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
Suzanne Jackson. If you haven’t heard of So Sue Me, Suzanne Jackson’s incredibly popular fashion and beauty blog, you’ve had your head in the internet sand for the past five years. On the site, Jackson showcases new trends, posts video tutorials on how to achieve certain make-up looks (Jackson is a qualified beauty therapist) and contributes regularly to her selfie catalogue, detailing what she’s wearing on any given day. Her book, So Sue Me: Secrets to Blogging, Fashion and Beauty, has just been published.
Teodora Sutra. The Latvian-born model moved to Gorey, Co Wexford, 10 years ago. She has since become one of the country’s top models, working with Dublin-based agency 1st Option. Sutra has been the face of Dunnes, Irish designer Fee G (Fiona Heaney) and Paula Callan Make-up, and has fronted campaigns for Umit Kutluk, Arnotts and Heidi Higgins. @sutrateodora
Umit Kutluk. Turkish-born Umit Kutluk moved to Dublin from Istanbul in 2007. Having graduated from the Grafton Academy of Dress Designing, he launched his eponymous label, which was sold through the Design Centre in the Powerscourt Townhouse and at his own studio, at 27 Merrion Square in Dublin 2, in autumn 2011. Kutluk’s designs have a distinctly haute-couture aesthetic: he specialises in using silk, leather and cashmere and produces luxurious collections that would be as at home in Paris as they are in his Georgian townhouse studio. umitkutluk.ie
Vogue. The inclusion in the US fashion bible’s September issue of a nine-page Kerry-based fashion shoot – starring supermodel Daria Werbowy and Girls’ Adam Driver, photographed by Annie Liebowitz and art directed by Grace Coddington in and around the ring of Kerry – was, surely, a seal of approval from Anna Wintour for each and every one of us. As a result, Vogue can, at least until next September, be considered a little bit Irish. vogue.com
W e Are Islanders. This fashion label comes from the folks behind Re-Dress, an initiative that uses only sustainable materials.
We Are Islanders’ collections use organic and fair-trade cotton, Irish wools and organic salmon leather, materials chosen for their “luxurious qualities combined with their minimal negative social, environmental and humanitarian impact”.
Xposé. TV3’s prime-time magazine show is more Glamour than Vogue: short, fun, accessible segments on fashion, beauty and celebrity gossip hosted by the hard-working presenters and producers Lisa Cannon, Karen Koster, Aisling O’Loughlin and one-time top model Glenda Gilson. Not to mention the top-notch stylists – if I do say so myself. @tv3xpose on Twitter.
Yasmin Velloza. The New York-born designer graduated from NCAD in 2003 and set up her eponymous label in 2006, with studios in Dublin and Shanghai. Her collections span both continents: there’s a distinctly oriental feel to her bell-sleeved dresses and obi belts, while tailored dress shapes with an emphasis on the female body shape add a western flavour. yasminvelloza.com.
Zoe Jordan. The eldest daughter of Eddie Jordan is one of a raft of proud Irish designers whose work is showcased twice a year at London Fashion Week. She originally studied architecture, but turned her creative eye to clothing design for her debut collection for spring-summer 2012. Her latest collection, spring-summer 2014, is inspired by the concept of “luxury street wear”, taking elements from graffiti and urban wear and merging them into her very distinctive aesthetic of sharp cuts, structured pieces and soft tailoring. zoe-jordan.com.