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Sep 14, 2012

LFW kicks off with key Irish interest

from: RTÉ Fashion Blog

It’s arguably the best time it’s ever been to be an Irish designer in the UK. Our close neighbour has one of the biggest fashion weeks in the world and has lately gained connotations of being the fashion capital of the world.  The bustling city now boasts two high-profile sets of fashion weeks. The newest, London Collections: Men, began in June of this year and marked the first of many main fashion weeks for menswear, with a second instalment due in January.

London Fashion Week, kicking off today, has long been a champion of British and Irish ready-to-wear, shoe and accessory collections. Ahead of the fashionable festivities across the pond this week, we breakdown which Irish designers are getting the glare of the fashion spotlight and which shows you should keep an eye out for over the next week.

John Rocha has long been a champion on the British fashion scene. Moving from his home in Hong Kong 30 years ago, he settled in Dublin over 20 years ago and now designs between Dublin and London, showcasing every season and is currently tied into a long-running collaboration with high street store Debenhams.

Look out for Rocha, a seasonal highlight of LFW, showing tomorrow 15th September at 5pm, which will be live-streamed on the LFW website.

Philip Treacy has counted fashion’s most inspiring muses amongst not even just his clients, but his close friends. Daphne Guinness, Isabella Blow and Lady Gaga have all championed his designs and thrust his name higher and higher amongst the fashion elite. We recently seen his designs on A-list stars like Katy Perry and Sarah Jessica Parker, not to mention on the most watched television event in US history, when Madonna wore his designs during the Superbowl this year.

The Galway-born milliner designs from his London studio and is set to present his new season on Sunday 16th September at 20:45 in London’s Royal Courts of Justice.

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Newcomer on the scene, JW Anderson is certainly making 2012 his year. From his menswear debut in 2008, he created a womenswear collection alongside in 2010 which has now snowballed into huge success, and with a cult fashion following at that. The Derry-born designer, who turns 28 this week, recently collaborated on a Topshop collection which will debut in BT2 later this month.

Check out JW Anderson Ready-To-Wear at the Topshop venue, live-streamed on the LFW website at 20:45 on Monday 17th September.

Simone Rocha is more than her prestigious last name. The young designer and NCAD graduate found her stride in Central St. Martins and was whipped up into the fashion fold straight from her MA collection. The young designer has created something of a Simone phenomenon and has marketed herself exceptionally well. Earlier this year, both JW and Simone were awarded NEWGEN sponsorship. Rocha’s newest collection will be live-streamed on Tuesday 18th, the final day, at midday on the LFW website.

Úna Burke is one Irish designer housed among many great talents in the exhibitors section of LFW. The London-based designer also counts Gaga as a fan and client and has composed bespoke jewellery for top names with leather jewellery and abstract body pieces which are always well-inspired, derived from history or myth.

You can catch her from September 14th-18th at the West Wing of Somerset House

Other key shows by day include Antoni & Alison kicking off proceedings this morning, with PPQ closing later tonight. Saturday is all a bit edgy with House of Holland , Holly Fulton , Fashion East and Issa London . Sunday brings the big hitters currently on the London scene – Vivienne Westwood, Mary Katrantzou, Jonathan Saunders, Preen, Temperley and Matthew Williamson .

Monday sees print, colour and heritage with Peter Pilotto, Erdem, Christopher Kane, Giles and Burberry Prorsum . Finishing up the SS13 shows on Tuesday will be Mulberry Roksanda Illincic and Meadham Kirchoff before we all find out who wins the prestigious Fashion Fringe prize.

If you can’t make it along, or even stand outside the venues to be snapped by street style bloggers, rest assured you can get in on all the action and we will be reporting daily on the highlights of the collections. 

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