Thursday, February 28, 2008

Crest of a Wave

Pictured at the launch of the Quicksilver store in Stephen's Green SC were: 1. Samina Zia and Cathal O'Connor; 2. Vogue Williams and Ali O'Donnell; 3. Sarah McGovern and Michelle McGrath; 4. Sarah Kavanagh and Pippa O'Connor.

Quicksilver party

Quiksilver celebrated the opening of their flagship store in the Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre recently and the invited guests were treated to a Hawaiian themed evening in the ground floor boardwalk store

A flock of champion surfers joined the fun on the night. Gabe Davies, who surfed a 50ft wave at Mullaghmore in Bundoran late last year, was a special guest on the evening. He is the star of the Irish film ‘Wave Riders’, which recently won the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival audience award. Sixteen year old Irish surfer Amy May Garvey also joined in the party. Amy is the youngest girl ever to win the Under18 National Titles at the tender age of eleven.

Smooth Surfers modelled the Spring/Summer collections from Quiksilver and Roxy. Combining style with durability and vibrant colours, the sporty models showed the full potential of the famous lifestyle brand. Mel Puu, a 7ft tall Hawaiian surfer and musician, played the ukulele and DJ Aoife Caulfield spinned chilled dance tunes, while magician Brendan Byrne performed some great tricks on the evening. Quiksilver and Roxy boarders were shown in action on plasma screens in store as the crowd enjoyed the Malibu cocktails.

Gordan D’Arcy hung up his Rugby boots for the evening to hang out with a host of well known social surfers including Rachel Wyse, Pippa O’Connor, Karena Graham, Sara Kavanagh, Samina Zia, TV presenter Laura Woods, actress Tara Leniston, Vogue Williams and Ali MacDonnell.

Friday, February 22, 2008

HOF Studio 54

At the House of fraser Studio 54 event were: 1. Chara Nagle and Sinead Desmond; 2. Emily O'Donnell and Keva Doyle; 3. Jean Ann Taylor and Lisa Moran.

HOF Studio 54

Pictured at the House of Fraser Studio 54 party were: 1. Emma Nugent; 2. Caroline Duffy and Cliodhna Crowley; 3. Deirdre Morrisey.

HoF SS08

House of Fraser launched its Spring/Summer 2008 collections and celebrated its third Birthday in Ireland with a glamorous party in Temple bar. The Button Factory was transformed for the night into an homage to the legendary nightclub “Studio 54”. From oversized glitter disco balls outside on the street, to the black carpet, Roller-skate dancers and the now infamous red robes that barred entry to anyone not deemed stylish enough by the strict studio 54 door policy.

Guests were treated on the evening to delicious gourmet bites and Xrated fusion liqueur cocktails and Coors light Beer. The button factory was transformed with disco balls and white fur seating, giving the venue a true Studio 54 feel. Entertainment and surprises were the order of the evening with roller-skate dancers and an aerial acrobat kicking off the Fashion show which pounded with a vibrant and edgy take on this seasons trends.

Studio 54 and the unique style of Bianca Jagger one of the most glamorous icons of the 70’s, strongly influenced House of Fraser’s spring/summer 2008 collections modern take for this summer on the decadent lifestyle. With scenes form the fashion show following the elite from Paris (Parisian chic) to St Tropez and Marrakesh. The essence of these locations was translated into House of Fraser’s Spring/summer 2008 fashion show. The finale of the show was all about Linea and light as air evening dresses inspired by the infamous nightclub ‘Studio 54’. Joyce looked statuesque wearing a beautiful white grosgrain satin Bianca Jagger inspired suit. Rosanna Davidson wore a show stopping Fuchsia Grecian style gown by Linea.

On the evening it felt like Dublin’s fashion and social elite had come home to their very own “Studio 54” in Temple bar. Guests included the glitterati from TV and film including Bill Hughes, Mary Kennedy and the TV3 lovelies Aisling O’Loughlin and Sinead Desmond. There was no shortage of gorgeous glamorous ladies such as Roz and Avila Lipsett, Zoe Clarke, Rosanna Davidson and Glenda Gilson who all added high octane glamour to the evening. Alan Hughes, Irish Rugby’s Peter Stringer and Gary Kavanagh from Peter Mark were also spotted mingling in the crowds.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Hennessy Gold Cup

Style and elegance at the Hennessy Gold Cup race day at Leopardstown: 1. Aisling Kilduff and Caroline Sleiman; 2. Caroline Morahan; 3. Aoife O'Reilly and Sinead Ni Chonaill.

