Friday 9 December 2016

Catwalk veterans showcase autumn newness

Published 03/09/2016 | 02:30

Impeccable posture from former Irish supermodels (L-R) Vivienne Connolly, Olivia Tracey, Amanda Byram, Marie Staunton and Sheila Eustace at the ISPCC lunch at which Brown Thomas showcased their new AW16 designer collections Photo: Cian O'Sullivan/Photocall
Impeccable posture from former Irish supermodels (L-R) Vivienne Connolly, Olivia Tracey, Amanda Byram, Marie Staunton and Sheila Eustace at the ISPCC lunch at which Brown Thomas showcased their new AW16 designer collections Photo: Cian O'Sullivan/Photocall

The arrival of the 'Supers' - a retinue of Irish supermodels from yesteryear - produced a popular surprise element in the Brown Thomas fashion show at the annual ISPCC fundraiser lunch in Ballsbridge yesterday.

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A room of over 330 women faced with awesomely divine designer dresses and specially flown in couture pieces erupted in applause at the sight of 56-year-old silver-haired Olivia Tracey wearing a Dolce &Gabbana leopard-print dress (€2,590).

Olivia led the way and there was an enthusiastic response to former model, now international TV star, Amanda Byram, who compered the show.

During their heyday, these models graced all the top magazine covers and catwalk shows around the country.

Dressed in covetable pieces from the AW16 collection by the Italian designing duo, Dolce & Gabbana, the 'real women' proved they still have it...in spadeloads.

And speaking of gardening, Marie Staunton swapped the catwalk for horticulture. She modelled a Dolce & Gabbana skirt (€1,650) and white shirt (€1,450).

There were cheers too for Vivienne Connolly who was spotted as potential model material when she was studying in Carlow and went on to act in 'Fair City'. She wore a Dolce & Gabbana chiffon tie dress (€2,590) and shoes with chandelier heels.

Shapely Sheila Eustace lives in Spain where she is a fitness expert. She wore a bodycon Dolce & Gabbana tweed jacket (€1,750) and skirt (€845) and the audience appreciated another sight of Sheila's legendary slow turn.

Irish Independent

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