Irish designers hit catwalk at London Fashion Week
The Irish designers showing at London Fashion Week at the weekend looked to nature for inspiration, from the woods to the sea.
Orla Kiely started Saturday with a 'Flower Power' for the modern woman followed by JW Anderson who had a strong nautical theme.
By teatime on Saturday, we were camping with Danielle Romeril whose 'fishermen chic' SS15 collection was inspired by a trip she took to Co Wicklow with her boyfriend last year.
Romeril, who grew up in Tullamore and later in Dublin, is part of the NEWGEN programme which means the British Fashion Council have identified the Limerick fashion graduate as 'one to watch'.
The last two bigs names to emerge from NEWGEN were Simone Rocha and JW Anderson and these two Irish designers are among the hottest ticket shows at LFW for SS15.
Anna Wintour, editor of American Vogue was front row for JW's packed show at the aptly named Southampton Row. Anderson who grew up in Magherafelt, close to Lough Neagh, delivered naval styling par excellence, from flares to brass buttons, deck shoes and rope but it was his very wearable pieces, like his navy leather strappy camisole with orange leather skirt that sent home frow guests like Olivia Palermo with a running order full of approving ticks.
Across at Somerset House, if Danielle Romeril was feeling the pressure, it didn't show at her LFW debut show. She delivered pretty, utilitarian clothes, covetable back packs and head pieces by her college pal, milliner Laura Kinsella.
Danielle's collection was "imagined for a gang of fiercely independent and resourceful girls" and she offers a modern take on khaki and camouflage with very pretty black lace inserts and deep, 3D pockets which means you won't need a bag.
The dresses were toughened up with backpacks and Danielle introduced knee high, fishermen's protective leggings. But the standout element were her inventive fabrics which she created using two layers of french lace with the same quantities of organza, georgette and thermo plastic tape. Her attention to detail was sharp, right down to her invite which came in a sardine tin.
If Danielle took us on a trip to the wilds, Orla Kiely, the Queen of print, brought us on a stroll through a field of flowers. Her latest collection is littered with floral prints, from giant appliqués on handbags, delicate self prints on dresses to graphic prints on blouses, dresses and matching 60s-style vanity case handbags.
There were the obvious sedate dresses and a pink/coral mac that Kate and Pippa Middleton might buy into but there were lots of youthful separates for a new generation of shopper discovering the brand.