Sunday 23 April 2017

Bairbre Power: Out and about

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

Valerie O'Neill and Donald McDonal. Photo: Kieran Harnett
Valerie O'Neill and Donald McDonal. Photo: Kieran Harnett
Danielle Moyles & Francesca Stainer pictured at the launch of Mint Velvet's new spring / summer 2017 collection. Photo: Anthony Woods
Designer Louise Kennedy and Knut Wylde, general manager at The Berkley London, at the launch of the Pret-a-Portea at The Merrion hotel Dublin
Chloe Townsend and Roisin Tierney Crowe at the launch of The Berkeley London's legendary fashion afternoon tea, Prêt-à-Portea, at The Merrion Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Naoise Culhane
Caroline Martin and Bairbre Power
Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power

It was a case of up with the larks for the Arnotts new season SS17 breakfast show, and the great turnout only underlines what keen interest there is in spotting new labels early. Valerie O'Neill, director of menswear, sportswear and childrenswear at Arnotts - pictured above with the store's MD, Donald McDonald - looked pleased as punch with the reaction, with lots of love directed to the Danish label Ganni, and the incredibly well-priced offerings from Miss Selfridge.

Over at the Merrion Hotel, designer Louise Kennedy (below) was thrilled to see her new season's 'Poppy' coat immortalised into a delicious iced biscuit for their Prêt-à-Portea fashionista afternoon tea, which was devised by the Berkeley in Knightsbridge 10 years ago and runs at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin until tomorrow. It was fascinating how they also achieved a perfect Orla Kiely leaf print for their dainty pastries. Louise later dashed off to do last-minute planning for her SS17 collection shoot which features a new star - her favourite dog in the world - Paddy, the Kerry Blue Terrier, which belongs to her PR sister, Caroline.

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Last Tuesday, I headed over to St James's Gate after Diageo called to invite me to the launch of their new whiskey and my curiosity was well and truly whetted - well, my surname is Power.

The new premium whiskey, Roe & Co, was introduced to us in its new distillery home at 10.30am and by 11.30am, I felt thoroughly sinful, sipping it with ice, with its creator, master blender, Caroline Martin (below), talking me through the flavours.

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Caroline is essentially the 'nose', just like you have in the perfume industry. After nosing her way through countless Irish-made whiskies, herself and her team came up with 100 prototypes before deciding on the final product, which is very smooth with notes of pear, spice and soft vanilla.

Caroline assures me that Roe & Co goes exceedingly well with cocktails like a Manhattan, or an Old Fashioned. I guess that counts for some 'shaking' this weekend.

SPOTTED

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Inspiring women from various fields joined forces at the RHA Gallery, Dublin, for the launch of Mint Velvet's SS17 collection, and an introduction to their 'We Are Women' campaign. The popular fashion brand has developed a series of features on inspirational and pioneering ladies, all of whom are champions in their own chosen field. To date, the line-up has included Irish chef Clodagh McKenna, All Saints singer Melanie Blatt, and actress Anna Friel. The guest of honour on Wednesday night was Daniella Moyles, pictured above with Francesca Stainer, and the model-turned radio host will work with Mint Velvet on the Irish leg of their campaign. Dinner was by Coppa Café and guests were presented with cacti by Mark Grehan from The Garden at Powerscourt Town House Centre.

GRAPEVINE

Lots of interest in the Bobbyjo Chase Day at Fairyhouse, which takes place on Saturday, February 25, and is the warm-up race for the Fairyhouse Easter Festival and Irish Grand National

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Photos: naoise culhane

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