The Diary: Olivia jets back for a seasonal social visit
Published 05/01/2014 | 02:30
It's three decades since she was crowned Miss Ireland in 1984 and over 15 years since she moved to the US, so it was refreshing to see Olivia Treacy back on the social scene over the festive season.
The 53 year old has kept in touch with all her old modelling friends and catching up is her top priority while back in Dublin for a six-week stint.
As well as Christmas drinks with Krish and Lelia Naidou, former franchise holders of the Miss Ireland competition, at the Westbury Hotel, a long lunch with her agent Rebecca Morgan and a tipple with author Claudia Carroll, the LA-based beauty is spending her visit reconnecting with old catwalk colleagues Beverley Keegan and Ruth Magee.
"Krish is a soccer agent now in the UK, but we've stayed in touch all these years," Olivia told The Diary. "I modelled a lot with Beverley and Ruth, we did all the Richard Alan shows together, so it's great to pick up where you left off with people like that.
"I'm here for six weeks this time, so I'm just trying to get as much in as possible."
While she's due back in California on January 21, Olivia is hoping to spend more time in Ireland going forward, be that modelling, acting or simply keeping her 93-year-old mother Maura company.
"I'm looking to do more work here in television; years ago there was a stigma that you couldn't model if you wanted to be taken serious as an actress, but that's gone now and in the US, actors double up as models regularly," she said.
Lucy tops off her year in Barbados
Last year was a hugely memorable year for Lucy Nagle, the former London-based interior designer who moved into fashion and now supplies Ireland's best- dressed ladies with their luxury cashmeres.
In August, Lucy married Jamie Rohan at her family's stud in Co Wicklow and the following month her luxury knitwear proved so successful at the CREATE event in Brown Thomas that Shelly Corkery invited her to stock her next season's collection in the Grafton Street store.
Lucy concluded the red letter year by bringing in the new year at the Sandy Lane hotel in Barbados, happily posing poolside with Jamie, looking fetching in a black gown and carrying one of her satin woven clutch bags.
She took time out to tweet Simon Cowell who was also holidaying at Sandy Lane with his pregnant girlfriend, New York socialite Lauren Silverman, who is expecting their baby in February.
The loved-up, slimmed down musical mogul generated huge media speculation that their 'babymoon' might spark a special event in Barbados such as a blessing or possibly, a full wedding.
A stableful of stars party in style for festive race meeting
The Leopardstown Christmas Festival made for a star-studded affair this year and as always, the fillies came out in force.
Leading the way were the country's politicians, ministers Leo Varadkar, Pat Rabbitte and Phil Hogan to name a few, who made the most of time off to enjoy some rare corporate hospitality in the Pavilion at the south Dublin racecourse.
Back in the blustery outdoors was television host Lisa Cannon, who proudly showed off her new sparkling engagement ring as she helped choose this year's most stylish lady. The TV3 presenter, who spent Christmas at the K Club, got engaged to husband-to-be Richard Keatley in Paris and was all smiles as she arrived in a black and plum outfit.
While she may not have entered the Best Dressed competition on Lexus Chase Ladies Day, Ann Marie McManus cut a glamorous figure, turning out in an array of colourful ensembles over the course of the four-day meeting. The Diary's favourite was her Christmas red dress and coat, with her daughters Vivienne and Katie also wearing matching petticoats.
For many, the week was a family occasion, with father-son duo Aidan and Joseph O'Brien spotted cheering on several of the steeds from the newly kitted-out corporate lounge in the stands, and Eamon Dunphy and wife Jane Gogan taking in the action over their three-course luncheon.
Also entertaining were Bono and his wife Ali Hewson, who brought their four children, as well as the kids of pal Guggi, along for the festivities.
Beautiful boys converge on London
After three days of green juicing through the New Year celebrations, I should be ready for the cut and thrust of the terrifically fashionable 'London Collections: Men'
The 30 ready-to-wear catwalk shows for AW14 run from Monday to Wednesday, but the sartorial sociability kicks off tonight when shoe designer Marc Hare hosts a party 'til midnight at the Groucho Club.
Tomorrow, the style squad heads to Claridge's for cocktails with Rake magazine party and after Monday's shows, there's the Dolce & Gabbana/GQ party with the promise of international guest hosts and special performances plus Tommy Hilfiger and Jonathan Newhouse are hosting a dinner.
But it won't be a late night because Irish designing tour de force, JW Anderson (pictured), is showing at 9am the next morning. I expect to see Laura Whitmore's former squeeze, supermodel David Gandy (he of the 'white pant boy' fame from Dolce Blue adverts) at the M&S party at the Hospital Club. The super trendy Asian restaurant Hakkasan is definitely the place to be on Wednesday night when Anya Hindmarsh and Dylan Jones, editor of GQ magazine host a champagne reception and dinner.
Richard's tasty New Year's brunch
Couturier Richard Lewis hosted a stylish New Year's Day brunch at his home and it turned out to be quite a gathering of ol' pals.
Fashion designer turned chef, Robert Jacob (pictured) arrived with his stunning wife Hanna, a former Paris catwalk model who turned every head in the room with her off-the- shoulder Armani dress.
"We used to be in competition with each other for clients, but we were always friends," Richard laughed, acknowledging Robert's career move from couture to cuisine.
After college, Robert won a scholarship to work at Gordon Ramsay. He spent four years honing his skills at Chapter One and now teaches at Donnybrook Fair .
Catching up with friends over the yummy scrambled eggs and smoked salmon were Sharon Harris and photographer Lucy Johnston (formerly of The Johnstons folk group which gave Paul Brady his first taste of fame). Hairdresser Michael Leong enjoyed a day off from tending Ireland's style conscious brides and his partner, Karl Hayden, told me he is about to start work on a new documentary.