First Look: Louise Kennedy SS12

March 6, 2012

Daily Digest

First Look: Louise Kennedy SS12

As the Chanel show closed at Paris Fashion Week today, it was quite apt that Irish fashion editors and journalists were treated to a showcase of Louise Kennedy’s spring summer collection, in the opulent surrounds of the designer’s Georgian townhouse in Merrion square, Dublin.

Kennedy’s signature tailoring and Chanel-esque bucle jackets is the reason that women invest in her pieces and for this collection the designer added Hollywood glamour to her ever-elegant style, using Grace Kelly and Jackie O as inspiration.

The line is full of Hollywood glamour and elegance – think Grace Kelly in “To Catch a Thief” – with vivid colour blasts of buttercup yellow, hot pink and pastels with delicate lace, finely woven metallic tweed and embellished jacket collars.

Indeed Grace Kelly loved her lace, and there’s lots of it present here. In fact it’s sourced from the same French lace house that supplied the lace for the bodice, skirt and veil for Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding dress, designed by Sarah Burton.

It’s not just ornate bucle jackets and fine tailoring that you’ll find at Louise Kennedy though,  as there is plenty for the younger woman here too. Her sparkly white beaded dresses can be worn alone or with a tux jacket and stylist AnnMarie O’Connor couldn’t wait to get her hands on a pair of the black “disco pants”, which make for an alternative take on eveningwear dressing.

The asymmetrical maxis are exquisite (pictured above left) and I can imagine them being worn by the gliteratti on the Amalfi Coast with Grecian style metallic sandals and large sunglasses.

Louise Kennedy wedding dresses have a vintage feel to them and the bridal fitting room itself is a sight to behold.  My favourite was the “Melanie” (pictured above right) – a floor length dress with full-length lace sleeves, which was named after the design for IMAGE editor Melanie Morris’ wedding dress, who got married recently in a blush pink version of the dress.

So if you’re looking for luxurious, statement pieces by an Irish designer,  then Louise Kennedy will add an air of ladylike sophistication to your wardrobe.


Jackets start at €695

Dresses from €595

Wedding dresses POA

Crista Black trousers “disco pants” €350


Availability: Louise Kennedy is sold at 56 Merrion Square and Brown Thomas Dublin, at 9 West Halkin St, London and at the Louise Kennedy outlet shop at Kildare Village.

See our images of the press preview in the gallery below.


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