Thursday, September 30, 2010

Jewels for Cures

Jewel in the Crown: 1. Miriam O’Callaghan & John Crown; 2. Fiona Foy Holland & Kathleen Dillon; 3. Siobhan Carnegie, Jane Hardy & Rose McDowell. (Pix. Brian McEvoy)

Jewels for Cures was launched recently. A cancer charity, the campaign aims to raise funds for the Cancer Clinical Research Trust (CCRT) founded by Professor John Crown and based in St Vincent’s University Hospital. The charity is asking for donations of gold, precious jewels, fine art and antiques, which will then be auctioned at a special Jewels for Cures Christmas Auction in early December.

Everyone has jewellery in their jewellery box, which is never worn, either broken or having lost sentimental value. Use the value of your unwanted jewellery or that painting that no longer fits with your house to raise money to fund cutting edge cancer research.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Gant A/W

Gant Slant: 1. Liam Donegan & Jane McDougald; 2. Louis Copeland & Kamal Ibrahim; 3. Ciara Lefroy & Sean Munsanje. (Pix. Brian McEvoy)

Master tailor Louis Copeland and Jameson Reserves hosted a VIP customer evening in the Gant store, Dundrum Town Centre recently. The store, which opened last month, previewed the Autumn/Winter collections from the Americian label credited with having re-invented preppy style in the 60’s.

Guests enjoyed Thai food whilst being guided through the characteristics of Premium Jameson Irish Whiskey and a Jameson Reserves whiskey tasting by Jameson Distiller Liam Donegan. Musician and composer Drazen Derek entertained guests on the night with an acoustic guitar set. Guests on the night included Sean Munsanje, Kamal Ibrahim, Katie Jane Goldin and model Ruth Melody.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Speaking in tonges: 1. Liz Quinn and Ruairi Quinn; 2. Margaret Squire; 3. Rebecca Ford and Ziad Nash. (Pix. Mark Stedman / Photocall)

The Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, Mary Hanafin T.D., helped launched Michael O'Siadhail's new book 'Tongues' at the new Dublin Convention Centre at Spencer Dock, Dublin. 'Tongues' is Michael O'Siadhail's thirteenth book and is a collection of poems in celebration of language.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Biologique Recherche

Skin deep: 1. Beverley and Julie Elder; 2. Denise Twomey, Judy Madigan and Liz Sharpe; 3. Geraldine Mahony and Gerard Beshoff.

It has a fan base that reads like an Oscars invite list; celebrities and models swear by its active ingredients and natural properties and this week Biologique Recherche opened its new centre of excellence for Ireland, in a landmark location in South County Dublin.

Sanctum Skincare Clinic in Dun Laoghaire will exclusively offer treatments and products from what is recognised as one of the world’s leading skincare brands, Biologique Recherche, to both women and men

Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, John Galliano, Sofia Coppola, Elle McPherson and Jennifer Connolly are all fans of this exclusive cult brand. Biologique Recherche is only distributed to selected skincare and beauty clinics, with intensive training a pre requisite for its hand-picked therapists.
CEO Dr Philippe Allouche flew in from Paris to join Rachel Walsh and Tonya Costello for the launch of Sanctum Skincare Clinic and was joined by a host of friends, clients and well wishers for the event.

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Town

In Town: 1. Ben Affleck & Rebecca Hall; 2. Rhys Ifans & Q'orianka Kilcher; 3. Triona McCarthy & Helen O’Dwyer. (Pix. Brian McEvoy)

In Town: 1. Robbie Fox & daughter Megan; 2. Glenda Gilson & Sean Musanje; 3. Sheena & Sharon O'Buachalla. (Pix. Brian McEvoy)

Hollywood superstar Ben Affleck was in Dublin this week for the premiere of his latest movie The Town. Not only does he star in the film but he was a director too and at a Q&A session after the screening he admitted that he’d been working on the script and trying to persuade people about the movie for years before it got made. His co-star Rebecca Hall joined him on the evening.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Miss Ireland 2010


Miss-ion accomplished: 1. Sonia Mohlich and Romy Carroll; 2. Miss Ireland 2010 Emma Waldron with judges Elaine Crowley & Virginia Macari; 3. Krishna Naidoo and Michelle McGrath. (Pix. Brian McEvoy)

The glittering Miss Ireland final took place on Saturday night at the D4 Berkley and the lucky girl to represent her country was the gorgeous Miss Waterford Emma Waldron. 

Emma is 21 and is currently studying to be a primary school teacher. She also teaches violin and is very committed to her charity work in Ozman House in Dublin with St Vincent de Paul. Miss Antrim Natasha Shafai was first runner up and Miss Wexford Laura Scanlon was second runner up.

TV3’s Sinead Desmond and current Mr World Kamal Ibraham played host on the evening and kept the audience going with a high octane double act throughout during proceedings.  Among the judges who were tasked with selecting the winner were fashion designer Synan O’Mahony, hair stylist Michael Doyle, former Miss Irelands Amanda Brunker and Siobhan McClafferty and actor Lukas Hassel.

