Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Kasteel Crew

Also at the Kasteel Cru party were: 1. Emily Kennedy, Kate Bunworth and Kate Moran; 2. Joanne Devers, Alan Amsby and Alex Farrell; 3. DJ Dandelion phones home.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Kasteel Cru

Enjoying the Kasteel Cru launch party in the Ice Bar were: Pippa O'Connor and Glenda Gilson; 2. Barry Reamonn and Nikki Ryan; 3. Mark Arigho and Laura Woods.

The truly innovative French champagne of beers Kasteel Cru was launched a lavish French soiree in Dublin’s trendy Ice Bar recently. Familiar faces from the modeling and sporting worlds rendezvous’d to enjoy the premium lager to the sounds of DJ Dandelion as the Kasteel Cru flow all night. The always stylish television personality, Laura Woods MC’d the evening and one lucky partygoer walked away with a 5 star trip to Paris!.

Kasteel Cru is the perfect compliment with food and guests will be spoilt with a wonderful selection of oysters, lobster and French cheeses and the cascading roses will give an authentic French feel. This truly premium product is designed for those who enjoy the finer things in life and have the confidence to be different.

This superbly unique product is available in stylish bars and outlets across the country. It is already the drink of choice amongst the social set in the know. Once you have tasted the clean and elegant flavour of Kasteel Cru you will want to enjoy it time and time again.

Among those who attended were Glenda Gilson and her Xposé Crew, actor Liam Cunningham, Irish Rugby international and Leinster rugby’s Bernard Jackman and his wife Sinead. Nadine Wai-O’Flynn and her Dirty Epic sister Sarah. Socialites Tessa Cuniffe, Emily O’Donnell and Astrid Brennan. Krystle boys Conor Buckley and Brian O’Malley with their model girlfriends Sara Kavanagh & Nina De Vito.

Also enjoying the party were Tara O’Leary, Norman Pratt, Louise Osbourne, design duo Tyrell & Brennan perhaps looking for another muse after the runaway success of dressing Rosanna Davidson at the VIP Style Awards!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Armani Samsung

At the launch party in Harvey Nichols were: 1. Avila Lipsett and Dave Rhatigan; 2. Models; 3. Linda and Dee Breen; 4. Frances Winston and Alan Amsby get a master class in Armani.

Techno goes couture - Samsung has teamed up with one of the world’s leading fashion houses to design and produce the cutting edge Giorgio Armani - Samsung luxury mobile. The phone, which fuses Armani’s signature style with Samsung’s technology, is available to buy in stores nationwide from January and retails from €599.

This slim credit card sized phone meets the needs of discerning customers who aspire to own a handset combining cutting edge fashion with leading mobile technology. The Giorgio Armani - Samsung Mobile is a lifestyle choice - it has a futuristic haptic touch LCD screen set in a jet black glossy finish - this is a phone that leads the way in mobile fashion.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


At the Nokia Young Fashion Designer Awards were: 1. Emily O'Donnell, Colm Farrell and Wayne Cronin; 2. Simone and Max Rocha; 3. Cha Cha Seigne; 4. Eileen Sheilds and Eilis Boyle; 5. Alan O'Hara with the winner Michelle Wilson and her model.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Nokia Young Fashion Designer Award

The country’s top fashionistas gathered recently for the glittering finale of the Nokia Young Fashion Designer Award 2008. The event took place in the suitably urban setting of Whitaker Court, Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2, where guests drank a specially created Coole Swan cocktail entitled Coole Prism.

The windows of this distinctively trendy setting were blacked out to allow guests to enjoy their drinks in the surroundings of neon tube lighting and stripped back urban surfaces while DJ Paul Webb provided a funky, electro soundtrack. Judge, Eileen Shields, lent her own fashion savvy to the venue with a specially created installation of her world famous footwear.

Guests were called to their seats by a virtual MC, Prisma, who took the form of a pair of sexy red lips on plasma screens around the venue.

The 21 finalists sat tentatively in the front row as their creations came down the catwalk one by one. This year, students used Nokia’s latest fashion handset, the sleek and mysterious Nokia Prism, as inspiration for their design. These distinctively urban handsets draw their inspiration from modern architecture, geometric shapes, sharp angled lines and neon light. After the finalists outfits had been shown, judges Eilis Boyle and Tim Ryan showed their stunning collections.

In a tense finale, the international judging panel including dress designer Eilis Boyle, knitwear designer, Tim Ryan, leading Irish tailor, Louis Copeland, New York shoe designer, Eileen Sheilds and Clothes Show presenter, Brendan Courtney, went backstage to decide on the winner.

