Bairbre Power... Out and about
Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country
The new manager of the ultra smart InterContinental Hotel in Ballsbridge, the very dapper Nicky Logue (who has jumped across Anna Livia from his former abode at The Gibson) was surrounded by a gaggle of admiring ladies when I arrived into the hotel for the annual Tatler Women of the Year awards.
Sadly, it was a flying visit. I had a family engagement but I called by to wish my esteemed colleague, Dearbhail McDonald the best after she was presented with the Tatler Media Woman of the Year Award for her campaigning work. She took home a mighty trophy presented by Roisin Tierney Crowe (in blue) Communications manager of L'Oreal Luxe who sponsored the category. Dearbhail has an even busier diary than myself so she was very abstemious amidst the celebrations and was on the road to Newry early the next morning with her twin sister as she had agreed to host a charity event in her hometown.
When it comes to fashion and posh frocks at this virtually all-female gathering, it was interesting to note how many ladies opted for knee-length dresses for the night which, in the past, been 'ballgowns and big hair' central. Needless to say, designer Helen Cody was dressed immaculately in one of her own fab burgundy satin creations and Helen was presented with her 'Designer of the Year' trophy by Carmel Breheny, the marketing manager of M&S, above.
What a year it has been for Helen who marked her 50th birthday with a weekend in Milan during Fashion Week. That was back in January and as far as I can see, Helen has made 2016 her own with a fabulous show and an equally thrilling collection.
Is there no end to Amy Huberman's talents? Actress, writer, shoe creative and now jewellery designer. Fair play to Newbridge Silverware who brought her back from 'former face of the brand' status to designer with her very own collection. Amy certainly drew the crowds at last week's meet'n'greet at the Kilkenny Shop on Nassau Street where Melissa Gorman hosted a party for Amy's 36-piece collection. I loved Amy's black Topshop dress and high patent 'Bourbon' heels. We chatted baubles, books and babies and it turns out that Amy and Brian's son, Billy, will be two next weekend. How time flies. Chapelier Anthony Peto, pictured with Sarah Kenny, below, at his South Anne Street store marking the launch of his Christmas hat collection.
"A lipstick should sparkle like a precious jewel," declared Armand Petitjean, founder of Lancôme in 1937. Guests, including Fair City's Jenny Dixon (below), sparkled at the Lancôme Rouge Lip Colour Collection launch on Merrion Square. I chatted with PR guru Norman Pratt who has moved to Murray Consultants.