A highlight of the event were special guests Edele and Keely Lynch (formerly of multi platinum selling band ‘Bewitched’) making their debut performance as the ‘Barberellas’ performing their new single “Let your Body Rock” and other numbers from their new album which will be released in February 2011.  Think Kylie mixed with Lady Gaga and multiply by two!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Pauric Sweeney at BT

In the bag: 1. Gillian Murphy; 2. Joanne Hynes & Pauric Sweeney; 3. Catherine Woods. (Pix. Leon Farrell / Photocall)

Celebrated Irish bag designer Pauric Sweeney returned home to launched his exclusive AW10 Collection at Brown Thomas recently. Renowned for his modern but stylish collections the designer was thrilled with the turnout for the party in the Accessories Hall. Among the guests were Pat Carr, Emily O’Donnell and Sonya Reynolds.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Cannonball 2010

Canonballers: 1. Joanne White & Jurgen Cun; 2. Lord Mayor Gerry Breen & Kathryn Thomas; 3. Adam Costello & Shane Lynch. (Pix. Brian McEvoy)

Merrion Square in Dublin was a spectacular sight as 160 of the world's finest cars and Ireland's most colourful Cannonballers lined up for Cannonball 2010 in association with the charity Barretstown.

The star-studded convoy included Boyzone star Shane Lynch, former Miss World Rosanna Davison and boyfriend Wes Quirke, No Frontiers presenter Kathryn Thomas, TV3's Elaine Crowley, models Georgia Salpa and Hazel O Sullivan and Lord Mayor of Dublin Gerry Breen.

The Cannonball Ireland Convoy consisted of 3 action packed days taking in some of Ireland's most scenic routes while also travelling through the most welcoming town and villages in Ireland such as Westport, Donegal, Clarinbridge, Killarney, Cork city and Cashel. The event sponsored by Stobart was eagerly awaited in each of the destinations with street festivals planned all over the country.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Arnotts A/W 2010

Fashion forward: 1. Sonya Lennon; 2. Nadine Wai-O’Flynn; 3. Aisling O’Loughlin. (Pix. Kieran Harnett)

The Arnotts 2010 Autumn Winter Fashion Show took place in the contemporary setting of the Conran Shop on the top floor of Arnotts on Tuesday evening (14th September). The overriding message this season is one of a return to classic timeless looks and the new Autumn Winter collections at Arnotts reflected this.

New Ladieswear brands to Arnotts this season include Aquascutum, Reiss, Boutique by Jaeger, NW3 and Coast. New male brands include Thomas Pink, Paul Costello, Sand and DKNY.

Over 300 attended the stylish event and guests included Sonya Lennon, Aisling O’Loughlin, Alannah McGurk, stylist Maria Fusco, designers Peter O’Brien and Deborah Veale, Tara O’Leary and Virginia Macari, Nadine O’Flynn and Image magazine’s Richard Power.

The latest trend in the baking style stakes, whoppie pies, were served to the guests, amongst other delicacies catered by The Church, which also hosted the afterparty. Everyone took home a generous goody bag filled with an Arnotts voucher, Bobbi Bobbi make up voucher, Rituals shower gel and Miller Harris perfume.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Seagreen A/W

Green with Envy: 1. Aengus Fanning & Lorraine Keane; 2. Jenny Cullen & Aisling Cooney; 3. Tara Smith & Paula Gilmer. (Pix. Brian McEvoy)

Fashion lovers descended on luxury lifestyle emporium Seagreen in Monkstown, as store owner Sarah Gill and Seagreen muse Lorraine Keane welcomed guests to an exclusive preview of the new Autumn Winter collections on Thursday morning.

Guest enjoyed an array of fresh juices with jam scones and cookies while models showed off the very latest fashions from great designers including Issa, Alice by Alice Temperley, Surface to Air and Twenty Eight Twelve. Spotted in attendance were Emily O’Donnell, Astrid Brennan, Jenny Cullen and the aforementioned Lorraine Keane.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Temple House Festival

Festival fit: 1. Shouting at Planes; 2. Roderick & Helena Perceval; 3. Lauren Higgs & Maggie Conroy.

The first ever Temple House Festival took place last weekend at Temple House near Ballymote in Sligo. The last festival of the (so called!) summer, it promised to be a little bit different and provide an unforgettable experience. With an eclectic line-up of music including The Undertones, The Stunning, Howard Jones, The Wailers, Damien Dempsey and The Saw Doctors, the event proved to be a big hit with revellers.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Michael Kors @ BT

Kors Girls: 1. Emily O'Donnell & Janice Butler; 2. Michelle McGuinness; 3. Cathy O'Connor & Nicola Ronaghan. (Pix. Sasko Lazarov /Photocall Ireland)

Brown Thomas hosted an exclusive fashion show to celebrate the launch of the Autumn/Winter 2010 MICHAEL by Michael Kors collection.

