Words by Síomha Connolly
February 21st, 2016
If Danielle Romeril’s SS16 collection is anything to go by, we are set to be in for a treat with the autumn/winter collection she is showing this weekend as part of London Fashion Week. The Irish designer who is now based in London, launched her self-titled label in 2013. Romeril’s focus leans heavily on the use of layering and texture with a strong emphasis on print. Her pieces have a significant and individual style that only comes with the precision and careful creation that these designs contain. Last season’s collection was centered around a palm tree print, and was inspired by a series of photographs taken by Jackie Nickerson, which Romeril first discovered while she was studying fashion design in Limerick School of Art and Design. With a designer so contemporary and, not to mention, four time winner of the coveted NewGen award from the British Fashion Council, Romeril is set to soar even higher in 2016.
Natalie B Coleman
Natalie B Coleman has carved a name for herself both in Ireland and abroad as one of the most promising up and coming designers since launching her brand in 2011. With her clothing currently stocked in stores as far as China, Japan, and Dubai, Coleman is rapidly expanding to the global market. Coleman’s close attention to detail both in her clothing and the narratives which underlay her collections are what makes this brand so special. Speaking to Maven46 about her newest collection, Coleman describes the influences behind Gin Tears, which will showcase next week: “The autumn/winter 2016 Collection Gin Tears is inspired by Victorian Mourning Jewellery and traditional Island dress from the Aran Islands. We worked with sixth generation weavers Molloy & Sons in Donegal to create our own enlarged tweed patterns on wool and mohair mixes. We also collaborated with knitwear designer Derek Lawlor to create beautiful tulle and Victorian interwoven knit pieces. There are references to beautiful Irish landscapes in our pleated and hand beaded finishings and as always we have flirtatious feminine and fun influences coming through the collection.” After the madness of LFW has passed, Natalie tells us of the other exciting plans she has for 2016: “I lecture in the fashion department at NCAD and I am really loving it so I’ll be back working with the students there. We will be presenting autumn/winter 2016 at Tranoi Showrooms during Paris Fashion Week in early March and launching an exclusive collection at Arnotts of limited edition printed T-shirts, T- Shirt Dresses and Sweaters called Support Your Local Girl Gang….so looking forward to the launch party. We also have the photoshoot for the autumn/winter 2016 collection working with a really talented team lead by the fabulous Aisling Farinella, Ciara O’Donovan and Ronan McCall. And I am having a baby early April, so 2016 is off to a great start!”
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