Objects of Desire: Add Irish Fashion Design to your Autumn Winter wardrobe

Leap into the AW18 season with our pick of the most fashion-forward designs from Design Ireland.

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The Manley brand is renowned for a modern approach to contemporary Irish fashion and particularly for the use of beautiful soft leathers and suede fabrics in their designs. Brand director, Emma Manley, says that she has turned to print as part of her collection too and therefore AW18 sees a burst of pattern - new for the brand this season and an exciting addition to her range of dresses, coats, separates and accessories.

The Mia dress seen here is a modern mix of eclectic print fabric and lustrous black patent leather collar. The dress is a flattering and comfortable A-line silhouette which nips in at the waist and which can be adjusted using ties at the back. Print is a big trend for AW18 - what better way to embrace it than with the Mia? €299. 

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Natalie B Coleman is one of Ireland's most daring and creative fashion designers and is known for her conceptual approach to Irish fashion design as well as her feminist ideals. Every item in the designer's collection is handmade in her studio off Parnell Square in Dublin by Natalie and her team. 

Natalie strives to incorporate Irish and European fabrics into her collections and has frequently collaborated with Irish manufacturers such as Molloy & Sons in Donegal - fifth generation weavers - to create bespoke fabrics for her designs. This season she has worked with them to produce a Donegal Tweed with a fine lurex thread running through it. 

The design pictured here is part of Natalie B Coleman's Guaranteed to Bleed collection for AW18. Her black ruched bra top features elasticated sleeves and an elasticated detail at the front and back and is made in 100% stretch cotton.  €170. 

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Debbie Millington's bright and brilliant prints are the perfect antidote to darkening days and ideal for adding an injection of colour to your existing wardrobe. The quality of her fabrics is excellent and her scarves are wonderfully soft and luxurious to the touch meaning you simply won't want to take them off.

Pictured here is her Zebra scarf featuring a modern combination of classic colour combination and vibrant custom design. Large in size, measuring 90cm by 90cm, it costs €190. 

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Alison Conneely’s work is grounded in her Connemara roots and her respect for the craft and textile tradition of Ireland. She produces clothes that are modern classics being designed and made with careful consideration and skill to last a lifetime.

Pictured here is the designer's handmade relaxed fit, drop shoulder, Bella contemporary coat made in Donegal tweed with a pure silk lining. €1,250. 

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The Aran or cable sweater is now officially a design classic and this season features in the collections of such couture brands as Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney and Valentino. The trend is for an oversized style worn with jeans or a midi-skirt and shoes with a high vamp or boots. Keep jewellery minimal and chic. 

This example by Irelands Eye is a wonderful way to tap into the knitwear trend without having to splurge on a designer price tag. Made in 100% merino wool it is a piece that is perfectly on-trend whilst remaining utterly timeless. €84.95. 

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