Peter’s friends act­ing up for his big Dunnes launch

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Itend to wear black in au­tumn. My fash­ion sense is sec­ond to ‘nun’. Sorry. My favourite fash­ion de­signer Peter O’brien, who never wears black, is launch­ing his new col­lec­tion for Dunnes on Wed­nes­day at their Grafton Street store. The date in ques­tion might prove to be some­thing of a prob­lem for the eter­nally dash­ing, even debonair, ‘Saint Peter of The Cloth’.

Noth­ing too trou­bling, of course, but the pres­ti­gious launch lands right in the mid­dle of the Dublin The­atre Fes­ti­val, “so the night may be a thes­pian-free zone as a lot of my pals will be tread­ing the boards on the evening in ques­tion”.

“Hope­fully the col­lec­tion will pro­vide lots of drama, any­way, as we have added more soft dresses — or flou as they say in Paris,” Peter added help­fully — “than be­fore with chif­fon, de­tach­able col­lars and kilo­me­tres of sun-ray pleated crepe de chine. We have vel­vet-trimmed great­coats for Chekho­vian hero­ines and sat­intrimmed tuxedo pieces for the mys­te­ri­ous film noir gal.” (I had to ring Sun­day In­de­pen­dent fash de­ity Con­stance Har­ris to ask what any of this means, I hope you know.) Be that as it may, those who will be at­tend­ing on the night in­clude Clau­dia Car­roll, Lor­raine Keane, Sharon Smur­fit, Pamela Flood, Claire-lau­rence Mes­tral­let and Ruth Mon­a­han.

The nor­mally un­flap­pable de­signer is not sure where he will be bring­ing his loyal co­terie af­ter the launch on Wed­nes­day. But given his favourite restau­rants are Wilde at the West­bury, the Tro­cadero (“be­ing a frus­trated ac­tor”), the Canal Bank Cafe (“my ab­so­lute lo­cal gaffe and can­teen”), La Mai­son, and An­gelina’s, you can ex­pect to wit­ness a fash­ion­ably dis­cern­ing last sup­per with Saint Peter in one of those venues this week.

I have booked ta­bles in all of them just in case.

“You know more about my so­cial life,” ‘ Saint Peter of The Cloth’ told me, “than my mother does.” Cue the­atri­cal pause. “I sus­pect she knows far more than she lets on.”

Pamela Flood will be at­tend­ing de­signer Peter O’brien’s fash­ion launch

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