UK news Tennis ace Naomi Osaka sports Portstewart fashion designer Hope McAuley's rainbow knitwear on cover of GQ magazine last news
MetiNews.Com - Making your way in the tough world of fashion is all about getting your name out there, finding the best exposure for your designs.
Breaking News ! "Making your way in the tough world of fashion is all about getting your name out there, finding the best exposure for your designs. And one young designer from Northern Ireland hit the jackpot when her creation was worn by the new Australian Open tennis champion Naomi Osaka - and ended up adorning the cover of one of the world's leading fashion magazine's, GQ.Fresh from university, Hope Macaulay from Portstewart embarked on her fashion career in 2018, and could only have dreamed of smashing it on the cover of a glossy magazine which is renowned as a fashion bible across the globe.Two years ago it was a show at London Fashion Week that first caught attention for her new brand, but this week she has served an ace thanks to the world's leading tennis stars.And the 24-year-old, who has built her reputation on social media channels like Instagram, is now primed for even bigger things after initially being approached by the magazine back in November."I think GQ must have spotted the clothes on Instagram," she said. "That's the biggest tool at the minute for getting attention. I got an e-mail out of the blue at the end of November and that was exciting to start with. I'd had opportunities before from magazines, but though the interest was fantastic, these things sometimes disappear as quickly as they come. "The biggest fashion magazines always look at loads of clothes," added Hope, who still lives in the north coast seaside town overlooking the Atlantic ocean."The stylist at GQ was looking for ideas for the March edition, so asked me to send through a look book, a copy of my designs. I did, then they asked for the loan of some pieces."I sent eight items over to Los Angeles, then they all came back in the middle of December."You don't expect these things to happen, but when I contacted GQ in January to get some feedback they told me one of the items had been selected for their photo shoot.
."What was chosen for the photographs was one of Hope's signature designs. She has already started to make a name for herself in chunky, hand-made knitwear, and her Paradise Colossal Knit, with its bright rainbow of 100% Marino wool, will be a colourful addition to magazine racks across the world this month."I've been excited all month," said Hope, who was even more thrilled to later find out that one of the most talked about sporting stars in the world was the model for her clothes.She added: "They didn't tell me anything more. It was only when I saw the cover, when it was released to the world, that Naomi Osaka was wearing it."The timing could hardly have been better. The Japanese tennis star won the year's first Grand Slam event, the Australian Open, last weekend - the fourth major title of her career.Hope added: "She's probably the biggest thing in women's sport right now and to see her wearing something I made is something you dream about. "The shoot was for a Valentine special, with her boyfriend, Cordae, a Grammy nominated rapper in the US,"I hope people think it looks great on her," said Hope, who may be forgiven for thinking her fashion career has already hit a peak.But there is much more to come from the fashion textile graduate from the University of Creative Arts in Rochester, Kent."I've already had contact with another celebrity stylist who is interested in looking at my designs and there's been interest from across the world since the cover of GQ was released," she said."The ultimate dream though? My own boutique on Fifth Avenue in New York! Hopefully there will be a real knock-on effect from this. I couldn't have wished for anything better to get my designs out there.""
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