Clodagh McKenna: “Everyone was worried that I didn’t have my wedding dress, but I had what I wanted in mind”
Self-sufficiency runs deep in the life of Chef Clodagh McKenna – and I’m not just talking about gardening and sustainable products here. When it comes to fashion, the Cork-born cook, writer and TV personality has a strong independent streak and if that means planning all of her jewelry, clothing and accessories for posts on her Instagram account @clodagh_mckenna and her weekly slot kitchen at This Morning, which has an audience of millions of people, so she’s on the case.
lodagh is launching its first jewelry line next week, a collaboration with Irish brand Juvi.
She says when planning her wedding to Harry Herbert at Broadspear in Hampshire last August, “everyone was so worried that I didn’t have my wedding dress or that I didn’t have a stylist.” .
However, she explains, âI was like, I’ve got what I want in my head and I’m pretty sure I can find it from Alice Temperley. I wear her dresses for the red carpets. I love her style and her clothes look really good on me. I stayed in his studio in Somerset. I was there for two hours and left with my dress. It was the first dress I tried on.
When you know you know. I’m intrigued by Clodagh’s modus operandi when it comes to choosing her TV outfits. âI probably do it about once a month. I’m going to spend two days, and then when I travel to London or do my makeup or whatever, I’m constantly going to look at different looks and put them together to get some ideas. It was difficult during the pandemic because everything was online; I like to go to the stores and try on specific things.
“It wasn’t until I started This morning that I really started to spend more time on it. Some things work on TV and some don’t, and trying to create my own style – I love that 1970s style; high-waisted flared jeans and simple embroidered or lace shirts. It takes a long time, but I really enjoy the process. It’s really good because I get a lot of responses from people.
In her wardrobe you will find dungarees and denim boots from the French brand SÃ©zane, H&M and Zara from the main street, boots from the Spanish designer Penelope Chilvers, Veja shoes and bespoke shirts from the London brand. durable With Nothing Underneath.
âI spent more money on jeans and less on shirts. I opted for Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop brand as they are all sustainably made. I got them over three years ago and wear them every week.
The chef has also put time into her Juvi collaboration. A client for 15 years, the project came to life very organically after she called to inquire about new pieces she could style for TV work and they asked her if she wanted to partner up. with them.
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Clodagh For Juvi features four seasons of charm, and each represents fruits and vegetables that grow in abundance throughout each season.
âI love wearing necklaces with pendants and charms, and thought I would like something that would reflect everything I do at Broadspear, so I came back with the idea of ââdoing something based on the seasons, âsays Clodagh.
The four fall charms are blackberry, sweetcorn wrapped in its husk, plump pumpkin, and Clodagh’s trademark happy hen. The charms are in sterling silver and 18k gold vermeil, priced at â¬ 64 and â¬ 69, respectively. The idea is that you can layer, and charms for winter, spring, and summer will be added.
The range is available for pre-order today from juvidesigns.com and clodaghmckenna.com and in store from October 30 at Arnotts, Dublin, and Brown Thomas, Cork.
Kudos to Nicki Hoyne, who has been nominated for two categories at next month’s Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDA) awards – for Rising Star and also Accessories Designer. This month, Nicki expanded her collection of Spanish-made shoes by adding four more colors to her line of tasseled flats, priced at â¬ 205.
What also caught my eye was her cropped ankle boot, which Nicki calls a âwear with everythingâ boot. It happens in four colors – a glittery style in black and also available in purple, both priced at â¬ 250, a black python boot (â¬ 270) and a purple pony (â¬ 290), all available for purchase at Arnotts.
Nicki’s ankle boots were inspired by the idea of ââKate Moss backstage at a concert, meeting up at a VIP party and dancing until dawn.
âIt’s darker and darker than previous collections but still has some vibrancy and texture,â says the Kilkenny native who founded online accessories brand Shining Armor in 2014 and whose career has it. seen working for brands like Diageo, Nintendo, Marc Jacobs and Balenciaga. .
Today, she is firmly determined to create a brand focused on sustainable development. Its collection of handbags are handcrafted in Spain, with all materials sourced from Europe as close to the factory as possible. nickihoyne.com