The stylish guests (among them Stephen Sealey, Cathy O’Connor and Laura Whiston) enjoyed a champagne reception followed by the catwalk show.

The latest collection from the Project Runway judge is in equal parts country set and city chic with rich autumnal colours including camel and grey with luxe materials like cashmere and mohair.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Search for Miss Ireland...

Don’t miss it: 1. Virginia Macari & Nicola McGeady; 2. Kamal Ibrahim, Alice Carroll & Shane Lennon; 3. Pamela Ryan & Karla Madden. (Pix. Brian McEvoy)

The official launch party of Miss Ireland 2010, in association with Boyle Sports, took place at Bucks New Townhouse and there was a who’s who of Ireland’s fashion scene in attendance.

This is a very special year for Miss Ireland as 2010 marks the 60th year of the Miss World Pageant and competition has already stepped up a notch in Ireland with the highest ever number of entries and a formidable standard.

Miss Ireland will be crowned this weekend at a sparkling black-tie ceremony at the D4 Berkeley Court Hotel hosted by TV3’s Sinead Desmond and current Mr. World Kamal Ibraham. This ceremony is anticipated to be one of the most impressive events of the year with a star studded guest list and judging panel.

Miss Ireland 2010 will then go to China in October to represent her country in the Miss World Pageant and join the ranks of that special Miss Ireland club. Let’s hope she does more than the incumbent Miss, Laura Patterson, who must surely be the shyest beauty queen in history.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Toddy's Bar

Hot Toddies: 1. Elaine Butler – Doolin & Nigel Doolin; 2. Etain Boyd; 3. Michael Colgan & Michael Gambon. (Pix. Kieran Harnett)

The iconic Toddy’s Bar & Brasserie in the Gresham Hotel has been refurbished and now boasts a new interior now exuding a fresh and funky new style. The venue was abuzz last Thursday evening for the relaunch party which attracted a host of well known faces including movie star Michael Gambon who popped by with his pal Michael Colgan.

Guests were serenaded by Spanish guitar and enjoyed Havana Club cocktails courtesy of master cocktail maker Roberto, mini manicures from French Beauty and fantastic food from the Brasserie. Mr. World Kamal Ibrahim was also there as were stylist Sonja Mohlich, Izabella Chudzicka, novelist Marisa Mackle and actor Asaf Goldfrid.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Electric Picnic 2010

Mindfield: 1. Jane Molloy, Aislinn O'Toole and Gina Murphy; 2. Ryan Tubridy greets some young fans. (Pix. Richard Walshe)

Mindfield: 3. Kathryn Thomas and Naoise Nunn; 4. David Cochrane and Carol Hunt with Sean O'Rourke. (Pix. Richard Walshe)

Well that’s Electric Picnic over for another year and despite the sometimes inclement weather everyone there agreed it was a wonderful show. Highlights included Imelda May who showcased her new material, Robyn at Thisispopbaby and the all new Bacardi Arena (with the now legendary Nando’s BBQ backstage).

Some of those spotted over the weekend were Claudine Palmer, Paddy Cullivan and his wife Jen, Triona McCarthy, Kathryn Thomas, Andrea Roche and Rob White, Glenda Gilson, Avril Brophy and Senator Dan Boyle.

It's not all about the music at Electric Picnic. Over at Mindfield, poetry was slammed, books were critiqued, political views were challenged and thoughts were provoked! It's all about the spoken word, with events like the now legendary Leviathan, the perfectly silly Salon du Chat and the ubercool Science Gallery, it was an entertaining and imaginative space to lose yourself in.

The big stages don’t just get the big names, Mindfield played host to the likes of Ryan Tubridy, Howard Marks, George Galloway and David McWilliams along with music legends Simon Napier Bell and Peter Hook.

Roll on EP 2011!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010


Biba babes: 1. Angela Scanlan; 2. Lucas Dias and Anna Cosgrave; 3. Lisa Moran. (Pix. Kieran Harnett)

House of Fraser hosted a special preview of the legendary label Biba at No Name this week. Biba is just one of many new labels to the Dundrum department store and the launch was an exciting occasion for fashion lovers. Among the guests were Bairbre Power, Anne Boylan, Sarah Morrissey, aisling Farinella and Joanne Mackey.

The House of Fraser show kicked off with traffic stopping outfits from the Biba collection. Chloe Arnold wore a show stopping backless velvet column dress, which is the statement dress of the season and will be available in both black and blood red. Biba’s first story for the winter season is “Luxe”, the story focuses on fine details and fabrications of velvet, brocade and lurex in signature colours of gold, black and bronze.

Season essentials include the mid-length Military coat, detailed with gold Biba buttons and the tailored wide leg trouser suit in charcoal grey. Marabou jackets in vintage pink and black are the perfect cover up for nights out while relaxed tailored jackets in black velvet bring effortless glamour to any look for that special occasion.