Thursday 23 March 2017

Bairbre Power... Out and about

Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country

Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power

Laura Giuliani and Alice Herbert at Tiffany & Co.'s exclusive 'Crazy About Tiffany's' Premiere in the Lighthouse Cinema
Laura Giuliani and Alice Herbert at Tiffany & Co.'s exclusive 'Crazy About Tiffany's' Premiere in the Lighthouse Cinema
Shelly Corkery at the launch of CREATE
Margaret O'Connor and Davina Lynch at the opening of CREATE at Brown Thomas
Ian Dempsey and his wife Ger

Kate Moss on the decks... now that's my kind of fashion party!

Brown Thomas fashion director, Shelly Corkery, below, was in top form on Tuesday when I met her instore for breakfast to mark the launch of CREATE. Shelly was just back from Milan and from Paris Haute Couture Week so I got the inside track, so to speak, on the party of the week with Kate Moss in action at the Miu Miu show at the Hôtel de la Païva.


Hard to believe that this is the sixth year of CREATE, which showcases the best of emerging and established talents. This year there is a diverse selection of millinery magic, from creatives like Margaret O'Connor who has moved back from London to her native Boston - that's Boston, north Clare. I met Margaret (2) with Davina Lynch and caught up with artisan leather designer Una Burke, from Rosommon, whose clients include Rihanna, Madonna and the costumes for The Hunger Games. I was particularly thrilled to see Belfast-born designer Mariad Whisker, back in CREATE two years running. This year, Mariad has collaborated with knitwear entrepreneur, Elaine Madigan from Straffan and their work is stunning.

Talk about being blinded by the sight of diamonds, the guests at the Irish premiere and private screening of Crazy About Tiffany's all seemed to be wearing amazing, brilliant cut diamonds that would have seriously impressed Holly Golightly, and Audrey Hepburn too. Of course, Audrey had so many connections with Dublin and enjoyed a reunion with her dad, Joseph Ruston, at the Shelbourne Hotel.

It was the only Irish screening of the 87-minute film by Matthew Miele which explores the story of the world's most iconic jewellery brand. The glamorous guests sipped bubbles pre-show and, afterwards, I chatted with Laura Giuliani and Alice Herbert from Tiffany & Co London before we all disappeared into the night and I, for one, went home to watch Breakfast at Tiffany's.



Ian Dempsey looked tanned and relaxed after his holidays in Portugal when I met him with his wife, Ger at the launch of the all new Renault Mégane at BrookLodge in Co Wicklow before the fourth generation car went on sale. The Today Fm broadcaster is gas - Ger told Ian he needed to use a face moisturiser and now it seems he's a regular Kiehl's Face Fuel user... like half the Irish rugby team, it seems. Former Dubs player Alan Brogan attended the dinner hosted by Paddy McGee, Renault's Country Operations Manager. The surprise of the night was Lorraine Keane, another brand ambassador, who arrived with her composer hubbie, Peter, after they attended Ivan Pratt's birthday party. Turns out La Keane has a cracking singing voice but sure wasn't her dad a musician with The Indians showband? No end to this fashionista's talents!

Psst! All eyes are peeled in Dublin 4 and 6 for sightings of Leinster’s newest recruit, Robbie Henshaw, who moves across the Shannon from his native Athlone and Connacht club. He was last spotted having dinner at Al Boschetto in Ballsbridge

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