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Designer's homage to Hollywood princess Grace Kelly

BY BAIRBRE POWER

More than 30 years after her death, Grace Kelly is still proving her place in modern fashion as a true style icon -- and a Northern Ireland designer is helping keep the look as fresh today as it was in the 50s.

A two-week capsule knitwear installation opened at Brown Thomas in Dublin's Grafton Street today, featuring luxury knitwear inspired by Pringle of Scotland pieces found in the wardrobe of Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco.

The Hollywood actress turned European princess had a fondness for collecting Pringle knitwear and a pop-up shop entitled Princess Grace: More than an Image, features new pieces with resonances of Grace Kelly, designed by students from Central Saint Martins MA Fashion Design in London.

The new collection features high-end cashmere sweaters and twinsets costing from €750 (£633) to €856 (£722) and they are available exclusively at Brown Thomas Dublin, where Kelly shopped during a state visit in 1961.

The Kelly-inspired designs modelled here by Thalia Heffernan are perfectly complemented by Northern Ireland designer JW Anderson's 10-pleat skirt (£580).

The 29-year-old Magherafelt man -- the son of Ireland rugby hero Willie Anderson -- can do no wrong in the fashion world, where his rise has been rapid.

Known for his androgynous styling, the demure skirt pictured here shows how Anderson -- a star at this year's London Fashion Week -- can equally turn his hand to flattering feminine designs.

Rarely out of the headlines, French luxury giant LVMH --which owns brands including Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs -- bought a minority stake in fashion designer JW Anderson at the end of last month.

The deal will also see Anderson become creative director at LVMH's Spanish leather brand Loewe.

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