The news lines
This season there is plenty of fashion news, from equestrian-inspired designer lines to revolutionary high street creams, writes EMMA CULLINAN
Having designed for Christian Dior, Hermes and Balenciaga, shoe man Pierre Hardy has developed his own range, now sold in The Shoe Rooms at BT.
These are serious foot statements, with their pointed shapes and razor-sharp heels, and his people tell me that “he creates footwear like miniature architecture, with clean lines and sculptural volume” and I guess the one pictured below comes in the silver beloved of Frank Gehry and Daniel Libeskind.
They cost a breathtaking ¤660 and Hardy’s shoes have swaddled the pods of Kate Moss, Chloe Sevigny, Demi Moore, Kylie Minogue, Uma Thurman, Rachel Weisz, Cameron Diaz and Sarah Jessica Parker (I could go on) but you wouldn’t let that sway you – would you?
Over at Gucci, new creative director Frida Giannini, who used to design accessories under former creative director Tom Ford, has displayed her love of horses in her latest jewellery collection.
The eager equestrienne, who lives in Florence, has produced a collection of 18 carat, yellow gold, chunky, cable-link jewels including a series of long, loose chains with horse motif links.
The jewellery is sold in Ireland at Paul Sheeran Jewellers in Johnson’s Court, off Grafton Street and in the Dundrum Town Centre.
Women’s fashion company Fenn Wright Manson has just begun selling by mail order. The full summer collection is online in sizes eight to 18. The collection comprises a strong mix of casual daywear and occasion wear in floral chiffon prints and soft pastels. www.fennwrightmanson.com.
Just to show that fashion isn’t all just flippant, the third annual Fashion Targets Breast Cancer is being launched on June 7th, by model Erin O’Connor.
It has raised ¤250,000 so far, through the sale of target-motif T-shirts. This year the targets are in teal blue and electric green on white, following the season’s metallics trend.
T-shirts cost ¤30 and ¤35 in BT and BT2 stores and certain A-Wear shops. For more details see: www.awear.ie.
The Pucci label slid into the fashion world when Emilio Pucci designed a ski suit in the 1950s and its glam image was no doubt aided by having the company’s hub in the Pucci palace in the centre of Florence, where its HQ remains.
In the 1990s, Emilio’s daughter, Laudomia Pucci, began to take a greater role and she is now image director, while Matthew Williamson recently became creative director.
And what fun they must have with all of the colours involved. The knitted lurex dress, pictured right, costs ¤805 from Harvey Nichols in Dundrum.
One of the biggest fashion stories lately started when a doctor set out to make a documentary proving that cosmetic products didn’t really work and found out to her surprise that one moisturiser did actually seem to reduce the signs of aging.
In the Horizon programme, she took a sample of Boots No7 Protect and Perfect Serum to dermatologist Professor Chris Griffiths at Manchester University and he found that the product repaired photo-aged skin.
Cue some panic buying – Boots stores were inundated, the serum sold out faster than you could shout “no more age spots” and it appeared on eBay at prices considerably higher than its ¤23.50 norm.
Boots in Ireland had replenished stock at the time of writing and will fight to keep up with demand.
Meanwhile, Louise Kennedy’s empire expanded recently with the opening of a London store in West Halkin Street, near to Harrods, which also stocks her clothes.
Fluid silks, metallic knits, embroidery detail and Swarovski crystals are all part of her sparkling new collection.
Knitted Pucci dress, ¤805, at Harvey Nichols
The Irish Times
Left: Pierre Hardy creates footwear ‘like miniature architecture, with clean lines and sculptural volume’ Right: The annual Fashion Targets Breast Cancer is being launched this month. This year’s targets are teal blue and electric green on white