Wednesday 26 October 2016

Society: Adam's notes on a scandal

Published 20/09/2015 | 02:30

'Clean Break' actor Adam Fergus has landed a role in a hit US show 'Scandal'
'Clean Break' actor Adam Fergus has landed a role in a hit US show 'Scandal'
Jane Gogan and Eamon Dunphy at Clean Break
Margaret O' Rourke of MoMuse
Eve Hewson and Max Minghella at Edun Spring Studio
Sharon and Becky Donnelly at Arnotts, Dublin
Missy Keating and Yvonne Connolly
Susan Jane White at the launch of her receipe book The Virtuous Tart
Olivia Palermo visits Dublin

There was plenty of secrecy and scandal at RTE's launch of TV series Clean Break.

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Namely, that lead actor Adam Fergus has landed a role on the hit US TV show alongside Kerry Washington. "She is flawless," Adam gushed. "But I can't tell you anything about my role in Scandal. It's important enough."

The LA via Laytown actor, who takes on the lead role in RTE's new four part drama, touched down in Dublin this week for the exclusive screening in the Irish Film Institute.

"I'm flying back out to LA tomorrow so don't know whether I am coming or going at the moment," he said.

Having just completed filming thriller IT with international man of mystery Pierce Brosnan, Adam is about to start shooting a re-make of hit TV series Roots alongside Laurence Fishburne - he of The Matrix and Hannibal fame.

"So it's all kicking off," he said. It was a crowded house for Billy Roche's latest drama which is already being dubbed the new Love/Hate - no pressure then.

Pundit Eamon Dunphy mooched about while RTE's Head of Drama Jane Gogan talked plot lines and protagonists.

Between Clean Break and 1916 drama Rebellion Gogan has her hands full. "We are also developing a comedy drama," she said. "But it's gentle comedy. I'll leave the thigh slapping to other departments."

Casting director Maureen Hughes told me about Bow Street Acting Studio's birthday celebrations.

"We turned one this year - it's gone so fast," she said.

Red Rock star Jane McGrath darted through the doors while Sean McGinley braced himself for the Q&A session afterwards.

While everyone else shuffled inside the theatre I nipped across town for the launch of Culture Night which passed in a dizzying blur yesterday evening.

There was lots of music, magic and mayhem but illustrator Aoife Dooley caught my attention. Aoife is best known for her caricatures of "Dublin Huns".

"A Hun loves a spice bag, Penneys and wouldn't be caught dead without her PJs and her hair in a 'Hun Bun'," she explained. I nodded. "Do I have what it takes to be a hun?" I asked.

"With a bit of tan and some extensions anyone can become a Hun." There's hope yet.

MoMuse shines ray of hope for magpies

By Kirsty Blake Knox

Jewellery designer Margaret O'Rourke aka MoMuse  encouraged us all to unleash our "inner magpie" this week as she unveiled her shiny Hope pendant in support of Pieta House.

O'Rourke's jewellery is a big hit with Irish celebs including Saoirse Ronan, Amy Huberman, and Kathryn Thomas.

Fashion editors piled through the doors of O'Rourke's shop in the Powerscourt Town House to view her latest work.

Designer Merle O'Grady, whose bracelets and rings have been worn by Cheryl Fernandez-Versini arrived with her six month old baby, Vega.

"Named after the star not the Street Fighter character," she clarified.

Stylist Ingrid Hoey and blogger Sinead Burke got instagrammed and snap chatted away. "Designing the pendant was important," O'Rourke said. "It's nice to carry a little bit of hope around your neck."

The Hewsons, sans Bono, take NYC

By Bairbre Power

From my swish suite at the Hotel Beacon on New York's West 75th Street, the first thing I saw when I pulled back the curtains every morning was the incredible towers of the San Remo building overlooking Central Park, where Bono has a two floor penthouse.

He's in good company: his neighbours in the iconic building include Tiger Woods, Steven Spielberg, Demi Moore, Glenn Close, Dustin Hoffman but not Madonna because when Madge applied to buy an apartment, she was infamously rejected by the residents board.

Bono couldn't make it to New York Fashion Week and the stunning SS16 show by Edun, the ethical clothing label he set up 10 years ago with his wife, Ali, who was a very gracious hostess at the South Studios in TriBeCa on Sunday evening, thanking guests for coming. There was a slightly surreal feeling of stepping into an instragram snap with full on filter because of the spectacular sunset over the Hudson river that created amazing hues which backlit the show.

