Months of toil pay off for best dressed Rachelle
THREE months of planning, searching and sewing went into Rachelle Guiry winning the Best Dressed Lady prize at the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh.
The make-up artist from Co Limerick won a wine trip to Chateau l'Hospitalet in Narbonne, France, courtesy of O'Brien's Wines and €500 jewellery from the Stella & Dot online company after wowing the judges with a Marilyn Monroe-inspired outfit in blush peach.
It was well considered, beautifully assembled and didn't look contrived.
Her Carol Kennelly orchid-laden hat was sumptuous and the dramatic headpiece completed the look which Rachelle estimated cost about €1,000.
She started working on her Darley Oaks outfit back in spring, taking inspiration from her Lulu Guinness 'lips' clutchbag, which was a gift from her boyfriend Mark.
From there, she layered up the accessories, finding pretty, gauzy gloves with a Deco frill online at itsy.com for €15, while her chiffon and lace dress came from asos.com and her shoes from Ted Baker.
Rachelle who was Best Dressed Lady at the Galway races last August personalised her peach dress for the Curragh by adding peach corded lace she bought in Hickeys Fabrics. She added a raw edged cap sleeve and a lace underskirt which had the desired, peep-through effect under the chiffon dress.
But it was working on her hat with Tralee milliner Carol Kennelly which proved to be the real deal breaker in the outfit.
"I know I wanted something with orchids and I drew out the shape I wanted," said Rochelle.