A Midsummer night's fashion dream
Top Irish designers with a focus on sustainable fashion celebrated at midsummer’s night event in Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare, Kerry
Rising international fashion designer, Colin Horgan, made a much anticipated return to his native Kerry as the Special Guest Designer at Irish design showcase “An Enchanted Forest” on Midsummer’s night , Thursday 21st of June, in the spectacular natural setting of Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare, County Kerry. Currently based in London, Horgan has dressed Lady GaGa, Rita Ora, Little Mix and Dua Lipa and opened the main show with his collection. The show focused on sustainable fashion and designers featured included big names in Irish fashion industry including Sarah Murphy, Alice Halliday, Carol Kennelly, Tina Griffin, Hazel Comyn, Helen Steele, Aoife Hannon, Delphine Grandjouan, House of Kerry (silk scarves) and emerging young talents Siobhan Heffernan (SIBIHEFF) and Rita Zachar.
The evening commenced with a fine wines & canapés reception in the summer sunshine outdoors by the falls accompanied by a salon styled fashion show with looks from Hannons of Castleisland, MacBees Killarney, Annburys Tralee and Jasmine boutique with bespoke headpieces by Cathy Troth. Guests then moved for the main show within Sheen Falls, which was transformed by creative director Ann Marie O’Leary in an enchanted forest using locally foraged materials. The best dressed on the evening was Joann Murphy who wore head to toe Irish design including pieces from Joanne Hynes. She won an overnight stay in an Estate Room in Sheen Falls Lodge with full Irish Breakfast and dinner for 2 in The Falls Restaurant. Each guest also received a gift bag - including a Lancome gift bag sponsored by CH Tralee, Green Angel pure & organic beauty products, an Elemis gift from Sheen Falls Spa, Chi Fit Tea and The Busy Botanist.
Midsummer’s night, Summer Solstice, has been celebrated throughout time as a magical and enchanting evening. The height of the Summer in the Northern hemisphere and the longest day of the year, it was a fitting occasion to focus on trends and fashion’s sustainable future.
Sustainability is now the big conversation in fashion. Essentially it is all about asking where is a product from (ie where is it made and are those who make it fairly paid); what is it made from (natural or man-made materials), how often will you wear it (is it an investment piece - or wear once) and what happens when you discard it (landfills and waste management are becoming an increasing expensive and hazardous issue)? There are many strands to being more sustainable - including supporting local designers (thereby reducing the carbon foot print and generating employment), buying sustainable fabrics, re-wearing and sharing clothing, up-cycling, re-cycling and generally being more aware of the story behind what you are wearing