Thursday 21 September 2017

Champagne flows aplenty as Ballybrit pampers itself

Lise Hand

Lise Hand

IT was as if the last seven years hadn't happened. Fianna Fail's own Wigwam of Wealth, the Galway Tent, may have long been dispatched to the glue factory, but it was standing-room – or teetering-on-vertiginous-heels-room – only in the Champagne Marquee.

There wasn't room to swing a cat, for fear it would have its eye poked out by a sharpened fascinator. Every table sported at least one ice-bucket of bubbles from sparkling wine (€70) to vintage champers (€180). The frocks were fabulous, the hats elegant rather than zany, the era eerily reminiscent of the Celtic Tiger.

One of the more intriguing pieces of headwear was being modelled by local woman Claire Lillis. Atop the tangerine-coloured round base was a bright yellow geometric shape, which had been created on a 3-D printer. "It's the new way – code instead of couture," laughed design engineer Claire who had designed the hat herself.

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