Best-dressed Heidi gets shop window for her designs
HEIDI HIGGINS was the best advert for her designs yesterday -- winning the Best Dressed competition at Punchestown and bagging orders from new customers on her way home.
The Portlaoise dress designer, who opened her fashion studio only six weeks ago, can now celebrate her 25th birthday next month with a €10,000 spending spree, courtesy of Arnotts, who sponsored yesterday's competition.
Heidi's turquoise wool crepe dress and jacket cost €295 and €260 respectively, while her €180 hat was commissioned from Mark T Burke from Galway at the 11th hour.
It arrived "wet in the box", while her LK Bennett bag arrived in the post yesterday morning, just in time to go with the matching shoes she picked up for €50.
Her wool crepe fabric was sourced in Paris and her winning outfit is part of her current spring/summer collection, which sells in boutiques and at the Design Centre in Dublin's Powerscourt Centre.
Home economics teacher Lisa Ward from Donadee, Co Kildare, proved she has the Midas touch when it comes to racing style competitions.
After winning €35,000 worth of Newbridge silverware at Punchestown last May, Lisa came second yesterday.
Proving that you don't have to break the bank to look fantastic, she wore a dress that cost €20 from Tesco and a €60 hat she rented for the day. Add to that the €25 handbag from Barratts, a €4 sale ring from Oasis and the outfit was finished off with €20 shoes from Dunnes.
Glanbia employee Deirdre Kane, from Co Carlow, rifled her mother's wardrobe for hat, gloves and faux fur stole which she wore with a cut-price Coast suit and LK Bennett accessories.
"Grace Kelly was my inspiration," said Deirdre.
Style yesterday ranged from the beautiful to the bizarre, feminine to fun, quirky to downright ridiculous.