Style Notes: Fall back in love with casual wear, relaxed suits and traditional tweed

Huge congratulations to experienced fashion businesswoman, Maeve Dennehy, who today launches her own collection called Oh Molly.

ome of you might already know Maeve from her Love Cherish boutique in Charleville, County Cork, and its popular website which thrived during lockdown.

“Comfort is no longer a choice, it’s a necessity,” says Maeve, who created her new collection from scratch.

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Coco leopard cardigan €68, Diana green dress €68,ohmolly.ie

It’s a wearable wardrobe of comfort-inspired pieces with a bit of personality that easily mix and match and can be dressed up or down. What caught my eye was the strong colour palette with useful pieces across leopard print and block colours, including a very striking green in the ‘Diana’ dress and ‘Coco’ cardi combo (pictured).

“The collection is all about bringing the comfort factor, that we grew to love in lockdown, into everyday dressing so it can be effortless and fun for women on the go,” says Maeve.

“The reason I created this brand is when lockdown hit, I had to change my business to stock a lot of one-size casual pieces.

“It worked well and people loved them, but it did reach a point where only leggings and hooded tops were becoming everyone’s go-to wardrobe. I really noticed how people struggle with casual but fun everyday dressing; putting on clothes that are comfortable and easy to wear but have a bit of personality about them.”

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Coco cardigan, €69, and leopard skirt, €56, ohmolly.ie

The ‘Coco’ cardigan is available in sizes XS-XL and it also comes in a green with a wide, varsity-style white stripe. The vibrant green also works really well in the matching ‘Michelle’ blazer (€86) and ‘Gloria’ trouser (€55), available in sizes 8-18. The mix-and-match suit option for work and weekends also comes in a sophisticated stone colour.

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‘Amelia’ dress, €59, ‘Nora’ beanie, €20, ohmolly.ie

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‘Michelle’ blazer, €86, ‘Gloria’ trouser, €55, and ‘Marie’ T-shirt, €32,ohmolly.ie

When you fall in love with the colour palette, you’ll want to play around with more options, such as the green cardigan teamed with a leopard skirt (€56) or the leopard print ‘Amelia’ dress (€59), available in sizes 8-18. All looks were designed to look equally good with heels, boots or trainers. ohmolly.ie

Tweedy tales

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Josie coat in orange herringbone, €550, Magee 1866

Magee 1866, which has been designing, weaving and tailoring luxurious fabrics for five generations, has introduced two new coats in its women’s outerwear collection, including the ‘Josie’ in an orange herringbone Donegal tweed (pictured). Short and stylish, the coat, costing €550, is a lovely contemporary shape.

The brand has displayed a strong commitment to developing Irish wool for use in its textiles, and this coat is made with wool sourced from Irish sheep and spun and woven in Donegal. The second new style, the ‘Jessica’ (€725) is a classic plaid swing coat. 

Working on the collection in the depths of a global pandemic made the Magee team appreciate where they live even more than ever, according to Director of Design Charlotte Temple, who is a fifth generation family member.

“The various lockdowns, in a way, forced a new familiarity with our immediate surroundings and offered a new opportunity to observe and engage with the landscape.

“These are the same landscapes that have inspired Magee tweeds for decades. This collection embraces our own natural fibre fabrics, designed and woven at our mill in Donegal town.

“We have delved into our archives and reinvigorated the classics,” she said. magee1866.com

Tote with a purpose

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‘A Break in the Path’ organic cotton tote bag , €20 from The Garden

Domino Whisker is a thrilling talent. The Dubliner started out creating embroidered works of art as she cared for her artist father, Charlie Whisker. Last April, Domino lost Charlie to Alzheimer’s and in a very personal and heartfelt project, she has collaborated on a limited-edition tote bag with florist and plantscaper Mark Grehan of The Garden shop in Powerscourt.

The ‘A Break in the Path’ organic cotton tote bag features an embroidered flower breaking through the ground, symbolising the daily struggle faced by Alzheimer’s sufferers, and the brief moments of respite they can experience.

The embroidery is based on the hardy but ethereal bog cotton gathered by Mark in his native Connemara, and has been reproduced on a limited run of 250 totes.They co st €20 during the month of September and all proceeds go to the Alzheimer Society of Ireland.

To mark the launch of ‘A Break in the Path’, photographer Philip White has created a series of images of Dublin, documenting how lockdown has led to the re-wilding of our towns and cities. The images will be displayed in-store at The Garden as a standalone exhibition from next Thursday alongside Domino’s original embroidery, with complementary floral and plantscaping by Mark. thegarden.ie