Louise Kennedy showed off her AW19 collection.

Talk about head-turning!

The glittering tweeds and playful tulle skirts caught the sunlight and the attention of passers-by as they watched international model Dioni Tabbers showcase the designs in gardens first laid out 257 years ago.

But then designing with an eye on the past and the future lies at the heart of design philosophy for Louise, who lives near the gardens.

Her latest collection was given the "grand reveal" to customers at a fashion show in the Mercedes-Benz showrooms in Ballsbridge.

This season, Louise has focused on extraordinary and unusual tweeds.

There's a glamorous emerald tweed with lurex thread and a black and emerald Black Watch tartan. The two fabrics were the starting point for the collection. And in a new move, she has biker jackets in black and white tweed.

The designer acknowledges that tweed and tartan may suggest tradition, but she points to a balance in the collection with the power dressing of the late 1970s - featuring high-neck blouses and ruffle-front silk shirts, as worn by Bianca Jagger at Studio 54.

"This season, fashion is fabulously tailored and polished but it is also fun," said Louise. "We have taken a layered approach to styling the collection, which has been created around unusual luxury fabrics and bold tones of emerald green, to suggest how pieces may be worn in a uniquely personal way."

Meanwhile, in-house pooch Paddy, a miniature schnauzer, has been immortalised in a jacquard made in Paris.

Irish Independent

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