Sabina turns out in top Irish label
SABINA HIGGINS flew the flag for Irish fashion at her husband's inauguration today, choosing to wear an off-the-peg outfit by Louise Kennedy.
It is Louise's second presidential call-up having dressed President Mary Robinson for her inauguration 21 years ago and both ladies picked the same colour -- a royal purple.
Originally Mrs Higgins, asked best pal and bridesmaid, Emmy-winning designer Joan Bergin to design her outfit for the ceremony at Dublin castle.
But time was not on side for Joan (who has won awards for her lavish costume design on 'The Tudors') to get clothes made to couture standards by her usual team.
For the daytime ceremony, mother-of-four Sabina, wore a Louise Kennedy matching knee-length cashmere coat and dress in silk jersey and the outfit was set off with a 1920s art deco white diamond brooch and earrings, loaned by jeweller John Farrington from Drury Street. The jeweller is also loaning Mrs Higgins 'matchless quality' pink pearls to go with a hot pink fine wool two-piece outfit for the state occasion tonight.
Joan Bergin is a well-placed confidante to help Mrs Higgins put together her 'first lady' wardrobe and we can expect lots of glamour and Irishness over the next few months.
Helen McAlinden, who recently opened a new store on Dublin's South William Street, will see her new red Cashmere coat design worn by Mrs Higgins who has also bought from Costume in Castle Market and she has bought outfits from Synan O'Mahony and also Peter O'Brien who will dress the Higgins' daughter Alice Mary today.
The new president wore a black suit from Louis Copeland tailors which was bought at their Merchant Road branch in Galway where he is a regular customer.