Friday, March 30, 2007

Nokia fashion

At the Nokia Young Fashion Designer of the Year were: 1. Sarah Horgan and Alannah Murphy; 2. Rachel Wise and Sara Kavanagh and 3. Lucy Kennedy and Anne Doyle.
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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Music, fashion and everything else

Style HQ in suburbia, that Harvey Nichols, threw a mega bash last week in their hip restaurant to celebrate the latest issue of Image magazine, which profiles brilliant boys and all their glories. Entitled “The Boys are Back in Town”, the piece pays tribute to those guys who are blazing a trail in whatever they do.

Melanie Morris and Dee Breen hosted the magnificent party with Moet & Chandon, open decks and the coolest of cats in attendance. Some of those featured include actor David Coffey of Dan and Becs fame, lead singer of The Blizzards Niall Breslin, James Hyland and Lee Walsh of Bubble Hits, TV presenters Aidan Power and Ryan Tubridy, Conor Buckly of Krystle nightclub, restauranteur Paul Cadden, Trevor White of The Dubliner, singer Paul Byrom, photographer Richie Stokes and rugby star Gordon D’Arcy to name but a few.

The place was hopping and some of the guest included Gail Ferguson and her actor boyfriend Mark Macauley, Nicolas Nannetti who was in town on business, Andrew Rudd, designer Virginia Macari, Astrid Brennan and James Flanagan, Samantha McGarry and Sarah Ryan and Aisling Kilduff of the Design Centre.

With the open decks music policy going down a storm (think Bon Jovi after 2 Unlimited followed by Dolly Parton and you get the idea) the bash went on till the small hours, with many repairing to Krystle to keep the night going.

The Nokia Young Designer of the Year awards and show was hosted recently, with a record number of attendees present. A champagne reception kicked off proceedings in City Hall, with guests making up a rather stylish parade across to the Olympia theatre, where the actual show and presentations took place.

Among the guests were Director of Dublin Fashion Week Sonia Reynolds, TV presenter Pam Flood, Declan Leavy, newscaster Anne Doyle, Emily O’Donnell and Avila Lipsett (whose beautiful sister Sarah recently got engaged to Clive Roche), Roisin Tierney – Crowe and Norman Pratt and TV3’s Karen Koster, who is gearing up for her new presenting role on the much anticipated new show Xpose.

In a tense finale hosted by Lucy Kennedy, the international judging panel including Caren Downie, Buying Director for Topshop, Paula Reed, Style Editor for Grazia Magazine and designers Pauric Sweeney, Leigh Tucker and Jonathan Saunders finally gave the results after a nail biting deliberation.The runner’s up were Carol Hopkins and Jane Horgan who both won €1,000 and crowned the overall winner was Deirdre Brennan from Limerick School of Art and Design who won €5,000 plus a work placement with Topshop.

This years Electric Picnic line-up was announced at, what can only be described as a mini Electric Picnic. The outdoor terrace at CrawDaddy was taken over with décor, visuals and even food stands to recreate the venerable music festival.

Some of those I spotted included Larissa Nolan and Enda Leahy who are back after a sojourn in Geneva, DJ Mo Kelly, Deirdre Crooks, Stevo Berube, Siobhan O’Dowd and Dave Brittain.

Some of the acts set to play the gig at Stradbally on August bank holiday weekend are Primal Scream, The Good, The Bad & The Queen, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Jarvis Cocker, Bjork, The Beastie Boys and Iggy Pop (who I hope will do a better job than he did at Slane a few years ago). If you don’t have tickets yet then I fear it may be sold out – but try, try, try again – it’s worth it.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Matthew Williamson

Motorola presents Dublin Fashion Week concluded recently and here are some scenes from the final shows: 1. Elaine Sheridan from Motorola and Matthew Williamson; 2. John Rocha with his daughter Simone; 3. Matthew with his models; 4.On the catwalk at the Joanne Hynes show.

Joanne Hynes

Scenes from Motrola presents Dublin Fashion Week: 1. Robin O'Reilly and designer Joanne Hynes; 2. The Matthew Williamson Show; 3. Jane Reynolds and Joanne Hynes.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Coole Swans

Coole Swan, Ireland's first premium liquer, was launched last week at a very stylish event in the Millenium Wing of the National Gallery. Among the guests were 1. Gary Kavanagh & Bill Hughes; 2. Louise Rafter & Lisa Fitzpatrick; 3. Ronan Ryan & Niall Morris; 4. Louise Kennedy & Paddy Bollard.
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Colour me beautiful

When I was at London Fashion Week last September I couldn’t help but notice that the trend for early 90s was everywhere. At all the after parties, on the catwalks, on the fashionistas – bold colours, Nu Rave music and (God forbid!) bumbags and shell suits. If it didn’t work first time round then don’t bring it back I say.

Anyhoo, the people at Daz are obviously on to this revival and their latest ad campaign features Right Said Fred no less. Yes, I’m too sexy for my whites, and most other things. Actually, come to think about it, that song is one of those guilty pleasures – you like it but you’d never admit to liking it (btw check out the club night Guilty Pleasures if ever in London), but I digress.

Getting into the swing of things the people at Daz hosted a Roller Disco in Club 92 last week. Roller Disco? How naff! And Club 92? Perfect venue for naff event! Well, to say that it wasn’t a bag o’ fun would be a downright lie. Most guests upped the ante by dressing up in perfect roller disco outfits (think knee length socks, tight tight shorts, day glo colors next to dazzling white).

