PS . . . Hilary loves Lainey too

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Article Date: October 23, 2006 | Publication: Irish Independent | Author: Anne-Marie Walsh
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Million dollar star bags some woolly wonders while filming Cecelia’s novel

OSCAR-winning actress Hilary Swank had a tight grip on a bag of the Irish designer’s latest creations as she left Ireland.

‘Million Dollar Baby’ actress Swank was seen heading home with a bundle of fashion goodies after filming an adaptation of Cecelia Ahern’s first novel.

The Hollywood star was spotted on board a flight to New York with a smart shopping bag sporting the name of the well-known Irish designer in gold.

Staff at Lainey Keogh confirmed that Hilary went on a spree at the designer’s couture haven on Dawson Street with two friends, including top LA stylist Cindy Evans, just over a week ago.

Hilary’s fascination with the Irish designer had obviously grown after she wore some of her delicate handmade creations on the set of ‘PS I Love You’ in Wicklow.

Lainey, known for her spiderweb patterns in luxurious, exotic, yarns, was the designer of choice of costume designer, Cindy Evans, who worked as the stylist on the big budget Alcon Entertainment film.

The Irish designer has been a firm favourite of Evans since the pair collaborated on other ventures including ‘The Forgotten,’ starring Julianne Moore, and ‘Along Came Polly,’ with Jennifer Aniston and Ben Stiller.

Swank, who flew home two Fridays ago, is buying into an exclusive A-list club of Lainey admirers that includes Demi Moore, Liz Taylor and Isabella Rossellini.

“They came in and bought tons of stuff,” said Lainey’s assistant.

“Hilary and the girls were in just over a week ago on a day off for some personal shopping. They were obviously delighted to have some time to shop. They bought various different things and some lovely yummy Laineys, including cashmere coats, sweaters and scarves.

“Hilary saw the lovely things that Lainey had made when she was in Ireland and then decided to come in shopping.

“Cindy is a very good friend of Lainey and they have worked on several movies in the past. She would have asked for special pieces for Hilary for the film.”

The Irish knitwear specialist’s slinky, lacy, knitwear is a firm favourite in Hollywood.

Lainey has been knitting for well over a decade and made her catwalk debut at London Fashion Week. Supermodels Helena Christensen, Eva Herzigova and Naomi Campbell all modelled for a dress instead of a fee, along with Sophie Dahl.

Lainey’s stylist-to-thestars pal Cindy Evans has worked on numerous Hollywood blockbusters including ‘North Country,’ ‘The Legend of Bagger Vance,’ ‘Buddy,’ ‘That Thing You Do,’ ‘Honeymoon in Vegas,’ and ‘White Fang.’

Meanwhile, the set of ‘PS I Love You’ has moved to New York, where filming continued last Tuesday at the Gunther building on Broome Street.

Swank plays widow Holly whose life takes an unexpected turn when she discovers 10 letters left by her husband (Gerry Butler) to help ease her pain and start a new life.

‘Friends’ star Lisa Kudrow plays one of Swank’s best friends, who is a successful and single press agent in the Big Apple.