Ireland has no honours system, no lords,dames, sirs or chevaliers. Being on an Irish stamp is as good as it gets. In 2010 An Post (the Irish postal service) issued a set of stamps honouring six contemporary Irish designers. Lainey Keogh was one of them. (the others were: Philip Treacy, John Rocha, Orla Keily, Paul Costelloe and Louise Kennedy.)
I am a long time Lainey fan. Lainey Keogh is the talented knitwear queen who has honed her design skills for over twenty years. Lainey works using the traditional crafts of knitting and crochet in an imaginative way.
The Lainey label is about the art of the possible and a mysterious alchemic process. The results which flows from this fusion are stylish clothes woven from dreams. The beautiful ultra soft hand embroidered cashmere knits and the dreamlike crochet dresses have a timeless aura.
I could have bought a mass of stuff when I went to see her latest collection at Dublin’s Shelbourne hotel. I avoided credit card carnage by repeating my newly minted mantra endlessly ‘only buy to fill the gaps in your wardrobe’.