Fresh faces: an A to Z of Irish fashion
The huge array of designers, stylists and models making a name for themselves or on the verge of doing so suggests that things are looking up for the Irish industry
Clockwise from main: Marina & the Diamonds sporting Natalie B Coleman designs; Turkish-born designer Umit Kutluk; Dublin styling powerhouse Grace Moore
Irish tweed overcoat and black polo dress by We Are Islanders; Bash magazine; taupe lace calinda dress with black skirt by Heidi Higgins
Angela Scanlon. Her documentary Oi Ginger is top of the RTÉ Player charts at time of writing, and her own star is in the ascendant – she has been profiled by Vogue as one to watch, has rubbed shoulders with Daisy Lowe and been recruited by Louis Vuitton to star in an accessories campaign. She is as much an ambassador for Ireland as she is a fashionable force to be reckoned with, both in print and TV. There are rumours a book on style is in the offing. angelascanlon.com
Bash, a wedding magazine that takes its inspiration from the extraordinarily popular wedding blogs. Plenty of scrapbook-style pages of beautiful dresses, cakes and flowers, all with a sepia-tinted, DIY bent. The debut issue features Irish model Laragh McCann in an incredible floral headpiece, designed by the crew at the Garden in Powerscourt Townhouse. image.ie/bash
Coldlilies.com celebrates its first birthday earlier this year. The website was set up by two Irish women, Kim Knowles and Ciara McKenna, as a response to what they saw as a gap in the market for an online jewellery shop with a strong focus on Irish designers. The site started with a small roster of local Irish designers, but has expanded to include cult brand Tatty Devine, Irish jeweller Chupi, Lady Gaga favourite Úna Burke and more.
Danielle Romeril. The Dublin-born designer studied at Limerick College of Art and Design. After graduating in 2007, she had stints with Sharon Wauchob in Paris and Sinha-Stanic in London before working with Amanda Wakeley. In 2012, Romeril set up her eponymous clothing label, a collection of dresses and separates in simple shapes with origami-inspired cutouts in textured fabrics. danielleromeril.com
Eily O’Connell. The Donegal-born jewellery designer always knew she wanted to study art – but it was only in her first year at NCAD that she realised her interest in jewellery would become a career. She is inspired by organic shapes found in nature, which make for intriguing, often eerily beautiful pieces. She has exhibited her designs worldwide and sells via her own website and on coldlilies.com. eilyoconnell.com
Folkster.com, the brainchild of Kilkenny stylist turned vintage shop owner Blanaid Hennessy, describes itself as “the friendly shopping destination for bad-ass bohemian fashion-loving folks”. Here you can find studs and florals, leathers and velvets. The site, which delivers worldwide, presents a collection of goods that wouldn’t look out of place in the pre-show “carnival of fashion” during fashion weeks – brands include Jeffrey Campbell, UNIF, Sister Jane and Miista shoes. folkster.com.
Grace Moore is the Dublin styling powerhouse responsible for countless fashion spreads in numerous Irish magazines, as well as styling the presenters of RTÉ’s The Hit. Not only that, she’s personal stylist to actress Saoirse Ronan, and she assisted on the Grace Coddington-directed Vogue shoot in the Ring of Kerry. @graciestylist on Twitter
Heidi Higgins. Portlaoise might not seem like the most fashionable of towns, but it’s where Heidi Higgins has her fashion boutique, which is much-loved by race-day-goers everywhere. It was a short jump from her graduation from NCAD in 2008 to the opening of the boutique that shares her name in 2010 – between which she spent a year working with the grand dame of Irish fashion, Louise Kennedy. Higgins’s designs put the lady into ladies’ day – pencil-skirt shapes and tailored coats in sweet, feminine colours. heidihiggins.com
Ingrid Hoey. Ingrid Hoey is one name you might not have heard of – her work is done behind the scenes of programmes such as the The Voice of Ireland, where she styles the presenters, as well as on Dragons’ Den and Celebrity Apprentice. Hoey, whose background lies in retail – as buying director for FX Kelly menswear and a stint with the visual display team at Armani – also does one-on-ones, where she will advise you on what to wear – and what to avoid – to best suit your body shape. butterflystyle.ie