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Saturday 10 December 2016

'I still get a kick seeing women in street wearing my outfits' - designer Louise Kennedy

Models at Louise Kennedy’s AW 2015 fashion launch at her headquarters in Dublin’s Merrion
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Models at Louise Kennedy’s AW 2015 fashion launch at her headquarters in Dublin’s Merrion Square

Top designer Louise Kennedy said she stills gets a buzz seeing women in the street wearing her clothes.

The Tipperary native has dressed everyone from Sabina Higgins to Julianne Moore, but also loves seeing regular women in her designs. "I was in a restaurant on a recent trip to New York when a lady sat down near me wearing one of our dresses and that's just lovely to see," Louise told the Herald.

Travelling

Her new autumn/winter collection was also inspired by the city that never sleeps, in particular by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. "One of the things I love most about my job is the amount of travelling I get to do," she said. "My muse this season was the iconic New York philanthropist Barbara Hutton.

"I saw a picture of her wearing a black sheath dress but there was this beautiful art deco jewellery applied to the hem and that was my inspiration."

While the collection features stunning black and gold pieces, Louise also champions vibrant oranges and purples and says intricate embellishment is central to her designs.

Each season has a 'hero' piece and this winter it's the cape, which Louise says is "the new coat".

"The key pieces have the 'wow' factor and we're encouraging all our ladies to wear them with their jeans or trousers and not to just keep them for special occasions," she said.

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