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Who Am I ?

DON O’NEILL

September 2011

1: Who am I?

Don O’Neill.

2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?

I am a fashion designer and currently the Creative Director of the THEIA. I am currently working on designing the Spring 2012 collection.

3: Where are you from and where are you going?

I am from Ballyheigue, County Kerry, Ireland. Where am I going? So far, my journey has taken me from Ballyheigue through, Cork, Dublin, London, Paris, and now, New York…the future is to be determined.

4: Who is your biggest hero?

Right now, it’s Governor Cuomo. Doing what’s right in spite of public opinion!

5: What book is your bible?

The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck.

6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?

I love my future husband, Pascal, I love my family, I love my job, I love good food, I love to travel, I love massages, I love sunsets, I love being spoiled, I love flying…especially in the front of the plane, I love sci-fi, I love my Mom’s rhubarb pie. I don’t hate anything; it’s such a negative word!

7: What is your raison d’être?

To make people feel happy and special.

8: What is your favorite color?

Being a Gemini, it depends on the day. I see beauty in all colors, and today it just so happens that I am wearing a Jill Sander rainbow striped graphic T-shirt which sums me up right there!

9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?

Luke Skywalker.

10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?

Soho House.

11: What turns you on?

Never you mind.

12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?

What amazing thing have you done for some else lately?

Don O’Neill, known for his elegant and sophisticated eveningwear, was born in a small village in the west of Ireland. From an early age, his mother and her clothing inspired him with her elegant Bergdorf Goodman dresses and Ib Jorgensen couture suits. Throughout Don’s formative years, this inspiration fueled his dreams of becoming a fashion designer.

Initially training as a chef, O’Neill was able to follow his true passion and study to be a fashion designer after winning a full tuition scholarship to the Barbara Bourke College of Fashion Design. Upon graduating, Don moved to London and apprenticed with Gina Fratini, Royal Couturier and fabled ball gown designer. He then went on to work with Couturier Donald Campbell in Knightsbridge. Following his apprenticeships in London, Don moved to Paris to continue his training, most notably alongside Christian Lacroix in the couture studio. After spending time in Paris, Don won a Green Card and decided to move to New York. Recognizing his immense talents, Don was hired by Carmen Marc Valvo, where he became the Design Director. After ten years with Carmen Marc Valvo, Don was lured away and went on to launch a new bridge eveningwear collection for Badgley Mischka, The Badgley Mischka Platinum label, which, under his stewardship, grew to be enormously successful.

Today, Don serves as the Creative Director for THEIA. The collection is a manifestation of Don’s vision to bring out every woman’s inner goddess. The collection opened in the Fall of 2009 to rave reviews, immediately being bought by Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and specialty stores around the globe. The designs have also garnered praise by celebrities including Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Emmy Rossum, and Norah Jones as well as media outlets including The Wall St. Journal, InStyle, People Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, Life & Style, New York Magazine, E! News, and more.

LINKS:

Theia

Facebook Page

Twitter: @thelacouture

@theiacouture

Questions by PMc Magazine

Edited by Meaghan Coffey

Photography by Joshual Allen

Design by Jillian Mercado

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Caption:

Don O’Neill, The Rivington Hotel, 2010, Photography by Joshual Allen

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