Our fashion editor rounds up the latest style news and fashion trends
The designer partnership of Meritta Gorman-Geoghegan and her daughter Bridget at Mise Tusa has been inspiring to watch throughout 2022.
First, they did a very successful pop-up shop at the Palais Royal in Paris and recently they arrived at London’s trendy Marylebone neighbourhood where they will be running a pop-up at 67 York Street (postcode W1H 1QA)
until December 3 but all the pieces and more are available to buy on their website.
Mise Tusa’s new collection is entitled ‘Renew’ and is rooted in the vision of nourishing individuality, with a practical yet decidedly contemporary sensibility.
There’s a revival of signature shapes, styles and also transformational elements — and the latter refers to Meritta’s affinity for creating “adaptable and adjustable pieces”.
A case in point is the ‘Bubble’ jacket. It is reversible and can be worn back to front and upside down. A high funnel-neck look can be rolled down to create an over-the-shoulder bandeau look, like above. The one size wool piece with French seams and press studs costs €290.
What interested me was the ‘Cobra’ long-sleeve top worn underneath, because it is made with French terry bamboo and this totally luxurious, second-skin feel is quite something. I am all for elevated core pieces that truly enhance your day. These tops cost €149 and come in a variety of colours.
This collection has heart and contains vintage watch straps that belonged to Meritta’s late uncle Andy. The glossy looking ‘Honey’ silk top features a gigot sleeves with long, narrow bamboo cuffs (€420).
They have some lovely pieces for Christmas gifting such as their lace cuffs (€89) which are individually made. The mother and daughter team also have one-of-a-kind bags which are hand knitted in a lovely yarn, a mix of polyester cord wrapped in cotton, with a leather flap.
The ‘Jail Bird One’ bag (€250) is available online but they also have other styles in their store in Clarinbridge, Co Galway.
Their felt headpieces, part of Mise Tusa’s ‘Collaborate’ collection, cost from €170 to €350.
Last week, I bumped into designer Heidi Higgins when I visited the We Make Good team on Mountjoy Square in Dublin.
Heidi reminded me that I wrote the first newspaper piece about her debut collection when she started out in business in 2009 after getting a loan of €2,000 from her credit union.
Over the years, Heidi has learned to be agile, to adapt her business and respond to the changing market.
Women’s tastes have changed — they want more flexibility from their clothes and they also want more colour and fun in their lives.
Her range of dresses have been hugely successful and this season, she has introduced some colourful faux fur accessories (pictured left) including collars (€55) and bags (€155) — handy additions to give a new lease of life to last year’s coat.
There are also feather earrings (€55) made by her friend, milliner Deb Fanning to match Heidi’s collection.
The ‘Melissa’ sequin collar (€90) can do wonders transforming a LBD if you’re heading straight from the office to dinner.
For gifting, the ‘Pink Lady’ box includes the sequin collar, feather earrings and a silk scrunchie for €140, while the ‘Black Beauty’ gift box includes a black sequin collar, faux fur key ring and a black silk scrunchie for €110. Make a dress look different by cinching in the waist. Her statement ‘Tori Obi’ belts add instant glam and come in a variety of colours.
This year is proving to be a sensational year for Amy Anderson of the Kindred of Ireland label.
Her beautiful Belfast store located on North Street is definitely worth a visit and next weekend Amy is bringing her beetled linen and knitwear collection to Dublin as part of Iris — The Fashion Experience.
This conscious gifting fashion experience at Studio 10 on Wicklow Street next Friday, Saturday and Sunday has been organised by Iris, a new contemporary fashion group with a strong focus on slow, circular sustainable practices for conscious consumers.
The collective also includes Aoife Rooney of Aoife Lifestyle bags, Niamh Gillespie of Tidings, Vanessa Ree Jewellery and Conor O’Brien knitwear, already a hit at the Beautiful South boutique in Rathmines.
The collective members say they are growing stronger together and have exciting plans for the future of slow, Irish fashion internationally, supporting each other at various international trade shows.
The weekend pop-up will feature a selection of award-winning Irish products, including functional, sustainable bags and outerwear, contemporary limited-edition prints, luxury silk accessories, fine concept jewellery, contemporary and ethically homegrown knitwear, heritage Irish linen clothing and new 2023 product drops.
There will also be complimentary refreshments and chilled music at the event.