The news lines

This sea­son there is plenty of fash­ion news, from eques­trian-in­spired de­signer lines to revo­lu­tion­ary high street creams, writes EMMA CULLINAN

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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.fen­nwright­man­

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:

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


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