Sunday 23 October 2016

Look of the Irish to prove a hit at London Fashion Week

Simone Rocha
Simone Rocha
Zoe Jordan

The 'look of the Irish' will be dominating the catwalks at London Fashion Week.

Irish stylists, bloggers and designers have flocked to London to attend LFW, which starts today.

Dublin native and mum-to-be Simone Rocha, Paul Costello, Derryman JW Anderson and Zoe Jordan (inset) will all unveil their Spring Summer 2016 collections over the course of the next five days.

Orla Kiely, the queen of retro prints, and Danielle Romeril, known for her geometric designs, will also appear on the main schedule.

Jewellery designer Chupi Sweetman Pell will bring over her dainty necklaces as part of the 'Unfold: Irish Designers Collective' section, which takes place at the Institute of Contemporary Arts.

Chupi isn't the only jeweller to cart over a treasure trove of treats to LFW.

Maria Dorai Raj, who takes inspiration from her Irish-Indian heritage, will also feature in Unfold.

She will be joined by Natalie B Coleman, and We Are Islanders.

Emma Manley - a favourite with Irish celebrities - will join Capulet & Montague and luxe sportswear designer Jill de Burca.

Helen Steele has dressed the biggest names in showbiz including Iggy Azalea, Pixie Lott, Pixie Geldof and Jourdan Dunn. Hopefully, some of those names will swing by to check out her wares.

Knitwear designer Honor Fitzsimons, and milliners Laura Kinsella and Martha Lynn are also appearing.

Irish TV presenters, stylists, socialites and bloggers will also be hanging around LFW centre, Somerset House, snap-chatting to their hearts' content.

Social media whizz kid James Kavanagh is attending on behalf of Brendan Courtney and Sonya Lennon's Frock Advisor and will be sharing his musings.

Bloggers Sinead Burke, Louise O'Reilly, model Kelly Horrigan and Erika Fox will be glued to their iPhone screens and celebrity spotting. Meanwhile, broadcaster Angela Scanlon will be flitting between venues and catching shows.


TV3 fashion guru Courtney Smith and stylist Lorna Claire Weightman will be taking note of the hottest trends of the season.

Irish snapper Conor Clinch and protege of photographer Rankin is being tipped as "the next big thing in fashion photography".

Irish models will appear in several catwalk shows and presentations including Alicia Kavanagh. She will appear in Simone Rocha's showroom in London and Paris.

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