Irish Design Emerging Globally


COLIN HORGAN | @colinhorgan

Kerry native Colin Horgan has been worn by a plethora of artists around the globe including megastars Dua Lipa, Lady Gaga and Little Mix. Since graduating from the Royal college of Art in 2017 MA Fashion Womenswear, Horgan’s much celebrated debut was an exciting precursor to subsequent collections, the most recent being ‘Imposed Faction’ as part of DiscoveryLAB for Spring/Summer 2023. Fitted tailoring, hyper sensational silhouettes, 3D pannier pockets and exaggerated A-line flare panels are just some of the recurrent themes in his work, “Horgan takes inspiration from strength in women in his family and juxtaposes them with surreal women that inspired him through his early youth.”

LAURA WEBER | @lwpearlatelier

Owner of NYC-based atelier LW Pearl, Dublin native and NCAD graduate, Laura Weber made global headlines for creating the embroidery on the inauguration evening ensemble worn by First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, (recently acquired by the Smithsonian history museum for “The First Lady” collection.) Her company offers couture, premium services to fashion designers where they interpret a designer’s vision with gorgeous, bespoke stitching, beading and other embellishments (worn by the likes of Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Bette Midler and Michelle Obama). In 2021, Weber also launched a luxury athleisure range with quilted coats, leggings, sweaters, scarves and more.

HOPE MACAULEY | @hope.macauley

A pop up during New York Fashion week last month along with showings of her Fall/Winter 23 collection in London and Paris are just some of the highlights starting off what will no doubt be a successful year for Northern Irish Fashion and Textiles designer Hope Macaulay. Halsey, the Hadid sisters, Billie Piper and Tom Daly are just some of the celebs sporting Macauley’s designs, a testament to the rapid rise in popularity for her bespoke knits. Employing a team of 15 knitters across Northern Ireland, each piece is handcrafted and ethically produced from sustainably sourced materials such as luxury 100% merino wool and vegan biodegradable nylon.

RIXO | @rixo

University pals Henrietta Rix and Derry native Orlagh McCloskey are the team behind Rixo creating “a fusion of original hand-painted prints and timeless silhouettes to flatter every woman, irrespective of age, season, size, nationality, or time of day”. Their designs have garnered attention from around the world with the likes of Holly Willoughby and other stars wearing their pieces. Their March collection launched February 27th featuring pieces ranging from a UK 6-24. Inclusivity and sustainability are the buzz words for the Rixo business model for 2023, including a change to monthly rather than weekly drops, encouraging customers to buy less and wear more.