Hennessy Gold Cup

Some of the style and elegance at the recent Hennessy Gold Cup race day at Leopardstown: 1.Katherine Hewitt and Tamara Gibb; 2. Tamso Doyle and Jasmine Guinness; 3. Best Dressed winner Mary Cotter.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Biting the Big Apple

Enjoying the New York, New York party were: 1. Aisling O'Loughlin and John Fitzpatrick; 2. Michael O'Doherty and Eithne Fitzpatrick; 3. Ryan Tubridy and John Fitzpatrick; 4. Nadine Wai - O'Flynn, Sandra Byrne and Roisin Tierney - Crowe; 5. Yvonne Muldoon and Rosanna Davison.

New York, New York

Fitzpatrick Hotels, New York joined up with Continental Airlines, to host an exclusive New York, New York evening last week in the glamorous surroundings of the Champagne Bar, Ron Blacks. John Fitzpatrick, CEO of Fitzpatrick Hotels in the US welcomed and mingled with friends and colleagues discussing the many undiscovered delights that only New York has to offer. A stylish evening of all things New York, guests were treated to a celebration of the superb value this unique city offers its many glamorous visitors as they sipped champagne, Cosmo’s and Manhattan’s.

This exclusive event proved to be simply a must attend among Dublin’s celebrity circuit. Social butterflies Grainne Seoige, and Lucy Kennedy looked radiant as they popped in for a quick Manhattan before moving across the road to attend a ball in the Mansion House. Broadcaster George Hook just back from a week long stay at Fitzpatricks Manhattan Hotel entertained guests as only he can with his unique comic wit.

Other regular Fitzpatrick guests such as Rosanna Davison, Wesley Quirke, Glenda Gilson enjoyed catching up with John as they planned their next trip state side. Other stylish guests included TV3’s Collette Fitzpatrick, RTE star Ryan Tubridy and socialites, Avila Lipsett and Susan Pratt.

John later shared with friends that the €7m refurbishment of the Fitzpatrick Manhattan Hotel is nearing completion, resulting in a superb new design for the restaurant and bar, and a stylish new look for both the lobby as well as the façade of the hotel. A state-of-the-art boardroom has already been added to the hotel. Renovation of the hotel’s 91 bedrooms is also complete, ensuring that guests will enjoy a greater degree of luxury during their stay.

The evening concluded with one stylish guest winning a once in a lifetime trip to New York where they will be free to experience all the Big Apple has to offer.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Fiat 500

Pictured at the Fiat 500 launch were: 1. Rachel Wyse and Ruth Griffin; 2. Roberta Rawat and Samnia Zia; 3. Glenda Gilson and Keith Barry; 4. Leigh Arnold, Tara Leniston, Amy Huberman and Adrian Walsh.
The highly anticipated Fiat 500 was launched recently in Ely CHQ at a glizty launch covered by TV3's Xpose. Celebrity magician Keith Barry was on hand to do the reveal Of the car in a dramatic blindfold drive into the audience which included top Irish actresses Amy Huberman, Leigh Arnoldand Tara Leniston.
Also there were Norman Pratt, Mo Kelly, models Glenda Gilson, Roberta Rawat, Ruth Griffin, Trevor Musgrave, Damian Gilson, Izabella Chudzika, BMW's Lisa Nicole Campbell and TSB Chief Chris Hanlon. Fiat Ireland's Adrain Walsh was on hand to greet the guests and welcomed special guest Dr. Marco Lombardi, who was representing the Italian Embassy.
Of course the star of the show was the cute little Fiat 500, one of which was auctioned on the night for Temple Street Children's Hospital.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Jacob's Creek party

At the Ice Bar for the Jacob's Creek party were: 1. Hosts Wesley Quirke and Rosanna Davison; 2. Sarah McGovern and Ruth Griffin; 3. Alan Amsby and Anne Boylan; 4. Sarah Williams and ali O'Riordan.

Jacob's Creek new arrivals

Ireland’s former Miss World and top model Rosanna Davidson hosted a great party as Ireland welcomed Jacobs Creek’s new arrival – Jacobs Creek Snipes - at The Ice Bar, in the elegant Four Seasons Hotel, Dublin. Rosanna was joined by her boyfriend Wesley Quirke and a host of celebrity pals as she raised a toast to the sparkling Jacobs Creek Snipes (which, incidentally, are perfect for Valentines Day!).