The runner’s up were: Simone Rocha, National College of Art and Design and Louise Devereaux, Limerick School of Art and Design who both won €1,000 and crowned the overall winner was Michelle Wilson from Limerick School of Art and Design who won €5,000, a Nokia Prism handset and media profiling for the year.

Guests in attendance included Ireland AM presenter Sinead Desmond, designers John Rocha and Helen James, Caroline Morahan, Anne Doyle, Xpose’s Aisling O’Loughlin, stylist Cathy O’Connor and Derrick Carberry from Brown Sugar.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Saying yes to carrots ...

Among those saying Yes To Carrots were: 1. Cathy O'Connor; 2. Susan O'Herlihy and Jessie Collins; 3. Deirdre Reynolds; 4. Fiona Gratzer; 5. Helen O'Reilly and Sara Colohan.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Say Yes to Carrots!

Yes To Carrots, the revolutionary new skin and hair care brand, celebrated its official Irish launch at Harvey Nichols Restaurant, Dundrum Town centre last week. Yes to Carrots founder, Ido Leffler was in Ireland to present his popular beauty range to a host of specially invited guests, including celebrity stylists, Cathy O’Connor and Sara Colohan and Gerry Bohan, representing Fields Jewellers. As carrots come from fields, Fields, the largest Irish jewellers, kindly donated a diamond encrusted necklace, which was won by Sunday World journalist, Fiona Gratzer at the event. Yes To Carrots first appeared on Irish beauty shelves in January, and since then, has been taking the Irish beauty world by storm.

Yes To Carrots is a new concept in skin and hair care combining the anti-oxidant and anti-ageing power of Beta-Carotene from organic fruit and vegetables, such as, carrots, pumpkins and oranges, with the cleansing, purifying and moisturising properties of 26 minerals, harvested from the Dead Sea. The Yes To Carrots range is designed to replenish the hair and skin, while the paraben free formula assists the skin’s natural process of rejuvenation, leaving your skin smiling.

The Dead Sea, the world’s most ancient and renowned natural spa, contains 26 minerals and trace elements that are known to improve cell metabolism and stabilise the moisture content of the skin. The molecular structure of the minerals allows them to penetrate the skin and nourish the cells.

Ido Leffler, founder of Yes To Carrots, says, “We are delighted with the Irish response to Yes to Carrots, which we believe is much more than a brand, it’s a lifestyle choice. The colour, the name, the combination of organic fruits and vegetables and Dead Sea Mud has proven to be a winning formula with consumers worldwide. When you say yes to Yes To Carrots™, you make a conscious decision to smile more often and improve your lifestyle.”

Friday, March 07, 2008


Some of the exotic social butterflies at the Herbal Essences party included: 1. Vanessa Byrne and Daragh Hayes; 2. Sinead Farrell and Anne Marie Curneen; 3. Julie Devine and Michelle McGrath; 4. Julian Benson and Samina Zia.

Exotic Evening

Herbal Essences announced their exciting plans and upcoming launches for the summer in AKA, Wicklow Street last week. The trendy bar was completely transformed into a botanical paradise by Dublin’s leading flower stylists Appassionata. Invited guests entered through an ivy and fuschia gloriosa ‘curtain’ and travelled down a candle lit staircase to be greeted by the soothing sounds of DJ Anya Stafford and the tantalizing aromas from the pampering zones.

Guests were treated to a night of indulgent bliss with specially designated zones. Beauty therapist Gillian Fox was on hand to give Indian head and shoulder massages in the aromatherapy corner. Hairstylist Andrew Fitzsimons gave tips on speedy up-styles and summer hair trends in the Hair Analysis zone, while Angela Gallagher applied this season’s must have accessory – Lash Extensions – and Make-up Artists and Nail Technician’s were on hand to treat guests to mini makeovers.

Guests included Brendan Scully, Sarah McGovern, Ali McDonnell, Julian Benson and Ronan McCormack, Sean Montague, Tara Leniston and Derrick Carberry.

Sexy ‘gardeners’ Samina Zia and Darragh Hayes distributed bespoke cocktails, including Herbal Heaven Mojitos and Botanical Breeze Martini’s, inspired by variants in the Botanicals range. Exotic canapés and a decadent chocolate fondue fountain with fruity dips completed the night in paradise.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Stout Fest

The Porterhouse recently launched its annual Stout Festival which will run from March 7th - 24th. At the Porterhouse in Temple Bar were: 1. Peter and Claire Murphy; 2. Alan Amsby and Richard Kavanagh; 3. Grainne Moyhihan and Siobhan Gavigan; 4. Fiona Roche and Rachel Quinn; 5. Ger Tolan and Peter Mosley.