Thursday 27 October 2016

Society: No 'Bad Blood' for NY-bound Una

Published 06/09/2015 | 02:30

Irish designer Una Burke dressed the stars in Taylor Swift's Bad Blood video
Irish designer Una Burke dressed the stars in Taylor Swift's Bad Blood video
Yvonne Connolly and Hazel Buchanan (aged 4) pictured at the launch of Buy My Dress, supported by Kellogg's Special K, which is Ireland's largest one day dress sale in aid of the Down Syndrome Centre.
Rosanna Davison pictured with Rozanna Purcell this evening at the launch of Rosanna Davison's book 'Eat Yourself Beautiful' at House Dublin, Leeson Street, Dublin
Paul Byrom and wife Dominique at the launch of Rosanna Davison's book.
Chris De Burgh and wife Diane pictured at the launch of daughter Rosanna's book.
Louise Roe will host a preview of the Karen Millen AW collection.
Designer Zoe Jordan launched her Spring/Summer Collection at Emporium Kalu, Naas, Co Kildare with an exclusive customer evening. Pictured here are Kate O'Dwyer, Zoe Jordan and Louise Flanagan.

Designer Una Burke may not have been among Taylor Swift's on-stage 'squad' at the MTV VMAs, but she did dress several of the team in Swift's award-winning Bad Blood video.

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Una was responsible for kitting out supermodel Cindy Crawford, singer Hayley Williams and Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pomeo in the celebrity-studded video.

"It was great to hear they won," the Roscommon native said. "I was delighted they wore so many of my pieces."

When it comes to dressing red carpet regulars, leather designer Burke has a pretty dazzling clientele list.

Lady Gaga was one of the first people to place an order. Something, she says, was "amazing and terrifying" in equal measures.

Since then, Una has decked out the likes of Nicky Minaj, Madonna, Heidi Klum, Christina Aguilera and Rihanna.

Oh, and she also designed all those nifty arm bands Jennifer Lawrence, aka Katniss Everdeen, wore in the Hunger Games.

But now Burke is focusing on her next collection. "It's called 'Remembrance' and it's inspired by the 1916 Rising".

Una is one of the lucky Irish designers to head over to New York next week with style guru Marietta Doran as part of the Irish Fashion Showcase 2015. The do takes place in the Irish Consulate and Una will be joined by the likes of Heidi Higgins, Jennifer Rothwell and milliner Carol Kennelly.

But let's return to the trash-tastic MTV VMAs. I was delighted to hear Yvonne Connelly's biggest fashion faux pas occurred when she attended the do 16 years ago.

"I wore a cow-patch cowboy hat and looked like a Gateway computer box," she said at the launch of Special K's Buy My Dress campaign this week. "By the end of the night I was regretting it. But it definitely made a statement."

Thankfully, Yvonne has donated a more demure number for the Buy My Dress campaign; a raspberry Theia Couture cocktail dress.

"I wore it to the Curragh and had so much fun in it," she said at the launch in Drury Buildings.

Yvonne isn't the only celeb to raid her closet for the cause; Amy Huberman, Imelda May, Caroline Downey, TV presenter Kathryn Thomas and Georgina Ahern have all donated gorgeous gowns.

Everything's coming up rosy for Davison

By Kirsty Blake Knox

A nice moment at the launch of Rosanna Davison's new book Eat Yourself Beautiful, when a supportive Roz Purcell arrived.

Rosie and model Roz both have cookbooks hitting the shelves soon in time for lucrative Christmas market.

But Roz poured cold water over rumours of a competitive edge, insisting everything is just, well, rosy.

"I am here to support her and eat my way around the room," she said grabbing a sweet potato chip.

Chris de Burgh was beaming as he watched his daughter work the room. "I am so proud of Rosanna," he said.

"I can write songs but I don't think I have the discipline to write a book.

''That takes real discipline."

Meanwhile, designer Dawn Fitzgerald, broadcaster Ciara O'Doherty and Hayley Rock all eyed up a glass of Prosecco.

Fashion is front runner at afternoon tea

By Bairbre Power

A Champagne Afternoon Tea prepared by Michelin star chef Kevin Thornton was the order of the day at Kildare Village on Thursday, where invited guests enjoyed a bespoke salon-style afternoon to celebrate Kildare Village's fashion partnership at the upcoming Longines Irish Champions weekend.

