She is one of our much loved Irish designers and last week Louise Kennedy unveiled her Spring collection in her gorgeous townhouse on Merrion Square. I wasn’t able to go but of course I wouldn’t let this one pass without finding out all about the collection. Inspired by her love of sophisticated fabrics and vibrant colour hues, the collection is broken into five very different colour stories providing the ultimate variety for special occasion wear and resort glamour.
The designer’s recent visit along the spectacular coastline of South Western Australia inspired the collection’s aquatic tones including sea green and ocean blue. In particular, the Deanna sea green jersey dress €695 epitomizes this season’s relaxed soft ruffle draping detail that is represented throughout the jersey collection. New additions to this colour story are the hand painted silks featuring starfish prints on soft aquamarine backgrounds.
Another colour highlight for SS13 is a duo of coral and pink which adds a fresh edge to the jersey silhouette. New this season is the dramatic Portia coral full length jersey dress €1,495 and the fine gossamer Liana coral and pink silk print dress €995 with on trend ruffle detail reflecting the soft fluid lines synonymous with the Louise Kennedy silhouette.
The monochrome trend is encapsulated within a crisp navy and optic white story featuring the Lily midnight coat €995, the Aria navy and white silk stripe skirt €395 and the Pearl optic white lace dress €1,295. As investment wardrobe separates or complete outfits, these monochromatic looks have been softened to create a capsule wardrobe for women with an appreciation for understated elegance.
The sophisticated blonde colour palette exemplifies sleek and chic urban luxury tailoring. Soft angora’s, fine lace and crisp crepes create sophisticated pieces suitable for every occasion. Effortlessly elegant, the Margo blonde coat €1,295 and chic Tess blonde lace skirt €695 are contemporary classic staples to add to your wardrobe.
Ladurée inspired pastel colours in soft orchid pink and pistachio green creates the most delicate and feminine special occasion wear pieces. The designer’s luxury lace collection including the Tori lace dress in pistachio €1,195 and Rosie orchid pink coat €995 in novelty lurex fabric are ideal to take you through the season in style.
Louise has always been noted for her attention to detail and her glamorous silk kaftans adored by both her Irish and international client base provide the perfect reference for resort living. The Lauren navy and white silk print kaftan with hand embroidered mother of pearl detail €1,295 epitomizes the level of luxury craftsmanship so inherent in the Louise Kennedy creations. Stockists include her own design showroom at 56, Merrion Square, Dublin 2; Brown Thomas and No 9 West Halkin Street, London.