Wednesday 22 March 2017

Bairbre Power... Out and about

Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country

Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power

Jo Malone (on left) and Melanie Morris. Photo: Roger Kenny
Jo Malone (on left) and Melanie Morris. Photo: Roger Kenny
Gillian Hennessy of Boots. Photo: Kieran Harnett
Kimberly Wyatt, pictured with Tesco Ireland CEO Andrew Yaxley. Photo: Kieran Harnett
Louise and Caroline Kennedy. Photo: Damien Eagers
Owen Brennan is pictured with Deirdre Flood

Straight-talking Jo Malone was the toast of the Marker Hotel after a thoroughly riveting Q&A with Melanie Morris, editor-in-chief at Image Publications, in which the British perfumer told her remarkable and inspiring story - rising from humble beginnings, business success and beating cancer.

Jo, whose mother Eileen hailed from Ireland, has captured the hearts of so many men and women with her distinctive fragrances - beginning with her signature Lime, Basil & Mandarin - and she is now enjoying a second lease of success with her new lifestyle fragrance brand, Jo Loves. Plus, her book, My Story, is shaping up to be a Christmas publishing success.

It was a night of celebrations and the little touch of adding some pomelo, Jo's favourite citrus fruit, to the champagne cocktail was a genius move - I recognised the hand of Melanie Morris in that. Waterford Crystal, one of the sponsors on the night along with Mazda, came on-board to serve the cocktails in their fabulous engraved crystal coupes, and I came home very happy indeed after winning their Lismore Pops toasting flutes in a raffle prize. Let the party begin!


I toasted the early arrival of Christmas with Kimberly Wyatt, pictured above with Tesco Ireland CEO Andrew Yaxley, at the Tesco Ireland Christmas finest showcase, held at 25 Fitzwilliam Place.

Multi-talented, Grammy-nominated Kimberly was formerly one-sixth of the Pussycat Dolls and she came to Dublin with her cheffy hat, having become the Celebrity MasterChef champion in 2015. Kimberly lives in the UK with her supermodel husband, Max Rogers, and their daughter, Willow. It was a night of treats and one of the biggest surprises was how gorgeous those Brussels sprouts-shaped sweets tasted when filled with yummy chocolate.


Talk with a purpose


Gillian Hennessy of Boots (pictured above) at the recent Boots No7 Ready to Speak Up discussion, which also featured Irish author and feminist Louise O'Neill.



Exciting times this week for Ireland's queen of fashion, Louise Kennedy (above left), who slayed hearts in New York, opening a pop-up store at the Carlyle Hotel. Louise chose the classy art deco hotel off Madison Avenue to showcase her AW16 pieces for her many loyal US customers who visit her in Dublin and London each year.

It can only be a matter of time before she realises her dream of opening a store in the US, and I bet Louise got lots of ideas during the summer vacation in the Hamptons. The designer is back home in time for the Tiffany Ireland Fund lunch on November 23 at the refurbished Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud. Louise's PR sister, Caroline (above right), is working on the high-profile charity event.


Psst! Ireland has a stylish new ball to add to its busy social scene and that’s the Devenish Charity ball held at Dowth racecourse as part of its Point-to-Point & Country Fair. Owen Brennan is pictured above with Deirdre Flood, who won ‘best dressed’ in a Catherine Deane dress

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