The Primrose collection has been largely inspired by my late grandparents incredible china collections, which rarely saw the light of day, so in a way this is my way of paying them homage and spreading the joy they have brought me! You’ll find plates, floral and sea shell motifs throughout the prints of this collection. Crisp cottons, luxurious silks and fluid cotton satins make this collection feel luxurious but at the same time wearable. Pinks, purples, blues and oranges contribute to the overarching joyous mood of this collection.
Photography: Zoe Ardiff, Makeup: Polina Perminova, Model: Lily M, NotAnother ITL, Fashion Assistant: Anna Deliu, shot at Fade Street Studios
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Caoimhe Murphy presents a collection rich in texture, volume and craftsmanship for AW22. Influenced by Victorian silhouettes, poetry and anatomical studies, the collection features 2 prints designed in house, hand beaded frothy tulle pieces and of course her signature fabric manipulation in silks and taffeta. She wants you to feel like you’re wearing a love letter to yourself. With a continued commitment to sustainability, you will find GOTS organic cotton and GOTS printed organic cotton using OEKO-Tex certified inks make up the majority of the collection, in a palette of black, teal, fuchsia and blush.
Caoimhe Murphy presents a vibrant, bold, pattern-heavy collection for Spring/Summer 2022, inspired by the rich colour palette, landscape and architecture of Marrakesh. The Jardin Majorelle, Bahia Palace, and Ourika Mountain inform the lively, colourful prints (designed in house) shown in feminine silhouettes in organic silk, organic cotton and Tencel materials.
Off-cut fabric is repurposed in appliqués of silk organza and denim to add texture to certain pieces, whilst hand cut floral motifs in denim create depth. Circular, draped ruffles in cotton and denim are a nod to the incredible cactus collection at the Jardin Majorelle in Marrakesh.
Pinks, reds, oranges and blues give this collection a sense of fun and embracing life when there is so much need for joy right now with current events unfolding. If you can wear your favourite dress and feel a hit of dopamine at the same time, it’s more than just adding another piece to your wardrobe.
Representing inner strength, change, peace and individuality, the symbolism of the dahlia flower is what the Autumn/Winter ’21 collection aims to embody. The magnificent way in which the petals are arranged in concentric circles, creating a rounded silhouette, is echoed in the forms and manipulation techniques seen throughout the collection. Along with the dahlia, the Japanese kimono has informed the construction of certain garments. Organic cottons, silks and wools are juxtaposed with rich sequins and velvet embellishments in a moody, feminine palette of black, navy and blush.
Photography: Zoe Ardiff | Makeup/Hair: Polina Perminova at Not Another International | Model: Annasthasia Fitzgerald at Not Another International | Studio: The 8 Space, Dublin IE, September 2021
This collection was borne out of a need for escapism and a craving for joy amid this historic year. For me the escapism comes from working with my hands to create something beautiful, and I hope that for others, this collection will offer a fantastical escape from our current reality.
The luxurious organic silks (GOTS certified, read more about that here) used in this collection are enhanced with fabric manipulation techniques and paired with printed mesh, in a sweet colour palette of fuchsia, candyfloss and chocolate tones.
Each piece in the collection is designed to be easily introduced into your existing wardrobe, and cherished for years to come before eventually being passed down.
Photography: Eoin Greally – Styling: Zeda the Architect – Makeup and hair: Polina Perminova – Model: Cadhla Kehinde O’Reilly at Not Another Agency, Dublin IE – Location: The 8 Space, Dublin IE
This collection explores the themes and imagery of self-protection, defiance and resilience in Grimms’ fairytales. Briar Rose, Rapunzel and The Twelve Dancing Princesses are models in establishing the type of audacious yet romantic woman wearing the collection. These idealised young women overcome entrapment, briar thickets and vengeance before realising their fate. Each piece comprises layers of silks and tulle, with leather and acrylic providing both embellishment and armour. Laser-cutting, varnishing, and perspex-moulding are some of the key processes that drive the work, making it so distinctive. The result is a dramatic, avant-garde collection, envisaged as bespoke womenswear.
Photographed by Doreen Kilfeather, modelled by Rachel Droop, 2019