Bold and creative, without fear of innovating and mixing traditional silhouettes with a contemporary touch. So are these Irish fashion designers who are setting trends in the industry with each of their garments.
Manley was founded by designer Emma Manley in 2010, who after honing her craft at VPL in New York and Alexander McQueen in London, was eager to curate a new and thoroughly relevant fashion offering for the womenswear arena.
Fusing her love and skill for tailoring, luxe streetwear and embellishment, the result is a label of contemporary separates and alternative eveningwear with an edgy femininity.
Delicate structures are juxtaposed with strong contemporary silhouettes, giving way to an aesthetic that is hard and soft, powerful and preciously delicate at once.
Quality of fabric and production is at the absolute core of all Manley products. Materials are sourced from the world’s finest luxury houses and innovative manufacturing methods of laser cutting are fused with time-honoured, hand-sewn and embellished detailing.
Louise Kennedy has earned an international reputation for creating clothes appreciated for their luxury, sophistication and quality. Exquisite fabrics and attention to detail are paramount when creating clothes with a purity of line which flatter women of every age. Timeless clothes, beautifully made, are accessorized with this brand including jewelry and handbags, their specially created fragrance captures the essence of the designer.
The brand was established in 1983 with an elegant Dublin flagship store opened at 56 Merrion Square in 1998 and shortly afterwards, the London flagship opened at 9 West Halkin Street in SW1. Louise Kennedy has since expanded into the US, with New York trunk shows every year.
This recognized designer has designed for Ireland’s President Mary Robinson and President Mary McAleese, as well as members of the British, European and Middle Eastern royal families, for high-profile businesswomen and for actresses including Meryl Streep and Anjelica Huston.
Joanne Hynes has a highly personal, unconventional approach to fashion, she is a Fashion Designer who approaches all projects with a uniquely personal vision.
Hynes graduated from Central Saint Martins MA in 2001 and established her label in 2003. Hynes has created an immediately identifiable signature with her rebellious ready-to-wear clothing and accessory lines. Hynes’ partnership with Dunnes Stores launched in September 2016.
Hynes embraces the muscle and pace of the high street, while utilizing her design and craft expertise to create an ambitious and fully comprehensive designer offering. Every piece within the collection is designed to stand alone as a statement of intent. The label has shown internationally and sold within the world’s most renowned luxury retailers.
Her accessories are her money spinners. The elaborate jewelled collars, made in India, which she started designing 10 years ago, sell all over the world and have become her signature, enabling her to take more risks with her main line fashion collection.
Fashion Special, EuropeanLife Magazine.