Spring Summer 16 is here and I can't wait to show it off. What you usually get to see is the final, polished product. The truth is, there's a lot more that goes into creating these collections and into the making of our beautiful seasonal campaign and I want to show you just how Team Manley makes this happen.
This season Arnotts pulled out all the stops for their SS16 launch. The catwalk show featured 50 looks from the SS16 collections that have just landed in store. Now call me biased, but I reckon Manley SS16 stole the Show!Read More
So you think being a fashion designer is glamorous? This is the side of the job you don’t get to see!
After all that, I reckon the Manley stand at Showcase looks pretty awesome!
Have you seen the latest Totally Dublin? As always it's packed with awesomeness but this edition is extra special as you get a sneak peak of Manley SS16 jewellery … eeek! There's allot of me chatting about Manley too and what SS16 means to me.Read More
It’s not the first time Aoibhin Garrihy has sported some Manley and I think it’s fair to say she looks bloody good in it! Aoibhin is this week’s RTE Guide cover star and guess who she’s wearing? Manley!Read More
Unfold gave 11 Irish designers the opportunity to showcase their SS16 collections at London Fashion Week and Manley was one of the lucky chosen one’s. The unfold project was spearheaded by the DCCOI and headed up by Aisling Farinella as part of #ID2015 and both parties did an incredible job in making it happen.
The Institute of Contemporary Arts was transformed by The Decorators and turned into the set for our SS16 Presentation.
Friday night was the official launch party and presentation and the ICA was heaving with press, stylists, buyers and the odd proud mum! All of whom drooled over the Irish SS16 offering. The rooms housed the best of Irish in fashion, knitwear, jewellery and millinery collections.
Manley SS16 'Box Clever' will be showing at the Institute of Contemporary Arts on Saturday the 19th of September from 9am-3pm. To book an appointment, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
After months of prep, it's finally here! Tonight will see the official launch of Unfold, a presentation of Irish designers at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. The presentation kicks off at 7pm and will launch the Manley SS16 collection along with 10 other Irish designers.
We have BIG news! I'm delighted to announce that Manley is one of the eleven chosen designers to showcase our SS16 collection at London Fashion Week this September! This showcase is part of the Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) international programme of events and activities.
The event, titled Unfold, will be presented at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th September as an official on-schedule event as part of London Fashion Week. Yup, thats right, we’re ON-SCHEDULE!!!
The ten other designers showcasing alongside Manley are: NATALIEBCOLEMAN, We Are Islanders, Emma Manley, Jill de Burca, Helen Steele, Honor Fitzsimons, Chupi,Maria Dorai Raj, Laura Kinsella, Martha Lynn and Capulet & Montague.
The selection of designers across womenswear, accessories, fine jewellery and millinery were chosen by a judging panel consisting of ID2015, Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, international buyers and key media. They put us through our paces and we we’re one of the lucky 11 chosen from 40 applicants.
We have a month to get Manley SS16 London Fashion Week ready. Wish us luck!
The start of a season, where all the fun starts. No limitations our boundaries … just yet! It’s a time to gather inspiration, experiment with new colour palettes and time to choose fabrics for the coming season.
04:50am alarm call, 07:00am flight and I’m in Milan by 10:30am having caught up on fashion mags and having made lists for the day ahead.
It’s important to go over with a clear plan on what I’m looking for and what I need. Otherwise I get caught up in all the beautiful fabric offerings and completely lose sight of what I have already decided on for the season.
I was packing in so much that my first meeting was held in Bergamo airport. Yup, the airport, not as glamourous as you thought! Beautiful fabrics are beautiful fabrics no matter where you see them right?!
Though a flying visit, 19 hours to be precise, there’s always time to grab lunch on the go. Check this out for Italy’s version of petrol station grub, not bad eh! Beats the jambons and coke that Ireland offers!
The remainder of the day was spent travelling from fabric mill to fabric mill, scouring through books of fabric samples. I need to be decisive about what I do and don’t like but also what I do and don’t NEED, because otherwise I end up coming home with too many samples and that just makes the decision process longer and harder. See the fabric mills is always a pleasure. I love being that close to the process, knowing where it came from, how it’s treated and I feel it informs me better on how to use it.
And so it’s time to bring my bag full of samples back to Dublin. With all the rushing, there’s no harm in having a little airport grub and a glass of the good stuff. Make that two glasses of the good stuff, my flight was delayed by three hours ...