On the eve of London Fashion Week, which kicks off from Friday 14th September to Tuesday 18th September this year, Colette Fitzpatrick takes a look at the Irish design talent that will be showcasing at one of the biggest events on the global fashion calendar.
Historically, we have always exported much of our best creative talent to bigger markets. London, in particular, played host to some of our greatest writers, artists and fashion designers. Today, it remains the case that much of our best design talent is based in London and will be showing at this fashion week this season.
From long-established names in the industry to strong mainstays of the
current scene to bright up-and-comers, these are the Irish designers to keep an eye out for at LFW SS19.
1. Simone Rocha
Irish design royalty, Simone Rocha (daughter to the beloved John Rocha) is one of the most exciting designers of her generation and has built a cult favourite brand sported by the biggest magazines and most in-the-know celebrities the world over. Her pretty but kooky (and sometimes creepy, in the best possible way) collections always stun and are wonderful palate-refreshers with their impeccable construction, charm and personality.
2. JW Anderson
Speaking of young powerhouses, JW Anderson is one of the most influential Cinderella stories in fashion. Plucked from working in Brown Thomas, he established a menswear label so covetable that he was begged to venture in womenswear and has taken over the reins at Loewe, too. None of which seems to have made the Northern Irish designer sweat as he continues to juggle his roles,
push boundaries and stun.
3. Paul Costelloe
Always elegant, always polished but often still quite cool, Costelloe has stood the test of time for a reason. Decades into the business, he continues to surprise and, if you’re only familiar with his line for Dunnes Stores, be sure to check out his own collection…you’ll likely be surprised too.
4. Katie Ann McGuigan
This young talent is one I stumbled upon during her very first season on the London schedule and what a lucky accident that was. After moving to the city at 16 to pursue her dreams, she has been presenting collection after collection of strong, colourful garments that fearlessly mix prints, textures and concepts to create something magical.
5. Richard Malone
Richard is another designer that I’ve been keeping an eye on since before he had widespread recognition. His bold silhouettes and unabashed eccentricity make his clothes a treat to await at every turn and, as per, I can’t wait to see what he does next.