Pompom beanies and flirtatious shapes turn heads at fashion show

Fifteen members of Council of Irish Fashion Designers showcase autumn/winter collections

Irish fashion designers show off their best work at the launch of the Council of Irish Fashion Designers autumn/winter collections in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Irish fashion designers show off their best work at the launch of the Council of Irish Fashion Designers autumn/winter collections in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

 

Fifteen members of CIFD (Council of Irish Fashion Designers) showed a selection of their autumn/winter collections in the sunny top floor studio of Peter Mark’s headquarters on South William Street yesterday.

The group is composed of six established womenswear designers, four milliners, one accessory designer, one knitter, one wedding dress specialist and two newcomers. A special tribute was paid to Richard Lewis, celebrating half a century in fashion this year.

Flirtatious

Designers like Heidi Higgins, Niamh O’Neill, Emma Manley and Sophie Rieu presented a mix of day and evening wear, mostly dresses. The contemporary elegance of Niamh O’Neill was notable in a long-skirted navy dress with a silk print bodice and that of Higgins in her figured sheaths and sweetheart necklines.

Rieu’s handsome two-tone tweed coat underscored her use of natural materials – the designer has recently collaborated with Edmund McNulty on a collection of sweaters.

Sole knitter in the group Honor Fitzsimons is developing a name for her chunky cables while Delphine Grandjouan’s satin wedding dresses had a 40s vibe with their fishtail hems and delicate laces.

Leather was used in different ways. Manley’s rosette shapes were stamped on mesh separates and Lisa Ryder’s backpacks, duffels and crossbody featured novel landscape prints.

Rebecca Marsden’s circle skirts in gold leather had a luxury upscale look.