Fifty and fabulous Lainey celebrates birthday in style
LAINEY Keogh's client list reads like the hottest Little Black Book around. Devotees of the Dublin-born knitwear designer include some of the most stylish women in recent decades: Elizabeth Taylor, the late Jackie Onassis, Helena Christensen, Kate Moss, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Aniston and Naomi Campbell.
Lainey revolutionised contemporary knitwear and has been recognised the world over by fashion's elite. Last night, it was time to kick off her shoes and celebrate her 50th birthday in style, while showcasing a superb collection at Brown Thomas which will raise up to €100,000 for two Irish charities in the coming weeks.
When Lainey decided to switch careers from lab technician to knitwear designer, there would have been those who thought her crazy. Three decades later, the accolades are stacked high -- just like the birthday presents at last night's gala party in the Designer Rooms at Brown Thomas, Grafton Street.
Recipient of the Prix de Coeur by Christian Lacroix in Monte Carlo for her work with Irish linen, Lainey was singled out for praise by 'Vogue's' Anna Harvey, who declared her debut show as the 'jewel in the crown' at London's Fashion Week 10 years ago, and in 1998 some of her most technically sophisticated hand-woven textiles featured in Christian Dior's haute-couture autumn collection.
Last night, her many Irish fans and friends lined out in colourful Lainey cashmeres to celebrate her milestone birthday.
Lainey's signature cashmere has become a staple in the wardrobe of Ireland's yummy mummys and prices, often in the thousands, are no problem to the Lainey afficionados.
Her family, from North Dublin, were out in force last night to celebrate with Lainey and to view her exhibition, entitled 50:50.
Lainey's muses, sisters Chacha and Sarah Seigne and their cousin Coco Reynolds, wore pieces from Lainey's archive collection.
And to mark the occasion, Lainey created 50 unique pieces which are being sold exclusively through Brown Thomas, Dublin, until October 28th. All proceeds are going to the ISPCC and Chernobyl Children's Project.
Our picture shows Chacha Seigne, right, wearing an embroidered green floral dress (€2,450), while her sister, Sarah, wears an embroidered navy floral dress (€2,450). Both are from the 50:50 collection, exclusively at Brown Thomas, Dublin, until Sunday.