V for vintage in the Curragh style stakes
A LITTLE touch of war-time elegance.
A half-price Ralph Lauren suit and a borrowed trilby helped win the day for Kilkenny nurse Sarah Cass, who swept the style stakes at the Curragh yesterday.
Most eyes were on another competition in Croke Park, perhaps, but Ms Cass was undoubtedly a head turner.
The 23-year-old nurse came off two weeks of night duty at St Luke's on Friday morning and put together a vintage look inspired by style icons Greta Garbo and Audrey Hepburn.
The camel-coloured tailored cotton suit and white ruffle blouse, both by American designer Ralph Lauren, were down to half price at Kildare Village Outlet Mall and she teamed it up with mushroom suede platform heels by Carvela and a hat and leopard-print clutch bag.
With all their menfolk in Croker shouting for the Lilywhites, ladies were free into the Curragh for the Moyglare Stud Stakes day yesterday and the promotion attracted a large field of seriously stylish ladies chasing the €5,000 Best-Dressed Lady prize sponsored by Newbridge Silverware.
Gay Byrne, who was one of the judges along with RTE's Anne Doyle, revealed how Audrey Hepburn wrote to him after she appeared on 'The Late, Late Show' to talk about her work as an ambassador for UNICEF.
"She hugged me on the night and I wasn't the better of it for weeks afterwards," Gay said.
His correspondence with the 'Breakfast At Tiffany's' star is now on permanent exhibition at the Newbridge Silverware Style Icons museum.
The newly crowned Rose of Tralee, Clare Kambamettu from Athy, enjoyed a day out with her parents before returning to London tomorrow.
"It's all been great fun and there have been some amazing moments since I won last Tuesday night, like having an RTE camera crew in your bedroom at 7am, having to kiss a dog named after Daithi O Se, and on Saturday, I was out wearing the Kildare strip with my tiara, sash and runners," she said.