Friday 22 November 2019

Studio 54 and NYC style meet Marie Antoinette in Paris

Caitriona Hanly collection
Caitriona Hanly collection
Catriona Hanly collection
Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power

Some designers develop a reputation for sharp tailoring, soft draping or saddle stitching.

However, within minutes of Catriona Hanly's debut fashion show opening at Dublin's No 10 Ormond Quay last night, it was clear that this Roscommon woman has developed a "signature look" around her sheer, organza, pussy bow blouses.

She shows these off with glamorous cigarette end trousers or skirts in sunshine-filled, bright prints.

The newest name on our 'couture' circuit, Catriona certainly has an eye for luxury fabrics like silk, muted, embellished metallics, stiffened organza and a washable satin that gleams opulently when cut deftly into a cropped top with bell sleeves and cropped culottes with a sassy flare.

Maybe it was her time spent working in New York as a jewellery buyer for Bergdorf Goodman or nights at Studio 54 nightclub but Catriona's capsule collection hums with an attractive NYC mix-and-match feel in which you can swap around the plain and patterned separates.

Her appreciation of expensive fabrics comes through in both her SS15 and her AW15 collections, which she showcased jointly.

"I based the collections on my life, from New York and Studio 54 to holidays in the south of France, to Marie Antoinette and opulent fabrics from her time; plus, there's antique lace from my year living in St Germain De Pres in Paris," said Catriona, who studied fashion with Barbara Burke on Leeson Street. Her prices start at €170 and the SS15 goes on sale next Monday on

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