The Daz Dancers led the pack with guests such as Caroline Morahan, Nalini Nathan, Julian Benson and stylist Graham Cruz, who was celebrating his birthday that same evening. (And if you fancy getting in on the Daz Dance then the crew will be visiting later this month - St. Stephens Green SC on the 24th and the Pavillions in Swords on the 25th).

Somebody else clearly influenced by the current wave of Nu Rave is internationally acclaimed designer Matthew Williamson. He hosted a massive fashion show which was the penultimate event of this weeks Dublin Fashion Week, presented by Motorola. Organised by Sonia Reynolds, herself no stranger to the catwalk, DFW has gone from strength to strength.

The Round Room at The Mansion House was the locale for this stylish event where the champagne flowed like the rivers of Babylon. There were many wearable pieces in the show with some featuring acid colours with plenty of glitz too. Among those I spotted at the show were style guru Leanne de Cerbo, Alan Hughes and Debbie O’Donnel of TV3, designer John Rocha, socialite Jane O’Donnell and her daughter Jennifer, Natalie Axter of MAC, Fiona Gratzer, Paddy Bollard, Helen Steele and Emma Kelly.

Also at the MW show was Dee Breen of Harvey Nichols, who hosted a magnificent event last week to showcase their Spring / Summer 07 collections. “A decadent evening of modern romance” was what the invitation promised and we were not disappointed on the evening.

In store there was the most amazing fashion installation I’ve ever seen. Picture this: a picnic area set-up with real grass, real flowers and sleeping models in beautiful clothes positioned across the area with various props such as champagne bottles, glasses etc. strewn around. It was breathtaking and every guest, such as Colette Fitzpatrick and Laura Ryan, Astrid Brennan and James Flanagan and Emily O’Donnell, thought so. Harvey Nicks, creative and innovative, I applaud you.

And not an acid colour or bumbag in sight.


At the Fitzpatricks Hotel NY party in the penthouse of The Morgan last week were: 1. John Fitzpatrick and Diane Henderson; 2. Malcolm Byrne and Roisin Tierney - Crowe; 3. Wayne Cronin and Ben Bringer.
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Friday, March 09, 2007

At the Patrón tequila launch party in Lillies last week were: 1. Kevin J. Ryan and Melanie Finn; 2. Steve K and Wanjiku Migunda; 3. John Ralph and Katy French; 4. Emma Myler and Edel Kirke; 5. Sarah Kavanagh.
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New York, New York, so good, so good. For years the Irish have been blazing a trail in the big apple and for many, the only address to stay at when in town is 687 Lexington Avenue, a.k.a. Fitzpatricks Hotel. Head honcho at the NY operations, John Fitzpatrick, jetted into Dublin last week to host an exclusive party to showcase New York and all it had to offer.

The hip penthouse of the Morgan Hotel was the venue for the champagne fuelled bash, which was in association with Delta Airlines and NYC & Co., New York’s official tourist board. Personally I didn’t think NYC needed much promotion, it’ll always be top o’ the heap in my book.

John is very excited about the massive revamps that his NY hotels are about to undertake, and rightly so. President McAleese will be dropping in soon when she’s in town, as will An Taoiseach, and I’m sure John and the team will make then feel at home. As he did with all his guests at last weeks party, who included Gerry Ryan, Sandra Byrne, Andrew Rudd and Katie Jane Goldin. Publisher Michael O’Doherty (who’s busy with plans for the upcoming VIP Style Awards) was there too, as was Glenda Gilson, Andy Boase, Rosanna Davison and Wes Quirke, who, coincidently, were just back from NYC.

After leaving the Morgan I popped into of The Porter House in Temple Bar, where Oliver Hughes was hosting the launch of the Stout Fest, which continues until March 19th in all Porter House bars. The famous Chocolate Truffle Stout makes a welcome return and among those I spotted were Roisin Tierney – Crowe, Jonothan Sultan, Malachy Geelan, PJ Gibbons and DJ Steve K. I also met Michelle Power, who runs a company called Boozeberries. Having sampled my first ever Boozeberrie a few years ago I am an ardent fan and so it was great to meet the woman who made it all happen!

No doubt there were a few booze berries at the end of last Monday nights launch party for Patrón, the premium tequila brand from the States. Not only has it been immortalised in many a rap song but it was also one of the official drinks at this years Oscar ceremony. With premium products, comes premium prices. Patrón tequila typically sells from €35 a shot in all good cocktail bars and €229 a bottle in quality off licences. Something to spend your SSIA on then.

Actor Kevin J. Ryan attended the party in Lillies (he himself making waves in the U.S.) as did the boys from DJ outfit Bodytonic, Killian O’Sullivan and model Sarah Kavanagh, despite it being a wet and windy night.

b young

Danish fashion label b young recently hosted a fashion lunch at No. 10 on South William Street. Pictured at the event are: 1. Caroline Scott and Tracy Ormiston, 2. Sinead Desmond and Finbar Ryan, 3. Sandra Bothwell, 4. Mary Malone and Jessie Collins.
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Friday, March 02, 2007

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Pretty People

1. Astrid Brennan and Declan Leavy, and 2. Halina Ashdown Sheild and her daughter Debbie at the cocktail party hosted by Advanced Cosmetic Surgery in Cocoon to celebrate the first screening of TV3's Inside & Out.
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