Stylist Annemarie O'Connor gave top tips and showcased elegant looks for the upcoming racing weekend from leading design houses including Gucci, Louise Kennedy, Mulberry, Anya Hindmarch and N.Peal, to name but a few, as well as beautiful designs from Irish milliner Laura Kinsella.

Business Director Andrew Marshall welcomed guests including The Merrion's Dorothy MacCann, Chairwoman of Goffs, Eimear Mulhern and her colleague, Elaine Lawlor.

Also invited were thoroughbred owner, Jackie Bolger and her daughter Una Manning, Melanie McCourt from Jaguar, Jane Davis from Horse Racing Ireland, Cathy Reynolds and her sister-in-law Erika Reynolds who has recently returned to live in Ireland from New York. Hotelier Marie Chawke and her VBF Deirdre Collins were also invited, and guests were treated to a preview of the new Jaguar XE sports saloon.

This year the Longines Prize for Elegance competition will run for the first time and carries with it a prize fund of over €25,000 to be won across the weekend. During this fresh fashion affair, style enthusiasts will be encouraged to embrace the spirit of Longines Prize for Elegance and share their style inspirations and competition looks on the Irish Champions Weekend Instagram account with the hashtag #PrizeForElegance.

The ladies will certainly be out in style this year because Longines Prize for Elegance prize fund combines shopping experiences from Ireland's elite fashion houses including Louise Kennedy, Louis Copeland and Kildare Village as well as a luxury stay at Dublin's best address, The Merrion hotel.

These will be awarded to the most stylish female and male race-goer at Leopardstown and The Curragh.

Title sponsor, Longines, will also gift the winners each day with an elegant time piece from their latest collection.

MTV's Louise heading to BTs for fashion preview

By Bairbre Power

Louise Roe, presenter of  MTV's makeover show, Plain Jane TV, has been in Bali on holiday for the past few weeks and she is flying back to  present a Karen Millen event at Brown Thomas in Dublin next Monday.

The last time we met, Louise was with Maria Sharapova at a style event in London and on Monday, she is hosting an exclusive preview of the Karen Millen autumn/winter 2015 collection at Brown Thomas Dublin between 5pm-7pm

Louise will be introducing her wish list for the season and will be signing copies of her style bible, Front Roe: how to be the leading lady in your own life.

Louise does the red carpet coverage for NBC's Access Hollywood and the style advice in her book is very user-friendly.

One of her style commandments is : "before you buy a piece, imagine how you would wear it three ways, using clothes you already own. Then it will actually get worn."

The first 20 customers at the event to spend €250 will also receive a fringed Aldwych clutch.

Lights, camera, action for Zoë

I can't wait to bump into Zoë Jordan at New York Fashion Week next weekend.

Last season, her Sunday show in Manhattan was a critical success but the bad weather kind of got in the way for some people which is why the clever mum-of-two has opted to do a digital show this season "so it can be sent out to everyone."

"With so many shows over Fashion Week, and the press being pulled in too many directions, this is a forward-thinking option. They can all see it online and it is something I can share with my customers later in the season," explained Zoë, who is just back from celebrating her fifth wedding anniversary and her husband Steve's birthday.

Zoë was full of chat about her forthcoming collaboration with the River Island Design Forum and you can enjoy an exclusive preview in Weekend magazine today.

Her River Island Film will be screened at London Fashion Week on September 18 and Zoë did give me a little clue to what I'll be seeing in NYC next weekend.

"It's a strong season for blues" she winked.

Music to my ears. Blue is my favourite colour... after black, of course.

Patricia keeping up appearances on Irish tour

By Kirsty Blake Knox

Now isn't this a treat! Patricia Routledge, aka suburban snob Hyacinth "It's Bouquet!" Bucket, will be tearing around the country next week chatting about her love of musical theatre and tracing her Irish lineage.

"I have not been to Éire enough in my life," the former Keeping up Appearances star told me.

"So I am looking forward to the trip enormously. I have Irish blood in me and I am very proud of that. My maternal grandmother was from Galway."

The Tony and Laurence Olivier-winning actress is bringing her show Facing the Music: A Life in Musical Theatre to Dublin's Pavilion before heading to the Lime Tree in Limerick and Galway's Town Hall. "I try not to do the show too often," she said. "It's a moveable feast, as it were."

Patricia has worked with the great and good and is a straight shooter so the evening should be packed with raucous tales.

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