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May 31, 2010 - 6 comments

Amanda Grogan


Photograph by Peter Fingleton

Last Thursday I went to see NCAD 2010 graduate fashion show. Amongst the graduates, my incredible  Spring Summer 2008 season assistant, Amanda Grogan, was showing her final year collection. I was so excited to see her pieces come down the catwalk.

 I'm sure this will be the begining of a promising career. She has the enthusiasm, personality, drive and commitment to make it through the adventures the next few years will offer her.

Selected from houndreds of candidates from around the world she has been chosen as a finalist in Italian Mittelmoda competition next July....We wish you the best and break a leg!!!

I feel so lucky to have shared a season with her and hope someday we will do something together!


April 16, 2010 - 4 comments

Heart Skips a Beat in Ireland


I was recently asked by a  twitter friend, what I thought made a good show? As anything regarding taste, it so so  relative.

Personally I detest shows that are load, in volume and in visual effects. I'm not sure if it's something local, as I've never experienced this type of show abroad, but in Ireland, too frequently, the show seems to be more about the visual effects and sponsors than about the clothes.

That is the first no no for me. A show should be about the clothes. FULL STOP. 

The second show I'm rescuing  from my memory archives... was in Ireland. Another incredibly talented designer, and certainly one of my favourites, Helen Cody, put on a show that left me enchanted for years.. I still get excited thinking about it.

In an abandoned building on the South Quays of Dublin's Docklands she delighted us with an event that could have been as memorable had it been in London or Paris.

The location, the music and above all the clothes left the audience breathhless. And for those of us in the industry...well... we left with hope and illusion that wonderful shows can be done in this country.....

Here are a few images of the collection she showed, taken in the venue by photographer Matthew Thompson









April 15, 2010 - Comments Off on When your heart skips a beat…the fashion shows I’ll never forget

When your heart skips a beat…the fashion shows I’ll never forget

Drawn to the fashion circus like a magnet at a very young age, when I moved to Madrid as a late teenager I volunteered backstage at it's Fashion Week for many seasons.

I have been to a fair share of shows in my lifetime and have mentioned a couple in this blog which have had a considerable imapct in my life and have stayed very relevant in my memory, here and here...

There are a few shows however, which keep appearing in my thoughts when I look back at the past few years in fashion. Some which I spirit...and the others... in person.

The first show I'd like to share with you happened in October 2004.  I was at a waiting lounge at Charles de Gaulle airport, returning to Dublin from my first trip to Paris Fashion Week  as an independent designer. I crossed eyes with a very young silver haired girl who by the looks had obviously been in the city for the same purpose. She was a buyer for a great boutique in Belfast called the Bureau.

The evening before she had been to fashion show by one of my favourite designers, Dries van Noten. The very short hour flight back was hardly enough for her to describe the extraordinary efforts  Dries' team had made to put on the show for his 50th collection. Her excitement was so contagious it was if I had been part of it myself.

Apparently, 500 guests were summoned at certain location and then driven in buses to a distant factory/warehouse outside of Paris. They walked into the empty warehouse and all they could see were huge chandeliers hanging from the cieling. As they got closer they realized there was a long long long table set for dinner. After the '250 waiter choreographed dinner' was severed, the chandeliers were raised and the table turned into a catwalk .

Deservingly, it was the most talked about show that season and many seasons later you can still over hear people talking about it during fashion week.

Here are a few of the images... and a link to my Facebook page were I've shared a video

Dries 1


Dries 2

Dries 4

Dries 3




Do check out the video linked on the Silent Storyteller on Facebook 



April 7, 2010 - 5 comments

Alison Conneely

I have been eager to feature Alison Conneely's work on this blog for sometime. Not wanting to pigeon hole her as a designer or a stylist, I see her more as a creative visionary with a taste for the dark side. 

Yet another great Irish talent, she produces intriguing and inspiring material, both in styling and designing. 

Drawn to her work instantly, the creator remained unknown to me until I found multiple appearances in my 'favourites' archive and discovered they were from the same author.

Let the images speak for has been an almost impossible task to choose a small selection for this blog so here is a wonderful photo shoot she did in Bantry House with another great talent photographer Christian Ammann...







To see her current collection and an endless archive of wonderful work check her website

Alison Conneely