Natalie's designs rock judges' worlds
FASHION luminaries have picked Irish designer Natalie Coleman (32) as one to watch for the future.
The Monaghan-born designer last night won the Craft Council's 'Future Makers Award' at Dublin's Sugar Club for her colourful dress designs with quirky hand-drawn and water-coloured illustrations based upon a selection of imaginary jewellery.
Lily Allen is among the figures who have bought works created by the young designer, who launched her own label in 2010 with shows at a number of fashion weeks, including New York and Paris.
Natalie is going to use the €5,000 award towards showpieces for her new collection, which includes a Carrickmacross Lace dress she is working on with lacemaker Martha Hughes.
Among the others who caught the judges' eyes were Jackie Maurer's ceramic neck pieces, Kate Cronin of Klickity for her modern light fittings, and Theresa Burger, who won a student innovation award.