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Liam Neeson's son Michael opens Soho boutique

By Claire McNeilly

From Taken action hero to style icon. That was the general consensus when a dapper Liam Neeson (62) appeared at the launch of eldest son Micheal's fashion gallery.

The Ballymena-born Hollywood A-lister looked dashing in a grey metallic-effect suit, blue open-necked shirt and tan loafers at the Maison Mais Non launch in London's Soho on Tuesday.

And his son - who has opened the gallery in testament to his new passion for fashion - looked suitably hip in skinny jeans and fitted jacket.

Micheal, who admitted turning to drink and drugs after his mother Natasha Richardson, died after a skiing accident in 2009, said that she had inspired his new project.

"Fashion was something I never went after before, but it's so important, as it shows who you are," he said.

"Back in New York (where he grew up) I didn't have a good reputation for fashion, because I wore what I liked and I'd be called a hipster for just wearing a couple of chains.

"But the one thing my mum taught me was to dress how you feel, dress how you want.

"She loved dressing up for every occasion and sometimes wore some pretty crazy stuff."

His mum - who was born into one of Britain's best-known acting dynasties and was known for her roles in The Parent Trap and Patty Hearst - suffered a head injury while skiing at the resort of Mont Tremblant in Quebec, Canada. She wasn't wearing a helmet, and hit the left side of her face, tearing a blood vessel in the brain, which proved fatal.

She died, aged 45, the next day in New York, where she had been taken by air ambulance.

Micheal, a self-professed "momma's boy", said her death, six years ago, was "all very sudden".

"Of course, when it happened it was devastating," the now 19-year-old told the Evening Standard.

"But in my mind, subconsciously, I either pushed it out or stored it deep inside.

"And so, within the next week, I was like: 'OK, on with my life'."

It was last year after he "hit rock bottom" that he decided to deal with his issues and entered rehab.

"Last spring, things just started going downhill," he told the Sunday Times Style magazine.

"The people I was with, we were partying a lot.

"I couldn't leave my house. I was unmotivated, couldn't wake up in the morning. It was dark. I hit rock bottom and couldn't do anything."

Now that he has turned his life around, and his attention to fashion, it seems that Micheal has no intention of following in his parents footsteps by treading the boards.

Other famous actor faces at Tuesday's bash included Ralph Fiennes, who chose a double denim ensemble with black brogues.

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