For our most recent photo shoot we were delighted to bring some incredible women to the fore and showcase real customers wearing our designs. We were heartened and inspired by the response and we'll be forever grateful for the incredible ladies who put themselves forward. It was a day we'll treasure forever and we thought it was only right our readers get the chance to get to know our marvellous models too!
Tell us a little about yourself!
I live in the country and love it, the best of both worlds! Adore my husband and 2 fur-babies, Major and Mr. Bear, Bernese mountain dog crosses. Have always been interested in fashion, influenced by my late mother where stylish, good things always caught her eye! The apple doesn't fall far from the tree! I'm a teacher of Home Economics.
What were the attitudes towards fashion in your house growing up?
I grew up on our family farm...always loved getting new clothes for winter or summer and enjoyed getting dressed up for Mass on Sundays...that was the occasion of the week back then. My mother loved shoes and clothes and kept everything! I do too...not always a good habit! My mother never told my father how much things cost...I didn't make that mistake! Keep it real! When I was younger, I got hand-me downs from cousins and passed on my clothes too...I couldn't wait to receive some items, I didn't have hang ups about second hand stuff, still don't and have some amazing items I've bought second hand! Sustainability in action!
What shape has your life has taken now and how you dress to facilitate it?
As a new young teacher I shopped a lot and loved the latest fashions...in the 80's Princess Diana was an icon with big hair, big shoulder pads, big collars....big everything! I liked to get dressed up for work and be an inspiration to my students but flat shoes determine my work fashion these days, I still like combining colours, textures and fabrics and using my fashion to teach about proportion, emphasis and balance. It makes it real and hopefully relevant for students. I've got to be able to move comfortably.
How would you define your personal style?
My style is fitted, as I'm small, understated, a pop of colour but it can be neutrals. I like to think it's practical and if I can wear it to work, I'll get the wear out of it! I like clean lines, uncluttered, natural fabrics where possible. I like classic shapes and a lot of my clothes I've had for years while I'll update with something that's on trend.
What’s your go-to piece of clothing when you want to feel amazing?
It will be a dress, usually one of yours! Great colour, fit, fabric, zip it up and walk...in high heels! Add ear-rings and a bag!
Who’s your role model?
Hard to say that I have one role model...at this stage in my life I've made enough mistakes to be able to define my own style and what works for me. I follow Kate Middleton on IG but Megan Markle's clean, unfussy style appeals to me.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
You wear the clothes, don't let the clothes wear you!
What does Heidi Higgins mean to you?
Heidi Higgins means elegant, understated, flattering and confident!
Hi I love Heidis clothes always buy for weddings and special occasions. Always a great fit love the colours smart fit and clean lines . I live in same parish as Dorothy we know one another. Came from same village before we married. Small world . I love clothes and fashion in general. I have 3 daughters and a son and my best friend and husband Michael. We have 5 grandchildren.
Keep safe and enjoy the weather .
Hello Heidi, I have just read all about beautiful Dorothy. And I would agree with her on what HH means to us all. On a Holy Thursday eve on National TV, I wore one of my many many HH’s dresses. Please go to Play Back on RTÉ 1 TV at 4.40pm broadcast from The Cathedral of Christ the King and u will see me, Helen Kiernan, a good customer of yours, reading from the Ambo in front of all the RTÉ cameras , wearing an orange stunning HH dress. Watch it , the dress is spectacular and got so so many wow comments.
Helen Kiernan, Mullingar.