Thursday, April 7, 2011

Designer Crush; Mia O'Connell

 Let me introduce to you my favourite new designer on the Irish fashion scene. Mia O'Connell; graduate from The Limerick School of Art and Design in Fashion Design Mia has undertaken work experience with greats such as John Rocha, Marios Schwab, The Times London, British Vogue and Sakina M'Sa Paris. Her collections are infused with soft pieces of strong and dominant form. These clothes create soft silhouettes with a strong technical base that afford their wearer an elegant yet urban charm. Her pieces are "designed for a woman with a love for the fashion forward, who chooses to be feminine yet with an edge."

Blau von T meets Mia O'Connell.

Do you think your own personal style reflects your designs?
 Yes, I dress in a simplified version of the way I design. It is feminine but with a contemporary avant garde essence. When designing I am very aware of the figure inside the piece and the way women like to feel in clothes, I combine this with perhaps a draped element or an oversized detail to create contrast.

What would you do if you were not in the fashion industry?
If I was not involved in fashion I think I would be involved in graphic design. I have always loved putting together presentations, composition and taking photographs. I am currently doing a Photoshop and illustrator course and I hope to be able to do all my own catalogues in the future. It is another part of my work that I really love.

Currently selling in Ireland; Elaine Curtis Carlow, The Design Centre, Powerscourt Townhouse, Dublin.
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