Fash­ion for­ward for Roses as di­a­mond an­niver­sary con­test hits a stylish note

Irish Independent - - News - Sor­cha O’Connor IN TRALEE

ALL eyes will be on Daithí Ó Sé and the Roses later this evening but last night the Dome in Tralee was packed for the an­nual fash­ion show.

The event fea­tured a host of Ir­ish and in­ter­na­tional de­sign­ers, show­cas­ing ev­ery­thing from up-cy­cled creations by emerg­ing fash­ion tal­ent to cou­ture gowns by de­signer to the stars Sy­nan O’Ma­hony.

With the 60th year of the fes­ti­val in mind, Mr O’Ma­hony en­sured his col­lec­tion, which closed the show, hinted at the Roses’ di­a­mond an­niver­sary.

“We have a cou­ple of rose-themed pieces done es­pe­cially for the show and we are clos­ing with a big wed­ding dress which is a tra­di­tional cou­ture show thing to do,” he told the Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent be­fore the show.

“There are some show pieces, I have a pink shot of green or­ganza draped dress, it is semi-see-through with a big rose on the shoul­der, just be­cause of the event; I had to do a lit­tle bit of camp.

“There are some flo­ral prints as well, some from ear­lier in the year so we are re-show­ing them and some that are a new sea­son as well.”

Mr O’Ma­hony, orig­i­nally from Lim­er­ick, is based in the De­sign Cen­tre in Dublin.

He was asked to take part by former model and stylist Celia Hol­man Lee, who has been in­volved in the show for al­most 30 years and pro­duces the an­nual af­fair.

“I mod­elled in it my­self, up to what it is to­day, it re­ally is a fan­tas­tic show for Kerry and beyond,” said Ms Hol­man Lee.

Her mod­els in yes­ter­day’s show were cer­tainly not just pretty faces ei­ther.

“They’re all beau­ti­ful and gor­geous – we have an All-Ire­land camo­gie player, stu­dents, a fash­ion buyer, bal­le­rina, a mu­sic teacher,” said their proud men­tor.

Ni­cola Lough­nane was one of those multi-tal­ented mod­els. The busi­ness stu­dent was busy miles away from the glam­our of the cat­walk last week­end.

The 21-year-old lined out for Tipperary In­ter­me­di­ate camo­gie team in their All-Ire­land semi-fi­nal, only to be edged out of the com­pe­ti­tion by Gal­way.

She had cer­tainly put the loss out of her mind as she turned to an­other of her pas­sions in Kerry last night, help­ing to show­case some of the best Ir­ish creations.

Among the de­sign­ers on dis­play was Dubliner Ais­ling Duffy whose flam­boy­ant col­lec­tion at­tempted to an­swer the ques­tion, ‘What is it to be Ir­ish?’

The Lon­don-based fash­ion and ac­ces­sory maker was in­spired by the re­la­tion­ships be­tween iden­tity, en­vi­ron­ment and per­son­al­ity, us­ing all ve­gan-friendly tex­tiles.

Her colour­ful pieces worn

‘It is a fan­tas­tic show, they’re all beau­ti­ful and gor­geous’

by model Maria Duffy fea­tured hand-painted pat­terns which incorporat­ed sym­bols of Ir­ish her­itage and cul­ture like the Ardagh Chal­ice and even a cup of tea.

Mean­while, stylist Alice Halliday, who spe­cialises in sus­tain­able bridal cou­ture, also had her eth­i­cal col­lec­tion in the mix. Her award­win­ning creations, made at her stu­dio in Sk­ib­bereen, Co Cork, have been worn by singer Florence Welch of Florence and the Ma­chine and fea­tured in ‘Vogue’.

TV per­son­al­ity James Pa­trice was on hand last night to pick the De­signer of the Year at the fash­ion bo­nanza.

Tonight will see the first half of the 32 Roses take to the stage to be in­ter­viewed by host Ó Sé from 8pm on RTÉ One, while the win­ner will be crowned to­mor­row night.



Style on show: Mod­els Aine Dwan (cen­tre) and Laura Guil­foyle (left). Far left: Bonie Shire and Ciara Fitzger­ald (both six).


Mod­els El­lie Ryan, Maria Duffy, Maria Nau­mova and Ais­ling O’Connor at the Rose of Tralee Fash­ion Show at The Dome.

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