Making a breakthrough in the world of fashion isn’t easy and, for some designers it never happens, but that’s not the case for Kyree Forrest from Limavady who has done it in style.
The 25-year-old has just launched her label at one of Ireland’s best known department stores, Brown Thomas.
As if that’s not an achievement in itself, Kyree’s designs are now on display alongside some of the biggest labels in the fashion industry, including Armani and Diane von Furstenberg.
Kyree, a resident designer of the Fashion and Textile Design Centre on Shipquay Street in Derry, explained the chance of a lifetime came when her label - Kyree Forrest - was selected to showcase in the ‘Ones to Watch’ category of what’s known as the ‘Irish Fashion Oscars’ - the Irish Fashion Innovation awards in March.
The category is sponsored by Brown Thomas, who display the most promising emerging Irish designers.
True to form, Kyree’s designs are now on show for all to see at Brown Thomas in Galway.
“I delivered several garments from my Autumn/Winter 2016 collection for the Galway Brown Thomas window display and ‘in store’ exhibition. Soon after they released images of their recently adorned window display, which included my two-piece gown - a skirt fabricated with 300 individual pieces of black silk organza and a suede patchwork top,” said Kyree. “Seeing my label share space with the brands such as Armani and Diane von Furstenberg was an honour and an inspiration.”
Kyree presented her collection in store in a ‘Meet the Designer’ event last month, when she was able to meet with customers and discuss her collection in detail.
“On arrival to the store, my gown stood boldly in the window. A Kyree Forrest aline patchwork dress, constructed of approximately 50 individual pieces of silver leather and silver silk organza, and a bonded wool patchwork jumper dress, trimmed in black leather, were also presented in store,” explained Kyree.
“Through its geometric shapes, my collection reflected the inspiration of diamonds, the cross section of patterns reflecting the intricate facets in the precious stones.”
The Roe Valley designer said she is thrilled at seeing her work on disaply beside some of the biggest fashion labels in the world.
“I feel particularly grateful about this fulfilling experience. The platform it provided me has been a catalyst for my label’s launch into the fashion industry, especially at such a preliminary stage and I aim to continue in this accelerating direction,” said Kyree.