Bairbre Power... Out and about
Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country
Awards ceremonies always generate mixed emotions but there was no crying and streaking mascara in the ladies' room at the Doubletree Hotel after Monday's Image Business Woman of the Year, now in its tenth year.
In a word, it was all very magnanimous with runners-up and unlucky finalists celebrating enthusiastically with the many worthy winners. Awards for Pippa O'Connor Ormond and the recently engaged Kathryn Thomas for their fashion business and fitness bootcamp respectively would have been sweet indeed given the 2016 they've both had, but they were very gracious when those category awards went elsewhere.
Melanie Morris, Editor in Chief at Image Publications and Anne Doyle, the guest presenter, did a fine job in keeping the room of 800 super excited female guests in line, and on time. By far the biggest cheer went up for Xposé executive producer, Debbie O'Donnell who clinched the Creative category and she attended with her husband Johnny, aka the fitness guy.
Earlier in the week, there was a fragrant scrum to catch the ear of Charlotte Tilbury (pictured with Shelly Corkery, above) during her visit to Dublin for a party at Brown Thomas. Happy to be home - her mum comes from Kilkenny - the Titian wonder was in exuberant form, and she told 2fm's Nicky Byrne that Bono is a fan of her Miracle Cream.
Monday was busy as Shelly Corkery, Fashion Director at Brown Thomas, joined with Jimmy Choo CEO, Pierre Denis to host a cocktail event to celebrate the new Jimmy Choo boutique at BTs. Guests got a sneak peak of the Cruise 17 collection. Sadly, my days of running around in vertiginous heels are over after a bad fall and back flip, but Jimmy does amazing flats and his bejewelled satin and grosgrain ribbon ballerina flats are my crush shows for Christmas.
Nominated for a business award, Ella de Guzman made it a red letter week and opened her latest Siopella Designer Exchange, her fourth store and new HQ, on Dublin's Wicklow Street.
Caroline Quinn, one half of the Dirty Fabulous sister team, looked super chic accompanying her husband, Peter Quinn, above, to the 18th annual IDI Irish Design Awards where he picked up the Design Education Award for DIT's pageant piece in the St Patrick's Festival. Caroline's hair maybe a memorable blue but her Christmas tree which she ordered online is a delicious pink! She and her sister have set up a vintage-inspired bridal collection, called Papermoon Bridal, which they launched with a fabulous arty movie by Ronan McMeel.
The IDI awards recognise, celebrate and promote exemplary design vision in Ireland, and among the guests I chatted with were Marian O'Gorman from Kilkenny Shop, pictured above with product designer Kim MacKenzie-Doyle who won for her Hub Controller and architect Kirk McCormack, below.
Irish bridal sensation Don O’Neill is included in the latest edition of UK Brides magazine in which they speculate about dressing Pippa Middleton for her upcoming nuptials. Now that would be a real coup for the Ballyheigue man!