I sat opposite Michael Stipe, REM frontman chatting with Spike Jonze who co-created MTV's Jackass show and is well known for his music video collaborations with Fatboy Slim, Weezer, Beastie Boys, Björk and Kanye West.

Chatting after the show, Ali's daughter, Eve, told me "The Knick (season two) is coming out October 16 and Bridge of Spies is coming out the same day."

She was snapped at the show with actor Max Minghella, her sister Jordan and Vine star, Jerome Jarre. There were Irish celebrations everywhere. Zoe Jordan screened a digital film of her SS16 collection in Manhattan and she will be at London Fashion Week tomorrow to debut her new digital film for her collaboration with River Island -plus she is in store at their Grafton Street branch tomorrow.

I couldn't pass through SoHo without calling into The Late Late Bar on Houston.

The lower east side bar has attracted lots of celebrity visitors like Mr Selfridge actor Jeremy Piven, going over scripts, and Niall Horan has his own spot in the corner where he always sits. A pic of Ryan Tubridy watches you as you spend a penny. Watch out for Late Late #2 coming soon - and uptown!

Capsule collection by Peter was sew lively

By Bairbre Power

The launch of Peter O'Brien's AW15 44 piece capsule collection for Arnotts was a lively night in the Henry Street store as his many friends from the world of fashion, theatre, the arts and beyond, turned out to cheer on the couturier.

Peter's auntie Eithne, his sister Jan and his brother Damien were there to fly the flag and see the opening night as were Ingrid Craigie and author Claudia Carroll.

It was a night for mothers and daughters too. Yvonne Connolly was accompanied by her actress daughter, Missy Keating, while former model Sharon Bacon came with her daughter Becky Donnelly who has model good looks and is a very talented animator.

Stylist Sinead Keenan was there to support her VBF Catherine Condell who did a stunning job styling the show. The night concluded with a well deserved dinner for Peter at the Troc where the staff know his culinary rule: "no butter with the mushy peas". It's even on his signed photograph on the restaurant wall.

Virtuous tarts out in force

By Kirsty Blake Knox

'I'm the MacGyver of the dessert world," Susan Jane White proudly proclaimed at the launch of her new book The Virtuous Tart.

"Turning pesky sugar cravings into a nutritional hit. It's an alchemy of sorts." Indeed.

Ronan Ryan's super trendy eatery Counter Culture was packed with media types who ogled the glossy read while chowing down on 'energy grenades', honuts (healthy donuts) and raw chocolate pie.

Rugby player Gordon D'Arcy was one of the first to arrive and Pamela Flood discussed her upcoming TV3 show, Geriatric Mothers.

"I have to get this done first," she said stroking her baby bump. "Before we start the series."

Broadcaster Brendan O'Connor gave a rousing speech recalling a simpler era of Ireland 'BQ' - that's 'Before Quinoa'.

Director Conor Horgan looked pleased as punch to have completed his film The Queen of Ireland while artist Fergal McCarthy darted about.

Having eaten an unreasonable amount of beetroot brownies, and more sinful glasses of white wine, guests ducked out carrying a goodie bag filled with nut butter, hemp and flax seeds. Natch.

Olivia brings her new beauty range to Dublin

By Bairbre Power

I was in New York and Olivia Palermo was in LA but that didn't stop us catching up to discuss her arrival in Dublin next Friday.

Olivia first came to our notice in The City and is creative director of Ciaté London, and she will be in Brown Thomas, Grafton Street next Saturday to officially launch the Olivia Palermo X Ciaté London Make Up collection.

Hailed as a style icon and on the receiving end of lots of girl crushes - not least for her uber gorgeous wedding dress of cashmere jumper with tulle skirt by Carolina Herrera - fans can meet her next Saturday as she is doing a meet and greet with customers who make a Ciaté London X Olivia Palermo purchase at Brown Thomas Dublin or from their online site. However, only the first 200 to receive a wrist band will get to meet her, take photos and have their products signed. "For the make up collection, I was inspired by the New England Fall and driving up through Conneticut. As for bringing her own clothes range, Olivia said: "I hope in time that I can do that It is something that I do have in the back of my head to do."

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