The Greek goddess Theia is credited with giving gold and silver their shine, diamonds their fire and emeralds their sparkle. Fitting, then, that the latest collection from the couture bridal brand be imbibed with that same light and shimmer.
This season Don O'Neill has brought Theia's sparkle to the Mongolian tundra. He's combined his own Irish heritage with inspiration from the native tribes of Mongolia. An odd combination, granted, but it translates beautifully into a warm, luxurious and cozy collection.
Cashmeres, exotic furs, chunky embroideries and heavy laces all play a part; with texture and volume (sans crinoline skirts) the ultimate aim.
The socially responsible element of the collection is commendable (cashmere company Naadam collaborated with their Mongolian-made fabrics) but it is ultimately the quality of the gowns that impresses the most. Hand-woven coats, an Irish fisherman knit, felted raw wool and heavy poncho bring O'Neill's fantasy bride into being while the pearl bodice, and polished pebble and porcelain beads add beautiful embellishment.
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