The weather is heating up and we’re all reaching for our summer wardrobes. If you’re considering buying a dress, then try buying Irish, says style editor AISLINN COFFEY …
Stores across Ireland have pulled down their shutters and are trying their best to trade virtually. Many small Irish fashion labels will be finding it particularly tough to continue trading. Instead of heading to one of the many multinational retail giants’ websites, spare a thought for our independent fashion labels. Fortunately, we can all do our bit by supporting those hit hardest, sustainability-focused Irish brands that you won’t feel guilty buying from are offering online purchasing and home delivery.
Designed and produced sustainably predominantly in Ireland, Faye Anna Rochford is the creative behind new fashion label FéRí. Rochford creates beautiful, form-fitting print dresses and more. Sustainability is sewn into the roots of everything at FéRí; each piece is designed in Rochfords Wexford studio, including all of her original hand-painted prints. Think retro florals and plaids in silk, organic cotton, vintage textiles and Irish linen. Make a conscious choice and invest in one … www.feri.ie
The entire ethos behind Niamh O’Neill’s brand is that it is for women who love good quality fabrics and flattering shapes. Each design has a ladylike aesthetic but is also subtly fashion-forward. Having worked with industry-leaders like Diane Von Furstenberg, John Galliano and Martin Grant, O’Neill does an internationally-worthy job from her Irish studio. The colourful dresses from O’Neills SS20 collection are all premium quality and yet attainable, all can be dressed up or down. Think summer sequins, flowing printed silks, gingham organza and a light-weight summer tweed. “This collection is called Niamh O’Neill 2020 Part 1, as our collections don’t belong to a particular season. They are trans-seasonal pieces which should be worn any season, every year,” says O’Neill. www.niamhoneill.com
Created by designer Alanagh Clegg, Four Thread’s Indigo collection was designed to form the basis of an entire summer wardrobe. Instead of thinking of the Indigo collection in piece-by-piece terms, Clegg designed it as a whole, a capsule wardrobe of high-quality staples. Her handmade kimono-style dresses are a must have for a summer in Ireland or abroad when we can eventually travel. The Four Threads look is relaxed tailoring with a lot of body in all of the garments to create a comfortable fit. Layer dresses over comfortable cotton drawstring trousers and/or under cotton-lined Irish linen coats manufactured in Wexford. Team with a trusty pair of slides or Birkenstocks. www.four-threads.com
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