A stay at home holiday really makes you appreciate your own surroundings – actually the sun being out also helps your appreciation! It allows the chance to get out and capture the little gems we often miss so close to home. While I will be spending my holidays enjoying the local environment, I’ll give you a taster of our local design talent.
First up, Goddess & Swift. You may have seen my previous post where Larissa Watson, the talent behind Goddess & Swift, gave me the opportunity to style her window for Valentines and Fashion Week.
While in her newly launched atelier I had the best opportunity, not only to browse her past and present collections, but observe and begin to appreciate the work that goes in to any design. I loved seeing the fabrics Larissa was using to inspire and create her pieces. I could only imagine the hours spent pondering over these as the roll was spread across the design table and we studied and touched! The studio area where she works manages to exude inspiration with colours and tools everywhere!
From studio to catwalk…
But my very favourite opportunity in the studio came when, thinking of her final catwalk piece, Larissa and her team began to drape fabric around the mannequin. A few tucks, pins and a little alteration produced a beautiful full length skirt. Again, knowing what she had in mind, Larissa hunted for the perfect piece of fabric to drape around the bust line and fall over one shoulder, adding those touches that make the look complete. And then I (with the fabulous TJ from Ginger Snap Vintage) had the privilege of dressing the model, Mairead, for the designer shows at Fashion Week – how amazing does this look!
Next on the list, Una Rodden. With her new collection ‘Usine’ which means factory or industrial space in French, Una has used luxurious natural fabrics including silk chiffon, wool, suede and leather with detailing of lace and crotchet and colours of cream, pink and delicate green alongside black and gold. I love Una’s signature drapery, however this time the look gets edgy going along with S/S 14 trends. Una has used exposed zips, fringing and bold lines, but in stark contrast, she has also collaborated with local fashion illustrator Sara O’Neill who has incorporated her ‘Love me to death’ collection to create beautiful and unique fashion art pieces.
Any thoughts on our local designs?
Thanks to Brendan Gallagher and Lisa Bell at CMPR for Goddess & Swift photos and Neil Kerr and Katrina Doran for Una Rodden photos.