Friday 24 May 2019

I hate dresses, says model Roz Purcell as she launches her new power suit range

Roz Purcell at the 2014 VIP Style Awards at the Marker Hotel, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron
Roz Purcell at the 2014 VIP Style Awards at the Marker Hotel, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron
Model Roz Purcell at the launch of ‘Insider’ magazine at House in Dublin. Damien Eagers
Roz Purcell
Daniella Moyles & Rozanna Purcell
Models Karen Fitzpatrick and Roz Purcell, and Deputy Arthur Spring at the Shelbourne Hotel event
Roz Purcell in bandeau bikiniPic: Twitter
Eimear Rabbitte

Eimear Rabbitte

SHE has made her name modelling for top designers and showcasing some of our most glamorous gowns, but Roz Purcell has now become a designer – of stylish suits.

The striking brunette told the Herald that she “hates” dresses and is all about trouser suits for women after making her first range of stylish pants and matching blazers.

Known for her quirky and laid-back style, the Tipperary model said she turned her hand to designing in order to give women a high-quality alternative to dresses.

Roz created the line of tailored women's suits in conjunction with designer Pat Morley and the Scribe of London team in Cork.


“You feel so comfortable in a power suit,” she said. “I hate wearing dresses.

“Jump suits and power suits are totally in now; it's something that you can wear again as well as mixing and matching different styles and colours.”

The idea was to design a “mid-range” but affordable line of women's suits and Roz (23) said that the creations are better quality than the average high-street suit.

“We just wanted a good quality range that lasts,” she said.

“There are a lot of high-street brands that do gorgeous power suits for women, but they are not there to last.

“They are not the quality that you need so that is what we are aiming to do, but not the really expensive side where you are going out paying for Armani or Alexander McQueen.”

The suits are made-to-order and the cost includes a visit from designer Morley to fit the suits to individual tastes.

“Pat is the most amazing man ever,” said Roz of working with the designer.

“He has never done a women's range and I just think it's something that is really missing from the market.”

The fashion-forward model debuted one of her first designs – a powder blue suit – at Friday's VIP Style Awards where she was named best dressed on the night.


Roz stepped out without her other-half, musician Bressie, instead attending with her sister and a host of model pals, including Holly Carpenter.

Currently training to take part in an Iron Woman competition, Roz enjoyed a rare night out on the tiles and later turned up at the awards after-party in infamous Dublin night-club Copper Faced Jacks.

However, the model, who does not drink and runs her own health and nutrition blog, did not enjoy the raucous celebrations for long.

So it looks like the award nominees goody bag, which included a gold card granting lifetime membership to Coppers, may be lost on her.

Online Editors

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Editors Choice

Also in this section