Thursday 8 December 2016

Bairbre Power... Out and about

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

Published 28/08/2016 | 02:30

Darren Kennedy the face of the Dublin Festival of Fashion with Clyde Carroll, director of marketing for DublinTown
Darren Kennedy the face of the Dublin Festival of Fashion with Clyde Carroll, director of marketing for DublinTown
Sonja Molich and Ella de Guzman of Siopaella
Lorraine Keane, Nuala Carey and Roisin O'Hea
Natasha Shearling
Tess de Kretser with Shauna Cullen and Iseult O'Maonaigh

I 've been to some lovely parties of late, but the prize for the most unusual went to Harry Kennedy, whose 10th birthday celebrations were thrown by his owner, stylist Darren Kennedy.

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The canine party came the day after the launch of this year's Dublin Festival of Fashion where I met Darren, the face of the festival, above with Clyde Carroll, director of marketing for DublinTown, and among the many fashionistas invited I chatted with were Ella de Guzman, owner of Siopaella, the pre-loved store in Temple Bar store and the ever- sleek stylist, Sonja Mohlich, pictured below.

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Darren whispered to me that he has an exciting YouTube first coming up. He is doing a collaboration with Jim Chapman, the vlogger, blogger and model who was in Dublin recently with his wife, fellow vlogger Tanya Burr, and Darren took them for a healthy lunch at Counter Culture on Mercer Street.

"I'm getting a tour of Jim's wardrobe at their Fulham home and I'm very tempted to knock off one of his Burberry leather coats. In fairness, Jim is dying to get one of my bottle green suits since the first day he saw photos of my latest collection for Louis Copeland."

The weather was remarkably balmy on Monday night as I headed off to House on Leeson Street to celebrate with Tess De Kretser as she launched Olcote in Ceylon, her eight-bedroom boutique hotel, on the Irish market. The Sri Lanka property is a labour of love for Tess, who has lived in Ireland for 30 years and in her speech, she thanked her ex-husband, Cathal Ryan, the former Ryanair pilot with whom she had two children.

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Tess has six other children and was photographed with her daughters, above, Shauna Cullen (on left) and Iseult Ó'Maonaigh.

It was a glamorous night and I chatted with Lorraine Keane, Nuala Carey and Róisín O'Hea, below, who told me she has taken over PR for UTV Ireland so, inevitably, there was lots of chat about the return of Cold Feet.

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Spotted

"Next to sound judgment, diamonds and pearls are the rarest things in the world." Wise words indeed from Frenchman Jean de La Bruyère. I'm a huge fan of pearls, which is why I'll be front row at the September 12 masterclass given by jeweller/gemmologist.

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Natasha Sherling, above, who I lunched with this week with Ailish Cantwell in advance of the launch of the Cliff Townhouse Oyster Festival 2016, which runs at the St Stephen's Green restaurant from September 5 to October 2. Natasha's talk is part of three 'pearls of wisdom' sessions on the topic of food, fashion and wellness. Tickets (€20) include an oyster and Champers reception.

Grapevine

I predict a rash of new kitchens in south Dublin this autumn - all in shades of grey. IKEA was THE topic of conversation amongst mums back on the school run this week as the Swedish lifestyle giant opens in Carrickmines shortly. Meatballs, anyone?

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Photos: Kieran Harnett

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