From nags to stitches at Ladies Day in Punchestown
Michael Chester AT Punchestown yesterday seven new faces spotted by the judges joined the winners from Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for the final of the Arnotts Best Dressed Lady competition.
Broadcaster Grainne Seoige, elegant in a grey Vivienne Westwood suit, was the chief judge.
Mother-of-one Maria McCullen-Harvey from Stamullen, County Meath, won first prize and a €10,000 Arnotts shopping voucher. Her butter cream Dolce & Gabbana silk coat was a gift five years ago from her vet husband, Maurice. Maria has form. She won in the fashion stakes at Galway in 2002 and in the Curragh in 2006.
Student Ciara Devitt (25), from Shankill, County Dublin, took second place with a stunning cut work red vintage dress, which she bought from antique clothing warehouse Gladys Adams in Tullamore, Co Offaly. Ciara, who has just graduated from a 3D course in Bray wore a red hat by milliner Wendy Louise, also from County Offaly, and her platform shoes were by Hoss Intropia.
Third place went to Sue McAuley from Naas, County Kildare, who wore a classic 60s style black lace A-line dress, which she bought from Joanna At Couture in Naas. Her dainty black lace fascinator was designed by Pauline Forde.
However, the prize for most eye-catching hat went to Grainne Seoige herself, who wore a remarkable feathered headpiece from Michael Leong's latest couture collection.