The party was the most talked about in town that evening as guests were given the five star treatment from the moment they walked up the bright pink carpet and were greeted with chilled snipes upon arrival. DJ Papillion entertained guests to add to the sparkle of the evening. Among those who attended on the night included Claudine Palmer who is back from London to plan her summer wedding. Another gal planning a wedding soon is Tara O'Connor, who was on hand to greet the many attendees and who, as always, looked stunning in a silver sparkly number.

Also in the party mood were models Sarah Mc Govern and Ruth Griffin, Robbie Fox, Denis Desmond, Alan Ambsy, Cindy Cafolla, TV3’s Lisa Cannon and Audrey McCabe, John McKibbin and Jonothan Sultan, stylist Cathy O'Connor, Jenni Maughan, Nadine Wai - O'Flynn and Sarah Kavanagh.

The new Jacob's Creek Snipes are a welcome edition to the social scene and retail at €14.99 for a three pack cluster - bargain!

Tuesday, February 05, 2008


In the Morisson for the NOTW Fabulous launch party: 1. Baibe Gaile and Ruth Griffin; 2. Ruth O'Neill and Beatrice Larkin; 3. Strike a pose!; 4. Jenny and Suzanne Coyne.
Top model and stylist Andrea Roche hosted the hippest party in town last week as the Irish News of the World’s fantastic new Fabulous magazine burst on to the scene at The Morrison Hotel in Dublin.

Being fabulous on the night were models Pippa O’Connor, Miss Ireland Blathnaid Mc Kenna, former Miss Ireland Sarah Morrissey, Sarah Mc Govern, Ruth Griffin and Jenny Lee Masterson. Other guests included Cindy and Ivano Caffola, Norman Pratt, DJ Avila Lispett, Your a Star finalist Fauve Chapman, Karen Koster and Elaine Crowley.

Fabulous is a sizzling, 76-page glossy mag packed with all the latest beauty tips, celebrity secrets, fashion news, big name interviews and Jamie Oliver’s calorie-conscious recipes. Plus, there are easy-to-stick-to diets to help shed weight and look great. Ireland’s favourite fashionista, Caroline Morahan, will deliver her top style tips and the best High Street buys.

“I’m really excited to be part of the Fabulous team,” said Caroline. “This magazine will be an invaluable read for the fashion-conscious women of Ireland, and will fast become the only mag to be seen with.”

Friday, February 01, 2008

S&P Top 100 Sexy Men

At the announcement party for Social & Personal's Top 100 Sexy men list were: 1.Valerie Phelan and Ally McDonnell; 2. Sive Kaneswaren and Tanya Curran; 3. Marie Clare Nolan and Hayley Rock; 4. Simon O'riordan, Steve Corcoran, Rosanna Davison and Ivano Cafolla; 5. Martin Lothman.

Top 100 Sexy Men

Social & Personal publisher PJ Gibbons announced TV presenter Dermot O’Leary as the number 1 in the magazine’s Top 100 Sexy Men recently. The list was formally announced at a buzzing Champagne Jacquart reception in Eddie Irvine’s Cocoon bar recently.

O’Leary, who is 34, is the current host of TV’s Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack and ITV’s The X Factor. He has made it clear on numerous occasions in the past that he does not regard himself as British, but as Irish. On claiming the coveted Number 1 spot on the annual poll, which appears in the February issue of Social & Personal, O’Leary admitted to being “overjoyed” by the announcement: “It’s a very nice title, I’m “wowed” by this,” he said.

Restructured this year to include the names of non-citizens who are second or third generation Irish, the list features the names of numerous international hunks, such as Grey’s Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey, actor Aidan Quinn and supermodel Christy Turlington’s husband Ed Burns.
The usual suspects like Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Colin Farrell and Pierce Brosnan appear once again this year. From the business world, Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary makes his first appearance at Number 20, while billionaire businessman Dermot Desmond follows on at Number 21. Just one politician made it onto this year’s list – and it’s not Bertie! Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Micheál Martin TD, takes the honour of being the Sexiest Irish Politician at Number 95.

Among those enjoying the party were Virginia Macari and her new beau, who flew in from Marbella where they now reside. Anna Lavery of Paramount, who is preparing for a very busy year of top classes movie releases, Carol Hayes, Astrid Brennan, Luca Hickey, Joanne Byrne, Mark Underwood and Haley Rock.

The Top Ten Sexiest Men of 2008:

Dermot O’Leary (TV presenter)
Andrew Trimble (Rugby player)
Colin Farrell (Actor)
Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Actor)
Patrick Dempsey (American actor)
Calum Best (Playboy)
Aidan Quinn (American actor)
Sean Óg O hAilpín (Hurling player)
Kian Egan (Westlife singer)
Kevin Doyle (Footballer)