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Friday 25 July 2014

Kathryn channels gran's style for Ladies' Day role

Majella O'Sullivan

Published 18/07/2014|02:30

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TV presenter Kathryn Thomas was delighted to judge the Queen of Fashion at Killarney Races because her grandmother won the title in July 1960.

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Margaret Keane from Kenmare, who passed away only three months ago, would have loved to have seen her granddaughter return as a judge.

In her honour, Kathryn chose a cream dress with a fawn top hat with netting, one of her grandmother's signature colours.

"Nana loved fashion and she loved big, bold colours and people who stood out and made an impact," Kathryn said.

"Cream, black and camel were her colours and that's why I chose to wear cream to honour her."

The 'Operation Transformation' and 'The Voice' presenter was enjoying some down time before she gets back to work in September and was enjoying Ladies' Day at the Killarney Races with her mother and her partner, Padraig McLoughlin.

This year's Dawn Milk Queen of Fashion, Denise Healy, fit the judges' criteria for standing out and broke all the rules by wearing trousers.

Reigning Rose of Tralee Hayley O'Sullivan was also a judge.

Denise – from Twomileschool in Killarney – works as a language co-ordinator with Tralee-based Castle International Education.

For her, fashion is all about taking risks and she was inspired by her mother Mairead, who passed away two years ago.

"My mother was the most stylish person I knew and she taught me how to be ladylike and creative but also simple and practical," she said.

Denise wore black capri trousers with a black-and-white monochrome top and wide-brimmed hat with matching ribbon.

She accessorised her look with a black-and-white clutch bag, black drop earrings and white stilettos.

Although she knew it was a risk to wear trousers, her motto is, 'If it looks good, go with it'.

A crowd of around 7,000 people enjoyed the last day of the four-day festival on a sun-kissed racecourse yesterday.

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