Local designer redresses balance
It was a tribute to the strength of Irish fashion that a local label almost upstaged the international designers at the launch of the Harvey Nichols AW 2 showcase in Dundrum Town Centre yesterday.
FeeG, an independent label started by Fiona Heaney and her husband Don Gormley in 2003, is a new addition to the Harvey Nichols stable of labels this season.
The Dublin brand has managed to break a seven-year drought of Irish clothing labels at the British luxury store since it opened in Dundrum Town Centre in 2005.
FeeG's teal dressy coat (€390) created quite a flurry at the photocall to mark the arrival of the store's new AW12 names.
It was the brand that Amy Huberman went to for her bridesmaids' outfits and there has been positive UK feedback after Lorraine Kelly and Kate Garroway wore the brand on ITV breakfast shows.
There was a definite Kate Middleton's thread running across two of the new AW arrivals. Beulah of London is a favourite of Kate and her sister Pippa and when the Duchess of Cambridge wears it, it triggers immediate retail reaction.
Their red silk gown with nipped in waistline and georgette sleeves with billowing effect clasped at the cuffs that Kate wore to the Boodles Boxing Ball this summer is available to buy for €900.
And Kate's Jane Taylor cocktail hat which she wore to a friend's wedding this summer is also available to buy for €480.